Chaire de leadership Pierre-Péladeau
Centre de cas
Chaire gestion des arts
IMBA McGill HEC

Biographical Notes

Laurent Lapierre, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Pedagogy and Bachelor of History (Université Laval, Quebec), MBA (HEC Montréal), and Ph.D. (McGill University), holds the Pierre-Péladeau Leadership Chair and is a Full Professor at HEC Montréal. He teaches courses in management, leadership, management of arts organizations and cultural industries, and the case method of research and teaching. His main interests lie in the influence of managers’ personalities on their management practices, as well as in the behaviours that determine success or failure in the exercise of leadership.

Dr. Lapierre began his career as a teacher (1964-1968). He subsequently served as the first Director-General of the Société artistique de l'Université Laval (Artistic Society of Laval University) (1968-1970) and as the first Administrative Director of the Théâtre du Trident (1970-1973). He has also served on the boards of directors of several other theatre companies and of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the first Board of Directors of the Fonds d’investissement de la culture et des communications (Culture and Communications Investment Fund). He was the founder and co-director of both the Groupe de recherche et de formation en gestion des arts (Arts Management Research and Training Group) and of the Groupe de développement de la méthode des cas (Case Method Development Group) at HEC Montréal. He also served as the first director of the HEC’s Centre for Case Studies and as a member of CETAI (Centre for International Business Studies). In addition to having served on the HEC’s Research Council, Dr. Lapierre has sat on the committee of the doctoral program in administration at HEC Montréal. He has been a member of the School’s research ethics committee as well as of its honorary doctorate and emeritus committee, and has represented faculty on the HEC’s Teaching Council.

From 1980 to 1988, concurrently with his doctoral studies and his teaching career, Laurent Lapierre undertook a didactic psychoanalysis followed, from 1986 to 1990, by clinical training in psychotherapy at the Pavillon Albert-Prévost and the Community Psychiatric Centre at Hôpital Sacré-Coeur de Montréal. He is a founding member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO) and served on its Board of Directors for a number of years. He uses what he describes as the subjective method of research in order to study leadership phenomena in all fields. Writing and narrative are at the core of his method, which is based on research material gathered from in-depth interviews and observations. Laurent Lapierre’s writings have been published in French, English, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Arabic, Dutch and Portuguese. He is frequently called upon to act as a personal leadership consultant.

Laurent Lapierre is the co-author of Clinical Approaches to the Study of Managerial and Organizational Dynamics, Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Symposium of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO), HEC Montréal (1991); of Imaginaire et leadership (3 volumes: 1992, 1993 and 1994), published by Québec/Amérique and Presses HEC (1,058 pages); of Roland Arpin et le Musée de la civilisation, published in the collection Les grands gestionnaires et leurs œuvres by Presses de l'Université du Québec and Presses HEC (1993, 194 pages); of Pierre Bourque: Le jardinier et l'ingénieur also published in the collection Les grands gestionnaires et leurs œuvres by Presses de l'Université du Québec and Presses HEC (1995, 228 pages); and of La subjectivité, l'autorité et la direction, leçon et contre-leçon inaugurales, published in Cahiers des leçons inaugurales by HEC Montréal (1995, 52 pages). He was co-editor of Habiletés de direction, published in the Racines du savoir collection of the journal Gestion. He also served as co-director of the collection Hommes et femmes remarquables, published by Éditions Transcontinental. He directed the collections Leaders and Création et gestion, published by Éditions Logiques. He is co-author, with Jacqueline Cardinal, of Noblesse oblige. L’histoire d’un couple en affaires : Philippe et Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien (Éditions Logiques, 2006, 237 pages); Jacques Duchesneau, l’audace dans l’action (Éditions Logiques, 2007, 264 pages); Pierre Jeanniot – Aux commandes du ciel (Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2009, 456 pages) and; Guy Coulombe - Le goût du pouvoir public (Presses de l'Université du Québec, 2011, 99 pages). His publications also include: Marcel Brisebois et le Musée d’art contemporain (1985 – 2004) (Presses de l'Université du Québec, 2011, 130 pages) in collaboration with Bernard Chassé; Simon Brault – Prendre fait et cause pour la culture (Presses de l'Université du Québec, 2011, 132 pages) in collaboration avec Laurence Prud’homme and Aurélie Dubois Prud’homme and; Luc Beauregard – Le pari de la vérité (Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2012, 360 pages) in collaboration avec Jacqueline Cardinal. He is also the author of La subjectivité et la gestion (Presses de l'Université du Québec, 2010, 103 pages) and On dirige comme on est (Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2012, 214 pages). 

In addition to receiving the Guy Charrette Award for the best article published in the journal Gestion in 1978, Dr. Lapierre has been the recipient of the following research awards: the Alma Lepage Award (1990, 1991, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010), the Gaëtan Morin Award (1992) and the Pierre Laurin Award (1994). He served as director and editor-in-chief of the journal Gestion, Revue internationale de gestion from 1988 to 1989, and from 1993 to 1997, as well as editing two special issues of this journal devoted to leadership (Le leadership, September 1991 and September 2008). In 1997, he was awarded HEC Montréal’s prestigious Teaching Award, followed in 2001 by the 3M Teaching Fellowship bestowed by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). In honour of his achievements, he was featured as “Personality of the Week” in the August 5, 2001 issue of La Presse newspaper. Dr. Lapierre’s biography has been listed in the Canadian Who's Who since 2001. In 2003, he was awarded the prestigious Leaders in Management Education Award (Quebec Region), co-sponsored by the National Post and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

In 2004, he was appointed a member of the Board of Montreal, World Book Capital for 2005, in addition to being named to both the Board and Executive Committee of the Canada Council for the Arts. He was voted “Professor of the Year” by MBA students at HEC Montréal in 2004-2005. Since the fall of 2005, Laurent Lapierre has hosted the program Leaders on the digital channel Argent. The show, which features interviews with prominent leaders in the world of business, arts and culture, science, etc., can be accessed directly via HEC Montréal’s Méliès server (http://laurentlapierre.com/publications/emissions-tele). Laurent Lapierre has also contributed a weekly column on leadership for the Argent network, the Journal de Montréal and the Journal de Québec. In 2007, he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada. Laurent Lapierre is recognized for his expertise in leadership, the management of arts and cultural organizations and creation. He has served as a consultant for numerous arts organizations, leaders, entrepreneurs and creators, including Cirque du Soleil and the Sid Lee Commercial Creativity™ agency, for which he co-authored, with Jacqueline Cardinal, the publication Who is Sid Lee? In 2007, he was the first recipient of the Esdras-Minville Award in recognition of his remarkable contribution to HEC Montréal’s renown. At its 2009 conference, the World Association for Case Method Research & Application (WACRA) named Laurent Lapierre an “Ambassador” in recognition of his leadership and his promotion of the use of the case method in research and teaching. He is also chairman of the Observatoire de la culture des communications du Québec (OCCQ) and a member of the Board of Directors of Abé Carré Cé Carré, a creation company founded by Wajdi Mouawad et Emmanuel Swartz. In 2010, Laurent Lapierre was appointed to the Global Advisory Board of the Global School of Applied Management (GSAM) in India. In November 2011, he co-chaired, along with Denys Arcand, the first HEC Montréal International Business Film Festival.