Fields of expertise
BiographyMarc is a scientist and lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL).
Marc obtained his PhD on China's telecommunication reforms from the London School of Economics. He holds a Master Degree in International Management (HEC, 1997) and an undergraduate degree in Business Management from the University of Lausanne (1993). He studied Chinese Language and Economics for two years at Fudan University, Shanghai (1993-1995) and one semester at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada (1996).
Marc was previously senior research associate at EPFL working on the coherence between institutional and technological governance in infrastructures (2007-2011). In a former life, he worked as a research analyst at Swiss Re and at McKinseys Business Technology Office. He served as deputy director and senior advisor to the Evian Group, a think tank based at IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland) and lectures regularly on China and emerging markets at undergraduate, graduate and executive levels.
Marc contributes frequently to Swiss media. He is the Founder and President of the bonopro association and recipient of the Swiss Re Civilian Service Prize (2011).
Current workMarc's research looks at innovation in emerging markets both from a macro perspective (e.g., implications on the global innovation landscape) and a micro perspective (business model innovation in emerging markets). In addition his research looks at specific aspects of China's innovation landscape (e.g., shanzhai, makerspaces, etc.)
Marc is also passionate about pedagogy and, in particular, interdisciplinarity and experiential learning. He explores different scenarios to raise students' awareness to the importance of emerging markets. In this framework he launched the China Hardware Innovation Camp (CHIC) in 2015 and the India Switzerland Social Innovation Camp (INSSINC) in 2019. He currently develops a set of learning activities in the framework of the FIELD initiative.
He was in charge of the "China" stream for the Minor in "Science, Technology and Area Studies" (STAS) until 2020.
Developing interdisciplinary and intercultural skills in engineers through short-term field experiencesInformacios Tarsadalom. 2020-01-01. DOI : 10.22503/inftars.XX.2020.2.1.
Planning: from model to modulesRealtime: making digital China; Lausanne: EPFL Press, 2020.
Realtime: making digital ChinaLausanne: EPFL Press.
Visualizing constructive alignment in the process of course design2019-01-01. 5th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd), Valencia, SPAIN, Jun 25-28, 2019. p. 869-874. DOI : 10.4995/HEAd19.2019.9330.
Short-term field study programmes for developing interdisciplinary skills in engineering education2019. SEFI 47th Annual Conference. European Society of Engineering Education. "Varietas delectat...Complexity is the new normality"", Budapest, Hungary, September 16-19, 2019.
Building a Question-Answering Chatbot using Forum Data in the Semantic Space2018-06-13
Active Interdisciplinary Learning in a Design Thinking Course: Going to Class for a Reason2018-01-01. IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (IEEE TALE) - Engineering Next-Generation Learning, Wollongong, AUSTRALIA, Dec 04-07, 2018. p. 906-911. DOI : 10.1109/TALE.2018.8615292.
Assessing transversal skills in an interdisciplinary programme2018. 46th SEFI Annual Conference 2018, assessment, interdisciplinary, transversal skills, reflexivity, September 17-21, 2018. p. 968-975.
Fostering 21st Century Skills through Interdisciplinary Learning Experiences2018. 46th SEFI Annual Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Making the city: re-assembling spaces of manufacturing2017. CHI2017.
Curriculum co-design using participatory rapid prototyping tools2017. 45th SEFI Conference, Azores, Portugal, September 18-21, 2017.
China and global value chainsNew Realities : Business Dynamics at the Frontiers of Globalization; Lausanne: IMD International, 2016. p. 40-60.
Chinese overseas acquisitions: The Nokia Siemens/Motorola CaseThe EU-China relationship – European perspectives: a manual for policy makers; Imperial College Press, 2015. p. 390-396.
Multi-dimensional performance approach to reforming network industries: An application to the Chinese railway sectorThe Politics of Marketising Asia; Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. p. 185-205.
Shanghai 2012: Réflexions sur le processus de sélection des participants à un projet d'apprentissage expérientiel dans un marché émergent2013. IIième colloque Questions de pédagogies dans l'enseignement supérieur, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada, June 3-5, 2013.
