La Tresse : a book to share


La tresse  is a short book that you’ll enjoy reading. We were immediately captivated by the story of the fate of these three beautiful women.

In these pages, we see how these strong women rejected what life imposed on them and had the courage to follow their convictions.

Smila the Indian girl, Guila the Sicilian and Sahra the Canadian : their destinies finally mixed together and intermingled like the wicks of a braid.

A book to share.


VOD: a world full of promise

Vod or “médiathèque numérique” allows you to select and watch video contents whenever you choose.

A substantial and various selection of contents such as movies, kids shows, cartoons, tv series, documentaries of the Arte and Univers Ciné collections are provided in original versions but with the relevant subtitles.

You can access to 3 contents/ month and stream or download them for 48 hours on your laptop, smartphone or tablet.

How to access? It’s very simple: on the library website, choose “médiatheque numérique” on the databases tab.

Fill in the registration form. Your request will be validated by the library team.

Wait for your confirmation e-mail and then enjoy!

Upload your research paper’s data on Mendeley.

You can now upload your research data on Mendeley when you submit your paper on SSRN.

SSRN is a research paper repository specializing in social sciences, including economics, law, corporate governance, and humanities. It is a great way to share your work and read the work of other researchers.

Mendeley started as a reference manager and is now also an academic social network and a research data repository through Mendeley Data. SSRN and Mendeley are both edited by Elsevier.

Recently, SSRN added a feature to help researchers like you upload their research data on Mendeley while they post their research paper. Then, the data will be linked to the published paper and be citable so the researcher can receive credit if another researcher uses it.

If you are interested in this new feature, next time you log in, while you post your paper on SSRN, just click on Upload research data and you will be redirected to Mendeley Data.

It is a good opportunity to capitalize on your work. Letting other researchers accessyour data can help them validate your research and increase your own confidence in your work.

More information here:

A mother in the need for truth

Mildred , a woman whose daughter was raped and killed a few months before the film begins, isfurious and frustrated by the police’s results. As the latter have no leads, she decides to rent three abandoned billboards near her home and posts the following messages on them : RAPED WHILE DYING », « AND STILL NO ARRESTS » et « HOW COME, CHIEF WILLOUGHBY? »

These billboards will generate a chain of events.

Inspired from a true story, it is a successful film, however poignant but also full of tenderness, humor and humanity.

Frances McDormand, also an actress and a lead part in  the wondefull film Fargo in 1996, literally shines in front of the camera as a courageous mother

We warmly recommend this film.

Elon Musk: Exploring the Life of an Explorer…

Elon Reeve Musk is a famous technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer. He is the founder or co-founder of Tesla, SpaceX, PayPal, HyperLoop, Solarcity.

The book tells the story of the entrepreneur from his childhood in South Africa until his last troubles with the American Stock Exchange in 2019.

Elon Reeve Musk was born in 1971 in Pretoria, South Africa. At the age of 17, in 1989, Musk moved to Canada, avoiding the compulsory South African military service. After  studying physics and economics in Pennsylvania, he headed to Stanford University in California to pursue a PhD in energy physics. However, his move coincided with the democratization of Internet, which led him to drop out of Standford just after two days to launch with his brother his first company, Zip2 Corporation,  using the money they raised from a small group of angel investors.

This was the beginning of an amazing career.

Zip2 was a web software company. It developed and marketed an Internet city guide for the newspaper publishing industry. Compaq eventually acquired Zip2 for several hundreds of millions.

In March 1999, Musk co-founded, an online financial services and e-mail payment company, with US$10 million from the sale of Zip2. One year later, the company merged with Confinity, which had a money-transfer service called PayPal.

Fond of space exploration, he tried to regain public interest on this matter in 2001, imagining a way to build a miniature and experimental greenhouse on Mars. He developed the Company Space Exploration Technologies or SpaceX, an aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company.

Never short of ideas, his goals include reducing global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption and reducing the risk of human extinction by establishing a human colony on Mars.

You can find this book under the calling number 4-1731 VAN.

Passport – Competitors Analytics : a company-centric view of the market

Competitor Analytics is a tool that provides a company-centric view of the FMCG (Fast-Moving Consumer Goods) universe using cross-country standardized data from 20 products and services industries.

Competitor Analytics links all companies together into a quantifiable competitive landscape, using the market overlap measure, which lets you examine how a company actions such as acquisitions have changed its competitive distance to its competitors.

You can use Competitor Analytics for :

A quick overview of a company

    • Evaluate retail sales footprint by country / category.  Identify sales growth drivers in different markets. Find key brands in different country/category  combinations.
    • Understand how companies position themselves in growth vs. mature  markets.

Examine a competitive landscape

    • Confirm which companies are top competitors.
    • Discover companies that are becoming strategically closer together or
      drifting further apart.
    • See how past actions such as acquisitions and market entries have changed
      the competitive landscape.

See the world from a competitor’s perspective

    • In which markets competitors are winning and losing.
    • Tracking the companies that some competitors are actively tracking and compare that to another competitor point of view.

Evaluation of potential mergers and acquisitions

    • Identify gaps in a company’s country and category coverage.
    • Evaluate the complementary fit of companies.
    • Understand anti-competition regulatory challenges that might result from
      an M&A opportunity (combined market share above 50% or significant HHI

Access Passport GMID and start to use Competitor Analytis :

Presentation of Béatrice Leroy, the Training Manager of the Learning Center

Learning to make researches : the key to successfull studies

Every Year HEC Learning Center takes subscriptions to many high value databases specialized in economy, such as Orbis, Xerfi, Business Source Complete, Financial Times. They contain articles, market reports, company reports which are not reachable for free through Google. HEC Learning Center gives its public the opportunity to connect those information from anywhere at any time.

