IÉSEG School of Management unveils its new 2022-2027 strategic plan « INSPIRE – CONNECT – TRANSFORM »

As IÉSEG prepares for a change in governance on July 1st, 2022 (Caroline ROUSSEL will replace Jean-Philippe AMMEUX as Dean of IÉSEG), it is pleased to unveil its new strategic plan for 2027, entitled « INSPIRE – CONNECT – TRANSFORM ». This new plan highlights both the School’s solid foundations and its renewed ambition for the years to come.

A strategic plan firmly anchored in the School’s Vision
This new strategic plan is the result of a long process of co-creation lasting more than a year, and involving the entire IÉSEG community: academic and administrative teams, students, alumni and partners from the socio-economic world. It is deeply rooted in the values (symbolized by the ARISE acronym) and the Vision of the School (to become a unique international hub empowering changemakers for a better society).
This Vision, reaffirmed by all when drafting this strategic plan, has never been so relevant and topical as it is today. Having the ambition to train changemakers is all the more important, given the scale of the environmental, social, societal and economic challenges the world is currently facing, and will face in the years to come.

Inspire, Connect, Transform
Higher Education institutions, and therefore IÉSEG, have key responsibilities in terms in of knowledge creation, research and innovation. Inspiring young people by disseminating research in courses, and inspiring companies by co-constructing solutions with them to meet to their main challenges are important and fundamental elements of the School’s mission.
By connecting its very rich ecosystem, made up of students and Executive Education participants, alumni, companies and organizations, IÉSEG intends to be a hub of collective intelligence supporting both entrepreneurship and innovation to respond (collectively) to the current environmental, social, societal and economic challenges. This response should not only be purely theoretical but should be rooted in organizations’ and society’s environmental, social et economic transformation.
It is, therefore, IÉSEG’s ambition for the coming years to be a key player in this transformation process.

A strategic plan composed of 5 key orientations
Based on solid fundamentals and highlighting a renewed ambition, IÉSEG will therefore take the following strategic orientations in its strategic plan for 2027:
> To propose an engaging student learning experience
> To become an interdisciplinary hub, integrating AI and humanities
> To develop an innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem
> To be an intercultural, diverse and inclusive community
> To reinforce the systemic and global approach to sustainability

Download the press release to discover in detail the 5 strategic orientations
as well as the key actions that will be implemented.


The 5 strategic orientations in detail

1. To propose an engaging student learning experience
In this post-pandemic context and taking into account the changing expectations of students with regard to their studies, IÉSEG will continue to develop its teaching and learning strategy focusing on the balance between knowledge, know-how and personal development, cutting-edge teaching content, adaptable delivery and experiential learning.
Caring for people is at the heart of IÉSEG’s values, which therefore places its students at the core of its teaching and learning project to help them discover themselves, to grow and find their place in society. This personalized attention will be reinforced with the aim of further engaging students, faculty and administrative staff in the learning experience.

2. To become an interdisciplinary hub, integrating AI and humanities
As societal challenges are complex, there is a need for education and research that uses an interdisciplinary approach, so they can be addressed from different subject perspectives: philosophy, sociology, geopolitics, economics, data sciences and AI.

3. To develop an innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem
Thanks to the School’s interdisciplinary approach, IÉSEG’s students will be well equipped to experiment, test, learn and become entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs. The skills developed through entrepreneurial experiences including creativity, responsibility, problem solving, critical thinking, are all key for leading and managing in an uncertain and fast-moving environment.
With this new strategic plan, the School wants to speed up the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem by working with its alumni network to foster innovation and transformation, including sustainability-related transformation. This ecosystem will have a local and global impact.

4. To be an intercultural, diverse and inclusive community
Understanding how to collaborate with others, how to interact within diverse groups, and how to inspire a multicultural team are fundamental competences in today’s world.
This means not only understanding one’s own way of working, studying and interacting but also recognizing and respecting diversity in order to advance cultural intelligence and thereby build an inclusive community.

5. To reinforce the systemic and global approach to sustainability
IÉSEG has a systemic and voluntaristic approach to sustainability. This includes raising staff and student awareness regarding grand challenges such as climate change. This global approach concerns all the School’s activities.
The School positions itself as a responsible organization contributing to the reflection and debates on sustainability with its ecosystem, companies, public authorities, NGOs; and creating a diverse and inclusive environment for its community.

Resources to match the School’s ambitions
IÉSEG has a healthy financial situation which allows it to plan its future development and investments. The School has strong and highly committed academic and administrative teams as well as modern and rapidly expanding campuses in Lille and Paris – La Défense (which are almost 100% owned by the School).
To achieve its objectives, IÉSEG will significantly increase its budget by €36.3 million to reach €120 million in 2027, mainly thanks to the diversification of its sources of income.
The number of students will increase by 2,000 by 2027 to reach 9,000 students, mainly thanks to the development of the Bachelor in International Business, Postgraduate programs and its Executive Education portfolio.
Finally, the School will recruit 150 additional academic and administrative staff by the end of the strategic plan, while strengthening the integration, development and retention of its talents.

Caroline ROUSSEL, Vice-Dean of IÉSEG, concludes : « This strategic plan is firmly anchored in IÉSEG’s DNA – academic excellence, proximity to companies, internationalization. It is also the proof of a strong ambition: to be the central player in French and international Higher Education, which plays a key educational role, and also much more. Our ambition is to take part in the transformation of society, with regards to major environmental, social and economic issues. This new chapter in IÉSEG’s history is rooted in solid fundamentals for a renewed ambition. »

Download the press release to discover in detail the 5 strategic orientations
as well as the key actions that will be implemented.