The program aims to study the dynamics of entrepreneurship and innovation in relation to technological development. The aim is to understand the conditions for creating and developing a context conducive to the creation, dissemination and appropriation of knowledge. It consists of three programs:
  • Entrepreneurial university and académic entrepreneurship
  • Innovation, context and outcomes of entrepreneurship
  • Digital transformation and appropriation 

Directors :

  • Frank Lasch : Professor – Montpellier Business School – mail
  • Karim Messeghem : Professor – University of Montpellier – mail
The ESL programme aims to better understand the transformations of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the strategies and the performance of the entrepreneurial support structures. It also aims to build tools and methods useful to policy makers, networks and support structures. It is divided into three actions:
  • Entrepreneurial support
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems and the pursuit of opportunities
  • Territorial governance

Directors :

  • Karim Messeghem : Professor – University of Montpellier – mail
  • Sylvie Sammut : Professor – University of Montpellier – mail

The Coopetition Lab has since 2012 been the focal point for research, teaching and practice on coopetition, strategy and innovation at the University of Montpellier and Montpellier Business School in southern France.

The Coopetition Lab is a part of Labex Entreprendre belonging to University of Montpellier. One of the key emphasis is on the qualification of doctoral researchers within the framework of a focused research programme and a structured training strategy. In addition, the Coopetition Lab aims at creating relevant course modules in order to enable graduate students to develop a deeper understanding of industrial strategies.

The missions of the Coopetition Lab are to:

  • Exchange and promote research findings on coopetition, strategy and innovation
  • Enhance and expand the curriculum for students interested in these subjects
  • Create events nationally and internationally on coopetition, strategy and innovation
  • Establish relationships with the local business community.

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Actions :

  • Analysing, via specific industry studies, cooperation strategies and their effects
  • Combining industry studies with an inter-sector study
  • Trying to identify any regularities common to all industries

Directors :

  • Frédéric Le Roy : Professor – University of Montpellier – mail
  • Paul Chiambaretto : Associate Professor – Montpellier Business School – mail
Standards are an issue for companies and a barrier to their activities. They help to stabilize the business environment and thus facilitate innovation, but they can also be constraints that businesses must take ownership of in order to develop better. The stakes are particularly important for understanding the entrepreneurial dynamic, especially when it has to integrate sustainable development logic.
The objective of this action is to study the interactions between standards and innovation, particularly in entrepreneurial contexts, by combining economic, managerial and accounting approaches. The research work is based in particular on the operation of the Community Innovation Survey-CIS.

The programme is structured around 3 actions:
• Digital platforms, innovation and entrepreneurship
• Stakeholder strategies and new societal norms in global value chains (GTCS)
• Carbon accounting in Europe and the emergence of CSR missions for accounting professions

Directors :

  • Edmond Baranes : Professor – University of Montpellier – mail
  • Sophie Spring : Professor – University of Montpellier – mail
  • Florence Palpacuer : Professor – University of Montpellier – mail
The aim of the research carried out within this programme is to understand how the objectives of sustainable development (SD) are integrated into the representations of performance among SME managers, as well as in the managerial and entrepreneurial practices of these companies. This research is also concerned with the impact of these practices on the economic, social and environmental performance of SMEs. The programme explores issues related to the health of SME leaders and entrepreneurs. It consists of three actions:
  • The study of the representations of SD, as well as the determinants of engagement in SD logics and induced performance.
  • Analysis of the tensions between social, economic and environmental dimensions in the organisation, activity and governance of small enterprises engaged in sustainable development.
  • Epidemiological study of the health of leaders.

Directors :

  • Jean-Marie Courrent : Professor – University of Montpellier – mail
  • Olivier Torrès : Professor – University of Montpellier – mail

Market strategies and sustainable governance for businesses

Aims :

  • To identify the marketing and financial strategies, practices and tools allowing businessess to develop sustainable dynamism
  • To measure the consequences of implementing them on the performance of the business and their links with the market (consumers, distributors, interested parties, banks, financial market)

Actions :

  • Developing new knowledge both on the support methods for businesses and their managerial and sustainable development practices
  • Designing and testing the validity of new tolls to evaluate the internal (shareholders and interested parties) and external (consumers, market, institutions) governance of new businesses or those of limited size
  • Proposing an interpretation framework for the directors of “start-ups”, SMEs and medium-sized businesses so as to help them arbitrate between the various public and private sector rpoposals for sustainable development

Directors :

  • Philippe Aurier : Professor – University of Montpellier – mail
  • Guillaume Cheikbossian : Professor – University of Montpellier – mail
  • Patrick Sentis : Professor – University of Montpellier – mail