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February 15-17, 2017 Decentralized seminar

Network Innovative Strategies and Academic Entrepreneurial Dynamics – SI(R)DE(A)

March 13, 2017 Permanent seminar

Foods Issues and Challenges in Africa

L’Harmattan, Paris
March 27, 2017 Spring of Innovation

Foods and biodiversity

Cité des sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris
May 12, 2017 Decentralized seminar

Responsable innovation

June 12, 2017 Innovation Day

Morden Times 2: Innovation, at the frontiers of work and no work

Cité des sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris (Salle Agora)
30 avenue Corentin Cariou
75019 PARIS
August 28-29, 2017 RNI Summer School 2017

Agile innovation: challenges for individuals, organizations and territories

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Call for papers


Special issue: Journal of Innovation Economics & Management

Title: Climate Change: New frontier for innovation?

Titre : Crowdfunding: Toward New Paradigms of Innovation?

  • Deadline for complete manuscript: March 30, 2017

Title: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Diversity: Beyond gender, are there new perspectives? 

  • Deadline for complete manuscript: March 30, 2017


There is also one call for the French version of the journal. Pour télécharger l’appel à communications pour la revue Innovations. Revue d’économie et de management de l’innovation :

Title: Innovative Entrepreneurship in the Maghreb countries: Challenges for new models of development

  • Deadline for receipt of full papers: March 2017

Editorial by RNI, January 2017

“The role of open labs in the creative processes of organizations”, by Ignasi Capdevila*

Over the past decade, many new collaborative spaces have emerged, within organizations or launched by independent entrepreneurs. Beyond the diversity of denominations (Fab Labs, Living Labs, hackerspaces / makerspaces, TechShops, coworking spaces), the term open lab defines generically this phenomenon. An open lab refers to “a place and a process carried by various actors, in order to renew the modes of innovation and creativity by the implementation of collaborative and open iterative processes that are physically or virtually materialized” (Mérindol et al., 2016).

Some open labs have been developed by private initiatives of a small group of entrepreneurs (like most coworking spaces) or by a community interested in a specific area (such as hackerspaces). In other cases, open labs have been created in organizations, either in public institutions – such as universities – or in firms. Many companies in France (Air Liquide, Alcatel Lucent, Bouygues, Dassault Systèmes, EDF, PSA, Renault, SEB, SNECMA, SNCF, …) have created an open lab within their walls in an open innovation approach to facilitate the collaboration among their employees, and to contribute to the development of new ideas and prototypes that might potentially result in a commercially exploitable product.

The creation of an open lab might be due to the initiative of the employees (bottom up dynamic) or the managers (top-down dynamic). In all cases, the success of open labs requires a combination of both dynamics: on the one hand, the motivation and the active participation of employees and, on the other, the support of the managers. These initiatives contribute to the implementation of organizational ambidexterity by strengthening exploration, invention and ideation activities, which can potentially lead to the commercial exploitation of the results.

Nevertheless, not only open labs in organizations contribute to the development of the collective creativity in firms. Open labs outside companies often also contribute to the creativity of organizations. In a context of open innovation, companies aim to detect and use the creativity distributed in their local environment to fuel their innovation processes. To do so, many companies collaborate with open labs from their environment to renew their creativity and innovation approaches. For example, open labs in the Paris region such as ICI Montreuil, UsineIO, or Liberté Living Lab collaborate with companies to co-develop new products by mobilizing their experts and members of their spaces.

Open labs allow companies to introduce a new digital culture by promoting the maker spirit in their teams. An interdisciplinary exploratory approach based on rapid prototyping and trial-and-error also improves flexibility and efficiency, and reduces time-to-market. Also, by participating in external maker communities, companies get out of their comfort zone and nurture their creative processes with new ideas and knowledge originating from improbable encounters.

*Associate Professor, PSB Paris School of Business
Mérindol, V., Bouquin, N., Versailles, D. W., Capdevila, I., Aubouin, N., Le Chaffotec, A., Chiovetta, N., Voisin, T. (2016). Le Livre blanc des Open Labs: Quelles pratiques ? Quels changements en France ?, Paris.

New WP and Report

Latest Working Paper

N52 Twenty years of innovation and the deployment of contemporary technological system, Smaïl AÏT-EL-HADJ

N51 The dynamics of the territorial evolution. Entrepreneurs and territorial knowledge capital, Blandine LAPERCHE, Hélène PERRIN BOULONNE


The sustainable entrepreneurial territory. The case of Dunkirk (North, France)
Final report January 2015  – Part 1  – Part 2APart 2B

Directed by  Sophie Boutillier, Blandine Laperche et Dimitri Uzunidis
Authors:  Sophie Boutillier, Antje Burmeister, Blandine Laperche, Céline Merlin-Brogniart, Dimitri Uzunidis, Fédoua Kasmi

Population Ageing and geront’innovations
Final report of August 2015

Directed by Bandine Laperche et Dimitri Uzunidis
Authors : Sophie Boutillier, Philippe Chagnon, Faridah Djellal, Marc Ingham, Blandine Laperche, Fabienne Picard, Sophie Reboud, Corinne Tanguy, Dimitri Uzunidis


The RRI’s reviews : just published…

Techno-economy of Industrial Risks

Technology and Innovation

Volume 17-1

Editor: ISTE

Dynamiques internationales des entreprises

Sous la direction de Laurice Alexandre-Leclair

Marché et Organisations

n°28, 2017/1

Editeur: L’Harmattan

Just published: books

International Specialization Dynamics

Didier Lebert, Hafida El Younsi

Smart Innovation Set – Volume 9

ISTE – February 2017


Events from partners

Thème : Nouveaux outils et méthodes pour stimuler la compétitivité des entreprises en business participatif
Lieu : Pôle Avenia, Pau, France
Date limite de candidature : 31 janvier 2017


Date et lieu : 5-6 July 2017, Nice, France
Date limite de soumission : April 2, 2017


Bureau d’Economie Théorique et Appliqué (BETA, UMR CNRS, Université de Lorraine et Université de Strasbourg)
Date et Lieu : 21 mars 2017 à Nancy, France


Date et lieu : 21-22 September 2017, Paris, France
Date limite de soumission d’abstract : 1 mars 2017


2ème Symposium du KCO  (Knowledge Communities Observatory)
Date et lieu : 12 et 13 juin 2017, Kedge Business School Toulon, France
Date limite de réception des textes complets : 6 mars 2017


N° Spécial « La défaillance et l’échec des PME »
Date limite d’envoi des propositions d’article (version complète) : 30 janvier 2017


Date et lieu : 28 mars 2017, Le Cnam, Paris, France
Date limite de soumission : 15 janvier 2017


Congrès de la SFHST 2017
Date et lieu : 19-21 avril 2017, Strasbourg, France
Date limite de réception des abstracts : 5 janvier 2017