Research center - Health Management

Research center - Health Management - KEDGE

This centre of expertise's team of teacher-researchers agree on the WHO definition, which considers health as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". Directed by Corinne Grenier, the centre develops its expertise across the whole chain, "from the molecule to the patient's bed". In other words, it addresses the issues of governance, innovation and man management in health systems and organisations, from the standpoint of well-being, quality and performance.

The Health Management research center focuses on health industries (pharmaceutical companies, biotechs, medical equipment and disposals), organisations delivering care and involved in prevention and education to health, as well as public regulatory agencies. It produces research and knowledge on the following research themes:

  • Innovation (open innovation) and diffusion of innovation, considering that the highly fragmented health ecosystem requires new practices, new collaborative modes of governance, a renewal in leaderships and new forms of organized spaces.  The Center also explores the issue of the sustainability of “health democracy” principles;
  • Local public policies implementation, in investigating how local implementation may transform public policies agenda, and how it could be sustained by emerging territories as (political, social, knowledge-based, etc.) spaces of resources. This leads, among others, to transform public management around principles attached to Networks Policies governance and public “governmentality”;
  • Deployment of managerial tools (such as quality based management, evaluation process, medico-economic measurement, etc.); the Center investigates how these tools may contribute to higher quality in organisations, and can be supported by either hybridisation or differentiation in professional practices and identities.

Key figures


articles refereed - 2014/16


A B articles included


CNRS stars

Recent publications

  • Chapman C., Kern A., and Laguecir A. (2014): Costing Practices in Healthcare, Accounting Horizons, 28(2), 353-364.
  • Crespin F., Grenier C., Goglio-Primard K., and Lombardo E. (2014): Developing a usage network: combining business and non-business resources to implement innovation, IMP Journal, 133-149.
  • Grenier C., and Bernardini J. (2016): Strategic and enforced logics hybridization: An agency view within French hospitals and universities”, in Pinheiro R., Ramirez F., Vrangbæk K. and Byrkjeflot H. (eds), Towards a Comparative Institutionalism? Forms, Dynamics, and Logics across the Organizational Fields of Health and Higher Education, 107-142. Emerald Group Publishing, Series Research in the Sociology of Organizations.
  • Grenier C. andBernardini J. (2015) : Le manager hybride, acteur-passeur et acteur-clôture aux frontières institutionnelles. Analyse du médecin-chef de pôle hospitalier, Revue Française de Gestion, 250, 125-138.
  • Kimble, C. (2015): Business Models for E-Health: Evidence from Ten Case Studies. Global Business and Organizational Excellence, 34(4), 18-30.
  • Ponsignon F., Smart A. and Williams M. (2015): Healthcare experience quality: an exploration using content analysi”, Journal of Service Management, 26 (3), 1-27.

Major conferences and seminars

The Center organizes, since 2008, an annual francophone international colloquium, where more than 40 communications have been presented on the following topics:

  • Services and coordination for elderly people (2008),
  • Innovation and public policies (2009),
  • Grouping and mutualisation in the social and health sector (2010),
  • Organisational performance and well-being users (2011),
  • Strategic choices in highly institutionalized health field (2013) and governance (2015).
  • The next colloquium will take place in May, 2017 and will be dedicated to innovation issues in the health ecosystem. 

Research projects

Research is also financed by public funds from French Regional Authorities and French National Agencies, as well as by Canadian Public Research agencies. Very recent examples include:

  • Methodological Recommendations for disseminating health innovations, 2013-2015, ARS PACA (France, 47,000 €), coordinated by Professor Corinne Grenier.
  • Governance and innovation models for innovating - “prise en charge” of disabled people, 2013-2016, IRESP (France, 150,000 €), coordinated by Professor Corinne Grenier.

Research Networks and invited scholars 

The Center is involved in two international research networks.

  • Innovation and change in social and long-term care policies at the sub-central level: It includes researchers from Roskilde University (Denmark), University of Vechta (Germany), Glasgow Caledonian University and researchers from French Universities.
  • Space and collaborative processes fostering sustainable innovation in healthcare. It includes researchers from ENAP (Montréal, Canada), University of Montréal (Canada), and researchers from French Universities.

It also produces various reports for professional associations or public agencies such as:

  • Chapman C., Kern A., Laguecir A. and Quentin W. (in press), "International costing practices in Healthcare", European Observatory Efficiency.
  • Grenier C. (2016, forthcoming), “Recommendations for disseminating health innovating actions in public health”, guide for the ARS PACA
  • Members are also active members in variousnational or regional professional federations (FEHAP, FHP-SE, Synerpa, InterProSanté, PACA UPE, regional PACA Cluster for homecare providers etc.).

Several research scholars and practitioners have been invited since 2014, amongst whom:

  • Dr Jean-Louis Denis, senior professor, ENAP (Montréal, Canada), scientific head of the Chair of the Canada on governance and transformations of health organizations
  • DR Gianluca Veronesi, associate professor, University of Leeds (Great Britain).
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