PerformanSe designs, develops and distributes decision supporting tools (standard or tailor-made), dedicated to the evaluation and development of talents, with the aim of optimizing company performance by improving individual and collective skills.

The origin of the PerformanSe model and the deontological approach

In the 1970s, human resource management was particularly focused on long-term planning, talent identification and the best way to recognize and evaluate potentials to schedule staff development according to business strategies.

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In that period, those available tools, which we would nowadays call "classic", were not suited to the company dimension and were not either designed to be a real decision-making aid in the skills management process.

Starting from this need, in 1987, Jean Bernard Fournier, who had been, until then, in charge of the employees’ management in a large company, discovered the first expert systems dedicated to behavioural assessment in the United States and realized that this new technology could provide an appropriate solution to these needs in companies of all sizes. In 1988, thanks to a partnership in the Silicon Valley, PerformanSe was born (S for System and E for Expert), founded and based in Nantes. In the same year Serge Baquedano, an expert in psychology, and Jaques Philippé, an experienced university professor of Artificial Intelligence, joined the company. In the same period the first partnership is signed with the research laboratory in Artificial Intelligence of the Polytechnic of Nantes. The aim was to provide an assessment of behavioural skills as real and precise as possible, but to achieve this it was clear that the knowledge bases had to be enriched, and the algorithms to become more sophisticated and powerful. This is how PerformanSe began as a start-up, focused on research and advanced technology, with a specific purpose: to develop scientific tools, thanks to the artificial intelligence, for the development of skills and motivations in the professional context.

The study of behaviours is dealt with from the dynamic point of view, because the person is considered as a complex system in permanent interaction with its context. The new idea is to go beyond the usual behavioural typologies that are too rigid and stigmatizing, to arrive at a more detailed description of the behaviour in a working environment. For the first time, the results of the evaluation are presented through a narrative report, rich, accurate, understandable and sharable with the person who effectively becomes the actor of his own development. Since then, the PerformanSe platform has integrated new tools, becoming the most widespread platform in France and establishing itself internationally through a network of 25 partners.

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The added value of the PerformanSe offer

A solid psychometric expertise and scientific validity obtained through the correlation to scientifically recognised models;
a validation carried out by university laboratories recognized for their expertise in the sector and for research projects.

The relational approach and commitment to ecological practices;
respect and consideration of the collaborator's operating environment to promote sharing, exchange, transparency, confidentiality and decision-making.

A technologically advanced environment, safe and respectful of everyone's rights;
100% web based with a simple and intuitive interface, also accessible on tablets and smartphones, fast processing with storage of data on protected servers in France.

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Compliance and PerformanSe commitments to the General Data Protection Regulation.

An offer developed for a multilingual context
through questionnaires available in 23 languages.

The rules behind the construction and use of the tools

PerformanSe is iso10667-2 certified for psychometric tests design, talent assessment & development solutions.

The scientific committee and the research partners

The Scientific Committee of PerformanSe has a consultancy role on the main scientific orientations of the company, on the evaluation of the maturity and validity of the projects presented by the company and, finally, on the dissemination of the scientific knowledge applicable in the business world. It is composed of university professors recognized by the French and International scientific community for their experience in psychology and social sciences as well as for applied research activities in the fields of differential psychology, orientation psychology, counselling, social psychology and organizations.


Professeur en Psychologie du Conseil et de l’Orientation au CNAM


Professeur en psychologie différentielle à l’Université de Rennes 2


Professeur de psychologie sociale du travail et des organisations à l’Université Nice Sophia Antipolis


Professeur en psychologie sociale et des Organisations à l’Université Paris 8

The research partners