Core curriculum

First semester: The Great Transition - Responsability, Innovation, Commons

Teachers: Dominique Cardon, Éloi Laurent, Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic

We are living through a period of “great transition” – our economies and societies are facing critical junctures and radical challenges that carry along unprecedented dangers but can also open up new opportunities. A lot depends on the forms of leadership that will emerge in the coming years to confront these challenges and on our collective ability to mobilize, organize, propose and deploy creative alternatives. If we want to manage the great transition, we first need to understand it (THINK), we then should envision and explore alternative options and solutions (DREAM) and finally we need to act and turn those projections into concrete and feasible projects (DO).

The Great Transition is an experience rather than a course where you will go in parallel through those three phases – Thinking about the issues, Dreaming up solutions and Doing a project with a strong sense of the feasibility dimensions and challenges.

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The course articulates two complementary dimensions:

  1. Thinkingabout the issues and exploring the three main dimensions of the contemporary Great Transition (through 8 Lecture sessions):
    1. The ecological and resource transition and its potentially radical consequences
    2. The interface between business and society and the urgency of reinventing a responsible form of capitalism
    3. The great digital turn and the choices it confronts us with when it comes to economic, social and political organization
  2. Dreaming and Doing with the development through the semester of a Group Project for which you will be assisted and guided throughout the term.

Find out more: read the course curriculum.

Second semester: The Grand Challenges courses

The Grand Challenges courses follow the common course The Great Transition – Responsibility, Innovation, Commons.

They aim to develop students' analytical and reflexive skills, so that they can apprehend complexity in a creative and responsible way. The courses will either explore a general theme (Corporate Social Responsibility, the major challenges of digital transformation ...) or focus on more specialized ones (Artificial Intelligence, Responsible Finance, Social Web ...). They rely on the inputs (concepts, approaches, methods) of the social sciences.

Programme 2017-2018

All students enrolled in the first year of the School of Management and Innovation must follow: 1 Grand Challenges course in Responsibility and 1 Grand Challenges course in Innovation theme to be chosen in the following list, according to the selection made for each master program.

Exceptions:

  • Are exempted from courses Grand Challenges students enrolled in the course Cartographie des controverses.
  • The Political Economy of the Environment course: Managing Our Ecological Crisis by Eloi LAURENT and Nicolas BENVEGNU (24 hours) is worth two courses (Responsibility and Innovation).