The creation of the centre for research, Métis, in 2003 emphasized the commitment of EM Normandie to research activity. The centre’smission is to encourage and develop a research culture amongst faculty members, and support current and sustainable research activity within the School.
Today the research undertaken within the School is based upon three principles:
- Practical application – the name Métis symbolizes for us the essential bonding between academic theory and professional practice,
- Cross-disciplinary activity – to reflect the diversity of knowledge and skills found within a Business School,
- Professional accessibility – providing a meeting point for exchange between the professional and the academic worlds.
The key themes within Métis are firmly based upon the distinctive academic strengths found within the School, and the expectations of our economic partners. The School funds four key streams of research which link the expertise of faculty members to these expectations, namely:
- Entrepreneurship and SMEs,
- Port and maritime management,
- Temporalities Project Organization Strategy (TemPOS),
- Cross-Cultural management.
The research activities within the School continue to grow within this framework, evidenced by a significant growth in publications in academic reviews. The academic success of faculty members reflects this dynamism, with seven successful doctoral defences and the qualification of two colleagues as doctoral research supervisors (HDR) in 2008 and 2009.
In September 2009 EM Normandie focused upon the development of research with a pedagogic focus, more particularly the creation of cases, the sharing of innovative practice and the diffusion of findings linking research and teaching. In the next three years it is anticipated that five joint publications will be forthcoming.
Research activity within EM Normandie aims to respond to the business needs within the region, and developing applied research activities by offering its expertise to local companies. The Maritime and Port Management research centre is already recognized by many international port authorities and shipping companies as an authority in its field.
The Regional Council of Lower Normandy has supported research activities within the School since 2005, linking local business needs with its research teams.
Research within any School can only survive if it develops and sustains strong connections with other academic partners. Métis has an agreement to undertake joint research projects with the research centres in the Business Schools within the Businesses Institutes of Universities of Caen and Rouen. Likewise, research within the School is undertaken within the framework of the Polytechnicum de Normandie, which offers its doctoral students access to the EDOGEST research training programme of the Paris-Dauphine University.
The launch in 2006 of the bi-annual conference "Journées Georges Doriot" enables the research teams from EM Normandie, HEC Paris, and Advancia Négocia to meet and share ideas and best practice in the field of Entrepreneurship. More recently the School has established a partnership with the University of Southampton.
Pascale Bueno Merino
Dean for Research