• Uses, participation, democratisation of innovation

    Recently, profound changes have been observed in the relations between producers and consumers, experts and lay citizens, public and private spheres, and the market, the state and civil society: producers have become aware of the users’ creative potential and they are trying to take advantage of it.

  • Theory and models for design

    Knowledge and creation economies are based on design activities. These activities have to take up new challenges (Information and communication technologies (ICT) and new media, new forms of mobility, sustainable development, nanotechnologies, biotech, new energies, healthcare, design for employment, etc.) on which a growing number of actors are presently getting involved (engineers, researchers, marketing experts, architects, artists, users, etc.). Both features have contributed to the development of new formal models of design activity, in both their cognitive and organisational dimensions.

  • Regulations of innovation

    Regulation in the broad sense of the word – the adoption and application of collective rules which constrain and coordinate the companies’-, the individuals’- or the organisations’ behaviours – does not apply exclusively to public institutions. Actors in the private sector engage in self-regulation, define standards, and create institutions which combine cooperation and competition.Regulation in the broad sense of the word – the adoption and application of collective rules which constrain and coordinate the companies’-, the individuals’- or the organisations’ behaviours – does not apply exclusively to public institutions. Actors in the private sector engage in self-regulation, define standards, and create institutions which combine cooperation and competition.

  • Transformations of innovative firms

    Innovation – especially in information and communication technologies – is continuously causing upheaval in the organisation of firms, in their boundaries and in the markets in which they operate. The i3 teams have competencies enabling them to develop research in three directions...