Contribute to the development of the organisation of the society in which we live and work. Analyse changes in work and organisations, in the diversification of the workforce and the challenges posed by gender and the relationship between generations within companies.

Economie gestion large

Research units

HEC Research - PRISME

Research at HEC Liège is coordinated by PRISME, the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Management and Economic Sciences. It revolves around 6 Points of excellence, specific research areas for which HEC boasts internationally recognised expertise, and 2 emerging areas which are following the changes of society. Areas of excellence are closely related to research centres that bring together researchers, PhD students and post-docs and chairs that establish a strong link between research, education and business.

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The research unit in mathematics explores 3 areas of research: the analysis of mathematics: current research in this field is mainly focused on the theory of wavelets and algebraic analysis; discrete mathematics: the principle themes of research addressed are combinatorics on words, the theory of formal languages, non-standard numbering systems and the theory of combinatorial games; statistics and probability: the research is divided into fundamental and applied, responding to the needs of other researchers of the institution; the themes concerned are robust statistics, non-Gaussian stochastic approximation and the Stein method.


Facilities and equipment

CES - Centre d’économie sociale (Social Economy Centre)

The CES is based, for its research and its teaching, on several chairs: the Cera Chair "Social Entrepreneurship", the SRIW-Sowecsom Chair "Management in Social Economy" and the Baillet-Latour Chair "Social Investment and Philanthropy". Research deals with economic initiatives primarily pursuing societal ends, through organisational forms and within diverse sectors of activity. Since 2012, the CES pilots an "Inter-university attraction centre" programme on social entrepreneurship entitled "If not for profit, for what? And how?" and associating Solvay-ULB, UCL and VUB.



The International Centre for Research and Information on the Public, Social and Cooperative Economy is an international, non-governmental scientific organisation.

Its objectives are to ensure and promote the collection of information, scientific research and the publication of works concerning the economic sectors and activities oriented towards the service of the general and collective interest. In different fields, the CIRIEC develops activities that interest both managers and scientific researchers.



Research centre studying the management of workforce diversity in companies and organisations (GRH). The concept of diversity refers to the challenges posed by gender (the position of men and women in employment), age management and intergenerational relations, the integration of people of foreign origin, the employment of people with a disability, homophobia in the workplace or any character that may lead to discrimination in employment or on the job market.

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The Laboratory of Studies on New Technologies, Innovation and Change is a research and intervention centre of the University of Liège, focused on organisational innovation processes. It has become an essential reference in the analysis of developments in work and organisations, particularly in relation to information technologies.


Smart City Institute

The Smart City Institute is an academic institute dedicated to the theme of sustainable and smart cities based on an original partnership between a university and its Management School (HEC Liège), four private companies (Belfius, Proximus, Schréder and Strategy) and the Wallonia region. The Smart City Institute aims to stimulate research, training, innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of the "smart city" and proposes to approach this theme from a managerial angle while showing a real desire for multidisciplinary openness.


Tax institute 

The Institute's mission is to stimulate and promote research and education in the field of taxation and public finances in all their aspects: corporate taxation, patrimonial and personal taxation, international and European taxation (including aspects relating to human rights), indirect taxation (VAT, registration and inheritance taxes, excise duties, customs duties), not to mention environmental taxation, public finances, including aspects of tax policy and sociology, issues related to fiscal federalism, etc.


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