In a world fascinated by technologies (AI, robotics, etc.) organizations know that the humans remain the core of their social and economic value, especially because relationships, based on exchanges using a strictly human language, remain the basis of performance. The transition towards environmentally and societally sustainable models is pushing our model of society to evolve, as it hesitates between hyper-industrialization and de-industrialization. Organizations must change their business models to take into account these technological & societal transformations.
Based on this observation, and on the strength of the values of its schools, IMT calls for the responsible and sustainable adoption of digital technologies. It supports public and private organizations in their dual transformation, digital on the one hand and social & environmental on the other. Its strength lies in:
- its understanding of societal issues, particularly economic and organizational issues, and current technological developments;
- its multidisciplinary approach to these issues;
- its strong experience in applied and collaborative research with organizations.
A Franco-German project (IMT-TUM) on the digital transformation and organizational boundaries which aims to identify what can create boundaries in companies and how these boundaries evolve as the organization digitizes.
The idea laboratory (INESS idea lab), looking at Innovations, Digital technology, and the Social Solidarity Economy (INESS) aims to study and support SSE players who innovate through digital technology to respond to this transformation.
Projects in progress
- “Challenges of the digital transition for the Loire region” project: All innovative technologies, however brilliant they may be, cannot be fully exploited if human brakes on their use persist (Mines Saint-Etienne)
- Research and action to support the professional practices of medico-social structures: 10 strategic diagnoses (Mines Saint-Etienne)
- Research and intervention on the analysis of servicing opportunities for a SME in the agro-equipment sector: proposal of scenarios for integrated product-service offers (Mines Saint-Etienne)
- ANR ServInnov project “Sustainable industrial innovation through servicization” (Mines Saint-Etienne)
- SIRCE project: aims to study three innovative experiments that play a decisive role in the quality of jobs in home care: new methods of public funding, the (re)definition of the boundaries of the sector (establishment/home) and experiments with new forms of work organization and human resources management (autonomous or semi-autonomous teams) (IMT Lille Douai)
- RELREL project: aims to better document and describe the different relational logics and their impacts on the situation of employees in service professions. The objective is to build a framework for the analysis of “relational systems” and to lead to the identification of “good practices” or “good contexts” allowing the emergence of better working and employment conditions limiting situations of psycho-social risks (IMT Lille Douai, CLersé team)
- Som’Health project: creation of a digital monitoring system for insomniac patients to facilitate their care and follow-up between town and hospital medicine, with a focus on non-medicine approaches (IMT Mines Alès)
Project in the upstream phase of maturation
Impact of the health crisis on workspaces and communication within organizations:
The health rules imposed by the fight against the pandemic require adaptations on-site (partitioning, distancing, wearing of masks, etc.) and off-site (e.g. massive recourse to working from home), which can be experienced by workers as “a step backwards” or on the contrary “a step forward” and “an accelerator” of change, perhaps both at the same time. Beyond the emotional instability already mentioned in the context of open workspaces, many psycho-social problems can arise due to technology-mediated forms of communication”.
- What impact does the response to this crisis and its translation into workspaces have on the actual experience of workers?
- What adaptations do they bring about in the flow of daily work?
- Are these adaptations temporary and local, or are they of a nature to allow for organizational learning and become more permanently embedded in practices and workplaces?
- CIME : The CIME Chair (Critical Infrastructure Model base system Engineering) with the company ASSYSTEM aims to help, guide and support a group of stakeholders (system engineers, business engineers, managers, etc.) to carry out, with confidence and in a more efficient and collaborative manner, the activities and processes of System Engineering (modeling, verification, validation, simulation and evaluation) (IMT Mines Alès)
- AGIRE : AGIlity and REsilience of companies (IMT Mines Albi)
This lab is made up of two components, including the DOSSARD program, which is developing an expert system that allows companies to detect more quickly and efficiently the points of vulnerability in their organizations while proposing the necessary adaptations to increase their resilience.
- OMNI – Measurement and analysis of the impact of digital uses and innovation. Customized problematization services, data collection and analysis to understand the mechanisms and issues of the digital transformation of society. A Carnot TSN (IMT Atlantique) platform
- LOUSTIC – Evaluation of uses and user acceptance of innovative services on various observation tools (IMT Atlantique)
- eye trackers, face reading, cameras, software probes, sensors, Braincap.
- IT’mFactory: A collaborative platform bringing together the key stakeholders in industrial transition in partnership with the UIMM to support the digital transformation of companies (Mines Saint Etienne)
- IRAM – Platform for innovation, experimentation and training in digital uses and practices (Mines Saint Etienne)
- ISIS – Platform which aims to make available and demonstrate methodological tools and technical prototypes of Complex Systems Engineering resulting from past and current research (IMT Mines Alès)