It is with great sadness that we are announcing the death of one of the founding fathers of the European
Institute for Advanced Studies in Management. Pierre TABATONI played a prominent role in the
development of international university relationships. Together with Gaston Deurinck and with the support of
the Ford Foundation (under the management of Marshall Robinson, also recently deceased), he founded the
EIASM in 1971.
In 1950, four people only were accepted to the French « Concours d’Agrégation de Droit et Sciences
Economiques). Pierre TABATONI was one of them. Another person was Raymond BARRE, former
European Commission Vice-President and former French Prime Minister. Pierre TABATONI started his
career as a professor at the “Faculté de Droit d’Alger” (before Algerian independence). He was appointed at
Aix-Marseille University in 1953. In 1955, after a period at Harvard University, he founded and managed the
“Institut d’Administration des Entreprises” (IAE-Aix). In 1960, he left Aix and he was appointed at the
“Faculté de Droit et de Sciences Economiques de Paris”. In 1968, the French University was deeply
reformed and in 1970, Pierre TABATONI became the co-founder of Paris-Dauphine University, today the
main management institution among French Universities.
Pierre TABATONI has been successively appointed to several top positions in the French cultural and
educational public system (head of staff of the Ministry of Universities, Cultural Advisor of the French
Embassy in Washington, Director of International Relations of the Ministry, Rector of the Paris Academy and
Chancellor of the Paris Universities, President of the Jury of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration). He is
considered as the main designer of the French system of management higher education.
In 1995, Pierre TABATONI was elected at the “Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques”, one of the
five academies of the “Institut de France” (the first holder of this seat was Talleyrand).
He was a visiting professor at the Kellogg School of Management and was affiliated with this school for
many years. He has been Rector of the French-speaking University of Alexandria in Egypt. Affiliated with the
European University Association, he has written several reports and articles about strategic thinking in the