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Franck Marle, DET Team, Laboratoire Genie Industriel, CentraleSupélec


My research topic is about how to combine complex systems modeling and analysis with distributed governance mechanisms. The aim is to anticipate and mitigate the vulnerability of a system due to its complexity, notably considering the impact of desing decisions on the rest of the lifecycle, and the interaction between the product, the process, and the organization that runs the process to deliver the product. This implies working on three main topics :

  • Modelling of System Complexity: complexity theory, network theory, graph and matrix-based modeling).
  • Analysis of System's potential behaviour: to anticipate the possible propagation phenomena (and more generally the potential complex events) that may affect the system (either the product, the process, or the organisation), and to assess its vulnerability.
  • Decision-making in a complex context: consisting for instance in undertaking a consistent combination of actions that may help to reduce the complexity or to manage it, or in clustering system elements to align them to the current complexity.

These three topics are consistent and are often run as a sequence in the industrial applications that support our research projects (ESA, Total, Renault, CEA, Alstom Transport, PSA Peugeot-Citroën).

Current Position

  • Professor of Complex System Management and Risk Management
  • Head of a last year teaching program about Complex Systems Design (around 50 students)
  • Head of different modules in second and third year of CentraleSupélec cursus, about Eco-district Design (100 students), Sustainable Design Challenge (40 students), Complex Project Management (40 students).

Short bio

  • Director of the TOTAL Chair "Managing Procurement Risks in Complex Projects" (2013-2021)
  • Head of Design Engineering Research Team (2016-2020)
  • Habilitation to supervise researches Université de Nantes (HDR, 2011)
  • PhD Ecole Centrale Paris (2002, mémoire de thèse)
  • DEA Ecole Centrale Lyon "Organisation des systèmes complexes" (1997)
  • Ingénieur Ecole Centrale Lyon "Génie Industriel" (1997)


Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal   

Books1 document

  • Franck Marle, Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal. Managing Complex, High Risk Projects: A Guide to Basic and Advanced Project Management. 2016, ISBN 978-1-4471-6787-7. ⟨hal-01291623⟩

Journal articles14 documents

  • Hadi Jaber, Franck Marle, Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Ilkan Sarigol, Lionel Didiez. A Framework to Evaluate Project Complexity Using the Fuzzy TOPSIS Method. Sustainability, MDPI, 2021, 13, ⟨10.3390/su13063020⟩. ⟨hal-03168094⟩
  • Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Franck Marle, Mathieu Dernis. Modeling and Estimating Host Country Values in International Projects to Facilitate In-Country Value Creation. Sustainability, MDPI, 2021, 13, ⟨10.3390/su13105592⟩. ⟨hal-03234574⟩
  • Julien Ventroux, Franck Marle, Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal. Organizational reshuffling to facilitate coordinated decisions in complex projects. Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, SAGE Publications, 2018, ⟨10.1177/1063293X18756718⟩. ⟨hal-01790220⟩
  • Hadi Jaber, Franck Marle, Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Lionel Didiez. Criticality and propagation analysis of impacts between project deliverables. Research in Engineering Design, Springer Verlag, 2018, 29 (1), pp.87-106. ⟨10.1007/s00163-017-0254-7⟩. ⟨hal-01555999⟩
  • Julien Ventroux, Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Franck Marle. Assistance in selecting a project contracting strategy by combining complex systems theory and risk and vulnerability analysis. The Journal of Modern Project Management, jmpm, 2017. ⟨hal-01589577⟩
  • F. Marle, Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Jean-Claude Bocquet. Interactions-based risk clustering methodologies and algorithms for complex project management. International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, 2013. ⟨hal-01204816⟩
  • Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Franck Marle, Jean-Claude Bocquet. Building up a project complexity framework using an international Delphi study. International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, World Scientific Publishing, 2013, ⟨10.1504/IJTM.2013.055158⟩. ⟨hal-01219423⟩
  • Franck Marle, Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal. Forming risk clusters in projects to improve coordination between risk owners. Journal of Management in Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2013. ⟨hal-01206936⟩
  • Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Franck Marle. A systems thinking approach for project vulnerability management. Kybernetes, Emerald, 2012. ⟨hal-01215366⟩
  • Franck Marle, Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal. Project risk management processes: improving coordination using a clustering approach. Research in Engineering Design, Springer Verlag, 2011, 22, pp.189-206. ⟨10.1007/s00163-011-0106-9⟩. ⟨hal-01171190⟩
  • Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Franck Marle, Jean-Claude Bocquet. Using a Delphi process and the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) to evaluate the complexity of projects. Expert Systems with Applications, Elsevier, 2011, ⟨10.1016/j.eswa.2010.10.016⟩. ⟨hal-01219417⟩
  • Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Franck Marle, Jean-Claude Bocquet. Measuring project complexity using the Analytic Hierarchy Process. International Journal of Project Management, Elsevier, 2011. ⟨hal-01215358⟩
  • Sanja Jovicic, Franck Marle, Marija Jankovic, Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Jean-Claude Bocquet. Project Vulnerability: State of the Art and Propositions for Future Framework Development. Management, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, 2011, 61, pp.55-63. ⟨hal-01260167⟩
  • Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Franck Marle. Understanding project complexity: implications on project management. Kybernetes, Emerald, 2008, ⟨10.1108/03684920810884928⟩. ⟨hal-01215364⟩

