About the S&O Institute
The Society and Organizations (S&O) Institute is an inter-disciplinary center at HEC Paris whose members research on and teach about the contemporary challenges that organizations face and how these organizations mold society. Its purpose is to reinvent business through promoting sustainability and unleashing human potential.
What is S&O Institute?
While business and capitalism have massively contributed to social and economic development, including a material reduction of poverty, it has become clear that the system is failing in several important ways:
- The planet is under stress due to the impact of business on the environment
- The level of inequality has reached unacceptable levels in many countries
- Business falls short in engaging, inspiring, and fulfilling the majority of employees
- The pace of change and the level of uncertainty in the world is leaving many people confused, ill-equipped, and disoriented, as many old rules and skills are seen as outdated or ineffective.
The Society & Organizations Institute is an interdisciplinary Institute at HEC Paris that brings together over 50 professors and educators. Together, they carry out research, teach and implement ideas to organize and lead our responses to the daunting challenges of our time. These contemporary challenges include climatic constraints, social inequality, loss of purpose, technological disruption, epidemics, social contestation, ethical imperatives, and liberalization and regulation.
Its mission statement is to contribute to our understanding of these phenomena, support anyone with a role to play in these transformations, and prepare future generations of managers to lead in these complicated times. We seek to participate in a re-foundation of business and market organization, inside-out through research, education and action, and outside-in through the recognition of key stakeholders, including investors, civil society, and regulators
The S&O Institute is supported by the HEC Foundation. It manages the Movement for Social*Business Impact launched in November 2016 together with the Action Tank "Social & Business".
History of S&O
Common and ambitious project that has grown at HEC Paris since 2003