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KEMI 2000 - Great Transition - Responsibility, Innovation, Commons (The)

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 48

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

We are living through a period of “great transition” – our economic organizations, societies and ourselves are having to face a number of critical junctures and radical challenges while contemplating desirable and undesirable futures. Those challenges can carry along unprecedented dangers but they can also open up new opportunities. A lot will depend on the forms of leadership that emerge in the coming years to confront them and on our collective ability to propose and deploy creative alternatives. If we want to manage the great transition, we first need to understand it. In this course, we will explore in turn what are arguably the three main dimensions of the contemporary “great transition” and their associated challenges for today and tomorrow: 1- the interface between business and society and the urgency of reinventing a responsible form of capitalism. 2- the great digital turn and the choices it confronts us with when it comes to economic, social and political organization. 3- the ecological transition and its potentially radical consequences. As we explore those different dimensions, we show that they all boil down to a challenge of the commons issue – what are the governance solutions allowing us to allocate resources and address contemporary challenges in a manner that will maximize the common good of the generations already born and of those to come? We realize in the process that our own individual self-interest is radically conditioned by our capacity to deploy creative alternative to address those common good challenges.


  • CARDON, Dominique (Associate Professor en sociologie)
  • CHAO, Wei-Ting (Teaching Assistant, Phd Student)
  • DJELIC, Marie-Laure (Professeur des Universités, Doyenne de l'école de Management et de l'innovation)
  • LAURENT, Eloi (Economiste)
  • MOUSAVI BAYGI, Seyed-Reza (Teaching assistant, Phd Student)
  • TAILLANDIER, Apolline (Teaching Assistant, Phd Student)

Pedagogical format

The course will be run as a series of lectures but using technology to facilitate interactions between the professor(s) and students during the sessions themselves.

Course validation

Individual – a 3-pages note on one of 9 “hot topics” (‘What your Boss needs to know'), due half term. Collective – creating a product advancing the “great transition” (good, service or policy) and presenting it in an innovative format (video, app, website, webdoc, etc.). Groups of 10. These “products” will be put on an open platform. We will organize a vote and a selection of the 10 best projects / objects to be presented during an open event.

Required reading

  • Atwood, M. (1985). The Handmaid's Tale. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Cardon, D. (2015). A Quoi Rêvent les Algorythmes ? Paris : Seuil
  • Carson, R. (1962[2002]). Silent Spring. Houghton Mifflin Company
  • Djelic, M. L. (1999). Exporting the American Model. Oxford University Press
  • Djelic, M. L. and K. Sahlin-Andersson (eds) (2006). Transnational Governance. Cambridge University Press