Xavier Pavie is a Professor at ESSEC Business School, he is Director of the iMagination Center, Associate Academic Director Grande Ecole (MiM) - Singapore - and Research Associate at the IREPH (Research Institute in Philosophy). After spending nearly fifteen years in various organizations (Nestlé, Unilever, Club Méditerranée) in marketing and innovation roles, he joined ESSEC in 2008 as Director of the Institute for Strategic Innovation & Services. In 2014, he founded the iMagination Center whose activities are centered on imagination, innovation and transdisciplinarity. In 2015, iMagination Week received the Prize for Pedagogical Excellence. In 2017 iMagination week is recognized as one of the most innovative pedagogical method accross disciplines by AASCB and The Wharton - QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards. Xavier has published numerous books and articles in management and philosophy both academically and for a wider audience. He also regularly contributes to the Harvard Business Review, Les Echos and La Tribune. Xavier holds a Master in Management, a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Université Paris Ouest. He also holds a further teaching qualification -International Teachers Programme of HEC Paris.
Responsible innovation has emerged for more than ten years in France disrupting the innovation process across several organisations.
Are innovators aware of their roles? Are they not crushed by an over-capitalist and ultra-liberal way of thinking about innovation?
It is simplistic to consider innovation as the simple launch of a new product or service on the market to increase the profits of an organisation. The essence of innovation is to resolve problems – it means taking action to survive. As such, the emergence of the circular economy can be considered as an innovation of processes with a clear objective to keep our ecosystem alive.
In 1911, the notable Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter said that innovation is the industrial exploitation of inventions, their development and economic scope. Still valuable today, this definition clearly shows that while the invention is necessary in the innovation process, it is not the innovation.