IÉSEG School of Management, through ICOR, encourages and supports research-related initiatives addressing the analysis of business and society relationships and relating to ethics, social responsibility and sustainability in a business context. In this line, ICOR members mostly develop research activities across three broad axes:
Along this axis, IÉSEG researchers develop efforts to understand the strategic, organisational and operational implications of the adoption a social responsibility and/or sustainability-oriented, values-driven paradigm by business organizations. In this line of research, ICOR researchers mostly study the development of values-based and stakeholder-oriented management models; social responsibility and sustainability strategy design and development processes; organisational learning, development and change for social responsibility and sustainability; social and environmental accounting practices; organizational justice and the human impact of organizational life; and responsible leadership practices.
Along this second axis, ICOR researchers focus on understanding the role of societal actors and business organizations’ external stakeholders in the development of socially responsible and sustainability-oriented business practices. These research efforts include in this perspective the study of stakeholder influence tactics and strategies; the consideration of anti-corporate social movements; and analysis of the role of business schools in developing more responsible business practices.
Finally, in line with the idea according to business organisations must constructively interact and engage with their internal and external stakeholders in order to walk the social responsibility and sustainability talk, ICOR members across different departments study social responsibility- and sustainability-related reporting and communication strategies and their impact on stakeholders; social responsibility- and sustainability-related identity management practices; stakeholder dialogue processes; cross-sector social partnerships; and social innovation processes.
ICOR runs research seminars that are open to all academics, including researchers who are not part of IESEG School of Management or Université Catholique de Lille. Launched at the end of 2014, these seminars cover a wide range of topics related to business and society relationships and attract guest speakers from the School and other French and international experts from the field. These seminars provide academics with a platform to meet and discuss the latest topics in business and society relationships.
Next to ICOR research seminars, ICOR and its members contribute to the organization and hosting of wider research events in France and abroad.
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