Pole Innovation, Science and Technology (PIST)

Pole Innovation, Science and Technology (PIST)

The Pole Innovation, Science and Technology (PIST) brings together research relating to innovation traditionally conceived as technological breakthroughs and identified on the basis of indicators (R&D, patents). It also focuses on collective and processual innovation observed within organizations and societies. Last, the generation of new working practices or organizational forms like the digital nomads, algorithmic management or distributed companies are also in the scope of research. Research in the PCIM considers innovation as an endogenous phenomenon and focuses on the understanding of what makes innovation, who creates innovation (academic researchers, micro-enterprises, SMEs, large companies), where it is created (urban or rural environment, at regional, national or international level), and what collaborations and institutions contribute to its emergence (partners, competitors, governments).

PIST is particularly active in identifying the determinants and impacts of technological breakthroughs, such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, platforms, and Industry 4.0.

PIST contributes to the scientific project of the laboratory GREDEG through the impact of new technological paradigms on the risks of scientific and industrial decline (speed of diffusion of technological paradigms at the level of nations or regions, loss of technological leadership and leapfrogging by new actors, etc.), as well as on the inherent changes in working conditions (precariousness, nomadism, shrinks in occupations, but also upgrading in skills, the emergence of new occupations). It also contributes to characterizing how new technological paradigms may affect the energy transition in specific contexts (smart cities, twin transition).

PIST uses the different platforms of GREDEG: CASD/Data, micro, and macro simulation, and, to a lesser extent, LEEN.

The academic partnership strategy of PIST involves national and European collaborations, through participation in French ANR projects (Smart IoT for mobility, GIGA), European projects (IRIS Smart Cities), and international projects (NBER).

PIST also develops socio-economic partnerships (Renault, etc.), particularly when open innovation or alter innovation phenomena are concerned.

At the local level, PIST is connected to Academy 1, particularly in identifying the role of demand and social acceptance in the development of innovations. The pole also has a solid link with the EUR ELMI through the study of technological, organizational, and spatial changes brought about by innovation. In addition, the Pole is also connected to the EUR CREATES with respect to the research on creative industries and on the role of creativity in society, and the EUR DS4H with respect to research on the societal impact of new digital technological paradigms. The MSHS is also closely linked to this research, through the area of Digital Technologies and Communities.
The Pole develops projects with various institutes: Artificial Intelligence (3IA and OTESIA), Sustainable Development (IMREDD and OTECCA), and Cognition and Complexity (MSI).

The Pole is composed of three teams to which economists, scholars in management and sociologists contribute.