Strategy & Organisation Department

The Strategy & Organisation Department delivers lessons in strategy, organisational science, entrepreneurship and innovation.  It houses two research centres: the French Corporate Governance Institute (IFGE) and the Entrepreneurship Research Centre.

The department's teachers strive to link theory and practice by offering students an introduction to applied research in social sciences right at the beginning of their training. They use a number of examples and real-life business case studies on which to base their lessons. They also use active teaching methods which encourage greater participation from students.

Strategy and Organisational Science teaching

Strategy lessons are used to introduce students to the concepts, analysis methods and tools necessary for a business to identify both the sectors in which it wants to operate (Corporate Strategy) and the ways in which it can build a competitive advantage to ensure sustainability and medium-to-long-term success (Business Strategy). These lessons also help students to examine and put into perspective the various disciplines of management.

Alongside the core Strategic Management course, which is delivered in either French or English, there are also courses on strategic management in the service industry and corporate internationalisation strategy.

The department also offers a range of courses centred on organisations and the way they operate, taking a human sciences-led approach (focusing on economics, sociology and political science). There is one course on driving strategic change, others on corporate governance and how corporate governance models have developed in line with changes in society, and also courses on crisis management. The department also delivers a course on the political aspects of organisation management and another on social movements, which are intended to provide a political and critical approach to management and organisational science.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation teaching

Entrepreneurship is about identifying, evaluating and exploiting new opportunities and employing innovative organisational strategies, in order to introduce products and services to either existing or emerging markets for the first time.

Entrepreneurship lessons are delivered in line with EMLYON's Educating Entrepreneurs for the World project. These lessons aim to foster an entrepreneurial spark among our students, as well as the confidence they need to succeed and the knowledge and tools they require to create and grow new businesses and/or projects.

In the introductory entrepreneurship course, students are given the chance to develop all or part of a business creation project (through the PCE or ICE programmes), the best of which are placed in the EMLYON Incubator and often go on to enjoy success in the outside world.

Some courses analyse the business creation process, the quality of start-up projects and their chances of success. Others focus on the growth of new businesses, or teach students how to build effective professional networks, because while start-ups may often be lone ventures, the success of a business also relies heavily on its partners.

Entrepreneurship comes in many different shapes and sizes, and the department's courses reflect this. Some courses focus on the specifics of SME management strategy, others on leading intrapreneurial projects within existing businesses (including big business), and a third group on social entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship is inextricably linked to innovation, a subject that is dealt with from a number of different angles, including managing entrepreneurial projects linked to technological innovation, and the study of alternative models of strategic analysis (based on geopolitics, economic intelligence or dynamic systems analysis). There is also a course on database design and data analysis methods, and how these can be used to increase productivity and accelerate growth.