Toulouse Business School’s Research Center is an academic partner for innovative management of companies and organizations
The Research Center conducts research on major managerial functions for companies and, more widely speaking, our whole society on the themes of Management Control, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources Management, and Strategy.
Since 2000, when the TBS Research Center was created, 45 research contracts have been signed with and for companies and organizations with the support of public funds.
It is ranked among the top major management schools in France in terms of the relationship between research and companies.
Current Research Projects
Business needs and the most common types of cooperation
- Need to access confidential information: a confidentiality or secrecy agreement
This agreement provides access to confidential information in return for a commitment not to use and not to disclose the information.
- Need for a state-of-the-art approach on certain subjects: a service contract
The purpose of a service contract is to set out the terms and conditions for carrying out work requested by the client. It requires the subject of the services to be precisely defined as well as renumeration for the Research Center. It adheres to a performance obligation. Ownership of the results goes to the company with the exception of methodologies. The company covers all expenses related to the services at their actual cost.
- Need to conduct targeted or basic research: a collaborative research agreement
This agreement defines the shared scientific objectives as well as the resources and implementing rules. It also creates an obligation of means, but not results. Costs are shared and the results are jointly owned.
- Be associated with research and the dissemination of knowledge: Research Chair
This project allows companies or organizations, standing alone or with other partners, to be involved in high-level research and the dissemination of knowledge, particularly among students. It is an important element of visibility for companies, whose name will be associated with this work. This provides access to academic expertise on a specific subject defined in relation to the faculty.
- Need to employ a doctoral student for 3 years: a Training through Research Industrial Agreement (CIFRE)
This contract subsidizes any company under French law that recruits a doctoral student to work on an applied research project within an enterprise, with the TBS Research Center. The work will lead to a thesis in three years. The additional costs are shared.
- Need to establish a close long-term relationship: a framework agreement
This agreement lays down the basis for a close scientific relationship between the Research Center and a company or other public research establishment. It prepares the drafting of related specific future contracts, and predetermines the main clauses already agreed by both parties.
- Need for a researcher’s expertise and advice: consultancy
This personal intellectual and scientific service does not bind the TBS Research Center.
Setting up partnerships
The Research Department provides a framework for the financial and legal aspects, as well as the intellectual property rights. This department is the contact point for all types of public or private partnerships.
The Research Center legally depends on the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Toulouse (CCIR), a public institution of an administrative nature. It is an academic research lab holding private status. The Director of TBS has sole authority to initiate actions within the Research Center.
Types of public funding for the support of research activities
- Crédit d’impôt recherche (Research tax credit)
- Crédit d’impôt recherche appliqué au CIFRE (Research tax credit applied to the CIFRE)
- CIFRE theses
- Conseil Régional Midi-Pyrénées – aid for research
- The French National Research Agency (ANR)
- Europe: Horizon 2020
- Banque publique d’investissement (bpifrance)
Partner to three competitiveness clusters located in the Midi-Pyrénées region
Hélène Paillarès, Research Program Manager - Research Department
Tel. +33(0)5 61 29 49 85