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Discover the MBS research groups

Discover the MBS research groups

Research groups

Research groups play a major role in the organisation and development of research at Montpellier Business School. Research adopts a modern strategy based on interdisciplinary research groups fostering strong cooperation between internal and external faculty members-researchers. Research groups are dynamic and evolving with professors-researchers who can contribute simultaneously to several groups.

Montpellier Business School is strong with its 8 research groups:

  • Entrepreneurship entry mode and survival
  • Inter-organisational and interpersonal relations in the SMEs context
  • Health, entrepreneurship and psychological markers
  • Entrepreneurial economics
  • Accounting for sustainability and innovation
  • Design, creative thinking and innovation
  • Management & Organisation of Sustainable Transformations
  •  Health & Innovation for Society
  • Presentation

    Entrepreneurship research has investigated and generally well-documented the determinants of outcomes of new business formation (survival and growth). But so far, little distinction is made between different entry modes. An emerging line of thinking shows that starting a new business from scratch and taking over an existing business are two distinct entrepreneurship entry modes.

    The research group is a joint effort of Montpellier Business School (Frank Lasch, Frank Robert, Roy Thurik) and the University of Trier in Germany (Jörn Block, Guoqian Xi).


    Examples of current work

    • Firm survival across entry modes: A replication study.
    • How does business survival differ between business takeovers and new venture start-ups?

    Examples of communications

    • Xi G., Block J., Lasch F., Robert F. & Thurik R. 2016. Work experience from paid employment and the path to entrepreneurship: business takeover versus new venture start-up. G-Forum/ Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, October 6-7, Leipzig, Germany.
    • Block J., Lasch F., Robert F., Thurik R. & XI G. 2015. Human capital and success in entrepreneurship: new venture start versus business takeover. Economics of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, June 2-3, Trier, Germany.

    Example of publications

    • Xi G., Block J., Lasch F., Robert F. & Thurik R. 2020. The survival of business takeovers and new venture start-ups. Industrial and Corporate Change, 29(3): 797-826.
    • Xi G., Block J., Lasch F., Robert F. & Thurik R. 2018. Mode of entry into hybrid entrepreneurship: new venture start-up versus business takeover. International Review of Entrepreneurship, 16(2): 217-240.
    • Xi G., Block J., Lasch F., Robert F. & Thurik R. 2018. Work experience from paid employment and the path to entrepreneurship: business takeover versus new venture start-up. Revue de l’Entrepreneuriat, 17(2): 91-112.
    • Block J., Thurik R., van der Zwan P. & Walter S. 2013. Business takeover or new venture? Individual and environmental determinants from a cross-country study. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 37(5), 1099-1121.




Trust is generally considered essential for the sustainability of relationships between individuals but also between companies. This sometimes contradicts the notion of economic rationality, but research agrees on the overlap of social and economic relationships in SMEs. Relationships in this context are based mainly on personal ties. From this perspective, strong ties could induce particular coordination mechanisms, provide new forms of organisation and improve firm performance. Moreover, they could give new meaning to the paradoxes that emerge when contradictory goals are pursued, as references change. In this research group, work is being done on the forms, objectives and modalities of relationships in SMEs, both internally and externally, at the individual and organisational levels.

Examples of current work  

  • Interpersonal relationships in small businesses
  • Paradox management
  • Coopetition
  • Collective strategies
  • Bricolage
  • Trust

Examples of publications (selected) 

