Podcast: how to successfully embrace diversity & inclusion in the workplace

In the latest episode of the Changemaker stories podcast, Professor Mamta BHATT (member of ICOR) speaks about diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She outlines the differences between diversity & inclusion and why it is important from both a business and moral perspective that organizations address both in their strategy.

Professor BHATT also speaks about some of the challenges of implementing DEI strategies but also provides some examples of companies with interesting initiatives.

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Podcast: How to create real sustainable value in companies

In this episode of the Changemaker stories podcast, Professor François Maon (a member of ICOR) discusses the development of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and ways of measuring and certifying CSR. He also discusses the steps organizations can take to create sustainable value in the long term.

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Identifying the keys to developing for-profit social enterprises

Over the last years, a profusion of business models and structures have emerged as a response to different social and environmental challenges. New types of corporate (for-profit) entities with a social mission, such as the benefit corporations in the US, enterprises à mission in France, or community interest companies in the UK, have developed rapidly and blurred the boundaries between traditional nonprofit organizations and classic for-profit companies.

Professor François Maon (a member of ICOR), and his coauthors Coline Serres and Marek Hudon (Université libre de Bruxelles) have recently carried out a comprehensive international study of social corporations – for-profit entities that have the social mission formally stated in their articles/bylaws. Their work aims to provide a clear overview/typology of the types of corporations that have developed in different countries and their legal and governance structures; and secondly to identify the key mechanisms that enable such companies to be successful in pursuing their dual mission.

Read the full article here: https://insights.ieseg.fr/en/resource-center/identifying-the-keys-to-developing-for-profit-social-enterprises/

Vidéo: Empowering refugees through entrepreneurial training programs

In this video, Professor Farah Kodeih (a member of ICOR) speaks about some of her recent research that looked at how a local NGO supported Syrian refugees in their efforts to rebuild meaningful lives and become less dependent on aid.

Together with her coauthors Henri Schildt from Aalto University in Finland, and Tom Lawrence from Oxford University in the UK they studied an entrepreneurial training program that helped the refugees set up small businesses and they identified different ways in which this NGO empowered refugees.

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The full paper can be viewed here:  “Countering Indeterminate Temporariness: Sheltering work in refugee camps”, Organization Studies (2022)

Discover IÉSEG Insights, the new knowledge website developed by IÉSEG

IÉSEG today launches IÉSEG Insights, a new website that has been developed to share and disseminate the results of the research and expertise of the School’s facultyIÉSEG Insights aims to help provide keys to understanding an increasingly complex, volatile and uncertain world and to be a platform for inspiration and reflection for the business world, students and the academic world.

IÉSEG Insights, at the heart of the School’s new strategic plan

IÉSEG, like any higher education institution, has a responsibility in terms of knowledge creation, research and innovation. Inspiring young people by disseminating cutting-edge research in the classroom, and inspiring companies and organizations by co-creating solutions with them to meet their main challenges is essential and a fundamental part of the School’s mission.

This responsibility is also the foundation of the School’s new strategic plan “Inspire – Connect – Transform”IÉSEG wants to establish itself as a hub of collective intelligence supporting entrepreneurship and innovation in order to respond to the environmental, social, societal and economic challenges that the world is currently facing and will face in the years to come.

For Caroline ROUSSEL, the School’s Dean, “IÉSEG Insights is fully in line with our strategic plan, focused on the quality of training and research, at the service of young people, companies and society. The website makes available to all stakeholders, and in particular to decision-makers in the economic and political spheres, the knowledge produced by the cutting-edge research of our experts and professors, in fields as varied as CSR and sustainability, artificial intelligence and Big Data, ethics, finance, marketing, strategy, management, entrepreneurship… This new ‘Resource Center’ will offer quality content in French and in English, also from an interdisciplinary logic, to feed public debate and contribute to transforming our society.

Articles, videos, podcasts and biographies: a rich variety of content

InsightsIÉSEG Insights already gathers around 200 articles and nearly 50 videos and podcasts in English and/or French. Experts and professors from the School share their analyses and work, respond to social issues, and project themselves into the world of tomorrow.

To enable users to search and find information easily, content is organized into a series of categories (public policy, CSR, management, Big Data, finance etc.) but also by keywords, via a system of tags.

Articles, videos, podcasts are also enriched with the biography of the contributor(s), as IÉSEG Insights will also serve as a directory of the School’s experts, who are available to explain and share their research with the media, with public and private organizations, or during public debates.

Do not hesitate to subscribe to the future IÉSEG Insights newsletter to receive the latest content and updates.

Designing a package of controls to sustain a hybrid mission: Interview with Professor Lies Bouten

As hybrid organizations seek to balance their financial and non-financial objectives – this can create tensions, challenges and contradictions at different levels of the organization. Professor Lies Bouten, ICOR member and professor of accounting at IÉSEG, and her co-author Sophie Hoozée (Ghent University), recently studied how a luxury hotel chain implemented a package of management control practices to help it pursue its dual mission: developing business and financial stability whilst contributing to environmental protection.

Find out more about her work in this interview she recently gave to the School’s website. She outlines the background and results of this study and gives some recommendations for organizations with a hybrid mission who are creating or reviewing their control practices.

Read the full interview here: https://www.ieseg.fr/en/news/hybrid-organizations-lies-bouten/

Video : The use of crowdfunding by sustainable entrepreneurs

In this video, ICOR member Professor Paulami Mitra gives insights into her research on sustainable entrepreneurs. She speaks about her recent research, co-authored with two other IÉSEG Professors, namely Ghassan Yacoub & Tiago Rathinho, and Faustine Fatalot. Their study focuses on what drives these entrepreneurs to pursue different types of crowdfunding – a method used to collect money online

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The full research paper in the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research can be viewed here.

Video: A new model of corporate mindfulness

Julie Bayle-Cordier is a professor of strategy and sustainability and a member of ICOR. She was recently interviewed, as part of the School’s 60-seconds Inside Research videos, about her latest research on corporate mindfulness, coauthored with Paul Rouvelin, Azadeh Savoli and João Vieira da Cunha*.

The researchers carried out a systematic literature review of research on corporate mindfulness in management journals published between 1999 and January 2020.

From this work they propose a model that links different streams of the literature on corporate mindfulness: the individual, group level, organizational and societal level approaches to mindfulness. In connecting these approaches, they show that the individual level benefits of mindfulness such as improved employee wellbeing, emotional regulation or decision making can in fact enhance group processes such as group social dynamics and leadership processes.

View the video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgLtpvdw5WY

*The full research paper on the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences can be viewed here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/cjas.1655