Montpellier Business School

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Découvrez les centres et chaires de MBS

Découvrez les centres et chaires de MBS

The Chairs are a valuable link between the worlds of research, teaching and business. MBS has a total of 5 Chairs.

MBS Chairs

The chairs are a valuable link between the worlds of research, teaching and business. mbs has a total of 5 chairs.

A Research and Teaching Chair is a collaboration between Montpellier Business School and other partners. These other partners can be private companies but also academic partners.

Montpellier Business School has created five research and teaching chairs:
– Social & Sustainable Finance Chair
– Social Entrepreneurship & Inclusion Chair
– Pegase Chair
– Chair of Inclusive Management & Societal Engagement
– Chair in Communication and organizing for sustainability transformation

Montpellier Business School is also a partner of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Chair of the University of Montpellier.
Montpellier Business School’s teacher-researchers are also involved in the activities of the Coo-Innov Chair of the University of Montpellier.

Social & Sustainable Finance Chair

#finance #sustainabledevelopment #sociallyresponsibleinvesting

This Chair aims to intensify research, training and exchange of best practices in the field of social and sustainable finance.

The Social & Sustainable Chair conducts research on microfinance, social banking, Environmental, Social and Governance Indicators (SGI) and Socially Responsible Investing (SRI).

Co-Owners : 
Dr Anastasia Cozarenco
Dr Thi Hong Van Hoang

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Social Entrepreneurship & Inclusion Chair

#social&solidarityeconomy #entrepreneurship #inclusion

The aim of the Social Entrepreneurship & Inclusion Chair is to promote social and solidarity economy businesses through research and teaching activities as well as concrete actions at the local level. The Chair also seeks to support people furthest from the labour market to contribute to a more inclusive economy.

Owner : 
Dr Walid Nakara

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The COAST Chair

#sustainabledevelopment #sustainableeconomy

The COAST Chair (Communication and Organising for sustainability transformation) explores cultural and organisational transformations leading to a low carbon economy. Thanks to its expertise in strategic communication and systems thinking, the COAST Chair supports organisations in transforming their management approach vis-à-vis sustainable development and helps them measure their impact on low-carbon practices.

Co-Owners : 
Dr Helen Etchanchu
Dr Domenico Dentoni

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The Mind Chair

#inclusion #csr

The MIND Chair (Inclusive Management & Societal Commitment) supports the transformation of organisations to engage in the ongoing social and societal transition. It aims to leverage inclusive management for societal commitment of organisations in order to specify their mission and raison d’être while meeting the expectations of their stakeholders.

Co-Owners : 
Dr Magalie Marais
Dr Maryline Meyer

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The Pegase Chair

The Pegase Chair is the first French Chair dedicated to the economy and management of air transport and aerospace. Its ambition is to strengthen the links between the academic world and air transport and aerospace companies.

Owner : 
Dr Paul Chiambaretto

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A center or an institute is a transdisciplinary grouping on a specific theme of interest to companies or other structures in its environment. A center reflects the strategic and institutional priorities.

The activities of a center can include research, teaching (particularly through the development of courses), professional or other activities (e.g. citizen experiments).

Montpellier Business School has created 3 centers:


The Yunus Centre is an academic hub created in partnership with the Yunus Centre in Dhaka (Bangladesh). It trains students and raises awareness of social business. The Yunus Centre’s mission also includes the development of research by disseminating new knowledge on this topic.

These activities involve collaboration with associations and companies in order to create an ecosystem of social and solidarity economy project leaders within the School.

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Created at the beginning of 2021, the ORPI-MBS institute structures its services around 4 axes:

  • Training that will take the form of “Masterclass – Top Managers” with qualifying training sessions and degree courses (Bac+3 and Bac+5)
  • Follow-up of associates’ entrepreneurial projects
  • Coaching and consulting services targeting specific issues identified by ORPI
  • Scientific studies at ORPI’s request, allowing us to address the fundamental issues facing agencies, requiring the scientific processing of a large amount of data.


The Entrepreneurship Centre has 5 main activities:

  • Training: the Entrepreneurship Centre ensures that entrepreneurship is present in all of the school’s programs, according to the level of the students and their needs, to facilitate the acquisition of essential skills for any business leader. The Center ensures pedagogical coherence between the various entrepreneurship programs.
  • Research: The Centre participates in the valorization of entrepreneurship research carried out by the faculty.
  • Entrepreneurship awareness: the Entrepreneurship Centre aims to raise awareness of entrepreneurship among all Montpellier Business School students through various initiatives (challenges with Montpellier Business School partners and/or inter-schools; business creation simulation with startup week; online awareness and experience sharing).
  • Support through its incubator.
  • Financing via MBS invest.


