To promote the creation of a European way of thinking about enterprise and society
A Center of Excellence for research
Founded in 2008 under the aegis of Rodolphe Durand, the S&O Center brings together forty professors and PhD students from HEC Paris. Our research approach combines a broad range of methods tailored to the studied phenomena. It also incorporates theoretical lenses from various disciplines including economics, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and history, which is then integrated with a management focus. The research is conducted in partnership with other leading academic institutions in Europe and North America.
Research that directly addresses the challenges of our time
The S&O Center offers new ways of understanding the world, helping organizations reconcile economic priorities with a new series of imperatives. The research conducted by the Center’s academics tackles concrete issues, yielding results that businesses can immediately put to use in these following areas: climatic constraints, responsible finance, impact investment, social inequality, ethical imperatives, implementation of CRS policies, renewable energy, circular economy, partnership between public and private sector, action of NGOs, incentives at work, diversity in the workplace, liberalization, regulation, and more.
Research of global significance
The S&O Center has become a vibrant center of reflection recognized throughout Europe. Over the past four years, the Center’s members have already produced more than 80 research papers, of which more than half have been published in leading academic journals. Through its publications, academic exchanges and partnerships, organization of international events (the Medici Summer School, the European Theory Development Workshop), and its doctoral scholarship scheme, the S&O Center is proudly contributing to the development of an international research community concerned with key contemporary challenges.
We engage in the study of what forms the basis of responsible capitalism
The S&O Center annually organizes academic workshops and conferences related to corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility, management, behavioral economics, business performance, etc...
Call for Papers
The S&O Center and the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) are happy to organize the workshop "Accelerating Researcher-Practitioner Collaborations in Sustainability Research" on October 11-12, 2019 at the Collège des Bernardins, Paris.
Collaborations between researchers and practitioners are needed to address sustainability issues at a global scale. This workshop seeks to bring together high-level scholars and practitioners to foster new connections and inspire joint collaborations.
The S&O team and ARCS invites individual researchers, research teams, and centers to propose research syntheses along the following topics/questions:
- Governance & Organizational Design for Sustainability
- Sustainability and Employees
- Managing the Sustainable Organization
- Sharing Economy and Sustainability
- Valuing Social Businesses
- Sustainability and the Role of Governments
- Financing Sustainability
- Communication of Sustainability
- Circular Economy
- Experimental Research and Firms
Seminars & Workshops
We are pleased to announce the organization of the 11th edition of the Medici Summer School in Management Studies for doctoral students and young researchers which will be held in Paris, France, June 16 – June 21, 2019. The school is organized and sponsored by Bologna Business School (University of Bologna), HEC Paris (Society and Organizations Research Center and the HEC Foundation), and MIT Sloan School of Management (Economic Sociology PhD Program).
Medici Summer School
The Medici Summer School in Management Studies is a unique opportunity for doctoral students and young researchers to interact with thought leaders in the management field. The Summer School combines lectures and research seminars that contribute to the development of enlightened practice in the management of business.
The S&O Center has cultivated various partnerships ranging from business schools to academic institutions in order to facilitate research on topics including, but not limited to, climactic constraints, social inequality, technological disruption, and corporate social responsibility.