Poles of expertise

The ICN Business School research activity is structured with four original poles of expertise:

  • Management, Behavior and Organization
  • Governance and Regulation
  • Federating Innovation, Regions and Entrepreneurship
  • Logistics, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing and Maintenance

Federating Innovation, Regions & Entrepreneurship

Presentation of the FIRE pole:

The competitiveness of companies, regions and nations lies in their ability to generate, disseminate and take advantage of new knowledge and expertise efficiently on an ongoing basis, be it, for example, artistic, scientific, technological or legal knowledge. The FIRE program provides a systematic analysis of the decisive elements and impact of the strategies employed on three levels:

  • Improvement of company performances and the system to which these firms belong with, essentially, the issue of adaptation of resources and skills as well as their deployment,
  • Reconfiguration of the system to reflect the rise or the increasing role of new phenomena such as start-ups and patent trolls, but also the opportunities created by new scientific and technological disciplines (e.g. nano-science, ITC),
  • The mutations and rationalities of business models: the strategies of distributed innovation, of responsible business or of e-business feature most prominently here.

The FIRE program focuses equally on the upper and lower end of the value chain. It mobilizes and integrates the management approaches of entrepreneurship, production and logistics, commercial and legal techniques as well as the economy of science, of innovation or the regional economy.

Professors and Researchers of the pole:

• Patricia APANGU
• Nicolas BATTARD
• Clarice BERTIN
• Stanislas D’EYRAMES
• Douniazed FILALI
• Corinne GENDRON
• Thierry HOUE
• Christine KRATZ
• Stéphane LHUILLERY
• Michel MAKIELA
• Marianna MARINO
• Hareesh MAVOORI
• Eileen MURPHY
• Alexandra TOSELLO
• Christophe RETHORE
• Carine SONNTAG
• Rossella SORIO

Governance & Regulation

Presentation of the GROOVE pole:

Can management behavior be regulated? Can discipline be imposed on the markets? What are the implications of this? Understanding both the operation of the markets and the behavior of its players – these form the main focus of the GROOVE program.

It bases its research on a traditional classification of governance types according to which there are spontaneous governance mechanisms linked to the markets and intentional mechanisms linked to human designs.

The research themes may range from the efficiency of the financial markets to the study of behavior and supervision of organizational players. The diversity of research into the phenomenon of governance and its regulation naturally leads on to a wide variety of subjects such as: understanding the workings of the financial market, takeovers, the functioning of the board of directors and its committees, the impact of fraud, company law and the status of directors, supervision of group players.

The GROOVE program therefore lies at the crossroads where the themes of market finance, corporate finance, supervision, auditing and the law converge.

Professors and Researchers of the pole:

• Cristiane BENETTI
• Nathalie DAGORN
• Gérald DUFFING
• Didier FASS
• Nicolas HUCK
• Sandrine JACOB-LEAL
• Jacky KOEHL
• Florence LEGROS
• Sondes MBAREK
• Alexandre MELNIK
• Nirjhar NIGAM
• Elisabeth PAULET
• Philippe REBIERE
• Stefan STOECKL

Logistics, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing & Maintenance

Presentation of the LGIPM Pole:

The axis is a joint initiative of the ICN Business School and the LGIPM laboratory at the University of Lorraine.

Objective of this research axis is to contribute to solutions to multidisciplinary problems in Industry or services enterprises by optimizing production organization including concerns such as physical and information flows, maintenance or automation. Contributions are reflected into two approaches based on modeling and simulation tools combined with Operational Research.

A large coverage of applications are concerned by this axis in that time where companies are led to be more and more efficient with an important agility to be able to respond to the fluctuating market maintaining the quality of the product or the service provided. The globalization, and the concept of worldwide companies imposes the consideration of very numerous information to be competitive, at a global scale and to adapt the company’s processes to the needs of its clients taking in count a local and global vision.

In this axis, the conjunction of quantitative and qualitative approach is essential to cover all the systemic aspects of modern companies or organizations. So the LGIPM axis meets researchers from ICN but also from other institutions such as Lorraine University and Enim to have benefit of transdisciplinary contributors.

Professors and Researchers of the pole:

• Olivier BISTORIN
• Nidal REZG

Management, Behavior & Organization

Presentation of the MAMBO Pole:

This program concentrates on all the managerial imperatives linked with behavior in enduring organizations by adopting a wide range of methodological approaches and by accepting divergent epistemological postures. Apart from the set of themes traditionally associated with the North American organizational behavior of obedience, this program welcomes original or dissenting contributions based on critical thinking, in line with organizational theory (Critical management studies) or with the various humanities disciplines (sociology and philosophy but also literature).

In particular this program opens the way to exploratory, heuristic, prospective and creative research in line with the environmental, community and economic concerns of organizations. The changes resulting from the organizational, social and technological environment require flexible management profiles and new forms of management, calling for progressive skills in terms of responsibility, support, learning and creativity.

Furthermore, the research conducted within this program is supported by data collected by the Center for Personal and Professional Development established by the ICN Business School (“Centre de Compétences Comportementales”) which coordinates the behavioral element in student learning. The program also makes use of the work carried out in the field of executive education at ICN Business School.

Professors and Researchers of the pole:

• Bertrand AGOSTINI
• Stéphanie ARNAUD
• Christian BOURION
• Silvester IVANAJ
• Kamel MNISRI
• Francesc RELANO
• Sybille PERSSON
• Klaus Peter SCHULZ