  • Kessari M., Joly C., Jaouen A., Jaeck M. 2020. Alternative food networks: good practices for sustainable performance. Journal of Marketing Management. A paraitre.
  • Jaouen A., Jaeck M., Joly C., Kessari M. 2020. Les magasins de producteurs : vers un renouveau de l’action collective des PME agricoles. Revue Internationale PME. A paraitre.
  • Rouher L., Jaouen A., Jaeck M., Joly C., Kessari M. 2020. Vendre ses produits en direct et en collectif dans un magasin de producteurs : adopter un projet collectif correspondant aux fermes, adapter les fermes au projet. Innovations Agronomiques, 79, 455-469.
  • Granata J., Lasch F., Le Roy F. & Dana L. (forthcoming). How do micro-firms manage coopetition? International Small Business Journal.
  • Barlette Y. & Jaouen A. 2019. Information Security in SMEs: determinants of CEOs’ protective and supportive behaviors. Systèmes d’Information et Management, 24(3), 7-40.
  • Nakara W., Jaouen A., Gabarret I., Vedel B. & D’Andria A. 2019. Examining the startup phase of an incubator from a bricolage perspective, Revue de l’Entrepreneuriat, 17(3-4), 103-138
  • Gundolf K., Jaouen A. & Gast J. 2018. Motives for strategic alliances in cultural and creative industries. Creativity and Innovation Management Journal, 27(2), 148-160.
  • Granata J., Géraudel M., Nicolosi A. & Garcia K. 2017. Understanding the evolution of coopetition among SMEs in a wine cluster: A social capital approach, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 67-84.
  • Granata J., Da Fonseca M-C., Marquès P. & Géraudel M. 2016. Dynamique d’évolution d’une stratégie collective entre PME : le cas des vignerons du Pic Saint-Loup, Management International, Vol. 20, N°2, pp. 163-177.
  • Gundolf K.,  Jaouen A. & Missonier A. 2012. Une entreprise mature décide d’accompagner une jeune entreprise potentiellement concurrente : Quelles motivations et conditions d’émergence ? Revue Sciences de Gestion, 254: 69-79.
  • Gundolf K.,  Meier O. & Missonier A. 2012. Mergers between size-unequal partners: Strategic Risks and Hurdles. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 19 (2): 281 – 299.
  • Jaouen A. & Lasch F. 2015. A new typology of micro-firm owner-managers. International Small Business Journal, 334: 397-421.
  • Jaouen A. & Nakara W.A. 2014. Les systèmes d’information en micro-firme: une approche par le bricolage organisationnel. Revue Internationale PME, 273-4: 225-260.



Dr Annabelle Jaouen


Entrepreneurs/self-entrepreneurs, senior and top managers are the drivers of entrepreneurial orientation and business growth. They have long been considered to possess better mental health than their employees. However, this distinction remains little explored. Several studies have been conducted on the mental health of employees, but little is known about the health of entrepreneurs/self-entrepreneurs and executives. Few empirical studies interested in their health and job performance. Examining their psychological and personality traits – such as affect, self-efficacy, personality traits (the 5 big traits), mindfulness, impulsivity and the Dark Triad (narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy) – could thus prove useful for better understanding their behavior. Thus, studying “bright and dark sides” of these traits could help to better understanding how to counteract their effects on stress/technostress and burnout at work. The list of psychological and personality traits is not exhaustive. Any research on this issue is welcome.
The research carried out by this group addresses these problems and is based on teacher-researchers from Montpellier Business School and other partner universities.

Examples of current work

  • Stress/Technostress/burnout
  • Positive/negative affect
  • Mindfulness
  • Personality traits
  • Entrepreneurial success
  • Entrepreneurial orientation

 Examples of communications

  • Benzari, A., Khedhaouria, A., & Torrès, O. 2020. The Rise of Technostress: A Literature Review from 1984 until 2018. In Proceedings of the 28th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS). An Online AIS Conference, June 15-17, Morocco.
  • Benzari A., Torres O., Khedhaouria A., & Cucchi A. 2019. The impact of technostress on burnout of small business owners. 11ème congrès de l’Académie de l’Entrepreneuriat et de l’Innovation. June 3-5, Montpellier.
  • Cesinger B., Gundolf K., Hughes M. & Khedhaouira A. 2018. Bright and dark sides of the dark triad: Managers personality traits and organizational commitment. Cognitive Perspective in Entrepreneurship Research-Past, Present and Future, September 23-24, Paris.
  • Bernoster I., Khedhaouria A. & Thurik R. 2017. The association between positive affect and entrepreneurial success. Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research IECER, September 20-21, Siegen, Deutschland.
  • Bernoster I., Khedhaouria A. & Thurik R. 2016. Affect, aspects of the entrepreneurial process, and entrepreneurial success. International Workshop on Health of Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, September 29-30, Montpellier, France.

