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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
June 9-11, 2016 20 Years of Innovations – Trajetories’ Dynamic Cité des sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris

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Special issue: Journal of Innovation Economics & Management

Titre: Innovation Policies in Globalization

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, February 2016

« Social and Solidarity Economy: a promise of social transformation ? », by Nadine Richez-Battesti*

One century and a half after its emergency in France, social and solidarity economy (SSE) has been defined and recognised by a law adopted on the 31th of July 2014. Characterised as another way of producing goods and services, the law enlarges the historical definition of social economy based on legal statutes – associations, cooperatives, mutual organisations and foundations – to social enterprises and, more specifically, to social enterprises that receive a label as « solidarity enterprises of social utility » (entreprises solidaires d’utilité sociale :ESUS). Given that we don’t know yet how many enterprises have received this label, the scope of the SSE is still based on the statutory definition of SSE.

SSE organisations count for 10.5% of total employment in France, with 2.37 millions of paid workers in more than 220 000 establishments. Their contribution to added value is around 6% of GDP according to INSEE data. They mobilise between 11 and 14 millions of volunteers. The difference between their contributions to employment and to GDP reveals their weak capitalisation, which is partly related to the predominance of associations (78% of total SSE employment and 84% of establishments). Present in all fields of activity (agriculture, banks and insurances, social and health services, sports, leisure, culture, education, …), SSE organisations share some common principles: the primacy of labour over capital, a democratic governance, i.e. a decision-making power not based on capital ownership but on the principle of “one person, one vote”, a limited individual profit distribution coupled with a compulsory asset lock, a resource mix and a production activity with a social utility.

However, despite its institutionalisation and its economic weight, SSE is still relatively unknown. Moreover, when someone refers to it, it is more to highlight its weaknesses than its modernity. SSE is often pointed out, in particular for its alliances and hybridisation with agricultural and bank groups, which would induce a form of banalisation, and for the limited effectiveness of democratic governance within most of its components. SSE is sometimes considered as an old lady, « bundled up » into its legal statutes by contrast with more recent creative dynamics that are project-oriented.
Finally, SSE is stuck between a social business, held by capitalist groups who largely communicate about their capacity to develop a more ethical capitalism and the emergence of a collaborative economy, which sometimes is only collaborative in its name. Some current developments, such as Airbnb, do not bother about capital ownership or democratic governance issues. Access to capital is privileged through their quotation on the stock exchange against considerations on the design of an organisational model that would secure the project development in relation with the members’ involvement.

And yet, SSE is promising in order to foster a fairer social and economic development, to propose renewed combinations between economic efficiency and social justice. Vehicle of social innovation, it may contribute to find new solutions to unmet or badly satisfied needs, for whose Welfare States offer mainly imperfect solutions. More globally, SSE also shows promise of socio-political transformations within the frame of a more democratic and participative development model. A key issue today.

* Aix-Marseille Université and LEST-CNRS

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…

Modèles collaboratifs d’innovation

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

n°49, 2016/1

Editeur: De Boeck Supérieur

INNO_048_L204 Knowledge based innovation processes

Innovations. Journal of Innovation Economics & Management

n°19, 2016/1

Editeur: De Boeck Supérieur

Innovations de proximité et esprit d’entreprise

Sous la direction de Dimitri Uzunidis et Justine Manier

Marché et Organisations

n°25, 2015/1

Editeur: L’Harmattan

Just published: books

Economie circulaire et développement durable : écologie industrielle et circuits courts

Delphine Gallaud et Blandine Laperche

Série Smart innovation – Volume 5

149 pages – Parution en février 2016 – Editeur : ISTE

Big Data, Open Data et valorisation des données

Jean-Louis Monino, Soraya Sedkaoui

Série Smart innovation – Volume 4

158 pages – Parution en février 2016 – Editeur : ISTE

Fab Labs : l’usager-innovateur

Laure Morel et Serge Le Roux

Série Smart innovation – Volume 3

126 pages – Parution en février 2016 – Editeur : ISTE

Les grands auteurs en management de l’innovation et de la créativité


648 pages – Parution en 2016 – Editeur : EMS

Services and Innovation

Edited by Faïz Gallouj, Faridah Djellal

832 pages – Parution en 2015 – Editeur : Edward Edgar


Events from partners

Date : 28 & 29 avril, 2016
Lieu : Marrakech, Maroc
Soumission de résumé : 15 mars 2016 à


Organized by the BETA, Bureau for Economic Theory and Applications
Nancy, France, on June 27-29, 2016
Submission deadline: March 6, 2016


Revue Terminal – Technologie de l’information, culture & société
Dépôt de propositions d’article : 15 février 2016 à


11-12 July 2016, Nice (France)

Submission of papers: no later than April 15, 2016 , via the conference website


Journée organisée par l’IRIAF et le CRIEF
9-10 June 2016, Niort (France)

Soumission des communications : 1 mars, 2016 à


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