Dennis Davy

Associate Professor

Main contributions

European Journal of International Management (2018), Journal of Management Development (2016), Gérer et Comprendre (2014)

Discipline: Communication
Faculty: Management & Humanities
Expertise: Humanities, Soft skills, Discourse analysis, Lexicology, Pedagogical creativity, English world cultures, CV and career coaching


Dennis Davy has taught soft skills, humanities and English in a variety of contexts since 1980, in Germany, Japan, Algeria, Qatar and Oman. Since arriving in France in 1993, he has worked with undergraduate and postgraduate students in a range of French universities and Grandes Ecoles, teaching classes in cross-cultural studies, team-building, pitching, CV writing and General/Business English, as well as providing a variety of theme-based courses, including the history of pop and rock music, the cultures of the English-speaking world, the city of London, British newspapers, and British art and literature. He has also provided tailor-made courses for French executives, judges, magistrates, notaries, economists and scientists within the context of continuing education. After lecturing in English and French at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) and then working as the Head of the Languages Department at MIP School of Management, Dennis worked as a Lecturer at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and has been an Associate Professor at EDHEC since 2010. Dennis was the Coordinator of the Concours Langues (Competitive Language Entrance Examinations) for students wishing to enter EDHEC's Master programmes for three years. He is now teaching a Brand Yourself course on the Executive MBA at Lille and Paris, as well as electives for students in the 1st and 2nd year of the EDHEC BBA in Lille, and has also co-designed a course called Governance, Culture and Society for students following the Global Business track of the BBA in Nice. His primary research interests include business communication, innovation in language pedagogy, discourse analysis in professional contexts, neologisms in Business French, lexicology, and word-formational processes in English and French. He has also designed and delivered postgraduate courses in applied linguistics, translation and language didactics. Dennis speaks English, French and German fluently and has a good command of Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic. He holds degrees from the universities of Oxford, Lancaster and Cambridge in French & German Literature, Language Teaching Pedagogy and English & Applied Linguistics.

Publications of Dennis Davy

05.06.2020 - Book publication

Ethics in Business Communication: New Challenges in the Digital World

Peter Daly, Dennis Davy

June 2020

01.06.2020 - Chapter publication

French Entrepreneurial Pitches in English: Analysis of Linguistic Errors and Perceptions of Error Gravity

Dennis Davy, Peter Daly

Peter Lang, Brussels, June 2020, Pages 33 - 48

05.04.2019 - EDHEC publication

Pitching in English: What Mistakes French Entrepreneurs Should Avoid

Dennis Davy, Peter Daly

Other, EDHEC VOX, April 2019

12.01.2018 - Article in a peer reviewed journal

Language Boundary-Crossing by Business School Faculty Using English as a Medium of Instruction

Peter Daly, Dennis Davy

European Journal of International Management, Volume 12, January 2018, Pages 62 - 81

15.01.2016 - Article in a peer reviewed journal

Structural, linguistic and rhetorical features of the entrepreneurial pitch: lessons from Dragons' Den

Peter Daly, Dennis Davy

Journal of Management Development, Volume 35, February 2016, Pages 1 - 14

Derniers articles EDHEC Vox