Xpat Interview: Paul Lacourbe, Associate Professor of Operations Management at CEU Business School In Budapest

  • 25 Nov 2013 11:00 AM
Xpat Interview: Paul Lacourbe,  Associate Professor of Operations Management at CEU Business School In Budapest
Paul Lacourbe is Associate Professor of Operations Management at CEU Business School. He holds a Ph.D. from INSEAD in France, and he served on the faculty at ESSEC in France before joining CEU Business School.

Currently, his research deals primarily with the management of new product innovation and supply chain. He is particularly interested in the psychological aspects and environmental issues in product design and in managing supply chains for East-West trade.

His work has appeared in Production and Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Innovation Management, Current Issues of Business and Law, Revue Française de Gestion. His chapter, "The Role of Hungarian Railway on the New Silk Road," appeared in the book, ''Managing Supply Chains on the Silk Road: Strategy, Performance, and Risk''. He has been invited to give a talk on New Silk Road at TEDx Danubia.

At CEU, he teaches Operations Management and Supply Chain Management, China, Global Business and Product Design. He is the faculty director at CEU for the Global Supply Chain Forum and EMBA. He is also a member of the faculty team at CEU Business School that oversees the new entrepreneurship incubator at CEU, which was funded by George Soros.

1. When did you arrive in Hungary and what brought you here?
When I visited Prague in December 2000 for my birthday, I had made a decision to live in CEE region should an opportunity arrive. When I received a job offer from CEU Business School in 2008, I took the offer immediately.

2. Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?
Not really. I travelled a lot, but not stayed for long period.

3. What surprised you most about Hungary?
It is very similar to China in many subtle ways once I understand the country.

4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?

5. What is your favourite Hungarian food?
Grilled trout

6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?

7. What is your favourite Hungarian word?
Nem értem ( I don't understand)

8. What do you miss the most from home?
Live crabs in Carrefour

9. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?

10. What's a job you would definitely never want?
Anything routine and requires sitting for long time everyday.

11. Where did you spend your last vacation?

12. Where do you hope to spend your next one?

13. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?
Legends of the Fall

14. Apart of temptation what can't you resist?
Heat, smoking and noise

15. Red wine or white?

16. Book or movie?

17. Morning person or night person?
Both, but I can not work in afternoon after lunch

18. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?
No comments

19. Buda side or Pest side?

20. What would you say is your personal motto?
Good luck favors those that are prepared.

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