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December 14, 2015 Climate change: new frontier for innovation? Cité des sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris
February 25-26, 2016 Industrial Innovation Strategies and Dynamics of Sustainable Entrepreneurship – S(i)IDE(d) Dunkerque
March 21, 2016 Spring of Innovation: Smart Territories
Cité des sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris
May 20, 2016 Piloting innovations Montpellier
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Call for papers


Special issue: Journal of Innovation Economics & Management

Titre: Innovation Policies in Globalization

  • Submission of abstract: November 30, 2015

Title: Industrial structures, business strategies and innovation

Title: Frugal innovation: questioning for the economics of innovation and key challenges for the protection of intellectual property

Title: Science, research and society: the impact of innovation and standardisation of Knowledge production

There will be 2 issues: 1 in English & 1 in French. Pour télécharger l’appel à communications pour la revue Innovations. Revue d’économie et de management de l’innovation :

Editorial by RNI, November 2015

“Industrial short supply chains, innovation and integrated territorial development” by Fedoua KASMI*

Historically, short supply chains have emerged in France before the First World War, but have gradually declined during the twentieth century with urban sprawl, the division of labor, transport development and internationalization of markets. Nevertheless they have been redeveloped since the early 2000s in various innovative forms and are now the subject of several studies (including INRA, Institut CDC pour la recherche…). The concept of short supply chains was first applied in the context of Agriculture and Food (« short food supply chains ») to express the proximity between the producer and the consumer, but it can be associated with other objects based on the optimization of the use of local resources, including: industrial ecology, circular economy, collaborative economy, recycling, energy, eco-industries, transport, innovation, financial circuits, heritage restoration, etc.

Short supply chains are based on a systemic and integrated vision of territorial development. Their functioning relies mainly on three dimensions of proximity that are the source of agglomeration effects (cost savings, common infrastructures, knowledge sharing, etc.): a geographic dimension that refers to a spatial distance, an organizational dimension that refers to the exchange capacity between actors and a cognitive dimension that refers to the collective learning capacity. In this sense, short supply chains can be generators of innovations on the territory and contribute to its revitalization.

Innovations generated by short supply chains approaches are not only technical, but also organizational and social. They are based on the combination of local resources and can be a dynamic tool for creating new products, services or processes; maintenance and creation of new sectors and activities in the territory (new companies attracted by the positive externalities realized); organization of new networks (new connections between businesses and communities); social and professional reintegration and creating synergies between territories. They thereby foster the pooling of resources and their complementary capacities. The development of short supply chains requires indeed articulation of territorial scales (local, regional, national, or even international).

But, the development of short supply chains faces several obstacles: relational barriers due to the lack of information and communication; financial barriers due to the amortization of investments in the long term and significant financing needs; economic obstacles related to the presence of additional costs mainly upstream of the process and barriers in terms of competence and qualification needs.

The governance of projects in short supply chains can play an important role in their development, but also in reducing these barriers. It must allow the interaction of different actors. On one hand, public institutions can assist economic actors in the long term, by implementing supporting programs for the development of integrated approaches by short supply chains. On the other hand, private actors can develop links between them and establish regular exchanges in order to manage projects in short supply chains, thereby contributing to an integrated territorial development.

* Clersé, ULCO, Research Network on Innovation

New WP and Report

Latest Working Paper

N48 Big data, open data and valorization of data, Jean-Louis MONINO

N47 Subsidies, markets, debt and fiscal federalism: What the European North owes to the European South,  Arvind ASHTA


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…

Le temps des artisans. Permanences et mutations

Sous la direction de Sophie Boutillier, Claude Fournier et Cédric Perrin

Marché et Organisations

n°24, 2015/3

Editeur: L’Harmattan

INNO_048_L204 La créativité entrepreneuriale

Innovations. Revue d’Economie et de Management de l’Innovation

n°48, 2015/3

Editeur: De Boeck Supérieur

Creativity in entrepreneurship

Innovations. Journal of Innovation Economics & Management

n°18, 2015/3

Editeur: De Boeck Supérieur


Just published: books

Les écosystèmes entrepreneuriaux. Rencontre entre entreprise et territoire

Sophie Boutillier, Denis Carré, Nadine Levratto

Série Smart innovation
Collection Innovation, entrepreneuriat et gestion

148 pages – Novembre 2015 – Editeur : ISTE

Innovation Capabilities and Economic Development in Open Economies

Vanessa Casadella, Zeting Liu and Dimitri Uzunidis

Smart Innovation Set – Volume 1

144 pages – October 2015 – Editor : ISTE

Développement économique et capacités d’innovation dans la mondialisation

Vanessa Casadella, Zeting Liu et Dimitri Uzunidis

Série Smart innovation
Collection Innovation, entrepreneuriat et gestion

116 pages – Juin 2015 – Editeur : ISTE


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6ème Journées Geoges Doriot
Date: May 19-20, 2016
Place: UCL (campus de Mons), Belgique


Microfinance Insight Forum – 15
Date: December 10, 2015
Place: Burgundy School of Business, ESC Dijion-Bourgogne