June 3 (14:00- 15:30 – Plenary Hall  A7, next to the CROUS Restaurant)

Managing for Cooperation and Innovation  


Innovation (be it technological, managerial or social) is now an important topic of management research and theory. In parallel, it is also a reflexive and critical issue about how new approaches or new methods emerge in the field. This roundtable organizes a conversation between these two perspectives. As a topic, the management of innovation has outlined new models of managing and organizing, as well as new forms of cooperation. Now, is the topic a simple subfield of general management theory or should it lead to a paradigm shift? History and research suggest that studying contemporary innovation requires, at least, rethinking major assumptions (social and cognitive ones) of management theory. Yet, paradigmatic changes in Management tend to follow different paths, depending especially on the level of rigidity of the professional structure of the domain; or on robust and convincing research designs. If innovation leads to a paradigmatic shift, what could be its academic trajectory? Can evidence-based research support such trajectory?


Moderator/Panellist: Armand Hatchuel (MINES ParisTech, France)


Armand Hatchuel is Professor at MinesParisTech-PSL Research University. He is co-head of the Design Theory and methods for innovation Chair at CGS (Center for management Science). His work has been about the theory of collective action in Social Sciences and the epistemology of Management. He has contributed with Pr Benoit Weil to Design Theory (C-K theory) developing a model of creative rationality for Business and Innovation. He also works with Pr. Blanche Segrestin to alternative theories of the Enterprise and Corporate Law.  


Panellists :

Jan Dul (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University,Netherlands)

Jan Dul is a professor of technology and human factors at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). His research focuses on human factors (ergonomics) and, in particular, the interaction between people and the physical and social environment. His research contributes to the design of successful products and services, and the development of work environments for high performance. He is the Chair of the SIG Innovation of EURAM.


Maria Elmquist(University of Chalmers, Sweden)

Maria Elmquistis Professor and the Head of the Department of Technology Management and Economics at Chalmers University. She also works at the division of Innovation and R&D Management and Center for Business Innovation (CBI), where she researches the management of innovation, innovation capabilities, organization of R&D and design activities. Her ongoing research includes projects on the development of innovative capabilities and on the use of design thinking in large companies.


Richard Whittington (University of Oxford, UK)

Richard Whittington  is Professor of Strategic Management at Saïd Business School and Millman Fellow in Management at New College, Oxford. Richard is a leader in the field of Strategy-as-Practice research. Richard’s research is exploring the recent ‘opening’ of strategy, as it becomes more transparent internally and externally, and involves a widening range of people from inside and outside the organisation.