In line with the strong performance of 2017, the academic results of the Montpellier Business School faculty in 2018 confirm a sustained increase in the number and rank of scientific publications. Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Doctor David Roubaud draws up and analyses this assessment.
2017 was already rich in publications for teachers-researchers of Montpellier Business School, what assessment can you draw from the academic results obtained in 2018?
We continue to experience a great improvement in the academic results and we are as much in quantity as in quality with many rank 1 publications. We have also continued the recruitment of international professors of very high level and coming from great institutions and today 60% of the Montpellier Business School faculty is international, which corresponds to our desire for internationalization.
In terms of numbers, on average we have 1.5 published articles per researcher this year. It’s very productive and powerful in the sense of quality according to the EducPro ranking. The latter has also ranked Montpellier Business School 4th for research in France (Productivity and Power).
From the qualitative point of view, it is also a great collective success: the last 12 months we had 15 rank 1 publications that are the work of 12 different teachers. These publications concern all disciplines and have been published in the most selective reviews of the “FT50”.
Over the last 2 years, we have more than 25 “ranks 1” which involve about twenty permanent professors, recent recruits but also the historical members of the faculty, some having even joined Montpellier Business School 10 years after their doctorate. This is important for us because the academic is above all men and women. And in the end, these are great results that must be maintained.
What are the main research topics of researchers at the Montpellier Business School faculty?
In all of these publications, we find different domains that resonate with the values of Montpellier Business School: we have published on the diversity and overall performance, especially in the “Journal of business ethics” which is FT50, as well as on the Green supply chain, the circular economy, innovation in finance especially around cryptocurrencies or Big Data and Data Science. And of course, entrepreneurship is still a zone of historical strength on which Montpellier Business School researchers produce regularly.
Does this strong evolution of research relate to the arrival of new programs at Montpellier Business School?
Thanks to the power of our research, we get a certain recognition that made foreign universities ask us for the development of DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration) that combine research and continuing professional development. With this legitimacy, we opened a DBA in 3 universities in China.
These strengths in research are also valuable when creating programs, as for the launch of new high-level specialties within our Masters of Science on the campus of Montpellier, which are supported by excellent teachers-researchers also passionate about pedagogy.
How do these academic results and these evolutions translate concretely for the students of the Montpellier Business School initial training programs?
This allows for evolutions in terms of course curriculum with more options and enriched common core. In the end, it is a better professionalization that is offered to students in specialized sectors with a strong international dimension. The scientific results of the faculty also make it possible to bring innovations including in pedagogical approaches. To conclude, it is the student experience at Montpellier Business School that benefits from these results.
What future do you imagine for Montpellier Business School?
Montpellier Business School is increasingly intended to shine internationally. This development is built through the work of faculty and field teams in key markets on all continents. At Montpellier Business School, in keeping with our institutional vision, internationalization is inseparable from the pursuit of academic excellence and the defence of values of openness of equal opportunities.
The MOOC Diversity: the result of collaboration between researchers
As part of the Organizations’ Corporate Social Responsibility Day organized by IAE University of Montpellier, the MOOC Diversity: “Inclusion Diversity Inmotion” was inaugurated and marks a step forward in the training of responsible executives, able to support inclusion to maintain sustainable performance over time.
The particularity of this MOOC piloted by Dr Marion Polge from the University of Montpellier: it is the result of collaboration between teachers and researchers from several institutions. Thus, Montpellier Business School was able to participate in the co-construction of this training tool 2.0 thanks to the intervention of the VOAR research group. The Montpellier Business School research professors Dr Magalie Marais, Dr Cédrine Joly, Dr Maryline Meyer and Dr Mélanie Jaeck had the opportunity to take part in several video modules. “Cooperation in research is fundamental and is all the more facilitated when the subject touches on contemporary issues and our values,” explains Dr Magalie Marais.
A training for managers built around crossed views
The MOOC format allows any individual to follow online training at their own pace. This tool is therefore perfectly adaptable to today’s executives’ schedules and targets positions of responsibility: “The subject of diversity and inclusion must be brought to the attention of team managers” explains Dr Magalie Marais.
The MOOC “Inclusion Diversity Inmotion” revolves around a program starting from the definitions and the legal context of the company, then going through the various policies in action, the notion of discrimination and inclusion, to conclude on the conversion of these notions as a tool of performance and competitive advantage. It mixes the theory with professional testimonials in order to transfer the good practices to the managers: “at the end of this training, the participant takes part in a complex managerial simulation using all the notions covered during the MOOC which allows him / her to confront a concrete case of diversity management“, concludes Dr Magalie Marais.
