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HEC Paris And Intel To Use Medical Tools To Boost Executive Performance

Latest school effort to bring wearable tech into biz classroom

Tue Jan 12 2016

Leading French business school HEC Paris has partnered tech group Intel to develop a new generation of connected devices to improve executives’ performance.

The project methodology is focused on psychosocial and biomedical measures.

It will make way for the identification of potentially stressful situations which contribute to lower personal performance. It will measure the effects of physical activity, sleep, cardiac function, and stress on physical, psychological and academic performance.

The project confirms a wave of medical tools being brought into the business classroom to boost executive performance.

IE Business School, Frankfurt School and Bocconi University have led the way for Europe. Ashridge Business School and Warwick Business School in the UK have delved into behavioral and neuroscience. And in the US, MIT Sloan, Duke Fuqua, and Goizueta Business School have tested similar projects.

Heart rate monitors, eye scanners and brain scanning machines have the potential to help senior managers navigate stress, make better decisions, and ultimately electrify their performance.

HEC Paris’ TRIUM EMBA students will wear so-called wearable technology capable of measuring movement, sleep patterns, pulse rate, blood oxygen level, and blood pressure. Intel will provide the equipment in January 2016.

Upon the conclusion of the experiment, HEC Paris will release a white paper with the study’s results.

“Supporting research is a priority for our business, particularly when it is done for the sake of well-being and good health,” said Stephane Negre, president of Intel for Western Europe.

“To be a partner in such an innovative project gives us the opportunity to test in situ the material in which we have heavily invested and for which we have great hope.”

“Receiving such innovative material will allow us to produce the most reliable data on the market,” said Michael Segalla, professor of management at HEC Paris.

“The diversity of nationalities and lifestyles evident across the TRIUM cohort makes the participants perfect for such an experiment. It will allow us to unearth results reflecting a real, representative sample,”