Published on 10 September 2018

What is the meaning of Nicolas Hulot’s resignation, examined in the light of management science ? That is the question Nathalie Fabbe-Costes addresses in this interview. It follows on from "Contribution des sciences de gestion aux politiques publiques – L’exemple de la “stratégie logistique nationale"  ("The contribution of management science to public policies – The example of the 'national logistics strategy'"), an article she published with Laurent Livolsi in Revue Française de Gestion in 2016 (special issue n° 261 on the impact of research in management,).

The video is best watched after listening to the full-length interview which Nicolas Hulot gave to national public broadcaster France Inter.  It came across as a call to researchers to probe their own responsibility and what they can do.

In her interview, Nathalie Fabbe-Costes makes it clear that researchers who want to use new production methods such as filmed interviews can and should do so.

This is firstly because these freely accessible videos of themselves represent research areas and even subjects, which to date have been under used and explored.

Secondly, because multimedia contents also serve as potential new tools for researchers to (finally!) contribute fresh voices and views to the public debate.

Lastly, because there are some management situations that simply can’t afford the luxury of taking the time to patiently accumulate minute elements of new scientific knowledge, whereas the impact of technoscience can be felt everywhere.

We’ve known since Rabelais that “science without conscience is but the ruin of the soul”. A quote that is perhaps truer than ever, at a time when our planet is already steaming.

Interview with Nathalie Fabbe-Costes

Information on Nathalie Fabbe-Costes

A civil engineer who graduated from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (1984), doctor of economic sciences (1989), accredited to supervise research in management science (1992), university professor (agrégée) in management science (1993), Nathalie Fabbe-Costes is a professor at Université d’Aix Marseille, where she heads the CRET-LOG laboratory (Tansport and Logistics Research Center). She chaired the national agrégation examination panel for higher education in management science in 2016-2017.

Jean-Philippe Denis, Management Professor, Université Paris SudUniversité Paris-Saclay

The original version of this article was published in The Conversation.