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June 12, 2017 Innovation Day

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

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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

Call for papers

New submission deadline: 15 May 2017


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Title : L’entrepreneur scientifique, un entrepreneur comme les autres ?

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

Title : Sciences, Techniques et innovations citoyennes

Title : Les industries aérospatiales et de défense : un champ complexe d’innovations ?

Editorial by RNI, August 2017

« Challenges of ‘agile innovation' », by Laurent Dupont, Laure Morel*

The energy, ecological, digital, economic and social transitions are revolutionizing our industries, institutions and territories. This force us to rethink our practices, knowledge and modes of governance. Furthermore, in the age of globalization and the hyper-increase of digital capacity or artificial intelligence, these changes result in the search and implementation of unprecedented balances. Consciously or unconsciously, public or private, small or big organizations adapt their strategies, business models, projects, and even redefine their role within their technological, economic and social environment (i.e. their ecosystem). These approaches and their context are interdependent and their success is contingent.

The transformation of our society implies, therefore, managing breakthroughs, and new challenges. In other words, on the one hand we must accept a high degree of uncertainty and on the other hand we must develop our capability to be fully aware of the origin, the current skills and the possible future of our organizations. As a result, different needs, visions, ambitions, and beliefs in some cases can interact.

Thus, our environment shows regularly its ability to make appear the unexpected in established order or to provide new answers in critical situations. Novelty may be beneficial or disrupt a comfortable situation. Our degree of acceptance and adoption comes from our willingness to accept changes, to change ourselves or to change our organizations or our environments. Finally, innovation development is the convergence of external (which we benefit from) and internal (which we adopt) agilities.

Thereupon, we define agile innovation as a flexible process transforming individuals, their organization and their environment with three specific challenges:

  • Individuals and their interactions, supported by agile process and tools.

Process and tools should be used to generate symbiosis between Human fulfillment and their ecosystem. Individual expertise need to be connected in order clarify the understandings of major issues and to define common and sustainable solutions.

  • Collaboration between stakeholders, supported by flexible contract negotiation and relations based on trust.

Contract and trust are intertwined; both elements strengthen each other and this association promotes innovation. In the context of uncertainties, contract introduces an operation framework. Trust is generally considered as the belief that the other person has genuine care and concern for us and that it will honor its engagement. Building a shared sense and a thorough understanding of current needs and possible scenarios strengthens trust and helps to adjust the contract.

  • Embodying change, supported by rather than monitoring a plan.

Within organizations, agile innovation encourages people to become more proactive together and co-design shared futures. Individual, organizational and ecosystemic times must be taken into consideration and harmonized.

Debates, Analysis and Perspectives: RNI 2017 Summer School, 28-29th August 2017, « Agile Innovation: Challenges for Individuals, Organizations and Territories? », Nancy, France. For Register:

* Université de Lorraine, Laboratoire ERPI

New WP and Report

Latest Working Paper

N°54 : The Chinese system of eco-innovation: structures, actors, performance, Zeting Liu

N53 Food systems, nutrition and health needs in Africa, Félicité TCHIBINDAT


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…

Horizon Développement ! Créativité et Innovation

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

n°53, 2017/2

Éditeur : De Boeck Supérieur

Innovation Boosters in Economic Systems

Innovations. Journal of Innovation Economics & Management

n°23, 2017/2

Éditeur : De Boeck Supérieur

Mobility Innovations. Transport, management of flows and territories

Technology and Innovation

Volume 17-3

Editor: ISTE

L’univers du risque

Sous la direction de Bernard Guillon

Marché et Organisation, n°29, 2017/2

Editor: L’Harmattan

Just published: books

The Ongoing Technological System

Smaïl Aït-El-Hadj

Smart Innovation SET, Volume 11

ISTE – September 2017

Les dynamiques des spécialisations internationales

Didier Lebert, Hafida El Younsi

Série Smart innovation, volume 9

ISTE – Septembre 2017

Innovation et transition techno-écologique

Fabienne Picard, Corinne Tanguy

Série Smart innovation, volume 7

ISTE – Juin 2017


Events from partners

Institution d’accueil : INSA de Lyon
Début de stage : janvier/février 2018
Date limite de candidature : 30 novembre 2017 envoi à et


Date et lieu : 21-22 September 2017, Paris, Franceseparation-grand.jpg

Institution d’accueil : INSA de Lyon
Date limite de candidature : 15 septembre 2017

separation-grand.jpgCall for papers: the 8th Institutional and Technological Environments of Microfinance (ITEM 8)

Dijon, December 7-8, 2017
Deadline for proposals submission: September 15, 2017


Special issue of « Technological Forecasting and Social Change »
First Submission date: September 15, 2017


CIRAD, Montpellier
Date de clôture : 03 septembre 2017


Lieu : Dijon
Envoi d’un CV complet avec lettre de motivation par mail aux responsables scientifiques avant lundi 31
juillet midi : ; ;, Copie des envois à :


UTBM, Belfort
Candidature : du 12 juillet au 16 août 2017 inclus

Date et lieu : 5-6 July 2017, Nice, France


Date et lieu : 2-8 July 2017, Nice, France


Thème : Drones et industries : une étude prospective
Lieu : Mines St-Etienne, France
Envoyer le dossier de candidature à : Sandrine Berger-Douce (, Jenny Faucheu ( et Alexandre Labesse (


Thème : Nouveaux outils et méthodes pour stimuler la compétitivité des entreprises en business participatif
Lieu : Pôle Avenia, Pau, France
Envoyer un CV + une lettre de motivation + lettre(s) de recommandation à : Jérôme PORFIRIO (POLE AVENIA)  (Tél. : 05 59 84 81 10)