Etudes sur la Performance, l’Innovation et le Changement en Entreprise (EPICE)

Etudes sur la Performance, l’Innovation et le Changement en Entreprise (EPICE)

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Etudes sur la Performance, l’Innovation et le Changement en Entreprise (EPICE)

Saint Etienne, France 

Graduate School of Engineering
École nationale supérieure des mines de Saint-Étienne


The SPICE department has training and outreach activities and is focused on action/research directed toward the development of tools and methods, in coherence with international standardization, and implementation of information systems, processes and networks of innovation.

Main Activities 

The study of social responsibility in SMEs in terms of innovation and value creation. By crossing the central issues identified in ISO 26000 with an approach of creating shared value, it aims to develop a tool for strategic thinking and prediagnosis for SMEs and an information system for sharing best practices and development network of innovation and stakeholders for their capitalization and dissemination.

Method development, implementation and evaluation of different innovation process. Management of industrial engineering projects as factors of change and knowledge transfer between prime contractor and project manager. Territorial upward innovation and the accompanying of change in lifestyles and consumption patterns through the deployment of in vivo incubators of sustainable lifestyles. The Integrated Cluster of Excellence as mechanisms for strengthening capacity of developing countries (applied to the Energy Sector in West Africa).

Valuing Human Performance in the overall context of social responsibility, and impact on the current training of generalist engineers. A historical approach is conducted based on the work of Henri Fayol and the evolution of the engineer role in the twentieth century.

Transitions and business cooperation in the framework of model changes, as the transition from product to service (servicisation).

Organizational Structure

The School of Mines is attached to the Ministry in charge of industry and is thereby oriented to support industrial and societal change. Research activities are oriented towards large companies, SMEs and territories, at the intersection of technology, economic, institutional, environmental and social issues. It trains engineers who are destined to lead companies, especially in industry. The Henri Fayol Institute on “methods and advanced tools of industrial performance” is based on management, information and engineering sciences. The central theme of the SPICE team is analysis and implementation of innovation processes, for a global performance of organizations to meet sustainable development and various stakeholders’ interests.


Christian Brodhag
Research Director