ICN Business School - International Research Chair in Art and Sustainable Enterprise (IRCASE)
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Creativity, Art
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Chair News


June 12, 2015 : MESD'15, December 13-15, Lisbon, Portugal


The fourth Multinational Enterprises and Sustainable Development International Conference (MESD’15). MESD’15 will be jointly organized by the AUDAX - Entrepreneurship Center of ISCTE-IUL which hosts the conference this year, the ICN Business School (France), the CEREFIGE of the Université de Lorraine (France), and the Center for International Business Education and Research, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA.

MESD’15 will mainly focus on the ways MNEs can address sustainability in general with a focus on climate change issues. Considering the magnitude of the global warming issues, MESD’15 expands its target to any enterprise concerned by climate change issues.

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February 13, 2015 : Paul Shrivastava named Executive Director of Future Earth

The International Council for Science (ICSU), on behalf of the Science & Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability, announced today the appointment of Paul Shrivastava as Executive Director of Future Earth. Read more












September 10, 10 AM, 2013, ICN Business School

Conférénce: "Artistic Interventions in Organizations"

Prof. Dr. Ariane Berthoin Antal
Program Leader Artistic Interventions in Organizations in the research unit "Cultural Sources of Newness", Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung

Content: An interesting phenomenon that has come to the fore in recent years in the search for new ways of seeing and doing things in organizations are artistic interventions—when people, practices, or products from the world of the arts enter the world of (non-art-based-) organizations. Stimulating employees to engage with the arts at their workplace can be seen as a potential trigger for or enabler of organizational learning. The confrontation between different perspectives, behaviours, and values from these two “worlds” can generate newness by challenging underlying assumptions and irritating routines in an organizational culture, thereby opening spaces of possibility. Click here to know more.


May 31-June 2, 2013, Noosa, Queensland, Australia1

Balance Unbalance Conference in May 2013

Balance-Unbalance is an International Conference designed to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities. The previous events held in Argentina in 2010 and Montreal in 2011 provided a powerful platform for reflection, debate, and ideas leading towards Balance-Unbalance 2013, hosted in the UNESCO Noosa Biosphere Reserve on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. The 2013 conference theme, Future Nature, Future Culture[s] is aimed to provoke discourse around what our elusive future might hold and how transdisciplinary thought and action could be used as tools for positive change.

Conference website : http://www.balance-unbalance2013.org/


September 26, 9:00 AM to 13:45 PM 2012, ICN Business School Nancy, France

First Annual IRCASE Research Workshop


The International Research Chair on Art and Sustainable Enterprise examines the dynamic relations between art, aesthetics and sustainable development of organizations. The chair is built in collaboration with ICN Business School and the ARTEM Program, Nancy, France, and the David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, Concordia University, Montreal. This first workshop bringing leading art and sustainable enterprise researchers together will present the current and future projects engaged by the Chair members. The workshop will is intended to promote a productive exchange between researchers and to discuss further collaborative work. Learn more...


December 12-14, 2012

MESD'12 International Conference

The third Multinational Enterprises and Sustainable Development International Conference (MESD’12) (www.mesd2012.org) will be held on December 12-14 in New Delhi, India. The conference is jointly organized by the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Evening College of the University of Delhi (India) which also hosts the conference this year, the ICN Business School (France), the CEREFIGE of the Université de Lorraine (France), and the Georgia Tech Center for International Business Education and Research, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA.

The MESD’12 raises the key question of the role multinational enterprises play in the dynamic sustainable business environment. Because of the size and scope of their trans-border activities, multinationals are global environmental actors and stewards. Their corporate strategies can accelerate or slow the sustainable development process of the regions. Contrasting U.S., European and Indian based multinational enterprises, roadmaps will yield innovative solutions for one of the central issues of our era. The following topics are only indicative of topics broadly fitting into the core of the conference: MNEs and managing sustainable business dynamics, MNEs strategic choices and sustainable development, factors and motivations of sustainable practices, MNEs and ethical issues, MNEs and innovative sustainable strategies, and MNEs and emerging nations. Other submissions fitting into the theme of the conference are most welcome. Publication: We are looking forward to a rigorous and focused exchange of ideas. From this, we will publish selected papers and presentations in a proceedings book and in a special issue of an international business journal to enrich a growing body of policy and management literature. New Delhi, as the conference venue of the MESD’12, is a world political capital in the world’s largest democracy and in the fastest growing emerging market economy, exemplifying many of the challenges and opportunities raised by corporate sustainable development initiatives on the threshold of this new century.

