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Research organisation

Research activity

Research activity is principally directed towards the interface between academic disciplines and regional topics, and draws on three strong partnerships:

  • with the CEREFIGE research laboratory, the Lorraine region’s research reference in Management and Financial Economy,
  • with the LGIPM, the Laboratory for Industrial Engineering, Production and Maintenance (Laboratoire de Génie Industriel, de Production et de Maintenance),
  • with the collaborative research effort generated by Artem.

Research management

Research management is shared between the Deputy Director for Research, the Scientific Committee and the Research Laboratories CEREFIGE (‘Centre Européen de Recherche en Economie Financière et Gestion des Entreprises’), and LGIPM (‘Laboratoire de Génie Industriel, de Production et de Maintenance‘), under supervision of the Dean for Faculty and Research. Given their specific areas of expertise, and in accordance with the ARTEM orientation of the School, some faculty members belong to two other University of Lorraine laboratories: the BETA (‘Bureau d’Economie Théorique et Appliquée) and the LORIA (Laboratoire Lorrain de Recherche en Informatique et ses Applications).

The main instances of research management are:

Deputy Director for Research

The coordination between ICN’s faculty and the research laboratories are led by the Deputy Director for Research. This person is responsible for promoting research aligned with each laboratory’s thematic teams and related topics, as well as for setting the yearly publication targets in conjunction with the Dean for Faculty and Research, as well as faculty concerned.

 Scientific Committee

The supervision and quality assurance of ICN research is carried out by the School’s Scientific Committee. Members are the Dean for Faculty and Research (Chair), the Deputy Director for Research, the Directors of the CEREFIGE and LGIPM research laboratories, the Research Engineer/ Statistician, and the Information Manager for Research. The committee meets every two month to discuss and determine:

–           the School’s research strategy, including proposals for the research budget,

–           the allocation of faculty research time, especially for HDR and doctoral routes,

–           the entitlement of faculty to international study leave,

–           the coordination of research-related events, such as conferences and workshops, and

–           the evaluation of scientific production, i.e. the award of research bonuses.

CEREFIGE Research Laboratory

ICN research activity is coordinated in close cooperation with the CEREFIGE, the Lorraine region’s research laboratory for management, of which the ICN Business School is a founding member. The CEREFIGE, has since 2007 brought together researchers in management from the University of Nancy 2, the Université Paul Verlaine, Metz (which both merged into the University of Lorraine in 2012) and the ICN Business School. Joining forces with the CEREFIGE laboratory has brought considerable advantages to the ICN, by way of:

–           networking, to find partners for research projects,

–           co-organization of conferences,

–           common invitations to visiting faculty,

–           financial support for conference participation and translation of publications, and

–           assessment and assurance of research quality, via the CEREFIGE working paper process.

Research leading to a CEREFIGE working paper has to go through a review process within the laboratory. This assures a minimum level of quality for all publications from the laboratory. By this means, ICN faculty research is assessed internally, prior to undergoing the review process of the targeted journals.

LGIPM Research Laboratory

In 2012, the School has signed an agreement with another public research laboratory located in Metz, the LGIPM, in order to develop synergies between the newly created Academic Department ‘Information Systems and Supply Chain Management’ at ICN and the laboratory, which has a strong background in engineering. The objective was to unite the expertise of the two structures and therewith develop contractual research with companies and regional institutions given the needs of regional stakeholders in these fields.

 ICN Case Collection

Herewith cases produced by ICN faculty do not only obtain the same style of format and teaching material, but undergo a peer-review process within the pedagogical axe (CDEC) explained below. This collection is characterized by its openness, creativity and trans-disciplinary content, which are the trademarks of the School within the ARTEM alliance, to provide concrete and innovative solutions to any kind of management problems. The cases target all public following management training, either in first-degree programs or in Executive Education for any kind of corporation, i.e. from international groups to local SMEs. Since 2016, the ICN Case Collection is deposited at the CCMP, the French case-study clearing house, which is the largest global editor of French-language case-studies. ICN Business School is one of the only eight French business schools to have a case collection at the CCMP (Centrale de Cas et Médias Pédagogiques). (See for details: www.ccmp.fr.)

Open archive portal HAL

In a context favorable to open access, ICN Business School started in 2016 an open archives portal on HAL for two main reasons:

  • The platform HAL, managed by the CNRS (‘Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique’)*, has been chosen by several French research institutions, public or private, like universities and business schools, for deposing all intellectual contributions types.
  • HAL is a tool for direct scientific communication between researchers. HAL optimizes the visibility of ICN research, its accessibility, speed of dissemination and impact of the deposited productions, both nationally and internationally through the interoperability of the platform with other open archives.

*The CNRS is the French national institution responsible for the quality of scientific research. Their list of peer-reviewed journals includes, in addition to French publications, an outstanding number of international journals in the fields of business and management, as well as related topics, such as economics and sociology. See for details: www.cnrs.fr/

Research and development yearbooks

Each year, the Faculty and Research Department of the school publishes a yearbook allowing to share results of the research activity with the teaching and research world.

  • Research and development – Yearbook 2016 [Download]
  • Research and development – Yearbook 2015 [Download]
  • Research and development – Yearbook 2014 [Download]
  • Research and development – Yearbook 2013 [Download]
  • Research and development – Yearbook 2012 [Download]
  • Research and development – Yearbook 2011 [Download]

Partners Laboratories

Prefered partner laboratory:

The CEREFIGE (EA n°3942), European Centre for Research in Financial Economics and Business Management, is a research laboratory in Management Science and Finance that belongs to the University of Lorraine.

The CEREFIGE laboratory has two sites, one in Nancy and the other in Metz. CEREFIGE hosts mainly lecturers from IAE, ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, the Faculty of Law, Economics and Management and the IUT, thus pooling many resources (computer room , databases, background documents, software), activities (research seminars, projects, research contracts …), and conferences (in economics and management science).

ICN Business School is one of the founding members of the laboratory CEREFIGE and the majority of ICN Business School faculty are members at this laboratory.

Partner laboratory of the ICN Metz campus:

The LGIPM (Laboratory of Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Production) was formally established by the National School of Engineers of Metz and Paul Verlaine University – Metz in January 1996. It was restructured in January 2009 to become the Laboratory of Industrial Engineering and Production of Metz. Since the restructuring, its main theme is industrial engineering . The main areas of research are concerned with optimization problems in maintenance, management of production, and design of production systems of goods and services, and are based on two fundamental themes grouped as follows :

Theme 1: System Design
This theme aims at designing production systems of goods and services. It is composed of three areas: Performance and design of systems, security and control systems, and reliability and maintenance systems.

Theme 2: Driving and Operating Systems
This theme aims at evaluating the performance of business networks in order to improve their operating strategies and effective exploitation. In this theme, the two following applications are considered: Manufacturing systems and services and business networks. The purpose of the research is decidedly dual-focused, on one hand on the basic research, but on the other hand, it always has concern for industrial applications.

ICN Business School has also strong links with the following partner laboratories:

BETA – Office of Theoretical and Applied Economics

IRENEE – Institute of Research on Evolution of the Nation and the State

LORIA – Lorraine Research Laboratory in Computer Science and its Applications