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Society & Organizations Institute

Society & Organizations Institute

The Society & Organizations Institute is an interdisciplinary Institute 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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so institute - Podcast - Hubert Joly - news
HEC Paris invited Best Buy’s Executive Chairperson Hubert Joly to the first in a series of online seminars, organized by the Society & Organization Institute (S&O). In a wide-ranging Q&A led by S&O...
Earthweek poster - poster
In February 2020, the HEC Paris campus welcomed a week-long event on the topics of sustainable innovation and responsible business, organized by the student association Esp’R. The 1,500 students living on...
Impact Career Fair - HEC Paris - 13 Feb. 2020
How do we do business in a world in constant evolution and an exploding population? This is how Jeremy Ghez, Scientific Director of the MSc in Sustainability and Social Innovation (SASI), introduced the...
Purposeful leadership - remise des prix denis machuel - HEC paris
Sodexo CEO Denis Machuel helped bring down the curtain on the three-month freshman course in a closing ceremony featuring 381 students, 18 tutors and a top academic team from the S&O Center. The event...
Conférence d'Alain Grandjean à HEC Paris - décembre 2019
French economist Alain Grandjean joined HEC students and academics for a 90-minute exchange co-organized by Pour un Réveil Ecologique. The campus event with the cofounder of Carbone 4 was part of an S&O...
vignette - S&O nouveau parcours pédagogique- climat - sept 2019
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...
Energy Day 2020 - HEC Paris
The eighth edition of the HEC Energy Day brought together academics, students, public sector representatives and corporate leaders to discuss the challenges for the world’s transport sectors. Two panels...
Prof Insights Vignette
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...
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.
S&O ARCS Report - Researcher-Practitionner Collaboration on Sustainability Research

Accelerating Researcher-Practitioner in Sustainability Research

The report showcases 7 sustainability research collaboration

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May 28
1:00 pm

We are delighted to welcome for this special online seminar, Shon Hiatt from University of Southern California. The seminar is for S&O members only.

Jun 15
8:45 am

We are pleased to announce the organization of the 12th edition of the Medici Summer School in Management Studies for doctoral students and young researchers which will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, June 15 – June 19, 2020. The school is organized and sponsored by Bologna Business School (University of Bologna), HEC Paris (Society and Organizations Center and the HEC Foundation), and MIT Sloan School of Management (Economic Sociology PhD Program).

France Culture : De Cause à Effets

de cause à effets france Culture broadcast

Cécile Renouard, Professeur à l’ESSEC; Philippe Drobinski, Directeur de Recherche CNRS et Professeur à l'Ecole polytechnique et Rodolphe Durand, Professeur et Directeur Académique du Centre Society and Organizations (S&O) d'HEC Paris intervenaient ensemble dans le magazine de l'environnement de France Culture pour parler de leur engagement et de celui de leur institution pour faire bouger les choses et poursuivre le processus de transition vers de nouveaux modèles économiques et sociétaux.

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