Altran : How to outsource innovation

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Managing Director, Altran ; President of the Altran Fondation for innovation

Seminar Management of Innovation | Wednesday October 15, 2003

For more than twenty years, the Altran group has managed to keep its role of advisor in the field of innovation in the scientific and technological domain intact, as well as its wish to stay very close to the areas in question in order to maximise its efficiency. Most of its sixteen thousand five hundred employees are trained engineers. The subsidiaries of the group, which are grouped into geographical regions throughout the world, choose their own sectors of activity. Their engineers are entirely free to decide to implement their innovations in whatever area they deem necessary. This decentralised model owes its unquestionable success to its autonomy, and to local initiative when it relates to innovation. It will be subject to the implementation of and the conformity to strict rules regarding management, especially since the group, which is already the leading European advisor in scientific and technological innovation, has confirmed its ambition to become the world leader.

The entire article was written by:

Lucien CLAES

This session was published in issue n°47 of the Journal de l'École de Paris du management, entitled Un monde en transition.

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