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Rennes SB Summit

Addressing the major issues of the 21st century from an interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral perspective
Unframed Thinking
Building top-level research to meet today's challenges

On 9 and 10 October 2023, the CUT (Centre for Unframed Thinking) will host the Rennes SB Summit, an event designed to promote the exchange of ideas and to find solutions to today's challenges. It will bring together high-profile personalities to co-construct real-impact research and search for answers to the questions and upheavals facing our society.

Theme: Sustainable transformation

“Interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral perspectives on current transitions required for sustainable change” is the theme of this first edition of the Rennes SB Summit.

Through this event, Rennes School of Business demonstrates its commitment to promoting research and affirming its strategy of rethinking business management, freeing itself from social conventions and models, and thinking outside the box (Unframed Thinking). Its reflections and studies are particularly focused on areas of transition such as Agribusiness and AI at the service of companies.
The Rennes SB Summit is also a way for the school to nurture its network of researchers and bring together experts and stakeholder communities in a single venue.

Responding to a constantly changing society

Today’s society is constantly changing, and responding to these challenges can be a real challenge. How can we finance these transitions? How can we innovate for the climate and transform production models? How can we rethink capitalism? These are just some of the questions that Rennes SB wants to answer. Through this event, the school wants to promote exchange and innovation in order to find answers to help build a better world.




Challenges for the Conduct of Sustainable Decision-Making

9h-9h45: Summit launch


9h45-11h15: Financing TransitionsGB
Chair: Aude Pommeret (Université Savoie Mont Blanc & France Stratégie)
Crossed views:

  • The redistributive effects of the Green transition, by Salvador Barrios, Head of the Fiscal Policy Unit, European Commission.
  • Aspects of the energy transition, by Ted Loch-Temzelides, Georges and Cynthia Mitchell Chair in Sustainable Development and researcher at the Centre for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute, Rice University.

11h15-11h30: Coffee break

11h30-13h: Civilizing CapitalismGB
Chair: Sarah Robinson (Rennes School of Business)
Crossed views:

  • Teaching Alternatives to Capitalism in the Business School, by Gibson Burrell, Professor of Organisation Theory at University of Manchester.
  • Whither is Growth Going? by Xavier Ragot, Président of the OFCE.

13h-14h30: Lunch break

14h30-16h : Innovating for the ClimateGB
with François Le Grand (Rennes School of Business)
Crossed views:

  • Transformative Climate Policies, by Rick van der Ploeg, Research Director of Oxford Centre for Analysis of Resource Rich Economies.
  • Innovation for a sustainable agriculture, by Franco Miglietta, Research Director at CNR.

16h-16h15 : Coffee break


16h15-18h15 : Triple Accounting: Current Practices & Open QuestionsGB, by Goowill Management.

  • Alan Fustec, Founding President of Goodwill Management
  • Raouf Boucekkine, Associate Dean for Research & Full Professor, Rennes School of Business


  • Luca Colombo, professor at Rennes School of Business

16h15-18h15 : Cleaner Production ProcessesGB, by Reverse Systems.

  • François Klein, directeur technique, Reverse Systems
  • Nadjib Brahimi, Professor in the department of Supply Chain Management and Information Systems, Director of MSc in Data and Business Analytics, Rennes School of Business.

16h15-18h15 : AI-Enhanced HealthcareGB, by Institut Mines-Télécom.

  • Jean-Marie Bonnin, Professor and researcher in the Network Systems, Cybersecurity and Digital Law Department.
  • André Nemeh,  Director of the AI-Driven Business Research Centre at Rennes School of Business


18h30-20h30 : Sustainable processing: is Brittany on the right track?FR
Introduction by Loïg Chesnais-Girard, President of the Regional Council of Brittany
Crossed views
Xavier Ragot, Président of the l’OFCE.
Salvador Barrios, Head of Fiscal Policy Unit, European Commission.

20h30-21h30: Cocktail reception

GB: event in English
FR: event in French


Critical aspects of the ongoing transitions


9h30-11h : AI for Good.GB
Chair: Çilem Selin Hazir (Rennes School of Business)
Crossed views:

  • Sustainable Robotics by Toshio Fukuda, Programme Director (PD), The Moonshot Research and Development Programme, Japan Science and Technology Agency.
  • Alignment, Innovation, and Regulation – Paradoxes in AI Governance by Mike Livermore, Professor of Law, Director, Programme in Law, Communities and the Environment, University of Virginia.

