Research Interests & Initiatives
Pioneering is part of our DNA
École des Ponts Business School descends from a long line of illustrious researchers and inventors. Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées (ENPC), our mother institution, was the first engineering school in the world founded in 1747, and is celebrated for having produced inventors such as Louis Vicat, the creator of ‘Grey Gold’ (cement) and Philippe Lebon, the first person to successfully use artificial gas as a means of large-scale illumination.
Today, the research tradition continues. Our business school is committed to fostering an environment where ideas can be explored, challenged, and shared. Thanks to a number of new labs and centers, both faculty and students can now pursue their areas of interest.
Research Aims & Challenges
We at École des Ponts Business School are leading and supporting novel research initiatives dedicated to designing new multidisciplinary business models.
Our research interests are founded in groundbreaking thinking on innovation and entrepreneurship, leadership and talent management, circular economy and sustainable development, digital transformation and change. Transforming those ideas into the best practices is what is underpinning our MBA programs that help individuals and organizations perform at their highest level to stay ahead of the game in this digital and fast-paced age.
We want to be reactive to the changes of global markets and international events and shifts in technology as well as to find the strategies to perform better in complex and multinational environments. We focus on the mega-themes as well as the human and leadership skills needed to encounter these shifts and changes.
We are proud of our centers dedicated to finding new methods and business ideas on governmental and social levels: the Circular Economy Research Center (CERC), the Center for Advanced Studies and Expertise (CASE): AFRICA, and the CPC-Paris (Center for Policy and Competitiveness).
Under the direction of Professor Demetriou, the Circular Economy Research Center (CERC), is currently developing dedicated courses, a certificate and an E-MBA specialized in Circular Economy Management as well as Circular Economy training programs, a Circular Economy Live Lab, Journal and Expert Network.
Research is a crucial part of our tradition, and it is this search for knowledge that informs the work we do and the results and impact we have in the world.