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Society & Organizations Institute

Society & Organizations Institute

The Society & Organizations Institute is an interdisciplinary Institute at HEC Paris that brings together over 50 professors. Together, they carry out research, teach and implement ideas to organize and lead our responses to the daunting challenges of our time. Its purpose is to reinvent business through promoting sustainability and unleashing human potential.

Leading with Purpose for a Sustainable and Inclusive world! 

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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in the world is leaving many people confused,ill equipped, and disoriented, as many old rules and skills are seen as outdated or ineffective.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. 

The Society & Organizations Institute’s purpose is to reinvent business through promoting sustainability and unleashing human potential.

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.

What's new?

The Bouygues group and HEC Paris announce the creation of the “Smart City and Common Good” chair in association with the S&O Institute held by Bertrand Quélin, Professor of Strategy and Business Policy, with the objective of contributing to thinking on major societal challenges and the contemporary world.


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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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In February, HEC’s S&O research center unveiled groundbreaking proposals to standardize social impact measurements for industry, development agencies, consultancy firms and NGOs.


Oct 27
6:00 pm

L'association étudiante HEC, Esp'r a le plaisir de vous inviter à une conférence de Philippe Bihouix sur le thème des low tech mardi 27 octobre à 18h. Cette conférence s'inscrit dans le cycle d'événements communs organisé avec Centrale Supélec et l'ENS Saclay sur le thème : "Au-delà de la croissance du PIB : vers une économie durable". 🌿

Oct 25
9:00 am

The interdisciplinary Energy for Climate Center (E4C) of the Institute Polytechnique of Paris is challenging students from 10 institutions. This challenge is aimed at students who wish to reflect on solutions relating to the management of the energy transition in metropolises in order to reduce CO2 emissions, and greenhouse gas emissions in general, and thus contribute to the fight against climate change.

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