A look back at the 6th European Microfinance Research Conference
On 3rd, 4th and 5th June, Paris Dauphine University, the Institute for Research in Development (IRD) and Montpellier Business School had the honour of hosting and organizing in cooperation with The European Microfinance Platform (e- MFP) and the European Centre for Research and Microfinance (CERMi) the 6th European Microfinance Research Conference, bringing together 130 experts from all over the world.
Researchers and Professionals gathered to discuss the following issue: “New tools, new actors: goals, values and beneficiaries” in Microfinance. Anastasia COZARENCO, Research Professor and MBS Chair in Microfinance in Developed Countries, explains: “When we think about microfinance and micro-credit, we think first of all about developing countries.
“However, we can now see that these mechanisms, combined with the industrialization and increasing use of new technologies, have certainly promoted the financial inclusion of previously isolated areas and populations, but also created new risks such as the exploitation of individuals’ personal data for commercial purposes. Does Microfinance still aim to promote the financial inclusion of marginalized populations or turn these populations into new consumers? “
The purpose of these three days of round tables, debates and workshops was not necessarily to build an immediate response to these questions, but to encourage researchers and professionals to question the meaning of their research and practices, and to foster international collaboration.
Isabelle Guérin (IRD, co-organizer), Anastasia Cozarenco (MBS, co-organizer), Baptiste Venet (University Paris Dauphine, co-organizer), representatives of the Nepalese delegation.
Promoting social business and strengthening Microfinance Research at Montpellier Business School
In accordance with its mission to train responsible managers, Montpellier Business School received last March 4th Professor Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, pioneer of microcredit, to raise awareness on Social Business. In order to deepen its pedagogical accompaniment and its academic expertise of this discipline, the Microfinance Chair of Montpellier Business School was created and is the only one to focus on developed countries.
Anastasia COZARENCO commented saying: “Following the success of this conference, we are preparing to roll out other initiatives to better meet the demands of Research in the field and to pass on the latest tools and innovations to students to make them aware of societal values throughout their career.”
In December 2018, an article written by Dr Meena Andiappan and Dr Lucas Dufour from Montpellier Business School has been accepted in the very prestigious Academy of Management Review. This journal belongs to the very selective Financial Times 50 ranking system.
A simplified version of this article for Managers has been developed by the journal. The main results of this research are available from here.
Meena and Lucas are both Associate Professors at Montpellier Business School. Their research deals with Human Ressources Management and Organizational Behaviour.
As part of its renewed emphasis on development and internationalisation, Montpellier Business School is to launch 9 new Masters of Science (MSc) programmes in September 2019.
Like the existing 6 MSc, these new programmes will be offered 100% in English and accessible to French and international students who are holders of a Bachelor’s degree (Baccalaureate + 3 years of higher education) or equivalent. The various MSc courses, which last from 10 to 18 months, allow students to specialise in a particular field of study or to obtain a dual qualification.
“Since 2016, the 6 MScs deployed by MBS have seen significant growth and a 40% increase in staff numbers in 2018,” says Dr Denis Lescop, Director of the Bachelor and MSc programmes. “They also enjoy great international recognition: in the QS ranking of the best Master’s degrees in Management and Finance, the MSc in Finance is ranked 9th in France and the MSc in Marketing 7th in France “.
Meeting new expectations
Building on this success, Montpellier Business School has decided to strengthen its international footprint by developing 9 new programmes that meet market expectations. The latter are collectively identified by the Directorate of MSc programmes, MBS faculty members and partner companies.
“The new MScs are structured around themes on which MBS has a strong reputation, both in terms of research (Responsible Finance, Microcredit, Fintech, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, Supply Chain, Big Data, Data Sciences) and pedagogy (Design thinking). They highlight France and Occitanie region’s major economic assets (Food and Wine, Tourism and Hospitality, French Excellence)“, says Dr Denis Lescop. “These MSc programmes will also enrich and promote the cultural diversity of our campus by opening up to a wide range of candidates from different horizons and backgrounds”.
3 themes, 15 MSc degrees
MBS will thus propose a complete offer of 15 MSc degrees, structured around 3 main themes:
- MSc in Finance
- MSc in Energy & Environmental Finance
- Specialised MSc in Responsible Finance : financial inclusion, microfinance & social innovation
- Specialised MSc in Innovative Finance : Fintech, blockchain & cryptocurrencies
- MSc in Marketing
- MSc in Digital Management
- Specialised MSc French Excellence, Luxury & Fashion
- Specialised MSc in Food & Wine Management
- Specialised MSc in Tourism & Hospitality Management
BUSINESS & OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT:
- MSc in Lean Operations Management
- MSc in Supply Chain Management
- MSc in International Business
- MSc in Management Through Design
- MSc in Global Business
- Specialised MSc in Data Sciences, Big Data & Artificial Intelligence
2nd International Conference on Energy, Finance and Macroeconomy, October 24-26, 2018