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Date(s) - 13/12/2016
9 h 30 min - 16 h 45 min

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Master class


Innovation and organization

Gilles Garel

Full Chair Professor of Innovation Management at the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam), Paris, France

Elmar Mock

Chronometer engineer and founder of Creaholic, Bienne, Switzerland


Date: Tuesday, December 13th, 2016, from 9:30am to 4:45pm

Location: HEC Montréal, Room Standard Life (1st floor, blue section)


Can innovation be organized? If so, how? The objective of this master class is to reflect and learn together about forms of organization of innovation activities and to participate in a common experience on this theme. The session is made up of three parts. First, the question of organization of innovation will be addressed. Then the case of a business design business innovative founded by Elmar Mock in Switzerland in the mid-1980s— Creaholic—, will be presented. The afternoon will be dedicated to a workshop led by Gilles Garel and Elmar Mock, informed by questions and expectations shared by the participants.



Gilles Garel is a Full Chair Professor of Innovation Management at the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam), Paris, and Professor at l’École polytechnique in the innovation management and entrepreneurship department. As a researcher at Lirsa (Cnam), he focuses on innovation management and design directly related to businesses and innovating organizations in varied sectors.

Elmar Mock is an engineer of chronometers and plastic material. At the age of 26, he, along with Jacques Müller, invented the Swatch. He subsequently conceived the Rockwatch for Tissot before leaving the watch industry. In 1986 he founded his own company, Creaholic, in Bienne, Switzerland, which he still runs. Mock has filed over 300 patents in diverse areas. In 2009 he was part of the “forum of 100 personalities of French-speaking Switzerland,” compiled each year by the monthly magazine L’Hebdo. In 2010 he won the Gaïa Prize.


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Participation fees (payable by credit card):

Single rate: Can$500.00 (plus tax)

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T. 514-340-1262