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Teaching aligned with research

ESDES has since long given a strong priority to research in corporate and social responsibility and has produced significant work in the field of Social Responsibility Ethics and Social Entrepreneurship.

Research effort has been organized along three consistent axes at the junction of management, economics, human and social sciences. They feed the curriculum, provide students with insight (through case studies and textbooks), and enable them to take a more critical view of the many societal challenges arising from the transformation of the economy.

TRAINING CONTENT IN PERFECT OSMOSIS WITH THE SCHOOL'S PROJECT

ESDES’s mission is, “through Education and Research”, to stimulate students to innovate and become a manager or an entrepreneur “in order to create a responsible economy in a globalized and digital world”.
This mission requires a strong alignment between two of the key activities of the institution: research and pedagogy. As a matter of fact, research is at the heart of the school’s position in its ecosystem. It guides and structures all that is implemented in the academic programs of the institution.

CORPORATE SOCIETAL RESPONSIBILITY, ETHICS, AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

At the heart of the ESDES education model since its creation in 1987, this research axis is tied to the ESDES curriculum by way of various subjects such as Social and Environmental Responsibility of Business, Social Entrepreneurship, Introduction to Sustainable Development, CSR and Governance of Global Firms.

As evidence of the endorsement of ESDES pedagogy and research programs by national and international companies, two large French companies fund research chairs at ESDES. Veolia has commissioned ESDES to develop a CSR index to help assess the sustainability of its development.

Four ESDES researchers are involved in a European Union-financed research project, Part’Innov, in partnership with UCLy Research Center on Social Entrepreneurship (CRESO) and the Research Group on Humanist Entrepreneurship (AEH).

The fundamental aim is somewhat varied, but ESDES looks at how CSR can become part of a corporate leader’s daily life by examining such questions as how CSR is applied in companies in human resource management, what CSR brings to the management of resources, and the role of ethics in company management. As a result, several papers on CSR have been published by ESDES researchers, including 3 articles published in the prestigious Journal of Business Ethics over the last 6 years. Contributions have also been made to the governance of inter-firm networks, and the design of management compensation.

FINANCE, GOVERNANCE AND THEORY OF THE FIRM

With SOCIETE GENERALE, partner in the academic chair "Governance and Sustainable Performance of Family Businesses"

This second axis supports seminars in financial valuation, social communication and CSR reporting, but also course subjects such as: Economy and Strategy of the Firm, Contemporary Industrial Economics, and Management of Multinational Firms.

Through a chair sponsored by a major international bank, Société Générale, ESDES has been commissioned to investigate the conditions for the sustainable development of family firms.

ESDES faculty members have made specific contributions to the analysis of inter-firm organizational forms, the coordination of global supply chains, and the impact of cooperation on firm performance.

ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATIONS

This third axis has led to the development of specific courses in: Big data, Management of the marketing information systems, Innovation management and eco-design.

ESDES faculty members have contributed to a better understanding of technological diffusion and appropriation, the condition of innovation persistence, the emergence of green energy and the essential role of some organizational forms.