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Track 11.3 - Organizing the Energy and Ecological Transition: managerial challenges for scholars and practitioners

Julie MAYER, Associate Professor, PSL, Université Paris-Dauphine, Lab M&O
Mathias GUERINEAU, Associate Professor, IAE de Nantes, LEMNA & research associate at i3-CRG/Ecole Polytechnique

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The energy and ecological transition (EET) can be understood as the emergence and exploitation of technological innovation(s) (e.g. hydrogen mobility, smartgrids, …) and societal innovations (e.g. circular economies, sobriety models, new forms of democracies...), that intend to tackle climate change. Despite decades of innovative efforts, our societies still face crucial managerial challenges to propel and concretize those innovations, as they rely on changes of paradigm, claimed and driven by heterogeneous actors with different visions and interest. This track thus aims at better understating the EET. challenges and opportunities at the level of organization, in all their varieties (large companies, technological start-ups, public or private research institutes, etc.). In our session, we will try to better understand what EET represents and involves in terms of strategy and management.

We will analyze this general problem across three levels of analysis :

- At the macro level, the EET relies on a plethora of technological and societal innovations, which may significantly transform existing markets, industries and ecosystems (e.g. energy, transport, food, etc.), or create new ones such as renewable energies. As the trajectory of those transformations remain uncertain (and sometimes controversial), we welcome submissions that unfold questions such as: what models and mechanisms of value creation and capture can be derived from EET innovations (e.g. what new business model)? What are the triggers and obstacles of their development? How can those transformations be coordinated at the macro-level?

- At the meso level, the EET involves specific forms of collective actions and discourses, either to carry, to support or to resist to innovations. Public authorities, private organizations and citizens engage into new practices that enact the EET (e.g. local citizen initiatives, industrial lobbying, coopetition, open innovation, etc.). What are those new forms of collective actions and discourses? How do they shape EET trajectory? What managerial issues do they bring?

- At the micro level, the EET requires on the ability to involve, to influence or to change individuals’ behaviors. Therefore, we seek to better understand the determinants of individual perceptions and behaviors toward societal and technological innovations related to the EET: why individuals may or may not agree to change their behavior or practices? What are the determinants of societal and technological adoption or resistance that drive EET? To which extend can individuals be involved in the deployment of energy or ecological solutions? Those questions can be analyzed in terms of technological adoption and use, incentives to change behavior, risk perception, decision-making determinants, etc.

All contributions (theoretical and empirical) from academic research or professional testimonies will be studied with interest. We recall that the main objective is to better understand what the energy and ecological transition implications from a management science perspective.