Nordine Saadallah: ‘A DBA to explore the connection between human resources and artificial intelligence’
What did you study and what have been the highlights of your career?
In 2000 obtained a French DESS degree in local social development (Institut Supérieur de l’Action Sociale de Lille). This was followed by a master’s in human resources engineering from the University of Lille in 2004. I was human resources manager for various non-profit organisations before becoming director of a social and educational organisation. I have always been passionate about teaching. Currently, for example, I teach human resources management at Wes’Sup, and geopolitics and management at the Ecole Lémania in Geneva. I also supervise dissertations at the Haute École de Travail Social, also in Geneva.
Why did you decide to study for a DBA?
I want to become a speaker-lecturer, and the DBA will provide me with the credentials to do so, along with new skills. It will also help me to grow my network of business contacts and learn more about how the FEDE works. This is important, since it will help me to better understand and adapt to FEDE member institutions and their goals. Better knowledge of the FEDE will therefore help me to tailor the types of lectures/presentations I offer.
What is the aim of your research?
For some years now we’ve been observing an exponential, unprecedented rise in the use of technology in our societies and in the workplace. The main reasons behind all this are digitalisation and big data. All sectors, all professions, all organisations and all job roles (or nearly) have been affected by the craze for new technology. Human resources, just like the other functions of organisations, has been affected by the growing use of artificial intelligence. The research question behind my DBA will be: ‘What new skills will be required given the use of artificial intelligence in the human resources function?’