As responsible for the Learning Center databases promotion, first I identify the economic information needs of our students, whoever they are : MSC, MS, M1, MBA, EMBA, Exed…Then, thanks to the program managers, I plan at the best moment  presentations in lecturer to show students the most relevant information to their needs (looking for an internship, writing a thesis, working on a company case). Thus, they discover how to access precious market reports, articles, company reports both online and off-campus. After these presentations, students or participants are supposed to know precisely the Learning Center Offer, and to be autonomous in their research. They all receive a customized guide. Of course, I tell them to feel free to come and see the Library Learning Center team to receive help at any time.

Most of the time, students are surprised by the wealth of our resources. And when they ask how to do to continue to access those data after their academic year, I suggest them to subscribe to another HEC program …

Béatrice Leroy, the Training Manager of the Learning Center

Dawsonera: your online access to thousands of e-books

Have you heard of Dawsonera? This database is your main entrance to the Learning Center’s e-book collection.

Connect to the Dawson platform with your HEC  credentials  and get access to a collection of more than 4,000 digital books in management sciences and social sciences, on-site or remotely. You can search  books by format (PDF or ePub), date, category (social sciences, information, technology, sciences…), publisher and language.

You decide, we purchase!

Some e-books appear in green in your list of results. These books have been permanently purchased by the library. You can read them online or download them.

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The e-books in purple have been selected by the Learning Center team. Should we purchase them? It is up to you! You can either request the book or previsualize the first 50 pages for 5 minutes. When the time is over, if you still want to read it, the book is automatically purchased by the library!

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Get access to even more e-books on Dawsonera with the Paris-Saclay Collection

Besides the Learning Center’s selection, Dawsonera also gives you access to the Paris-Saclay Collection, which is a collection of 4,000 digital books chosen by the COMUE Paris-Saclay in computer science, philosophy, social sciences, language, science, technology and arts.

You can download or stream the e-books on site, or remotely using the « Connect with Shibboleth » option.

One acronym to discover them all – How PIDs can help you for your research

Do you have a Persistent Identifier (or PID for short)?

You maybe use or heard about DOIs (digital object identifiers), an identifiers that can be used to find articles or journals and will always give access to the resource, unlike an URL that can break and sometimes lead to an error message. This type of identifiers exists also for a person.


You may have a homonym (even one in the same field of research than you) or you name can appear differently depending on the publisher or website. This can make difficult to attribute your work correctly. ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) lets you create your own personal identifier that can be useful for two main reasons:

  • It improves the attribution and discoverability of your work
  • It is compatible with 71 publishers (including Elservier, Wiley, Taylor & Francis and Emerald) and help you with the article application

How to register

Creating an ORCID ID is free, easy and quick, just click here and follow the steps.

The ORCID ID is not the only personal identifier out there, e.g. Clarivate provide the possibility to create a Researcher ID. The good news is that you do not have to choose between them, if you already have a PID but wishes to create an ORCID ID you can easily link you two (or more) identifiers.

La guerre des métaux rares : La face cachée de la transition énergétique et numérique de Guillaume Pitron



En janvier 2018 est publié un livre passionnant intitulé La guerre des métaux rares : la face cachée de la transition énergétique et numérique.

Guillaume Pitron

Son auteur, Guillaume Pitron est journaliste et réalisateur.  Il est lauréat d’une douzaine de prix français et étrangers, dont le prix Erik Izraelewicz de l’enquête économique, le grand prix BFM Business du livre d’économie et la Bourse des talents de la Fondation Lagardère.

Cet ouvrage vous intéresse ? Il est disponible à la cote 6-2201 PIT.


logoLe n° 387 de la revue HEC Hommes & Commerce propose en page 20 un article intitulé Les énergies vertes ne sont pas propres.

Dans l’angle mort de la transition énergétique et numérique, se trouvent les métaux rares. Nécessaires pour produire des éoliennes, des voitures électriques ou des smartphones, ces minerais sont aussi stratégiques que polluants à extraire. Invité de l’heure H, en collaboration avec le Club Développement International, le journaliste Guillaume Pitron a livré les conclusions de sa longue et minutieuse enquête sur le sujet.


Guillaume Pitron a animé de nombreuses conférences lors de la sortie de son ouvrage. Voici celle tenue à Versailles par le cercle les amis du monde diplomatique / Rosalux.



Voici le résumé du livre de l’éditeur :

livre_galerie_531Transition énergétique, révolution numérique, mutation écologique… Politiques, médias, industriels nous promettent en chœur un nouveau monde enfin affranchi du pétrole, des pollutions, des pénuries et des tensions militaires. Cet ouvrage, fruit de six années d’enquête dans une douzaine de pays, nous montre qu’il n’en est rien ! En nous émancipant des énergies fossiles, nous sombrons en réalité dans une nouvelle dépendance : celle aux métaux rares. Graphite, cobalt, indium, platinoïdes, tungstène, terres rares ces ressources sont devenues indispensables à notre nouvelle société écologique (voitures électriques, éoliennes, panneaux solaires) et numérique (elles se nichent dans nos smartphones, nos ordinateurs, tablettes et autre objets connectés de notre quotidien). Or les coûts environnementaux, économiques et géopolitiques de cette dépendance pourraient se révéler encore plus dramatiques que ceux qui nous lient au pétrole. Dès lors, c’est une contre-histoire de la transition énergétique que ce livre raconte – le récit clandestin d’une odyssée technologique qui a tant promis, et les coulisses d’une quête généreuse, ambitieuse, qui a jusqu’à maintenant charrié des périls aussi colossaux que ceux qu’elle s’était donné pour mission de résoudre.