Montpellier Business School is also part of international consortia working on projects funded by the European Commission:

Social Enterprise through Virtual Environments and Remote Entrepreneurship (SEVERE)

Objective: The SEVERE project aims to develop a transnational programme for nurturing entrepreneurial mind-sets and skills in order to encourage active citizenship and social entrepreneurship. 

Consortium: Glasgow Caledonian University (coordinator), Dublin City University, University of Florence, Pompeu Fabra University, University Aveiro.

Dates: September 2020 – September 2023

Total funding: 437 k euros

Scheme: ERASMUS + – Strategic Partnerships for higher education

Project number: 2020-1-UK01-KA203-079212

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Online Internship in Tourism (ON-IT)

Objective: ON-IT focuses on the development of guidelines and resources to design and implement meaningful remote internships in higher education.

Consortium: Macerata University (coordinator), Universidad of La Laguna, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, University of Rijeka, UNIMED – Mediterranean Universities Union, International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism.

Dates: March 2021 – March 2023

Total funding: 299 k euros

Scheme: ERASMUS + – Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness

Project number: 2020-1-IT02-KA226-HE-095091

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ENcouraging Farmers towards sustainable farming SYstems through policy and business Strategies (ENFASYS)

Objective: The overall aim of ENFASYS is to stimulate a just and robust transition to sustainable, productive, climate-neutral, biodiversity friendly and resilient farming systems by improved policies and business strategies that encourage farmers to change their production systems.

Consortium: Eigen Vermogen Van Het Instituut Voor Landbouw- en Visserij Onderzoek (coordinator), Conseil Europeen des jeunes agriculteurs AISBL, Udruzenje Eko-Inovacija na Balkanu, GAIA Epicheirein Anonymi Etaireia Psifiakon Ypiresion, Norsk Institutt for Biookonomi, Université Catholique de Louvain, Institut de L’élevage, Teagasc – Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Alma Mater Studiorum – Universita di Bologna, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, ForschungsInstitut fur Biologischen Landbau Stiftung.

Dates: September 2022 – September 2026

Total funding: ~ 4 million euros

Scheme: HORIZON-CL6-2021-FARM2FORK-01

Project number: 101059589


A laboratory is a space for reflection and experimentation that aims to conduct exchanges, share information between different departments, and facilitate the implementation of school policy (e.g. DD&RS, diversity and inclusion, innovation). The fields of action of a laboratory include teaching and research but must go beyond. A lab is therefore composed of teacher-researchers but also other Montpellier Business School staff.

There are currently two labs at Montpellier Business School:


The sustainability lab manages the implementation of sustainable development actions at Montpellier Business School. The lab has several objectives

  • Facilitate exchanges between the Group’s departments and co-construct the SDRS policy
  • To centralize the actions carried out under the SD&RS reference framework based on 5 axes:
    • A “Strategy and Governance” axis,
    • A “Training” axis,
    • A “Research” axis,
    • An “Environment” axis and
    • A “Social Policy and Territorial Anchoring” axis.
  • Ensuring the implementation of a continuous improvement policy

The lab is composed of 2 groups:

  • Pedagogy and research group (around sustainable development and CSR which also includes the diversity and inclusion component)
  • Animation and campus group (this group is not involved in research and teaching).


This Lab currently supports and co-constructs Montpellier Business School’s diversity and inclusion policy and works with institutional partners involved in the subject. It is directly managed by the Human Resources and CSR Department. In this respect, the Lab has carried out several projects, such as a study on gendered representations for the CGE, the creation of a MOOC on diversity and inclusion, the drafting of a student commitment charter for Montpellier Business School, the organization of the inclusion campus, the organization of a Montpellier Business School training day on diversity, etc.


  • Become a Research Advisor

Joining a Chair today helps you prepare for the issues and challenges of tomorrow. It also means investing in R&D in an innovative way to address the challenges of your business sector and/or your profession.

  • Embody your values through a strong commitment

Give concrete expression to your commitment to a more social, sustainable and responsible economy.

  • Favourable tax treatment through partonage

Your support for the research activity benefits from the advantageous tax framework of patronage allowing your company to get a corporate tax reduction of 60% of the donation within the limit of 0.5% of its turnover.


Ludivine Malacan
Sponsorship Manager


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