Examples of publications

  • Torres, O., Benzari, A., Fisch, C., Mukerjee, J., Swalhi, A., Thurik, R. (forthcoming). Risk of burnout in French small business owners and the COVID-19 crisis. Small Business Economics [FNEGE: 2; CNRS: 2]
  • Bernoster, I., Mukerjee, J., & Thurik, R. (2020). The role of affect in entrepreneurial orientation. Small Business Economics, 54(1), 235-256 [FNEGE: 2; CNRS: 2]
  • Leung, Y. K., Mukerjee, J., & Thurik, R. (2020). The role of family support in work-family balance and subjective well-being of SME owners. Journal of small business management, 58(1), 130-163 [FNEGE: 2; CNRS: 2]
  • Montani F., Vandenberghe C., Khedhaouria A., & Courcy F. 2020. Examining the inverted u-shaped relationship between workload and innovative work behavior: The role of work engagement and mindfulness. Human Relations, 73, 59-93. [Top 50 Journals de la Financial Times; FNEGE: 1; CNRS: 2]
  • Khedhaouria A., & Cucchi A. 2019. Technostress creators, personality traits, and job burnout: A fuzzy-set configurational analysis. Journal of Business Research, 101, 346-361 [FNEGE: 2; CNRS: 2]
  • Bernoster I., Khedhaouria A., & Thurik R. 2018. Positive affect, the entrepreneurial process, and the entrepreneurial success of sole proprietors. M@n@gement22, 273-296. [FNEGE: 2; CNRS: 2]
  • Chollet, B., Géraudel, M., Khedhaouria, A., & Mothe C. 2016. Market knowledge as a function of CEOs’ personality: A fuzzy set approach. Journal of Business Research, 69, 2567–2573. [FNEGE: 2; CNRS: 2]
  • Khedhaouria A., Gurău C., Torrès O. 2015. Creativity, self-efficacy, and small-firm performance: the mediating role of entrepreneurial orientation. Small Business Economics, 44, 485–504. [FNEGE: 2; CNRS: 2]




Much research has been conducted in the last decades to understand the emergence of startups and the key factors of success for entrepreneurs. As argued by Pr. Thomas Hellmann (Saïd Business School, Oxford, UK), due to its positive impact on job creations and economics growth entrepreneurship is now considered and recognized as one subdomain of the economic science research, alongside macroeconomics, development economics and others. The objective of the group is to join researchers specialized in entrepreneurship from various areas (strategy, economics, finance, innovation) that share an economic viewpoint on entrepreneurial topics as well as global policy concerns. In particular we focus on quantitative methods and theoretical analysis. The research group is a joint effort of Montpellier Business School (Andrieu, den Besten, Khedhaouria, Laguir, Nakara, Sekeris, Thurik), EM Lyon, France (Groh), UPMC Paris VI, France (Dalle), Calabria University, Italy (La Rocca), University of Messina, Italy (Staglianò).

Our research fields include


  • Venture capital
  • Business angels
  • Business incubators
  • Crowdfunding
  • Initial Coin Offerings
  • Corporate governance
  • Networks
  • SMEs financing
  • Motivating innovation

Examples of communications

  • Academy of management
  • RENT
  • Financial Management Association

Examples of publications

  • Andrieu, G., & Groh, A. P. 2020. Strategic exits in secondary venture capital markets. Journal of Business Venturing, Forthcoming.
  • Andrieu, G., & Groh, A. P. (2018). Specialist versus generalist investors: Trading off support quality, investment horizon and control rights. European Economic Review, 101, 459-478.
  • Andrieu, G. & Groh, A.P. 2012. Entrepreneurs’ Financing Choice Between Independent and Bank-Affiliated Venture Capital Firms”. Journal of Corporate Finance Vol. 18, 1143-1167.
  • Andrieu, G., Staglianò, R., & van der Zwan, P. (2017). Bank debt and trade credit for SMEs in Europe: firm-, industry-, and country-level determinants. Small Business Economics, 1-20.
  • Block, J. H., Hoogerheide, L., & Thurik, R. (2013). Education and entrepreneurial choice: An instrumental variables analysis. International Small Business Journal, 31(1), 23-33.
  • El Baz, J., Laguir, I., Marais, M., & Staglianò, R. Forhtcoming. Influence of National Institutions on the Corporate Social Responsibility Practices of Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises in the Food-processing Industry: Differences between France and Morocco. Journal of Business Ethics.
  • Khedhaouria A., Gurău C. & Torrès O. 2014. Creativity, self-efficacy, and small-firm performance: the mediating role of entrepreneurial orientation. Small Business Economics, Vol. 43, n°2. [DOI 10.1007/s11187-014-9608-y]
  • Sekeris, P. G. (2014). The tragedy of the commons in a violent world. The RAND Journal of Economics, 45(3), 521-532.


Dr Guillaume Andrieu


Accounting for sustainability and innovation can play a major role in the development of sustainable business models.. It comprises internal and external practices and mechanisms devoted to measure, monitor, represent and communicate the wider performance of an organization including environmental, social, economic, innovation and operations aspects and their interrelationships.
The aim of the research group is to address all issues related to this area including new developments in sustainability accounting, the role and use of accounting systems for sustainability, operations and innovation strategies, the integration of sustainability, operations and innovation into performance measurement systems, the linkage between business strategy, sustainable strategy, innovation strategy, operations strategy and corporate governance as well as the role of accounting, finance and innovation departments for organizational change towards sustainability and innovation, and their relationship with the CSR/sustainability/innovation.
The research group is a joint effort of Montpellier Business School (Matthijs den Besten, Cyril Foropon, Issam Laguir andMagalie Marais), ICN Business School (Rebecca Stekelorum), ‎Università degli Studi di Messina (Raffaele Staglianò) and the University of Ibn Zohr in Morocco (Jamal Elbaz).

