Founded in 1972 by the Ecole Polytechnique, CRG (Management Research Center) is the first laboratoire dedicated to research in management to have been recognized by the CNRS in 1980. Since the 1st of January 2015, it an active component of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Innovation - i3 - (UMR CNRS 9217) which includes teams from Mines ParisTech and Telecom ParisTech. CRG depends of Department of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship and has 11 researchers, 21 associate researchers, 22 PhD students and post doctoral students, 5 administrative and technical staff and regularly hosts renowned international researchers. Hervé Dumez is the director of both the center and i3.
The development, discussion and redefinition of theories explore issues of management to businesses and organizations. This approach ensures scientific quality of the knowledge produced and it’s relevance to real-world issues. The aim is to bring together theory and a practioner’s perspectives to seek solutions to problems faced by managers and organizations. It is therefore a study that puts knowledge into action. The research is part of an interdisciplinary framework, strengthened today by the membership of i3.
The unit is organized into four programs:
- Strategies of Innovation and dynamic systems design.
- Strategies, structuring and regulation of markets.
- Information Technology and Communication: Organizations, markets.
- Creation, organizational and societal creativity.
The type of research conducted allows for the birth of new concepts and to redefine existing concepts, which has led to international recognition. This is exlemplified by new concepts lead by CRG research on ‘projectification’ of the company (projectification de l’enterprise) by Christophe Midler, and on ‘management situation’ created by Jacques Girin, published in an English version in 2011 in the European Management Review. In recent years, CRG was also involved in the redefinition of several central concepts in various scientific fields, such as those on breakthrough innovation, coopetition, of bundling, business models, or commoditization.
The CRG is involved in a project that examines the comparison of automobile firms innovation process with several leading institutions and universities worldwide including MIT, Wharton School, University of Tokyo. It also participates in a co-Berkeley-France partnership for a program on trademarks and Govemark, and is part of an international research program developed with Georgetown University and the Stockholm School of Economics. CRG (POSITION?) Alain Jeunemaitre is a fellow at CSLS (Oxford University) and the London School of Economics, the co-chair Pierre-Jean Benghozi in a member of International Association for Art and Culture Management and was appointed to ARCEP. The director of CRG, Hervé Dumez is a member of the committee Editorial of the European Management Review. Innovation seminars, AEGIS and IRSN regularly invite the most renowned international researchers in their field. The PhD students are from French universities and colleges (ENS, ESSEC, Ecole, MINES, etc.) as well as international students from prestigious foreign universities (Germany, United States, UK, Spain, Italy, etc.).