41@sophia : Majencia: story of a reborn

Majencia is the French market leader in the office furniture and layout of work spaces, located in Noyon, Picardie.

It supports all development projects from conception, through the design, manufacture of furniture, installation and services.

In 2004, the company “Samas France” (now Majencia since 2009) is in crisis.

Indeed, since the end of 90’s its market continues to decrease.

So, the company decides to offshore its production line of desk pedestals to China in order to reduce the production cost and so the sales price with the aim of increase its volumes produced.

But it’s not sufficient and the Samas France’s object cannot be achieved:  business is continuing to be penalized by insufficient volumes and Samas France is going into bankruptcy filing and receivership and its Noyon site’s employees are confronted to technical unemployment.

The company is facing uncertain futures.

At the end of 2004, the company decides to ask Vincent Gruau’s help to restore the financial situation and help it to get back on track.

Thanks to Vincent Gruau, Samas France chose to change all its organization (commercial, trade, logistic…) with the aim to become the leader of office’s market at the end of 2010.

The best decision Mr Gruau took is to relocate the production line of desk pedestals delocalized in China.

This strategic choice allows the company the management of the whole production chain from conception to manufacture; a model that Majencia is the only one to follow in its market.

Wishing to enter the business with a view of sustainable development, Vincent Gruau, in September 2008, decided to conduct a Management Buy- Out ( MBO) and offers six executive members to join him.

Then, the Samas France’s turnover increased by over 5% (105 million €) and Samas France becomes Majencia.

Majencia gains in independence, development and autonomy and becomes the leader we know today.




Group34@Sophia: How globalization will affect us throughout our professional career

Nowadays, all countries have to deal with international competition in their labour markets and this will affect us during our entire professional career. First, workers from developing countries can easily compete with workers from developed countries. They study in the same universities and obtain similar degrees. This is why major companies must implement a smart strategy in order to reorganize human resources.

With globalization, people and companies have had to adapt themselves in order to remain permanently interconnected. So during our entire career, we will have to be connected and available, using our laptop and smartphone or any new technologies of communication that will be available for us, in order to work with all other parts of the world. We also have to understand dimensions of each person and integrate individual differences into our work organization. Indeed, in our future job we will collaborate with international people, we hope that borders will progressively disappear between developed and developing countries so that people won’t be sedentary anymore.

Moreover, with the rise of globalization and open-mindedness, over-skilled students around the world feel the need to gain new experiences in more attractive countries like Canada, China or Singapore. Recent surveys have shown that one third of French graduates are willing to work abroad for their first job as expalins the article « Down and out : the french flee » published in the Telegraph. We will need to adapt effectively to our different environments in order to stay as competitive as the new generations in the job market. For that, the constant renewal of our knowledge and skills is vital. As skema Students, we share a knowledge economy and a multicultural vision that will enable us to grow strong in our future job position regardless of the country or the company.

Group 3 – PPMBD Lille campus – How Globalization will affect us throughout your professional career?

As students in business, we feel very concerned by the phenomenon of globalization that affects the whole world. At SKEMA, the feeling of being international students is exacerbated while the school wants to diversify its campuses all over the world and with more and more international students working in.

As a result, and with nearly 30% of the students in SKEMA starting their career abroad, we are aware of how the globalization is affecting us.

It is difficult to be exhaustive about the key points that would reflect the impact of globalization on us but let’s try to highlight some of it.

First of all, it affects the mobility of the workers who are moving more and more easily all over the world. Globalization opens us new job opportunities worldwide. We are not limited to our local market.However, we must be aware that we will also be confronted not only to French workers but to workers from all over the world.

But to enjoy this opening mobility, globalization requires new skills to fulfill in order to adapt to a new context: linguistic skills and cross-cultural management skills, as well as communication skills and technical skills throughout standardization of processes (the use of pack office etc.).

In the same way, we shall learn other ways of working, adapt to different cultures, different organizations into a hierarchy etc.

On the other hand and to conclude about the personal development of skills, globalization, through the development of networks, allows us to access more information which helps us to develop our competences.

For the ones who are interested in developing their company, globalization opens new markets in which they can invest in.

For some of us, we should start to adapt to new timetable due to time zones.

To conclude, globalization is changing the way of working of everyone and we shall come on board before it is too late because the world is changing faster and faster!

Group7CFM@Paris : Globalization 2014-2030, how will it impact your gameplan?

Globalization and its quickness from today to 2030 is certainly a very delicate incognito of this challenging and selective job market. Nowadays, more than ever, young professionals are required to think globally in order to reach the careers that they have targeted. Obviously, the geopolitical turmoil and the looming crisis that we are living have increased complexity for our professional future. But we cannot deny the positive aspects of globalization.

