Enterprise for Society Center

Our mission

E4S is a competence hub which brings together three institutes of academic excellence that are internationally-renowned in their own right: the University of Lausanne (UNIL), the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) and EPFL (the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne).

The Center will promote dialogue between researchers and practitioners working with technology and those focusing on socio-economic issues to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. E4S supports the alliance between management and technology and the need for innovation and adheres to the values of scientific excellence, ethical management and the social responsibility of companies.

E4S will be a crossroads where scientific and technological developments are confronted with societal changes and where strategies are elaborated to ensure that the former lead to real gains in societal wellbeing.

Our vision

TRAIN the next generation of leaders by offering a master’s degree in Sustainable Management and Technology.

INSPIRE socio-economic transformation by connecting more than 70 researchers at the three partnering institutions and beyond to produce knowledge and expertise with a direct impact on the global economy.

The following 7 platforms have already been launched:

  • Socially Inclusive Technologies for Shared Prosperity
  • Transforming the future of work
  • Evidence-Based Environmental Policy Advice
  • Systemic Risks and Sustainability
  • Grand Challenges and the Role of Business Firms
  • Automatic Detection of Leadership from Voice and Body
  • Toward Interpretable Machine Learning

ACTIVATE CHANGE by strengthening the local start-up and innovation eco-system. The partner institutions will create a structure that will support start-ups and feed into the entrepreneurship and innovation tracks in new and existing teaching curricula.

Upcoming events

January 28, 2020The Work of the Future: Shaping Technology and Society

Join us for a lecture and Q&A with David Autor, Ford Professor at the MIT Department of Economics, on the future of work and the impact technology will have on jobs, skills and wider society. Click here to register. 

For more information visit the E4S official website here.

Our society has reached a tipping point. By pooling the right kinds of expertise, we can harness science and technology to take our society in the right direction. That is precisely what E4S has been set up to do

Martin Vetterli

President, EPFL

This is a unique opportunity to take our know-how in sustainability and our long-standing experience, through HEC, in business research and education, and combine them with the core competencies of two major universities – one specialized in technology and the other in management and large corporations.

Nouria Hernandez

Rector, UNIL

We all have the same vision – to innovate constantly and to create research and educational opportunities that meet society’s needs. Through this joint initiative, we can draw on the best each school has to offer through cross-disciplinary projects and programs that, even if we could have offered them individually, will be more effective given together.

Jean-François Manzoni

President, IMD