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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SSH.2013.1.1-1 | Award Amount: 3.03M | Year: 2014

SIMPACT advances understanding of social innovations economic dimensions, creating new concepts, models and instruments for policy makers, innovators, investors and intermediaries. It systematically investigates how social innovations can enable the most vulnerable in society to become economic assets, integrating critical analysis of current and previous work with future-oriented methodologies, new actionable knowledge and continual stakeholder participation. SIMPACTs multidisciplinary mixed-method approach advances knowledge and the state of the art by (i) elaborating a theoretical model of the economic dimensions of social innovation throughout its lifecycle; (ii) generating new empirical knowledge on the economic dimensions through rich, theoretically informed analysis of successful and less successful cases; (iii) analysing drivers and barriers shaping the economic impact of social innovations, and levers for their scaling and diffusion; (iv) developing indicators to measure social innovations and tailored methods to evaluate social and economic impact; (v) enhancing modes of public policy production, instruments and guidelines; (vi) generating foresight knowledge through agent-based modelling and scenario building. SIMPACT integrates theoretical, empirical and actionable knowledge to create evidence-based approaches to business development, public policy and research. A participatory research approach actively engages policy makers, innovators, investors and intermediaries of vulnerable groups. Action learning, indicator labs and stakeholder experiments facilitate processes of co-creation, stimulating shared learning, strengthening practitioner knowledge and enhancing conceptualisation of the economic base. Partners understanding of welfare regime diversity, including New Member State specificities, will ensure tailored, actionable deliverables. Eight high profile associate partners will help ensure the success of SIMPACTs dissemination activities.


Beji-Becheur A.,University Paris Est Creteil | Ourahmoune N.,NEOMA Business School | Ozcaglar-Toulouse N.,University of Lille Nord de France
Journal of Consumer Behaviour | Year: 2014

This article reflects on consumer representations of a typical southern Mediterranean dish that has remained a centerpiece of cultural encounters ever since it was developed in North Africa: couscous. France-a country whose own cuisine is world-renowned, yet which regularly ranks couscous as one of its top three favourite national dishes, and which hosts the largest North African population in Europe-seemed a fertile site for an investigation of the polysemic meanings attached to couscous, a nomad product embedded in socio-historical interrelationships on both shores of the Mediterranean. We found that consumers appropriate and adapt the product in ways that demonstrate some of the major features of Mediterranean relationships, with food as a vehicle for creative personal narratives. We emphasize the diversity of representations of couscous that help dissolve the usual northern/southern Mediterranean binaries in order to achieve a complex understanding of Mediterranean consumer behaviours. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Wamba S.F.,NEOMA Business School | Carter L.,North Carolina A&T State University
Journal of Organizational and End User Computing | Year: 2014

Despite the recent increase in the adoption and use of social media tools to support firm operations, very little empirical research focusing on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been conducted todate. The aim of this study is to fill this knowledge gap by investigating SME adoption of social media tools. In particular, we assess the impact of organizational, manager and environmental characteristics on SME utilization of the Facebook Events Page. To test our proposed research model, we administered a survey to 453 SME managers. Results of a hierarchical logistic regression indicate that firm innovativeness, firm size, manager's age and industry sector all have a significant impact on social media adoption. Implications for research and practice are discussed. Copyright © 2014, IGI Global.


Poloni F.,University of Pisa | Sbrana G.,NEOMA Business School
International Journal of Production Economics | Year: 2015

Simple exponential smoothing is widely used in forecasting economic time series. This is because it is quick to compute and it generally delivers accurate forecasts. On the other hand, its multivariate version has received little attention due to the complications arising with the estimation. Indeed, standard multivariate maximum likelihood methods are affected by numerical convergence issues and bad complexity, growing with the dimensionality of the model. In this paper, we introduce a new estimation strategy for multivariate exponential smoothing, based on aggregating its observations into scalar models and estimating them. The original high-dimensional maximum likelihood problem is broken down into several univariate ones, which are easier to solve. Contrary to the multivariate maximum likelihood approach, the suggested algorithm does not suffer heavily from the dimensionality of the model. The method can be used for time series forecasting. In addition, simulation results show that our approach performs at least as well as a maximum likelihood estimator on the underlying VMA(1) representation, at least in our test problems. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.


