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An award-winning case study by Pénélope Codello and Martine Vézina

October 18, 2021

HEC Montréal Professors Pénélope Codello and Martine Vézina are among the winners for the best case study award, presented on September 30 by the Réseau international de recherche sur les organisations et le développement durable (RIODD).

The RIODD CCMP award recognizes an outstanding case study on sustainable development or corporate social responsibility (CSR). The winning case, Du travail autonome à la coopération : les outils de gestion du sens de Coopaname (From Self-Employment to Cooperation: Coopaname’s Management Tools for Meaning), was written by Professors Codello and Vézina along with Justine Ballon, a researcher at the Université de Poitiers, and Mélissa Boudes, a professor at the Institut Mines-Télécom Business School.

The award was presented at the 16th RIODD congress, held in Montpellier, France, from September 20 to October 1. This year’s theme was “Entrepreneurship and sustainable development: the ‘entrepreneurial society’ facing the sanitary crisis.”

A jury had preselected 3 case studies as finalists, from all those submitted in the month leading up to the congress. The finalists then had to give presentations and the jury chose the winners.

The purpose of this award is to highlight the pedagogical mission of educator-researchers, through the use of the case method. This method allows them to lead class discussions about actual situations experienced by businesses and the problems to be solved.

The RIODD also seeks to encourage ongoing qualitative research through case studies on sustainable development or CSR, as well as sharing scientific knowledge and organizations’ best practices with students.

The case study co-authored by Professors Codello and Vézina was published in the International Journal of Case Studies in Management (vol. 19, No. 1) and can be accessed through the Centrale de Cas et de Médias Pédagogiques (CCMP).


About the winners

Pénélope Codello is a Professor in the Department of Management and Director of Certificate Programs. Her research work focuses on 2 themes. Firstly, she is interested in social transformations and, in particular, the role played by organizations and management tools in developing socially innovative services. Secondly, she studies individual transformations through the development of social skills, by experimenting with innovative forms of teaching and individual and group coaching. Her teaching is related to these two themes, and concerns management of social innovation, leadership development and organizational development.


Martine Vézina is a Professor in the Department of Management. She co-heads the “social and collective organizations” unit of CRISES (Centre for Research on Social Innovations) and is a member of the research committee for TIESS (Territoires innovants en économie sociale et solidaire), a knowledge-transfer organization. Her research work concerns the specific aspects of the management of social and collective enterprises as democratic organizations producing collective goods serving the public interest. She studies them from the angle of the development and deployment of social innovation capacities at the institutionalization stage. Her teaching concerns the management of collective organizations, the evaluation of social innovation impacts, and strategic change management.


Pénélope Codello

Martine Vézina