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Entrepreneurs of change
The mission of the School is to train the economic actors of tomorrow, people able to use their creativity and entrepreneurial vision to transform companies and rethink their role in society with a view to the common good.
Taking on new challenges and their capacity to transform business ecosystems
Today, it is impossible to think about companies and economic activity without considering their impact. By contributing to the economic growth of a territory, companies play an economic role as a well as a crucial social and political role with impacts on the local, national and transnational levels. They must increasingly reconcile the interests of their shareholders with those of many other stakeholders while meeting the challenges inherent in working for the common good.
At the same time, the digital revolution and technological changes have given rise to new entrepreneurial models. A new economy is emerging, sometimes supplementing the traditional economy, sometimes offering a real alternative -- but one that is more open to the needs and usages of citizens and consumers. In this start-up ecosystem, innovation, creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit play a central role.
Our ambition: to educate the entrepreneurs of change
In light of these new challenges, we need entrepreneurs of change. Future managers will need to be committed, creative, agile, able to grasp complexity, to take decisions in a swiftly changing environment, and to deploy a vision and broader responsibilities.
To educate the entrepreneurs of change, the School has set a threefold objective it calls the 3 Cs - Complexity, Creativity, Common Good:
- Complexity: To provide an understanding of globalisation and the digital revolution, and of the complex issues and changes associated with them.
- Creativity: To anticipate and support the development of a creative economy and new business models.
- Common Good: To highlight the role of companies (and their managers) in society and the responsibility of economic leaders with regard to issues of the common good.
Drawing on the heritage and identity of Sciences Po
The School of Management and Innovation will draw on the strengths of Sciences Po to establish its identity. It will develop a cross disciplinary pedagogical approach to learning based on internationally-renowned research in the human and social sciences.
The School will work within a rich ecosystem – Sciences Po’s research centres and Economics, Sociology, Political Science, History and Law Departments.
Sciences Po’s Incubator (fr.) and Médialab will also play a central role in developing a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the new School. Since 2009, “Sciences Po Entrepreneurs” has been supporting the entrepreneurial aspirations of Sciences Po students and has incubated 90 business projects. “Sciences Po Entrepreneurs” is soon to become the Entrepreneurship Centre and will have an even greater capacity to deliver its offering of support, training and research. The Medialab was crucial to the development of the course on Controversy mapping (launched by Bruno Latour), a prime example of Sciences Po’s innovation in teaching. It will provide greater scope for design thinking and digital humanities in its curricula.
The School of Management and Innovation remains in keeping with Sciences Po’s resolutely international approach. Future graduates will be equipped for multicultural and multinational management. To achieve this, the School will develop an educational approach that addresses the challenge of doing business in a multinational and transnational context and exposes students to practical work situations. The School will also be international in terms of its students who, thanks to a faculty with a high proportion of foreign academics and practitioners, will eventually be able to take the whole curriculum in English. By developing academic partnerships with the world's best universities, the School will be able to offer appealing dual degrees.
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"In a complex, unstable world with fluid borders, the common good can no longer be solely the responsibility of the State. It also lies in the hands of its citizens, who we wish to educate."
"Changes brought about by the digital revolution are shaking up the whole economy. The innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship we aim to develop in our new School are absolutely vital and will constitute key assets for our students."