Cross-disciplinary Research Teams at iaelyon

> 3 Cross-disciplinary Research Teams

Complexity, Innovation, Networks

Company networks are becoming more and more critical. Interactions between members of a network involve generating a large quantity of data fostering the emergence of new knowledge. A network is also nurtured by exchanges with the outside world. But the more it expands, the more complex and difficult to manage it becomes. One solution would be to set rules but they might stifle its development. Other innovative avenues are worth exploring.

The main themes addressed are:

  • Decision-making in extreme situations and expertise: understanding the role of expertise as a significant determinant of decision-making or how does an expert behave when he becomes aware that he is no longer in command of the situation.
  • Emergence of knowledge: taking into account the context in the emergence of new knowledge.  
  • Virtualization and company networks: the relationship of a company to its virtual system, the use of professional social networks.  
  • Issues around masses of heterogeneous data: taking into account the issue of the amount of data (Big Data) but also multiple viewpoints and multi-faceted visions of data and temporality. > Integration vs Innovation: are standardization and integration of organizations compatible with the agility needed to innovate?

[legende-image]1290696762234[/legende-image]Heads of team:  Jean-Fabrice LEBRATY

International Management

In a context of market openness and expansion, International Management represents a major thematic issue in Management Science. At the crossroads of several disciplinary fields, it deals with a complex reality which is closely linked with the changes in the global environment. Research work conducted within the framework of the “International Management’ research team contributes to a better understanding of managerial practices in internationalized companies. The proposed reflection and action guidelines may help organizations better achieve the development and coordination of their international activities.

The main themes addressed are:

  • Organizations’ international environment: geopolitics, institutions, comparative analyses
  • Dynamic processes of internationalization: SME, location, entry modes 
  • Management and performance of co-operations, mergers-acquisitions and international networks 
  • Management of headquarters-subsidiaries relationships in multinational companies: organizational structures, project management, innovation process, etc.  
  • Coordination of activities in the global value chain: mobility management, brand management, supply chain, etc.  
  • Intercultural management and cooperation

The members of this research team recently published the results of their investigations in a collective work: Mayrhofer, Ulrike (ed.) (2013), Management of Multinational Companies: A French Perspective, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.

[legende-image]1290696762235[/legende-image]Head of team: Ulrike MAYRHOFER

Management and Societal Responsibility of Organizations

The growing concerns about sustainable development in the area of company management emphasize the need for a fundamental reflection on the Societal Responsibility of Organizations (SRO) and its instrumentation in the form of standards and models of performance measurement and control. For many experts and managers, the idea would be now to integrate into the same management model, the economic, social and environmental dimensions, generally considered as the three components of sustainable development. Taking into account environmental and societal challenges at national and international levels entails then extending the model to a broader group of stakeholders and including, for example, issues such as societal risk management and diversity management.
The theme of Management and Societal Responsibility of Organizations is a crossover of several Management Science disciplines and calls for a multidisciplinary approach involving a dialogue with other disciplines in human and social sciences. It also raises specific research issues concerning the size of organizations, their business sectors (industry, services…), their location (at local or international level) and their aims (publicly-owned company or non-profit organization…).

In order to take into consideration the diversity of the research work conducted by its members, the « Management and Societal Responsibility of Organizations » research team chose to take a particular interest in the following themes:

  • Standards and SRO (Societal Responsibility of Organizations)
  • Performance measurement and SRO valuation 
  • Sustainable globalization 
  • Reliability, risk management and SRO 
  • Diversity management

[legende-image]1290696762236[/legende-image]Head of team: Denis TRAVAILLÉ


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