Research Center for work, technology, and organization

We offer the following courses in the Programme Grande Ecole.

Emergent technological developments threaten to upend the ways in which people and organizations work, co-ordinate and interact. Over the course of eight weeks, we will cover the history and basics of Artificial Intelligence (Al) and Machine Learning (ML). Further, we will examine how Al changes the functioning of organizations, creative production and labor markets. Understanding these dynamics is critical not just for technologists building systems, but also for the managers who seek to deploy Al solutions strategically. This course emphasizes substantial reading of texts from broad range of disciplinary sources, hands-on experimentation with Machine Learning and in-class discussion.

Government policies have significant effects on the competitive environment of organizations. As a result, organizations attempt to shape government policy in ways favorable to them. This course examines the corporate political strategies that organizations use to shape their local, state, federal, and international political environments — such as lobbying, making campaign contributions, engaging in grassroots campaigns, and arranging the ‘revolving door.’ The course will bring together cutting edge research on nonmarket strategy and corporate political activity to help students analyze the political challenges that organizations face, and the strategies that organizations can use to address those challenges. 

Organizations have come to realize the importance of having a diverse workforce and an inclusive environment. Despite good intentions and significant efforts, diversity and inclusion are difficult goals to achieve. This course explores: why diversity and inclusion are important organizational goals, the barriers and challenges to achieving these goals, and how to design better policies and practices. Drawing on insights from the social sciences, this course uses an evidence-based approach to examining the topic of diversity and inclusion. Students will learn how to design and evaluate diversity initiatives related to hiring, promotion, and retention. Further, students will consider how various inclusion practices can be designed and implemented at the team and organizational level. The course draws on case-studies, simulations, and design-based methodologies to engage students in real-world challenges. 

Advances in science and engineering are generating a near continuous stream of innovations. Yet, how do we ensure that societal needs and values are integrated into the design and application of these innovations? This course examines the role of managers, scientists, citizens, regulators, social movements and non-government organizations in generating responsible innovation processes and outcomes. By examining disruptive innovations including asteroid mining, plant-based meat, care robots, solar geo-engineering, and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, students will learn various frameworks for deliberating on and assessing the social and ethical issues of responsible innovation. Students will also learn how innovation is governed at various levels of authority, with a focus on organizational governance. Students will learn to use one or more innovation frameworks to appraise and manage innovation processes, drawing on a case study of their choice. The course equips students with the ability to evaluate and design responsible innovation processes, using real-world governance frameworks, and develops their knowledge and skills to question and debate the social and ethical aspects of innovations shaping their world. 

Address: emlyon business school
144 Avenue Jean-Jaurès
69007 - Lyon
Email: huising (at)

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