11h-11h30: Coffee break

11h30-13h: Evolution, Crises and Transitions GB
Chair: Joël Guiot (CNRS & CNFCG)
Crossed views:

  • A Series of Inconvenient Misconceptions: An Ecological Perspective on the Economics of Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss and Water by Andy Dobson, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University.
  • Homo Anthropologicus: Management Put to the Test of the Human Condition by Jean-François Chanlat, Professor of Organisational Sciences at the University of Paris-Dauphine.

13h-14h30 : Lunch break

14h30-16h : Transitions, Uncertainty and Finance GB
Chair: Nour Meddahi (Toulouse School of Economics)
Crossed views:

  • Risk versus Uncertainty in Transitions, by Yacine Ait-Sahalia, Professor of Finance and Economics, Princeton University.
  • Large endogenous fluctuations in financial markets and larger economies by Michaël Benzaquen, CNRS Research Scientist, Chair of Econophysics & Complex Systems, LadHyX & Department of Economics, Ecole Polytechnique.

16h-16h15 : Coffee break


16h15-18h15 : Artificial Intelligence and Digital Privacy GB, by Huawei France.

  • Minggang Zhang, Deputy Director General, Huawei France
  • Jojo Jacob, professor at Rennes School of Business

16h15-18h15 : How can we build resilient agriculture in the context of climate change? FR, By the Tropical and Mediterranean Symbioses – Transfer and Innovation Laboratory (LSTM).

  • Robin Duponnois, Research Director and Director of LSTM.
  • Youenn Lohéac, Professor in the Finance and Accounting Department at Rennes School of Business

16h15-18h15 : Managing Uncertainty in Sustainable Financial Investments GB, by Capital Fund Management.

  • Pierre Lenders, Head of Sustainability at Capital Fund Management.
  • Guillaume Bagnarosa, Professor in the Finance Department at Rennes School of Business


18h30-20h30: Global warming and sustainable agriculture: what new production model(s)? FR
Crossed views:

  • Joël Guiot, Research Director at CNRS & CNFCG.
  • Alberte Bondeau, Research Fellow CNRS.

20h30-21h30 : Cocktail reception

GB: event in English
FR: event in French


Rennes School of Business will host its first annual Summit on the 9 & 10 October 2023, in the context of global and multidimensional transitions that are challenging certain prominent educational, managerial and economic frames. True to its motto, “Unframed Thinking”, Rennes School of Business has led and achieved significant reforms in its educational provision and research structure and programmes over the last three years to cope with these massive trends. The October Summit will be a unique opportunity to show the extent of this rapid development to the School community and beyond.

This first Summit is devoted to Leading Sustainability Transformations. It is structured around three main axes to reflect some of the principles lately reinforced by the School.

  • The first of these axes is broad interdisciplinarity: given the multidimensional nature of the ongoing transitions, interdisciplinary dialogues are becoming more urgent than ever. To this end, Rennes School of Business has launched the Centre for Unframed Thinking (CUT) in March 2022, the world’s first business school-based Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS), first IAS in Brittany, and full member of the French IAS network since April 2023. On this occasion, CUT is gathering some of the leading world researchers in ecology, robotics, environmental and agricultural sciences to exchange on sustainability transformations with distinguished scholars in management, economics, finance, sociology, anthropology and law. Six plenary sessions (with two co-speakers for each) will be devoted to these dialogues.
  • The second axis is intersectorality to organise interactions between the academic and non-academic spheres. Six sponsored workshops will take place during this first Summit to show the extent of collaboration between the School’s researchers and, notably, the corporate partners. The areas covered by these workshops do intersect those of the School’s five Research Centres (AI in Business, Green Supply Chain, Agribusiness, Rethinking Tomorrow’s Organisation, and Financial Market & Corporate Outcomes).
  • Last but not least, Openness to Society is another key feature of the School: two conferences will be held at the end of each day of the Summit on key sustainable development issues in Brittany, fully open to public attendance and questions.

Professeur Raouf Boucekkine, General Director of CUT, Associate Dean for Research & Full Professor


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