Conference papers9 documents

  • Meriam Kilani, Franck Marle, Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal. Coordinating Synchronous Interdependent Decisions in Complex Projects. Proceedings of the 23rd International DSM Conference (DSM 2021), Oct 2021, Montréal, Canada. ⟨hal-03526105⟩
  • Hadi Jaber, Franck Marle, Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Yassine Ali, Lionel Didiez. Organization and Coordination of Project Actors to Manage Impact Propagation between Deliverables. 19th Dependency and Structure Modelling Conference (DSM), Sep 2017, Helsinki, Finland. ⟨hal-01589610⟩
  • Julien Ventroux, Franck Marle, Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal. Optimize The Supervision Of Complex Projects By Taking Into Account Interactions Between Actors. 19th Dependency and Structure Modelling Conference (DSM), Sep 2017, Helsinki, Finland. ⟨hal-01589602⟩
  • Mathieu Dernis, Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Franck Marle, Wassila Ouerdane, Pascal da Costa. Aide à la sélection de stratégies pour apporter des valeurs durables à des pays hôtes en contexte pétrolier. Congrès International de Génie Industriel CIGI, May 2017, Compiègne, France. ⟨hal-01559093⟩
  • Mathieu Dernis, Wassila Ouerdane, Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Pascal da Costa, Franck Marle. Assessment of Ssustainable strategies based on DMM approach and value creation. 19th Dependency and Structure Modelling Conference (DSM), Sep 2017, Helsinki, Finland. ⟨hal-01589594⟩
  • Julien Ventroux, Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Franck Marle. Aide à la maitrise des risques liés aux interactions entre acteurs du projet et à leurs engagements.. "Lambda Mu 20" - "Maîtriser les risques dans un monde en mouvement"., IMDR : Institut pour la Maîtrise Des Risques, Oct 2016, Saint-Malo, France. ⟨hal-01438855⟩
  • Hadi Jaber, Franck Marle, Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Lionel Didiez. Reciprocal enrichment of two Multi-Domain Matrices to improve accuracy of vehicle development project interdependencies modeling and analysis. 16th Dependency and Structure Modelling Conference (DSM), Jul 2014, Paris, France. ⟨hal-01559118⟩
  • Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Franck Marle, Jean-Claude Bocquet. Project complexity understanding and modeling to assist project management. PMI Research Conference, 2008, Warsow, Poland. ⟨hal-01204634⟩
  • Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Franck Marle, Jean-Claude Bocquet. Modeling project complexity.. International Conference on Engineering Design., 2007, Paris, France. ⟨hal-01204617⟩