Research at Rennes SB

The importance of undertaking and disseminating research is central to the mission and vision of Rennes School of Business. Research is seen to develop faculty skills, specific knowledge that impacts businesses and students, and to contribute to the development or enrichment of educational programmes for both students and executives. Research is also an essential vector for building partnerships, managing, and communicating the image and skills of Rennes School of Business.

Dr Raouf Boucekkine (Associate Dean for Research)

The research strategy

The research agenda of Rennes School of Business (Rennes SB) is primarily focused on rethinking business creation and management in response to the unprecedented wave of major transitions under way, experienced in the last three decades. These transitions, together with the current health crisis mean that established wisdom has been strongly shaken with a need not only to rethink business management and public policy, but also to engage in unframed thinking (the motto of Rennes SB). The current strategy springs from these bases, which are consistent with the research trends and the initial ambitions of Rennes SB.

These bases are enlarged to incorporate two major axes.

  • One is inherent in the international dimension of the ongoing transitions: neither decarbonisation nor digitalisation, to give concrete examples, make sense within a single country: digital platforms are accessible from anywhere in the world, the associated indirect network effects work indiscriminately, and there is literally a unique and universal CO2 stock causing global warming everywhere.  In this context, international cooperation seems a necessary target but the failures of the successive COP conferences and the ongoing fierce battle around the 5G technology show clearly that competition is still the rule. A such, geopolitics also matter, and sovereignty is a key word at all levels and in many fields nowadays. Elaboration of sustainable cooperation schemes under sovereignty constraints is an open daunting task.
  • The second axis of expansion is uncertainty and control of risk. The ongoing Covid crisis, which is itself partly an ecological crisis, has shown the amasing extent to which supply chains are vulnerable to emerging diseases. Uncertainty can turn to radical (or to knightian to use the language of decision theory) even in domains in which Humanity has made substantial progress in the two last centuries. Risk management (including disaster risk management) will be key in the next decades, and Rennes SB has taken a step forward to invest in this increasingly hot topic. Connected to risk and uncertainty, the notion of security (also at all levels) will regain momentum. It’s of course intricately related to geopolitics at the international level but it also has a counterpart at the individual level when, for example, privacy is threatened by digitalisation.


The research is organised into

  • The Research Lab which is the hub supporting the researchers daily and organises research activities.
  • 5 research centers working on current issues.

– Agribusiness (AGR)
– AI-Driven Business (AI)
– Green, Digital & Demand-driven Supply Chain Management (G3D)
– Rethinking Tomorrow’s Organisation (RTO)
– Financial Market & Corporate Outcomes (FMCO)
– The Institute for Advanced study: The Centre for Unframed Thinking (CUT) is an initiative by Rennes School of Business and its partners to foster broad interdisciplinary research at the highest international level to contribute to the global research effort to cope with the numerous deep issues raised by the ongoing massive worldwide transitions.

The research department is headed by Raouf Boucekkine (Associate Dean for Research) supported by:
– Karine Milhorgne – Internal affairs officer
– Tatiana Savinova – Corporate Relations Manager
– Christèle Wright – External affairs officer