The Academic Research Axes

The Academic Research Axes

Research topics conducted at the Métis laboratory are at the focal point of the School’s Mission, its distinctive competencies with respect to pedagogical issues, and the expectations of its economic partners. The School was thus able to distinguish 3 priority research axes: « Management and Entrepreneurship », «Logistics - Land - Sea - Risk» and «Management of Cultural Interactions ». Within those axes, research niches have emerged that have helped the School to build a reputation of its own. Those research niches have materialized in the form of sponsored chairs or institutes, whose activities must be funded by external sponsors. Their role is also to increase synergies between all the dimensions of expertise (pedagogical, research, business partnerships, etc.).

Management and Entrepreneurship Axis:

This axis is characterized by the implementation of two structuring projects:

 - Work dedicated to the generalization of temporary behaviors within organizations, which is assigned to the “TemPOS” team (Temporalities, Project, Organization, Strategy).

The emergence of this work not only relies on the affirmation of the pride of place project and change management hold within the EM Normandie Mission but also on a deliberate intention to articulate in research the pedagogical competencies developed within the context of the Executive MBA « Managing by project».

- A sponsored chair: «Entrepreneurship – Project - Innovation»

This academic and research chair, created in September 2011, is a center of expertise that is designed to be funded in the future by one or several firms. Headed by a Faculty member of the School, it is backed by work achieved in the following areas: support to entrepreneurship, collective entrepreneurship, transmission - take over, entrepreneurial finance, internationalization of SMEs, etc. This chair, which has originated from the work led since 2004 in the field of entrepreneurship, aims (1) to develop closer links between the entrepreneurship programs (Grande Ecole master’s program M2 Year Option in Entrepreneurship and its companion MS (Specialized Master) in Entrepreneurship), and research activities in entrepreneurship, resulting in the development of the students’ spirit of initiative referred to in the School’s Mission, (2) to bring together all current projects in this field (EU InterReg Project, research conventions signed with the Lower Normandy Region, etc.), and finally (3) to involve economic partners in a more adequate way.

Cross-Cultural Management Axis:

Although somewhat recent at EM Normandie, this research axis is fully in line with the School’s pedagogical expertise. This axis leads further ahead the School’s Mission that sets cross-cultural management as a priority in the students’ education. It was formalized as a constituent of the Grande Ecole master’s program M2 Year Option, “Cross-Cultural Marketing and Negotiation”. The development of this research and lecturing area is in tune with the rise in the demand for cross-cultural management expressed by professionals, whether in large international groups or SMEs.

Port and Maritime Management Axis:

This research axis came in existence in 2005 as a result of the intention to add a research aspect to the long standing and internationally acknowledged pedagogical expertise developed by the School in maritime and port management. From a general point of view, this research axis intends to have an active contribution to the competitiveness of the Normandy territory and the promotion of the Arc Manche, as mentioned in the School’s Mission. Moreover, the School created in 2012, the Institut du Développement Territorial (IDéT) – Territory Development Institute, which, in addition to the synergies between research and pedagogy it will generate, will allow to support bid applications, to involve the School’s activities in Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility, to develop continuing education, and finally to act as a catalyst for partnerships with the actors in the territory.