Examples of current work

  • Management control systems, CSR and corporate tax aggressiveness
  • Management control systems and innovation
  • Management control systems and supply chain management
  • Management control systems and resilience

Examples of communications

  • Laguir I, El Shoubaki A. & Den Besten M. 2017. Human capital, firm creation, and SME growth: a mediation approach. Entrepreneurship Future, May 11, Paris, France.
  • Laguir I., Laguir L. & Stekelorum R. 2016. Does it pay to be a socially responsible bank? Accounting & Finance Associations of Australia and New Zealand AFAANZ, July 03-05, Queensland, Australia.
  • Marais M. & Young S. 2016. Corporate governance perspectives and CSR: Issues for stakeholder management. Academy of Management AOM, August 5-9, Anaheim, California, USA.
  • Laguir I., Elbaz J. & Laguir L. 2014. Are family SMEs more socially responsible than nonfamily SMEs? Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC), June 05-08, Portland, USA.
  • Laguir I., Elbaz J. & Marais M. 2013. Family Firms and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Preliminary Evidence from the French stock market. Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC), May 17-19, Viña del Mar, Chile.
  • El Baz J., Laguir I., Marais M. & Staglianò R. 2012. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) in SMEs: Understanding differences between France and Morocco in the food-processing industry. International Council for Small Business Conference (ICSB), June 10-13, Wellington, New Zealand.

Examples of publications

  • Laguir, I., Stekelorum, R., & El Baz, J. 2020. Going green? Investigating the relationships between proactive environmental strategy, GSCM practices and performances of third-party logistics providers (TPLs). Production Planning & Control, 1-14.
  • Forgione, A. F., Laguir, I., & Staglianò, R. 2020. Effect of corporate social responsibility scores on bank efficiency: The moderating role of institutional context. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management.
  • Laguir L., Laguir I. & Tchemeni E. 2019. Implementing CSR activities through management control systems: A formal and informal control perspective. AccountingAuditing & Accountability Journal.
  • El Shoubaki A., Laguir I. & Den Besten M. 2019. Human capital and SME growth: The mediating role of reasons to start a business. Small Business Economics1-15
  • Brulhart F., Gherra S. & Marais M. 2017. Are environmental strategies profitable for companies? The key role of natural competences from a resource-based view. Management Decision.
  • Laguir I., Laguir L., Elbaz J. 2016. Are family small- and medium-sized enterprises more socially responsible than nonfamily small- and medium-sized enterprises? Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, Vol. 23 (6) 2016, pp. 386–398.
  • El Baz J. & Laguir I. Forthcoming. Third party logistics providers TPLs and environmental sustainability practices in developing countries: the case of Morocco. International Journal of Operations & Production Management.
  • El Baz J., Laguir I., Marais M. & Staglianò R. 2016. Influence of National Institutions on the Corporate Social Responsibility Practices of Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises in the Food-processing Industry: Differences between France and Morocco. Journal of Business Ethics, 134: 117-133.
  • Laguir I., Staglianò R. & El Baz J. 2015. Does corporate social responsibility affect corporate tax aggressiveness? Journal of Cleaner Production, 107: 662-675.




This group brings together researchers in marketing, design, communication and management, with a wide array of specializations, all sharing a common goal of better understanding how theories and methods coming from management and design can enrich each other to improve organizations global performance. Our research works deal with brand design and communication, design thinking, design management, management of innovation, management of creative thinking within organizations, social marketing, packaging design, spread of innovation to consumers and consumers acceptance of innovation, creative industries amongst others.
This group aims at stimulating the scientific debate and at diffusing new research ideas. To that end, the group creates research and pedagogical materials about themes mentioned above. The group also organizes workshops on these questions as well as specific courses/seminars.

