Posted on May 23, 2016

HEC Paris, ranked number two worldwide for Executive Education by the Financial Times in 2015, conducted  a Case Study Lab on international joint ventures based on a real example in Qatar.

The one-day event was held at Tornado Tower in Doha and led by Professor Wolfgang Amann. The Case Lab focused on QDVC, an international joint venture between Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company and the French VINCI Construction Company. Among the distinguished participants in the discussions were Prof. Laoucine Kerbache (pictured), Dean & CEO of HEC Paris in Qatar and Mr. Nasser Al Ansari, Chairman of QDVC and HEC Paris alumnus (EMBA Class of 2013 – Doha Modular).

“As business models change, we have to create adaptable establishments and grow through alliances and joint ventures, as in the case of QDVC. This has become an integral part of modern strategic management. The Case Lab offered the perfect platform for identifying, examining and improving the effectiveness of joint ventures. The discussions exposed participants to important implications for joint venture success as witnessed by QDVC,” stated Prof. Laoucine Kerbache, Dean & CEO of HEC Paris in Qatar.

Referring to the joint venture with VINCI, Mr. Nasser Al Ansari, Chairman of QDVC pointed out “We must acknowledge that both parent companies have complementary skills, which to date has worked well to succeed and to nurture QDVC. The expectations of both parties must be gradually converted into single-entity performance, not only the unit created to perform transactions efficiently. QDVC is privileged to be at the center of the Case Lab and I was delighted to be part of the discussions and share our real-life experiences of how East meets West,” he added.

Professor Wolfgang Amann covered key subjects in his presentation including: directions and modes of growth (internal, alliances and mergers & acquisitions), developing an effective corporate strategy, and a recommended integrated framework for optimizing complexity in corporate strategies.

Professor Amann has been designing and delivering executive education seminars for more than 16 years. He currently serves as Professor of Strategy as well as the Academic Director of degree and custom programs of HEC Paris in Qatar. He is a graduate of key faculty development programs worldwide and is credited for publishing 15 books for executives and compiling more than a 100 case studies for his executive education seminars.