Indeed, it has encouraged liberalized trade, study and work internationally but above all it offers much more job opportunities. Moreover, The Chinese students explained, how they really saw the benefits of globalization in their studies since China entered the WTO in 2001. Indeed the Chinese government has paid more attention to the cultivation of global talents and promoted Chinese companies to go international. Even if it is getting tough, this gives them much more career opportunities than before.

Each one in our multi-national group agrees to the fact that, an extra international knowledge is required to stand out in the crowd. That is why we have made the choice to complete a master degree in an international environment. With Skema, a global business school that manages to level the huge gap between the academic hemisphere and the job market, we will have the requirements to understand better, globalization and its effects.

However in the current updating and evolving world, we must be conscious that this is no longer enough if we are competing globally. We truly believe that our determination, our mindset and our skills are essential to tick the right boxes required by companies and organizations.

To put it in a nutshell, globalization gives us great challenges in our professional career but we have to be optimistic and embrace this challenges and its positive sides if we really want to succeed.

Group 10 @Sophia : Globalization 2014-2030: how will it impact our gameplan

Whatever we like it or not, Globalization is the key factor running our professional life. Thus, our game plan must take it into account so that we can maximize its profits and lessen its negative outcomes.

Globalization offers tremendous opportunities in terms of mobility and job offers. Nowadays whoever speaks English is entitled to work anywhere and this trend is bound to expand for years to come. The prevalence of western way of life and work tools makes it easier for us to adapt in foreign countries: all companies use the same office software applications (e.g. Excel and SAP) and countries themselves are “opened” to western culture, as we find the same brands, the same food and technology networks, thus making it easier for us to feel “at home” while abroad. Technology will probably shorten long distance flights, with increased cost-competitive prices. Shortened distances and less cultural boundaries will promote knowledge economy and develop interactions between countries and people: we will have to be very flexible and open-minded in order to experience the best part of both cultures.

On the other hand, we will have to avoid a few booby- traps. We are already overwhelmed by data streams; one of the major stakes for the next 20 years will be to filter these increasing volumes of information and determine what to analyze, and what to put aside. As Globalization expands, we will also be in competition with always more people and we will deal with higher job requirements and professional expectations. Following the recent developments of labor codes around the world, it might also be a more hazardous business world to thrive in. Eventually, current geopolitical clashes bear the risks of seeing certain parts of the world closing their door to Globalization. We could ask the question the other way, but we will know how to react as change leaders and adaptable managers.

Group 8 Msc PPMBD Paris – Globalization 2014-2030: how will it impact your game plan?

In the era of globalization the trend of integration of cash flow, goods and services and, certainly, people is becoming more and more clear. The development of technologies, unlimited access to the Internet, transport accessibility along with trade barriers reduction creates possibility for free worldwide communication and for the development of the international business. All these change, certainly, influence the labor market too.

Just one generation back, people only dreamed about the opportunity of working and living abroad. In contrast, our generation tends to follow the coming up world trend and is ready to make big efforts to catch up with it. Today, receiving of necessary knowledge and skills, the ability to use them on the international stage have crucial importance for personal and public progress. The possibility to speak several foreign languages, culture awareness, as well as, knowledge of peculiarities of foreign countries is in high demand now. Furthermore, as the importance of NTIC trend is rising, the ability to communicate at the international level, particularly, by means of technologies becomes competitive advantage in your career.

Presence of skillful employees focused on global cooperation –one of the most valuable components of competitiveness of any organization in the world. In front of the employees, who can think globally, as well as, can analyze various economic processes in global scales are opened considerable career prospects.

Education, flexibility to rapidly changing world, creativity – development of such skills will provide us in the future with a worthy position on a labor market, which competition level is only increasing.

Innovativeness and thinking “out of the box” at the international level will allow the humanity to cope with world global challenges (as the looming crisis or geopolitical problems) completely at a new level, providing unusual solutions.

In addition, the development of the innovative  projects will provide  not only the chance to find the  answers  to such global challenges as sustainable development, along with the problem of global warming, but also will create absolutely new professions (such as a sustainable development manager  which  didn’t exist  several years ago).

Globalization 2014-2030: How globalization will affect us troughout our professional career ? – Group 2 @Paris AMAIS

“Globalisation is a new face in the human adventure” as President Chirac has mentioned in 2002.

Globalisation opens the door to collaboration between countries, global competition with global rules overseen by international organization. Above all, mobility and cross-cultural encounters are the result of this idea that the word is becoming a borderless network. The next two decades will see major changes in global output, in the global business environment. In fact, by 2030 world population is projected to reach 8.3 billion, so that’s 1.3 billion people more. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), emerging countries like China, India and the rest of the developing world will surpass the west in the balance of economic power over the next few years. What are the challenges and oppotunities for us brought by globalisation ?