Examples of publications 

  • Althuizen N. Forthcoming. Revisiting Berlyne’s inverted U‐shape relationship between complexity and liking: The role of effort, arousal, and status in the appreciation of product design aesthetics. Psychology & Marketing.
  • Feiereisen S., Rasolofoarison D., Russell C. & Schau H. Forthcoming. One brand, many trajectories: Narrative navigation in transmedia. Journal of Consumer Research.
  • Althuizen, Niek & Bo Chen. Forthcoming. Crowdsourcing Ideas using Product Prototypes: The Joint Effect of Prototype Enhancement and the Product Design Goal on Idea Novelty. Management Science.  
  • Bertele K., Feiereisen S., Storey C. & Van Laer T. 2020. It’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it! Effective message styles for promoting innovative new services. Journal of Business Research.
  • Celhay F., Magnier L. & Schoormans J. 2020. Hip and Authentic. Defining Neo-Retro Style in Package Design. International Journal of Design.
  • Celhay F., Cheng P., Masson J. & Li W. 2020. Package graphic design and communication across cultures: An investigation of Chinese consumers’ interpretation of imported wine labels. International Journal of Research in Marketing.
  • Luffarelli J., Mukesh M. & Mahmood A. 2019. Let the Logo Do the Talking: The Influence of Logo Descriptiveness on Brand Equity. Journal of Marketing Research.
  • Mahmood A., Luffarelli J. & Mukesh M. & 2019. What’s in a Logo? The Impact of Complex Visual Cues in Equity Crowdfunding. Journal of Business Venturing.
  • Favier M., Celhay F. & Pantin Sohier G. 2019. Is less more or a bore? Package design simplicity and brand perception: an application to Champagne. Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services.
  • Feiereisen S., Rasolofoarison D., De Valck K. & Schmitt J. 2018. Understanding emerging adults’ consumption of TV series in the digital age: A practice-theory-based approach. Journal of Business Research.
  • Luffarelli J., Stamatogiannakis A. & Yang H. 2018. The visual asymmetry effect: an interplay of Logo design and brand personality on brand equity. Journal of Marketing Research.
  • Celhay F., Masson J., Garcia Granata K., Folcher P. & Cohen J. 2017. Package graphic design and innovation: A comparative study of Bordeaux and Barossa wine visual codes. Recherche et Applications en Marketing.
  • Kaminska R. & and Mukerjee Nath J. 2016.Designing for entrepreneurship and emergence.  Academy of Management Proceedings.
  • Delre S. A., Broekhuizen T. L. J.& Bijmolt, T. H. A. 2016. The Effects of Shared Consumption on Product Life Cycles and Advertising Effectiveness: The Case of the Motion Picture Market. Journal of Marketing Research.




Management and Organization of Sustainable Transformations (MOST) is a group of management and organization scholars with shared interests in understanding, explaining, and envisioning organizational and societal change towards more socio-ecologically sustainable futures. The group congregates a diverse set of research agendas including, but not limited to, the study of business ethics, business and society, critical management, corporate social responsibility, regulation and governance, social entrepreneurship and innovation, inclusive organizations and organizing, health and well-being in organizations, socio-ecological systems, and processes of resilience and transformation. Collectively, we strive to engage and integrate multiple theoretical perspectives in management studies – e.g. theories of organization, strategy, innovation or entrepreneurship – and from multiple other scientific fields (e.g. ethics, economics, psychology, sociology and the natural sciences) to understand sustainable transformations in novel ways.

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Activities and values

A core aim of this research group is to provide a platform where members and guests can present their research and receive feedback about it. Early-stage ideas for research projects are equally welcome as more advanced paper projects, journal revisions, or more comprehensive research works (e.g. work on PhD theses, habilitations, or book projects). Members of the group strive to read and immerse themselves in these projects and to give honest, clear, and constructive feedback. The aim is to help authors improve their research projects and move them forward.

However, given the topic at the core of interest, the MOST group does not just ‘do research’; it also promotes collective reflection and experimentation to synergize our research and the impact we strive to have in our education, in our organizations and in our societies. Therefore, along with organizing regular research seminars, we discuss – in collaboration with the Labs, Chairs, and Research Centers at Montpellier Business School and beyond – how our research could innovate and redesign our teaching curricula and engagements with students, companies, public agencies, and the civil society.

We organize our activities with constant reference to our bonding values: a bottom-up approach of reciprocal engagement and decision-making, support of our creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, and priority to solidarity, mutual support, inclusiveness, health, wellbeing and ecological prosperity.

Research questions and recent publications

Some of the broad questions we seek to address include:

  • How do organizations create value for their stakeholders, for society, and for natural ecosystems?
  • How do organizations such as businesses, public actors, nonprofit organizations, civil society, and social movements dialogue, compete and cooperate with each other to generate a sustainable economy and society?
  • How do organizations respond to institutional demands and pressures for more sustainability and responsibility?
  • How do organizations engage with and manage socio-political tensions and paradoxes related to ethical sustainability choices?
  • How do organizations engage in ethical debates on what constitutes value, and what is valuable, in processes of resilience and transformation?
  • How do organizations cope with and adapt to social, ecological, and economic adversities?
  • How do organizations support or hamper processes of societal change towards sustainable futures?
  • How do individual members of organizations make decisions that are (environmentally, socially and ethically) sustainable for the stakeholders and for the organization?

