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Research and company chairs

Company chairs and thematic research chairs bring new paths and perspectives, while imagining the practices of tomorrow.

They enable us to work with teachers, researchers and companies to solve emerging problems, thanks to the studies and research carried out by our professors.

International Research Chair in Art and Sustainable Enterprise

Led by Professor Paul SHRIVASTAVA, Director of the David O’Brien Center for Sustainable Enterprise, Concordia University, Montreal, this research initiative explores the use of the arts and art-based methods for understanding enterprise sustainability. It examines the dynamic relations between art, aesthetics and sustainable development of organizations.

Art influences the sustainability of companies through architecture, aesthetics of work-spaces, design of products and services, design of work and organizational systems, graphic art in advertising, and arts-based training methods. Self-expressiveness and authenticity that are hallmarks of art can also enhance organizational productivity and employee motivation. Sustainable organizations need arts to enhance employee creativity, innovation, attract creative workers, improve worker satisfaction, design eco-friendly and innovative products and services. Arts also allows us to study those aspects of organizational sustainability which are a strength of aesthetics inquiry, such as sensory and emotional experiences often ignored in traditional management studies.

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Chair of Banking/SME and Territorial Competitiveness

Created in late 2012 the Chair in Bank / SME & territorial competitiveness is driven by Nirjhar NIGAM, Professor at ICN Business School. It aims at conducting research work on how banks and SMEs can build relational configurations allowing them to anticipate, to cope with and manage the risk of bankruptcy, and more generally to consider positive trajectories of recovery and development. The objective is also to understand the role of these configurations in the ability to anchor and develop activities in territorial terms.

The project focuses on two areas of research, each related to the credit risk borne by banks. The first area concerns the determinants of the decision to grant credit. The second theme focuses on the interrelationships between commercial banking units and recovery services. The study of the relevance and quality of the information collected during the analysis of credit is a question often discussed in the literature, but rarely analyzed in a systematic and comprehensive manner. With the information supplied through the CELCA, we would fill the gap of the literature. The study will benefit both CELCA and SMEs and would be a contribution towards banking and financing literature.

Pedagogically the Chair develops original teachings on the subject. CELCA employees are closely associated in these teaching and scientific activities.

Among the main topics discussed: formal or informal restructuring of SMEs in difficulty, the impact of the legal framework on restructuring process, bank behavior toward SMEs in difficulty and their survival, and the territorial competitiveness and the relationship between banks / SMEs.

International Research Chair in Ethics & Innovative Management

Led by Professor David WASIELESKI, the International Research Chair in “Ethics and Innovative Management” is a trans-disciplinary collaborative project involving the promotion of long-term ethical behavior in organizations through creative managerial strategies.

Building off an ongoing research agenda through the ICN Business School, the chair is designed to help businesses achieve a duality of innovation and ethics.

Current Western management paradigms typically treat ethics as incompatible with creativity and change. One of the purposes of the chair is to reject this ‘separation thesis’ and provide alternative approaches to nurturing ethical innovation. Utilizing insights from fields as diverse as the arts, cognitive neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and classic Eastern philosophies, new ways of thinking are developed to advance management theory. In the spirit of the Artem Alliance, the intention of the Research Chair is to integrate cross-functional research that creates a unifying concept of ethics and innovation and generates opportunities for practitioners to more effectively adapt to change over time.