Download the call for papers: http://www.mesd2012.org/images/call-for-papers.pdf


  • Extended abstract (or research paper) submission: September 10, 2012
  • Final paper submission: November 10, 2012
  • Conference website: www.mesd2012.org



February 29, 2012

P. Shrivastava attended Leuphana Sustainability Summit

Paul Shrivastava who leads the ICN Business School International Research Chair on Art and Sustainable Enterprise (IRCASE: www.ircase.org) attended the Leuphana Sustainability Summit (February 29 - March 2, 2012) as a keynote speaker. In addition Paul also chaired a session and participated in a live case study workshop on sustainable palm oil production. The conference was based on the premise that institutionalization of sustainability as a regulative idea has only started in some spheres of activity and some areas of the world. To achieve transitions towards sustainability, continuous inquiry, learning, and adaptation is needed. And this requires science to go beyond disciplinary – and even interdisciplinary – approaches. By bringing about mutual learning, collaborative research, and problem solving among business, government and civil society, transdisciplinarity can serve as an important guiding concept for sustainability science and practice. The conference focuses on three leading questions: What insights about the role of transdisciplinarity for sustainability transitions have we gained over the last 10 years, what gaps in research still remain and how can we fill these gaps? The Paul’s speech will be published in a special issue of Journal of Business Strategy and the Environment.


November 4 - 5 2011

IRCASE sponsored and co-organized the Balance Unbalance Conference in November 2011

IRCASE sponsored and co-organized the Balance Unbalance Conference in November 2011. This conference brought together artists, with scientists, economists, philosophers, politicians, sociologists, engineers, management and policy experts to engender a deeper awareness and create lasting intellectual working partnerships in solving our global environmental crisis. Using art as a catalyst, BALANCE-UNBALANCE 2011 explored intersections between NATURE, ART, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY and SOCIETY as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities. We had two days of reflection, debate, and promotion of projects and actions regarding the environment and our human responsibility. The conference was held at Concordia University on November 4th and 5th of 2011. One of the main goals of this conference was to develop the role of the arts and artists in dealing with environmental challenges.


September 29, 2011

DOCSE - Annual Report 2011

The 2010-2011 Annual Report has just been released!! Please have a look at the report for a complete summary of the David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise's activities over the past year. Download




November 22, 2011

New member

Christian Bourion joined us as a chair researcher.

 Christian Bourion - ICN Business School

Christian is an Associate Professor at ICN Business School. He has always designed his research and pedagoigical activities with a strong creative dimension. He has also designed heavy emotional and logical decision making courses. In his research, he founded an observatory of feedback on behavioral and managerial activity using over 3000 lifestories. As a researcher, he has produced about 200 publications. In 2005, as the Editor in Chief, he refounded the editorial policy of an academic journal addressing the managerial psychology through organizational behavior. As director of the ICN Business School, he founded some heuristics séminariales activities : rafting, crossing the desert, etc. He has also created a new method based on symbolic representations to select new students. Christian is also a sculpter. He has created hundreds of artworks and manages an art domain which hosts art exhibits. He has traveled extensively and was an ardent practitioner of informational modern time sports such as: windsurfing, hang-gliding, Ulm , etc.. Top

Contact information
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  13, rue Michel Ney, 54000, Nancy, France
Phone : 
  +33(0)6 0902 0525
Fax : 
  +33(0)9 50 57 1533
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Web link : 
  http://cbourion.free.fr (French)

November 20, 2011


The inscription period for the Workshop on Creating Emergent Space within Organisations is now open. The number of places is limeted to 20. To register click here