For example, our group members (in bold) have produced these examples of relevant publications in relation to our themes of interest:

Alves M. F. R., Vastola V., Galina S. & Zollo M. (2023). When reflection hurts: The effect of cognitive processing types on organizational adaptation to discontinuous change. Organization Science. In press.

Bennouri, M., Cozarenco, A. & Nyarko, S. A. (2023). Women on Boards and Performance Trade-offs in Social Enterprises: Insights from Microfinance. Journal of Business Ethics, forthcoming

Börjesson, M., Hamilton, C.J., Näsman, P., & Papaix, C. 2015. Factors driving public support for road congestion reduction policies: Congestion charging, free public transport and more roads in Stockholm, Helsinki and Lyon, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 78(C), pages 452-462.

Boyselle J. & Sánchez C.R. (2018). Qualitative evaluation of the influence of two different cultures, Mexican and French, on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) perceptions in organic and Fairtrade food industry. PP. 949-982. In Molina Sánchez, R. (2018): Las Mipymes y su competitividad sustentable: reto ante un nuevo ordenamiento económico Munidal. Editorial AIREPME. ISBN: 978-607-97904-0-0

Burato, M., Tang, S., Vastola, V., & Cenci, S. (2023). Organizational System Thinking as a Cognitive Framework to Meet Climate Targets. Proceedings of National Academy of Science (PNAS). In press.

Cho, C. H., Senn, J., & Sobkowiak, M. (2021). Sustainability at stake during COVID-19: Exploring the role of accounting in addressing environmental crises. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 102327.

Dentoni, D., Pascucci, S., Poldner, K., & Gartner, W. B. (2018). Learning “who we are” by doing: Processes of co-constructing prosocial identities in community-based enterprises. Journal of Business Venturing33(5), 603-622.

Dentoni, D., Pinkse, J., & Lubberink, R. (2021). Linking sustainable business models to socio-ecological resilience through cross-sector partnerships: A complex adaptive systems view. Business & Society60(5), 1216-1252.

Dentoni, D., Cucchi, C., Roglic, M., Lubberink, R., Bender-Salazar, R., & Manyise, T. (2022). Systems thinking, mapping and change in food and agriculture. Bio-based and Applied Economics, 11(4), 277-301.

Delmestri, G., Etchanchu, H., Bothello, J., Gutierrez-Huerter O, G., Habersang, S., & Schuessler, E. (2021). OS4Future: An academic advocacy movement for our future, In Kanashrio, P., Starik., M. Faculty Personal Sustainability, London: Edward Elgar. Forthcoming.

Djan, K. O., Nyarko, S. A., Mersland, R., Beisland, L. A., & Nakato, L. (2023). The impact of international ownership on the performance of social enterprises: A global survey of microfinance shareholder firms. Strategic Change, 32(2-3), 53-71.

Etchanchu, H., De Bakker, F.G.A. and Delmestri, G. Forthcoming. Social Movement Agency for Sustainable Organizing, in Teerikangas, S., Onkila, T., Koistinen, K., & Mäkelä, M. Research Handbook of Sustainability Agency. London: Edward Elgar.

Etchanchu, H. and Djelic, M.L. (2019). Old Wine in New Bottles? Parentalism, Power and its Legitimacy in Business-Society Relations. Journal of Business Ethics, 160(4), 893-911.

Hammadou, H., Papaix, C. Policy packages for modal shift and CO2 reduction in Lille, France, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 38, 105-116.

Gaidos, A., Palpacuer, F. & Balas, N. (2017). Social innovation as practice: exploring the entanglement of political and managerial logics, International Journal of Work Innovation, 2(2/3).

Gaidos, A. Forthcoming. A performative approach to social innovation incubation practices in Olivier, G. Entrepreneurship and Society. Montreal: Sciences de l’Administration Presses de l’Université Laval.

Granata J., Gundolf K. & Marques P. 2021. Managing Paradoxical Tensions in a Coopetitive Context: Horizontal Multiple-Firm Coopetition, Revue de l’Entrepreneuriat, Vol. 20, 113-137.

Granata, J. & Jaouen A (2021). Management Libéré 7 entreprises dévoilent leur méthode : agilité, performance durable et antifragilité. Dunod, Paris.

Kessari M., Joly C., Jaouen A. & Jaeck M. 2020. Alternative food networks: good practices for sustainable performance, Journal of Marketing Management, 36(15/16): 1417-1446.

Ho, H., & Kuvaas, B. (2020). Human resource management systems, employee well‐being, and firm performance from the mutual gains and critical perspectives: The well‐being paradox. Human Resource Management, 59(3), 235-253.

