The Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (RGCS) has been set up in November 2014. It is an independent network and a think tank gathering mainly academics in the fields of humanities and social sciences (management, organization studies, sociology, economics, anthropology…).
RGCS relies on a threefold vision. Firstly, academic networks need to be both global (as almost all international networks) and local. That is why we organize an annual conference, but also local (at the level of different cities) meetings. We see this as a way to be closer to what the world itself has become. Local meetings are also opportunities to share ideas and research with entrepreneurs, managers, journalists, artists and politicians who would probably not join us for a global event.
Then, we want to share research, but we also want to have an impact on society and organizations. That is why RGCS is also a think tank, a collectivity producing (collaboratively) a White Paper for public policies and corporate strategies.
Lastly, RGCS aims also at being an opportunity, through its annual conference (RGCS Symposium) and other local events, to experiment and to test new ways of sharing and producing knowledge and networking. This does not necessarily mean ‘hacking’ academia (quoi que…), but more complementing academic routines.