Liberalization of the network industries in the European Union: evolving policy issuesInternational Handbook Of Network Industries; Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011. p. 345-365.
Competition effects in a liberalzed railway marketJournal of Industry, Competition and Trade. 2011. DOI : 10.1007/s10842-011-0117-2.
Governing the dynamics of the network industries2010
Performance and Coherence in Network Industries2010. 3rd annual conference on competition and regulation in network industries, Brussels, Belgium, November 19, 2010.
Trade, technology transfer and institutional catch-upPeace and Prosperity Through World Trade; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
The effect of access charges on social welfare in the railway industry2010. European Transport Conference 2010, Dublin, Ireland, October 11-13, 2010.
Governance of innovation in the European railway sector2010. XII World Conference on Transport Research, Lisbon, Portugal, July 11-15, 2010.
Reforming railwaysHandbook on Infrastructure Reform; Edward Elgar, 2010.
Coherence between technology, policy and institutions: Managing innovation in the new European rail market2009. European Transport Conference, Leeuwenhorst Conference Centre, The Netherlands., October 5-7, 2009.
Does the liberalization of the European railway sector increase systemic risk?2009. Third Annual IFIP WG 11.10 International Conference on Critical Infrastructure Protection, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA, March 23-25, 2009. p. 19-33. DOI : 10.1007/978-3-642-04798-5_2.
Developing and deploying innovative technologies in a liberalized European railway system2009. 9th Swiss Transport Research Conference, Monte Verità, September 9–11, 2009.
Systemic risk in the network industries: is there a governance gap?2009. 5th ECPR Conference, University of Potsdam, Germany, 10-12 September 2009.
Regulating Europe's single railway market: Integrating performance and governance2009. Second Annual Conference on Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, Brussels, November 20, 2009.
Deploying a pan-European railway standard in the era of liberalization: Lessons from the introduction of ERTMS in Switzerland2008. Building Networks for a Brighter Future. EURNEX - ZEL 2008, Zilina, Slovak Republic, June 4-5, 2008.
Dealing with standardization in liberalized network industries: Some lessons from the European railway sector2008. Second Biennial Conference of the Standing Group on Regulatory Governance (ECPR), Pis, June 5-7, 2008.
Transferring standards: lessons from GSM-R in the railway sector2008. 19th European Regional ITS Conference, Luiss Guido Carli University, Rome, September 18-20, 2008.
Book review: Chinese railways : reform and efficiency improvement opportunitiesCompetition and Regulation in Network Industries. 2008. DOI : 10.1177/178359170800900305.
The future is in Asia: let's start with mobile telecommunication in ChinaLIFT 2008, Geneva, February 7-9, 2008.
Can China Really Control the Internet?LIFT06, Geneva, February 2-3, 2006.
China's telecommunication policy-making in the context of trade and economic reformsLondon School of Economics, 2006.
Technology and pedagogyChina Hardware Innovation Platform (CHIP)
Funded by the Gebert Rüf Stiftung (2016-2017) and swissnex China, the CHIP project aims to scale the China Hardware Innovation Camp (CHIC) by making such a learning experience available to teams of students across academic institutions in Switzerland. Teams from Geneva, Fribourg and Ticino participate in the pilot (October 2016-September 2017).
Technology and societyMakerspaces: politics and communities of innovation in contemporary China (2016-2019)
Funded by the SNSF, this project is lead with Dr. Florence Graezer Bideau (PI) in collaboration with Dr. Clément Renaud and Monique Bolli (IAGS, EPFL). It investigates the social, technical and commercial attributes of key Chinese makerspaces and their communities in several Chinese cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Shenzhen). While limited in size and scope, makerspaces and the maker movement in general offer a very rich environment to study much broader social, political and economic transformations taking place in contemporary China.
The project aims to shed light on how a bottom-up and autonomous movement responds to the co-opting of the State and to discuss the Chinese government’s plasticity and capacity to engage with emerging classes.
Teaching & PhD
Humanities and Social Sciences Program