Mobility is the name of the game. Indeed, we are faced to a new challenge that the Skema business school’s headline underline « At Home Worldwide ». The professional market will be even more changed with an increase of the cultural mix. Ideas will be transferred and knowledge communication will even more implemented to companies. This evolution will affect us positively because we will share competencies and be more open-minded. We can also say, that we will have to adapt ourselves to this new market. For example, to find a job in France will be more difficult because of the foreign skilled workers rise. Therefore, mobility is the answer, we will have to go where the opportunities are and it’s more likely to be in Chili, Viet Nam or others emerging countries.

Globalization will affect certainly our professional career in 2030, and it’s already started in 2014. We have to take advantage of this situation and our goal is to be a global manager to increase our competencies and be competitive and aware of the new opportunities.

Globalisation 2014-2030: How will it impact our game plan? 93@Sophia (SEMTM)

By nature, tourism is undeniably imbedded in the globalisation process. As students in the SEMTM master, we need to take into account this phenomenon in our game plan.

The tourism industry is becoming more and more competitive with new challengers on the market. Some countries have opened their borders (i.e. Myanmar) and some others are experiencing a significant growth (a 6% growth in Asia in 2013). As future actors in this sector, we are given more opportunities which require us to be more flexible: being able to manage a multicultural team, being fluent in several languages and willing to live abroad for the first few years of our career. Moreover, we have to meet the international customers’ new expectations. Adapting and adjusting will be a strong competitive advantage.

The NTIC have already changed the rules of the game: using them in our career is already a necessity. For instance, the market’s new tendencies impose us to deal with the e-booking method. Social networks are a key tool to maintain or develop our potential market. It can be misused and create bad publicity which put a risk our business. These trends are a challenge since they increase competition by diversifying both visibility and booking channels.

Creating specific offers become a strategic answer to the evolution of the market. For example, the “green tourism” is both a trend to follow and a key issue to adjust to. Indeed, the customers are more and more aware of the global warming issues which require us to implement some special measures. On top of this trend, we realise that global warning can affect the market by the loss of some destinations (i.e. Venice is sinking, tsunamis in Indonesia, earthquakes…)

Globalisation is constantly creating new challenges to tackle, it’s up to us to change them into opportunities by adapting our game plan.

Group 6 @Sophia: How globalization will affect us throughout our professional career?

Sitting in class of French business school thinking in Spanish, Russian, Chinese or Italian and talking in English is a result of Globalization. There is not “exit” from this integration. We all have to face this definition – “Globalization”.

Nowadays, one of the ways of developing all international relations is a process of Globalization. It is a new step of internalization of social life – economical, political, cultural, ecological links between Nations.

Today life changing really fast and people want to live better. The opinion of single person does not play important role. People have to accept changes occurring on the Earth even if they do not like them. Globalization is one of the most arguable processes. It helps us and at the same time can hurt us.

 There are also some disadvantages of the Globalization we would like to point out. It prompts every student in the World to be competitive when searching for a job. Everyone meets the same requirements of globalized companies. It brings benefits to companies but makes things harder for us to get a job. For our future careers, Globalization can make us working everywhere we want. These opportunities create strong competition between us and as students, we have to stand out from each other. This competition can be a “boost” in a career. If someone works better than another one, it’s normal that he gets desired job.

Globalization offers to the today’s young generation a lot of economic opportunities and making people closer by the new ways of communication (NTIC). But at the same time it is increasing the gap of inequality between rich and poor people. We can’t escape from this and by working harder together between different countries we may decrease this gap.

Moreover, Globalization allows people to work together between different places in the world. And as mentioned above, you can drink coffee in Paris and talk with Japanese business partner, while he drinks tea and discuss with you about your business on Skype.

How globalization will affect us in our professional careers? Group 6 – Lille

According to us, globalization means interconnection of countries, people, markets, culture that leads to exchanges, travels, sharing.
All of that have been supported by the development of the NTICs : there is a growing flow of information and communication. It’s easier and quicker to access information.
We are growing in a world more and more inter-connected.

Globalization has also lead to a kind of standardization. Indeed, there are agreements between countries related to research, education, market.
Concerning us, it exists educational agreements for example, which will help us studying abroad (Erasmus, ECTS credits, dual diploma), and thanks to political agreements such as the Schengen area or the development of the transportation networks.

We are used to move, to travel, that allow us to learn foreign languages and to learn about other cultures. We know that we have to be multi-languages, open-minded and flexible to be competitive as we will compete with students from China, India, Brazil, Europe, in the labor market.

We need to think global, and we are conscious that we will work with people from all over the world, even if we work in France. Communication, multi-culturalism, flexibility, knowledge economy are skills that are crucial. We know that we will certainly change of company to evolve in our careers.
As globalization brings issues as global warming, ethic values (fairness, equity…), labor conditions, pollution, we think that we feel more concerned by these social issues and by the sustainable development because we have been rising in a “culture of sharing and respect of the environment”.

Conclusion, Globalization has a strong impact on our professional future. We will be involved in an international context with more competitiveness and exigencies but we also have all the tools (information, learning) in order to succeed.