Innovation and Entrepreneurship


The minor focuses on innovation in progress. This can involve research in laboratories, the development of new products, the creation of services and the establishment of companies and organizations. In addition to industry, special attention is given to the fields of the environment, health, cultural practices and the media.
Today, organizations have to innovate and they take on a new identity for that purpose. The development of new skills, the setting up of unorthodox organizations, the production of new products and services, have all become the key to a competitive edge for companies whether large or small. The innovation process increasingly combines the internal and external skills of a company and innovation therefore is the result of interaction between a variety of actors: firms, university laboratories, public authorities, financiers, customers and users. Those are the innovation networks which our students study.
The pedagogical aim of this minor is to understand and manage more judiciously the innovation process and its impact. The student has the task of making this process more intelligible on the basis of a practical case with the help of the faculty of the Sociology of Innovation Centre (CSI).


The students are given preliminary basic training in order to prepare them for their minor internship in third year. The first pedagogical aim is to help the students become more familiar with techniques related to interviews, note-taking, the drafting of minutes and research bibliography.
The second objective is to provide the students with basic knowledge of socio-technical analysis, research and innovation policies, the study of market creation and the role of middlemen through reading and discussions with the CSI researchers. The students are required to produce a report which combines investigations in the field, observation, interviews and the analysis of available written information (this report includes a period of comparison abroad). Students are required to display an outstanding ability to listen and to analyse.
This basic training makes students familiar with social science methodology which can be used by the engineer. It must enable them to develop a capacity for pluridisciplinary reflection, combining technology, sociology, economics, strategy and organization.
The minor subjects in third year are defined with the students according to their specific interests. They are undertaken in a company or an institution with sound methodological support from the CSI faculty.
On completion of their minor, the experience and know-how the students have acquired will be of great use to them regardless of the sector in which they work and the duties they will perform.

Program Language Duration Supervisors
French 266 Hours Philippe Mustar
ECTS Credits : 42

Last modification :Tuesday March 5 2013