Gomez P.,NEOMA Business School | Torelli C.J.,University of Minnesota
Journal of Consumer Psychology | Year: 2015

This research examines how cultural mindsets cued by a salient identity can influence how consumers interpret seemingly benign nutrition information in foods. Results show that nutrition information can be incongruent with the cultural norm of food enjoyment distinctively associated with French (and not American) identity. This occurs because of a conflict between the motivation to enjoy foods activated by a salient French identity and the utilitarian nature of nutrition information in foods - that does not belong to a French-culture mindset. Three studies demonstrate that French (and not American) consumers with a salient cultural identity are more sensitive (i.e., perceive as riskier for their health) and evaluate more negatively foods that display (vs. not) nutrition information. Furthermore, this devaluation effect is mediated by anticipated feelings that the foods would not be enjoyable. Providing further evidence for the motivational inconsistency between the culturally-distinctive norm of food enjoyment cued by a salient French-culture mindset, French (and not American) consumers with a salient (vs. not) cultural identity experienced more disfluency when processing nutrition information in foods. © 2015 Society for Consumer Psychology.


This article discusses a key development in the use of grounded theory (GT) in information systems (IS) - the use of quantitative data in mixed studies to build on and elaborate theories. We examine the design of one of our research projects and describe how this mixed-design GT project helped elaborate emerging theories using slices of qualitative and quantitative data. Our contributions are threefold: (i) we show that the use of mixed data and techniques can be leveraged to help build credible theories in IS because it allows researchers to build theories of greater abstraction and scope: it helps sense-making in the drive from substantive to parsimonious formal theories; (ii) in line with classic GT, we propose a mixed typological design to help build a pathway to formal grounded theories in rupture with existing literature; and (iii) we highlight GT as a meta-theory of research design and revisit some of its main principles in a mixed-design perspective. © 2015 Operational Research Society Ltd.


Gatfaoui H.,NEOMA Business School
Energy Economics | Year: 2016

Energy markets can represent a strategic advantage when they are supporting each other, and specifically when energy segments are complementary enough to support economic development and growth. In this light, a high and strategic interest relies on the possible interactions between energy market segments as well as their impact on a given country's financial market. The proposed research focuses on the interaction between the U.S. natural gas and U.S. crude oil markets on one side and their dependencies with the U.S. stock market on the other side. After controlling for structural changes or breaks, we characterize previous dependencies with the multivariate copula methodology. First, we assess the joint link prevailing between the natural gas and crude oil markets. Then, we characterize the joint risk structure prevailing between previous energy markets and the U.S. stock market. Finally, we assess the joint dependence structure between the natural gas, crude oil and stock markets. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.


Binninger A.-S.,NEOMA Business School
Journal of Food Products Marketing | Year: 2015

The aim of this article is to understand the concept of food “naturalness,” as it is perceived by the consumer via the packaging. The research is based on a qualitative study from which three types of experimental packaging were constructed (emotional, functional, and mixed) and a quantitative study carried out on 163 French consumers. The research identified two dimensions of food naturalness and related them to credibility, attractiveness, quality, and purchase intention, with differences according to the three types of packaging tested. The highlighting of their role in the perception of the naturalness of a food product should help managers to avoid overexposure of the concept. © 2015, Routledge. All rights reserved.


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NEOMA Business School | Date: 2015-10-09

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This paper investigates the role of perceived usefulness (PU), perceived ease of use (PEOU) and perceived risk (PR) in social media adoption and use within workspace. The proposed model is tested using data collected from 2,556 social media users at their workplace, from the UK, the US, Canada, India and Australia. Then, the REBUS-PLS method is used to assess the unobserved heterogeneity in partial least squares (PLS) path modeling. REBUS-PLS automatically detects three distinctive groups of social media users. Results indicate that the three factors have a significant impact on social media adoption and use in the global model and all the three detected local models. A post-hoc analysis is conducted, followed by a discussion of implications for research and practice. © 2014 ACM.

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