Lacerda D.S. (2023). Investigating the political economy of the territory: the contradictory responses of organisations to spatial inequality. Organization, 30(5): 1074–1093.

Lacerda D. S., Meira F. B. & Brulon V. (2021). Spatial ethics beyond the North–South dichotomy: Moral dilemmas in Favelas. Journal of Business Ethics. 171: 695–707.

Leung, Y. K., Mukerjee, J., & Thurik, R. (2020). The role of family support in work-family balance and subjective well-being of SME owners. Journal of small business management, 58(1), 130-163.

Lombard, E., & GibsonBrandon, R. N. (2023). Do Wealth Managers understand Codes of Conduct and their ethical dilemmas? Lessons from an online survey. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-20.

Lombard, E., Kometer, M., & Preuschoff, K. (2019). Neurofinance. Organizational Research Methods, 22(1): 196-222.

Marais M., Joly C, Meyer M., Jaeck M., Kessari M., Andiappan M. & Dufour L. 2020. Legitimizing a diversity policy in a challenging environment: A case study of a French business school. Management International, 24(1): 56-71.

Marais M., Reynaud E. & Vilanova L. 2020. CSR dynamics in the midst of competing injunctions: the case of Danone. European Management Review, 17(1): 19-39.

Nakara, W. A., Bouguerra, N., & Fayolle, A. (2017). Supporting and Training female necessity entrepreneurs. In The Routledge Companion to Global Female Entrepreneurship (pp. 167-180). Routledge.

Nakara, W. A., Messeghem, K., & Ramaroson, A. (2021). Innovation and entrepreneurship in a context of poverty: a multilevel approach. Small Business Economics, 56(4), 1601-1617.

Nyarko, S. A. (2022). Gender discrimination and lending to women: The moderating effect of international founder, International Business Review, 31(4), 101973.

Sadeghi, Y., & Islam, G. (2021). Modes of exhibition: Uses of the past in Tehran art galleries. Organization, In press.

Torrès, O., Benzari, A., Fisch, C., Mukerjee, J., Swalhi, A., & Thurik, R. (2021). Risk of burnout in French entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 crisis. Small Business Economics, 1-23.

Überbacher F. & Scherer A. G. 2020. Indirect compellence and institutional change: U.S. extraterritorial law enforcement and the erosion of Swiss banking secrecy. Administrative Science Quarterly, 65(3): 565‐605.

Vastola, V. & Russo, A.(2021. Exploring the effects of mergers and acquisitions on acquirers’ sustainability orientation: Embedding, adding, or losing sustainability. Business Strategy and the Environment, 30(2),

Recent theme sessions

Along with lively internal meetings, the MOST group organized open, participatory sessions on themes important to support sustainable transformations in our region and to innovate our scientific field and profession accordingly. Some examples of discussed themes included:

  • Bridging Natural and Social Sciences in Management & Organization Studies
  • Engaged Scholarship, Action Research and Anything in Between
  • Balancing Environmental, Social and Financial Goals in Microfinance
  • Organizations and Resistance

Recent invited speakers

The MOST group also regularly invites external speakers from across the globe. With them, we discuss the latest research advancements and we share broader visions on our fields of study and academic lives.

Invited speakers between 2021 and 2023 included:

  • Pratima Bansal, Professor of Strategy at the Ivey Business School (Canada)
  • Juliane Reinecke, Professor of Management Studies at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
  • William B. Gartner, Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship, Babson College (USA)
  • Frank De Bakker, Full Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility, Department of Management & Society, IESEG School of Management (France)
  • Patrick Haack, Full Professor, HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Ralph Hamann, Full Professor, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (South Africa)
  • Fatma Ibrahim, Doctoral scholar, Glasgow Caledonian University (Scotland)
  • Cécile Godfroid, Assistant professor, Warocqué School of Business and Economics, Université de Mons (Belgium).
  • Corentin Curchod, Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management & Organisation, University of Edinburgh Business School (Scotland)
  • Stephanie Giamporcaro, Associate Professor, Department of Accounting & Finance, Nottingham Business School (England)
  • Arno Kourula, Associate Professor of Strategy, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Christof Brandtner, emLyon Business School and Stanford PACS Civic Life of Cities Lab

Internal group members

External group members


Dr Domenico Dentoni


The research group “Health & Innovation for Society” aims to better understand the challenges of health in the current context (societal, environmental, and technological transformation) within the biopharmaceutical industries, hospitals, and among patients. More specifically, the research focuses on:
  • The development of new technologies in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries,
  • The challenges relating to the shortening of the hospital stay, as well as the implementation of home hospitalization from the emergency services,
  • The contribution of patient partners in the proactive management of their disease. Define more targeted and more adapted care pathways for each service or if possible, by pathology.
  • Health and access to care for disadvantaged people (people excluded from employment, migrants, etc.)
  • The impact of teleconsultation on society. The development of e-health (e-consultation, patient profile with all their history available on a platform for any practitioner).
In order to provide answers to these issues, the members of this research group aim to forge links with hospitals and biopharmaceutical companies in order to contribute to the improvement of management solutions dedicated to health professionals. They also seek to study innovative practices in this sector with an inclusive approach.

