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01 February 2021

MBS researchers within LabEx Entreprendre become France's representatives for the "Global Entrepreneurship Monitor".

MBS researchers within LabEx Entreprendre become France's representatives for the "Global Entrepreneurship Monitor".

Thanks to a team of researchers from Montpellier Business School and Montpellier Management (University of Montpellier), LabEx Entreprendre becomes the French representative in the global research program “Global Entrepreneurship Monitor”.

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) is the only global monitoring centre of entrepreneurial activity

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor was created in 1999 at the initiative of Babson College (USA)

and the London Business School. It now brings together 77 leading institutions in the field of entrepreneurship on all continents.

Its annual surveys are scrutinized by economic and political decision-makers and the main international institutions with which close relations are established, such as the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). They are also widely reported in the international press and journals such as Forbes, The Economist, BBC, Harvard Business Review or The New York Times.

Following a rigorous selection process, LabEx Entreprendre was chosen to conduct the studies in France thanks in particular to its recognized scientific expertise in the field of entrepreneurship and its ability to develop international chairs and monitoring centers. GEM France is led by Professors Karim Messeghem from the University of Montpellier and Frank Lasch from Montpellier Business School. It is supported by a team of researchers from LabEx Entreprendre and the Montpellier Management Research Laboratory (Jean-Marie Courrent, Walid Nakara, Sylvie Sammut, Roy Thurik and Olivier Torrès).

What to expect from this new collaboration?

GEM France will publish two important studies each year. The first one will be carried out on a representative sample of the French population and will allow to assess entrepreneurial attitudes and activities. The second will aim to better understand the characteristics and evolutions of the entrepreneurial ecosystem by relying on interviews with French experts. The findings will notably provide a better understanding of the entrepreneurial behaviour of the French in the context of COVID-19, while drawing comparisons with other countries. We will attempt to understand how the COVID-19 crisis has influenced entrepreneurial activity and how entrepreneurship contributes to overcoming the economic and social crisis.

The Labex Entreprendre

LabEx Entreprendre was born in 2011, during the first wave of the call for projects issued by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research within the framework of the Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir (PIA), to select labs known as “laboratories of excellence” (LabEx) in different academic fields. It brings together 200 researchers from six research teams in Law, Economics and Management, including several Montpellier Business School professors, conducting studies on entrepreneurship and innovation in connection with the challenges of sustainable development.

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