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EBS is the school devoted to the new economy.

The EBS project

In addition to management knowledge, companies today need to be capable of developing an entrepreneurial spirit, aware of the potential and risks of digital technology, and have expertise in technological and social innovation, while possessing a sense of creativity.

That is why research at EBS is developed in line with the school’s signature EDIC priorities: Entrepreneurship, Digital technology, Innovation and Creativity. These four pillars inform the research themes that structure the “Entrepreneurship in a new economy” theme

“Research today is developing within innovative, multicultural and open ecosystems.”

Angelo Riva – EBS Research Director

Areas of excellence

In the framework of its research policy and in line with its remit, EBS has defined the general purpose of its activities in relation to several topics.

    Adopting an entrepreneurial spirit and organising

    Professors and research professors in management develop activities that put the themes of entrepreneurship, innovation (in practices and relationships), alliances and risk management into perspective. A first series of research activities examines relationships with rules and standards through questions related to regulation and the normative framing of practices. A second series of activities focuses on managers’ adaptation strategies and employee well-being in response to radically changing work environments. A third addresses alliances with the focus on inter-organisational trust. Finally, another series of activities examines entrepreneurship through issues related to entrepreneurial intent and the individual and cultural factors influencing entrepreneurial activity as a whole.

    Consuming in a global and digital environment

    The new economy has led companies to rethink their marketing strategies in order to best reach consumers, whose behaviours are constantly evolving. Consequently, observing and studying consumer behaviours enables researchers and companies to better identify consumer expectations and respond to them in a relevant way, ensuring the provision of a high value-added experience. The activities carried out in this field simultaneously take account of points of sale, the technologies mobilised, and more globally, the marketing strategies to be adopted. They cover multiple approaches to consumption and focus on the sales environment (research on e-commerce and online shopping, but also cover the emotions felt during the experience, personalisation and customisation), the product (monastic, tourist or financial service products), and technological devices (Internet of Things, smartphones). In particular, the research carried out integrates the experiential and emotional dimensions of consumption and marketing. In line with the overall theme of the laboratory, certain activities also study entrepreneurial aspects of marketing.

    Financing and innovating

    Financial, technological and regulatory innovations have accentuated the complexity of financial markets. To understand this, it is essential to take account of data availability. Technological innovation enables the production, accessibility and analysis of massive volumes of data. Long-term analysis provides insights that shed light on contemporary contexts marked by frequent crises and strong financial market integration. Professors and research professors in finance analyse new strategies aimed at consolidating the financial and organisational performance of companies and banks, particularly through the adoption of new technologies and the implementation of restructuring operations (mergers and acquisitions, privatisation, etc.). Innovation has also triggered changes in consumer payment habits: alternative payment methods are posing new challenges for financial systems.  Research also focuses on the role of performance and regulations in the financing of enterprises, especially SMEs. The performance of investments in investment funds is also being studied by examining the relationship between their cost, quality and the advice given. Moreover, performance can be understood not only from a market perspective, but also from a societal standpoint via alternative forms of finance.

Scientific Committee

  • President – Sophie Morin-Delerm – University of Paris Sud

  • Didier Chabaud – IAE Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne

  • Sihem Jouini – HEC Paris

  • Jerome Maati – University of Lille

  • Geraldine Michel – IAE de Paris Université Paris I

  • Sylvie Faucheux – Director of Academic Research & Innovation INSEEC U.