Montpellier Business School continues to expand the international scope of its research. Dr Anis Khedhaouria, back from a trip to Trinity College Dublin, is living proof


Montpellier Business School teacher-researcher Dr Anis Khedhaouria specialises in entrepreneurial creativity and innovation management. He gained further insight into his subject matter at Trinity College Dublin, on a visit that provided him with rich learning opportunities.

“The goal of these visits was to strengthen collaborative links in research with colleagues at other universities abroad,” said A. Khedhaouria. “The idea was to strengthen research links abroad and, more broadly, to enhance the international outreach of our school. I went to Trinity College Dublin (TCD) as part of a research project in collaboration with Professor Roy Thurik and his team in Ireland. We wanted to strengthen our research, particularly with Professor Andrew Burke, the director of Trinity Business School.”

The visit launched a research project and provided an opportunity to meet with other teacher-researchers interested in entrepreneurial innovation. “It’s still a little too early to provide more details, but we’re working on this project in collaboration with Professor Burke and his team at Trinity College Dublin. Ultimately, the goal is to publish the project’s findings in internationally-renowned scientific journals. It’s a team project: there are several of us involved and it’s really stimulating to work with them. Now, I have to wait to get access to the Irish database (TILDA - The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing) in order to analyse it. Every two years, TILDA collects information on the economic and social conditions of people over 50, as well as on every aspect of their physical and mental health. The idea is to be able to understand their behaviour and their added value in the process of entrepreneurial innovation. So you have to start by analysing this database to see if there are any interesting results that might become the subject of a publication.”

“In Dublin, I was also able to attend meetings and course presentations. It was like a benchmark for teacher-researcher best practices,” said Khedhaouria. “As an example, I was able to attend a course on business model innovation as it applies to digital commerce, and I noticed that we had the same practices and the same way of looking at things. It also enabled me to learn more about certain concepts that I would like to develop and discuss in my own courses next year at MBS.”

“More tangibly for me, my visit also gave me the opportunity to present two of my papers to an audience of Trinity College Dublin researchers, which gave me the chance to improve them and have them published in two CNRS- and FNEGE-ranked international journals: Technological Forecasting and Social Change and the International Journal of Project Management,” concluded A. Khedhaouria.

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