Manufacturing and the service sector : is this distinction out-of-date ?

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Engineer, graduate of the École des Mines

Seminar Business life | Friday February 4, 2011 - 9h30 - 12h

Are there too many service industries in France and not enough manufacturing industries ? Some people would have us believe this. Perhaps behind their claims, there is a nostalgia for a golden age when steel from the Lorraine region and coal from the northern département of Pas-de-Calais boosted French growth protected from foreign competition. However, in a globalised, competitive world where manufactured products and services very often merge is there any point in continuing to divide these two sectors which are supposedly competitors ? Is our judgment not influenced by our age-old habits, obsolete ideas and methods (now outdated) towards preferring that which is most instantly quantifiable or even most profitable ? Éric Huber, a young engineering graduate from the École des Mines, successfully highlights these contradictions, and the shortcomings of these factors, which may well determine our economic future.

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This session was published in issue n°90 of the Journal de l'École de Paris du management, entitled Construire un futur souhaitable.

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