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Society & Organizations Center

Society & Organizations Center

Society & Organizations Center

The Society & Organizations Center is an interdisciplinary center at HEC Paris whose members research and teach about the contemporary challenges that organizations face and how these organizations mold society.

Its three pillars of research, education, and action give rise to our Center's motto: Think, Teach, Act for an Inclusive and Sustainable World!

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On October 11-12, 2019, the Society and Organizations (S&O) Center of HEC Paris and the Alliance for Research in Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) hosted the first “S&O ARCS Workshop” that gathered leading...
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Members of the Society & Organizations Center at HEC Paris recently responded to an appeal by Shift Project, aiming to ‘teach all students about climate and ecological issues’. Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot...
HEC Paris - Mont Saint-Michel - Purposeful Leadership - Sept. 2019
A year after creating the Joly Family Endowed Chair in Purposeful Leadership, HEC Paris launches its three-year sense and leadership program, destined for the entire HEC Grande Ecole 2019 intake. A...
46 graduates from the MSc Sustainability and Social Innovation (SASI) of HEC Paris decided to create a ‘sustainability agency’ after their common university experience. Not simply a story of an ordinary...
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For only the second time in its 11-year-history, HEC’s S&O Center hosted the annual Medici Summer School in Management Studies. The weeklong event, co-organized with MIT and the Bologna Business School...
S&O Research Days - May 2019
The fifth S&O Research Day featured 21 presentations and three keynote speeches in a whirlwind exchange over two days. Organized by HEC Professor Georg Wernicke, the May 23-24 event was notable for its...
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HEC Paris Professor Florian Hoos, an expert in social entrepreneurship and change-making, defines social entrepreneurs as individuals who see innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges...
Witold Henisz at S&O Research Day - HEC Paris - May 2019
Witold Henisz has been a key figure at The Wharton School for the past two decades. The Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management has been researching ways for corporations to find, build and maintain...
Hult Prize - Regional Winner - 2019
HEC Paris is marking the tenth anniversary of the annual Hult Prize, nicknamed the “Nobel Prize for students” after winning the regional final in London. A team from the MSc Sustainability and Social...
HEC Paris - S&O - Conference AI Robotics & Work - March 12, 2019 - Poster
For the fourth S&O’s Annual Conference, HEC academic Mitali Banerjee organized a high-caliber conference on the impact of AI and robotics on work and society. Participants enjoyed lively debates led by...
Impact Careers Day - Feb. 05 2019 - HEC Paris
February’s student-driven HEC Impact Careers Day saw a record affluence for its debates, career fair and networking arena. Jointly organized by the HEC Career Center and six students from the “Have a...
Social Impact Assessment Strategy Report - HEC Paris
In February, HEC’s S&O research center unveiled groundbreaking proposals to standardize social impact measurements for industry, development agencies, consultancy firms and NGOs.
Impact Investing - 10 oct 2018
The Society & Organizations (S&O) Center and the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EPVA) recently teamed up with Action Tank Social and Business for a plenary focused on impactful investing. This...
Magali Delmas
Magali Delmas is Visiting Professor at HEC’s Center for Society & Organizations (S&O). She is the Director of the UCLA Center for Corporate Environmental Performance and Professor of Management at the...
S&O - Sustainability is the new strategy
During the “Sustainability is the New Strategy” Challenge on September 6-7, 2018, fifty HEC Paris M1 students learned how sustainability challenges are radically reshaping the way we think and do business...
HEC Paris - Joly Family Endowed Chair in Purposeful Leadership
Best Buy Chairman and CEO Hubert Joly and his Alma Mater signed an agreement on July 4, creating HEC’s first-ever personally endowed Chair, devoted to purposeful leadership. The 1981 graduate, who was...

Purposeful Leadership

Purposeful Leadership at the heart of teaching at HEC Paris

From this year on, all of the students who take part in the Master in Management (MiM) Grande Ecole program at HEC Paris will follow the Purposeful Leadership track throughout their studies, thanks to the Joly Family Endowed Chair in Purposeful Leadership.

The objective is to make students aware of the opportunities available to them in business and to invite them to reflect personally on their ambitions.

I felt that we could make a difference by better preparing the leaders of tomorrow to be the leaders that the world needs.

Hubert Joly, Executive Chairman of Best Buy and Founder of the Chair Purposeful Leadership


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France Culture : De Cause à Effets

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Il y a un an, les premiers mouvements massifs des Jeunes pour le climat s'organisaient, et parmi eux, les étudiants de Grandes Écoles lançaient un 'Manifeste pour un réveil écologique'. D’HEC Paris, AgroParisTech, CentraleSupélec, l'Ecole Polytechnique et de l’ENS Ulm..., des étudiants appelaient les futurs diplômés à soutenir un changement radical de leur vie professionnelle. Aujourd'hui, dans cette quête de sens, et face à un monde qui repose amplement sur un système capitaliste et une société de surconsommation, comment ces jeunes gens poussent-ils les institutions à repenser leur cursus et les entreprises à entendre leurs revendications ? De quelle manière des chercheurs, professeurs, chefs d'entreprises et décideurs publics prennent leur part, notamment au Campus de la Transition qui a ouvert ses portes en 2019 à Forges en Seine-et-Marne ? Dans l'attente d'un livre blanc sur la place de l'environnement dans l'enseignement supérieur, et alors que le Ministère de la recherche et de l'enseignement supérieur y travaille, regardons du côté de ce Campus inédit et novateur, un laboratoire d'expériences qui délivre aux élèves de Grandes Écoles et Universités des enseignements et des formations sur les processus de transition et les nouveaux modèles économiques et sociétaux pour le monde du travail de demain.

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