Projects in progress

  • Patient Partner
    Established in Canada, the “PP” system in France is developing to fundamentally transform patient care and the way services operate. The patient experience then becomes a key step in the health journey. The “Health for Society” research team aims to study the impact of this device on improving the health system in and with hospitals in France.
  • Home hospitalization and cost reduction 
    How is the Home Hospitalization doable from the emergency services in France? What is the profile of patients who can safely benefit from it? Who would be the appropriate partners who would take over in Home Hospitalization? How does Home Hospitalization bring the well-being of the patient, while guaranteeing the safety of care and the same quality of hospital care?
  • Patient Data Privacy, and role of Artificial intelligence in Health
    The dilemma between agreeing to share your health data and the abuse of data use. What wise choice should be made for patients, for the government and for companies?
  • Digital transformation in pharmaceutical and biotech companies
    Why Organizations Struggle with Digital Transformation? To what extent is there resistance to the digital transformation by employees? How to drive Transformation and Innovation? How to build the Agile Business through Digital Transformation: How to Lead Digital Transformation in Workplace? 
  • Strategic Management of technologies and Innovation in the biopharmaceutical companies 
    The choice of the strategy of biopharmaceutical companies for the development of new technologies is often complex and depends on several external (competitors), and internal (resources, knowledge) factors. What factors allow precise identification of a missing need will reduce the risk? What are the specific contexts to consider in biopharmaceutical companies? What are the specific governance mechanisms? How do these companies integrate CSR / inclusion approaches?

Selected academic communications

  • Fattoum S., Genet C. 2019. How does cross-functional integration in early innovation stages support new biotech Product development? JPIM Research Forum, Orlando, USA
  • Fattoum S., Genet C.2018. From attention to decision: How R&D managers sell their innovations to top managers in Biotech companies? Professional end-users for internal legitimacy, Innovation Product Development Conference, Engineering University, Porto, Portugal.
  • Fattoum S., Genet C., Mangematin V. 2017. How middle managers impact decision made by top managers toward radical innovation, Open and User Innovation Conference, Health Business Model Innovation, University of Innsbruck, Austria.
  • Nakara. W. 2010. Governance and Entrepreneurship: the case of innovative biotech business in France. 22nd Society for the Advancement Socio-Economics Annual Meeting (SASE), June 24-26, Philadelphia, US.

Selected academic contributions

  • Belkhouja M., Yoon H. D. 2018. How does openness influence the impact of a scholar’s research? An analysis of business scholars’ citations over their careers, Research Policy47: 2037-2047
  • Bojovic N., 2016. Anosmia, the disability of being ‘noseblind’, is no laughing matter, The Conversation:  Online
  • Bojovic N., Sabatier V., Rouault S. 2015. What innovative business models can be triggered by precision medicine? Analogical reasoning from the magazine industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health2 : 81-94
  • Fattoum J., Cannas G., Elhamri  M., Tigaud I.,   Plesa A.,  Heiblig M., Plesa C. Wattel  E.,      Thomas X. 2015. Effect of Age on Treatment Decision-Making in Elderly Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Clinical Lymphoma Myeloma and Leukemia15(8), 477-483.
  • Fayolle A. Nakara W. A 2017. Création par nécessité et précarité : la face pathogène de l’entrepreneuriat ? In O. Torrès (Eds.), La santé du dirigeant : De la souffrance au travail à l’entrepreneuriat salutaire. Bruxelles. De Boeck.
  • M. Sabrie, G. Cannas, K. Tazarourte, S. Poutrel ,P. Connes, A. Hot, C. Renoux, J. Fattoum and P. Joly 2018. Drepa-Opia: A Pilot Study to Determine the Predictive Factors of Morphine Use and Consumption in Hospitalized Adult Patients with Sickle Cell Disease. Hemoglobin42(4), 217-224.
  • Nakara, W. A., Messeghem, K., & Ramaroson, A. 2019. Innovation and entrepreneurship in a context of poverty: a multilevel approach. Small Business Economics, 1-17.



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