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    The Complexity Advantage

    Social and organisational complexity


    Our vision is to sustain research dealing with organisations as complex systems, especially as sets of interacting groups (including working formal and informal groups, sub-units, professional groups). Interaction implies issues of organisational cognition (e.g., mental representations), organisational routines, multiple social identifications, organisational structure, plural goals. The sub-area also deals with the social influences on the individual and organisational decision-making, especially institutional logics and social embeddedness of organisations. 

    Ongoing research projects include: 

    • What is the effect of market regulation on market competition? 
    • How to deal with uncertainty in strategic decision-making? 
    • What is the impact of cognitive flexibility on strategic change? 
    • How to measure structural complexity? 
    • What are the links between power struggles and group performance? 

    BROMILEY, P., R.KOUMAKHOV, D. M.ROUSSEAU, W.STARBUCK, "The Challenges of March and Simon's Organizations: Introduction to the Special Issue", Journal of Management Studies, December 2019, vol. 56, no. 8 

    FONTI, F., M.MAORET, "The direct and indirect effects of core and peripheral social capital on organizational performance", Strategic Management Journal, August 2016, vol. 37, no. 8 

    FONTI, F., M.MAORET, R.WHITBRED, "Free-riding in multi-party alliances: The role of perceived alliance effectiveness and peers' collaboration in a research consortium", Strategic Management Journal, February 2017, vol. 38, no. 2 

    KOUMAKHOV, R., A.DAOUD, "Decisions and Structures: A Dialogue between Herbert Simon and Critical Realists", British Journal of Management, October 2020 

    KOUMAKHOV, R., A.DAOUD, "Routine and reflexivity: Simonian cognitivism vs practice approach", Industrial and Corporate Change, August 2017, vol. 26, no. 4 

    NGUYEN, P., S. BELAOUNIA, "Cultural distance and payment method in French cross-border acquisitions", Management International, December 2019, vol. 24, no. 1 

    Community Building Meeting - November 4, 2021 – Paris Campus – Presentation of current projects and future directions 


    Examples of courses linked to this sub-Area include: "Entrepreneurship", "Entrepreneurial Innovation and Design Thinking", "Geopolitics and International Relations", OB and Intercultural Management", "Organisational Behaviour and Team Management", "Cross-cultural Agility in Global Business", "Negotiation and Dispute Resolution" 

    Professors: Samia Belaounia, Yen-Tsang Chen, Fabio Fonti, Helena Gonzalez Gomez, Gaurav Gupta, Rouslan Koumakhov, Marc Lenglet, Patrick Lê, Mozart Menezes, Agata Mirowska, Vijay Pereira, Svetlana Serdyukov, Benoît Tricard, Laura Trinchera, Dimitri Vasiljevic, Marlies Veestraeten, Jun Xiao, Nadia-Yin Yu, Haiyan Zhang.

    Several projects in the sub-AE are the result of collaborations with researchers from international institutions such as : London Business School (UK), University of Texas at Dallas (US), Frankfurt School of Management (DE), Brock University (CA), Imperial College (UK), Rennes School of Business (FR), Institut de Recherche en Gestion UPEC (FR), IESE Business School (ES), Ryerson University (CA), Institute of European Studies of Macau (IEEM), University of South Carolina (US), ESMT Berlin (DE), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) (FR), University of Stirling (UK), University of Toronto (CA), Khalifa University Abu Dhabi (UAE), Montpellier Business School (FR), Erasmus Business School (NL), Sheffield University Management School (UK), FGV EAESP (BR), McMaster University (CA), University of Birmingham (UK), Singapore Management University (SG), Western University (CA), Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM)(FR), International Management Institute New Delhi (IN), Sabanci University and Özyeğin University (TR), Newcastle University (UK)