» Endowed chairs

Entrepreneurship, Digital Innovation and Performance

Prof. Adnane Maalaoui, Director

Prof. Andrea Calabrò, Director

We have created the EDIP chair “Entrepreneurship, Digital Innovation and Performance”, which aims to set up research focused on issues in the field of entrepreneurship, family business, digital innovation and SME performance. The EDIP chair develops European projects on the entrepreneurship issues of disadvantaged groups, in particular prisoners, senior citizens, people with disabilities etc., and how entrepreneurship can help these groups achieve social and economic inclusion. The chair is also interested in the performance issues of SMEs and the impact of digital innovation on their processes.


Finally, the EDIP Chair proposes to understand at the macroeconomic level the stakes and impact of entrepreneurship on public policies in OECD countries. The organization of conferences as well as participation in European projects will help to establish the reputation of the IPAG Business School’s “Entrepreneurship and Family business”.



Environment, Climate Change and Energy Transition

Duc Khuong Nguyen, Chair Director

IPAG’s Environmental, Climate Change and Energy Transition (ECCET) chair studies cooperation between southern and northern Mediterranean countries in industry, environment and energy.

Energy is a determining factor in cooperation between Mediterranean countries. For several years now, the European Union has been looking to develop lasting relationships with countries in the region in order to guarantee its energy security. Although it is deployed through numerous bilateral and multilateral channels, such as the Mediterranean Solar Plan or the Euromed partnership, this strategy struggles to show results. A particular difficulty encountered is the diverging interests of EU member states and partner countries.

IPAG’s ECCET Chair was established in 2016 with a twofold objective i) to identify the causes of these divergences; and ii) to contribute to the emergence of a new Mediterranean energy partnership. It is part of the European Union H2020 Program for Research and Innovation: “MEDRESET”.

MEDRESET is a consortium of research and academic institutions focusing on different disciplines from the Mediterranean region to develop alternative visions for a new Mediterranean partnership and corresponding EU policies. It aims at designing an inclusive, flexible, and responsive future role for the EU in the region based on the multiple perspectives of local and bottom-up actors.


French Savoir-Faire

Prof. Maria-Giuseppina Bruna

Chair Director

The IPAG Chair ‘French Savoir Faire’ calls for a reinvestigation of the relationship between the firms’ business development and the features of the ecosystems in which they operate.

The Chair aims at rethinking the embeddedness of economic issues in the social pattern (here understood in its widest latitude, including institutions, cultural and legal frameworks, social dynamics endogenous to the system …). In this respect, the Chair places the diagnosis of territorial socio-economic assets and, therefore, the relationship among companies and ecosystem at the heart of its heuristics.

The ‘French Savoir Faire’ Chair benefits from the support (moral and financial) of the mutualist company KLESIA.

Scientifically speaking, the Chair aims to analyze the perception of the French brand in the world. And that, at a time when the French Touch is struggling to acquire a clear, distinctive, attractive and reassuring brand identity. To achieve this goal, it adopts an interdisciplinary, dynamic and comparative focus.


Quantitative Finance & Risk Management

Hans-Jörg von Mettenheim, Chair Director

IPAG’s Quantitative Finance, chaired by Professor Hans-Jörg Von Mettenheim, monitors trends in algorithmic trading around the world, focusing on the analysis of risks and opportunities arising from it.

Today’s financial world is dominated by algorithms and machines. Estimates indicate that more than half of the volume of trade carried out daily on developed financial markets is now generated by quantitative algorithms instead of humans. This increasing automation of transactions offers unique opportunities, but it can also generate risks: market disruptions, systemic crises, market abuses, etc. Algorithmic trading and risk management are two faces of the same coin. A pillar of the Chair is further constituted by integrating green finance measures into overall quantitative portfolio management approaches.

IPAG established its Quantitative Finance and Risk Management research chair in 2016 to contribute to the analysis of algorithmic trading, the exploration of its opportunities, and the assessment of its risks.


Towards an Inclusive Company

Maria-Giuseppina Bruna, Chair Director

Founded in 2016 and since then chaired by Dr. Maria Giuseppina Bruna, the IPAG Chair ‘Towards an Inclusive Company’ is an interdisciplinary platform for action-research, expertise, training and scientific dissemination, which is aimed at exploring the cross-cutting issues of agility, inclusion and innovation at work.

Benefiting from the support of some fifteen Corporate sponsors and partners, the Chair manages and conducts a dozen action-research programs to enlighten the companies in their strategic choices, their societal commitment and their organizational changes. The Chair aims at contributing to the economic viability, the social acceptability and the environmental sustainability of the firms’ business models. The Chair puts the quest for meaning, efficiency and resilience at the very heart of its heuristics.

As a partner of the French public authorities, it investigates the future of jobs, organizations and management, and investigates the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the corporate strategy and practices. Rooted in the socio-economic world, the Chair pays particular attention to the incubation, empowerment and optimization of inclusive networks (or communities of change leaders), understood as the antechambers of tomorrow’s companies and laboratories for a new style of leadership: situational, shared, learning, agile and inclusive, as well.