Innovation against organization
mar 23
March 23.
17:00 - 19:00
CEU Business School
Budapest 1023
Frankel Leó 30-34
Social Event
CANCELLED! Innovation against organization by Vincent Lepinay (Sciences Po)
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Vincent Lepinay (Sciences Po)


Financial deregulation has unleashed product innovation and it has made possible an explosion of new services. A change initiated in the 1970s in the US, it has subsequently swept all economies after the 1980s.

Much has been written about the consequences of this financial creativity on the crises that have beset world economies since then.

In this talk, I look at the impact of financial innovation on the organization of one of the major investment banks, a leader in the design of exotic derivatives.

Using ethnographic approaches, I analyze the transformation of the bank offices following the introduction of a new class of services, the capital guarantee products.


Vincent-Antonin Lépinay, with a diploma from École Normale Supérieure in Paris and a doctorate in anthropology from École des Mines de Paris and in sociology from Columbia University in New York City, joined the department of sociology and the médialab as a professor. Previously, he was an assistant professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) between 2006 and 2013 and a professor at the European University in Saint-Petersburg where he was director of the STS Center.

He published two books, “Codes of Finance” (2011, Princeton University Press) and “The Science of Passionate Interests” with Bruno Latour (2009, Prickly Paradigm Press). In 2016, he will publish “Past Perfect. An Ethnography of State Hermitage Museum » and « From Russia with Codes » with Mario Biagioli. In 2011, he received the Merton prize from Columbia University in New York for best monograph in sociology.

His research focuses on the history and sociology of science. It also focuses on developing organizational theory, social theory and new digital humanities.

Please send your RSVP to Zsuzsanna Kis (

  • "I have been recently nominated as the Regional IT Manager for West Africa at Unilever. My CEU Business School education has been a key differentiator during an otherwise very competitive recruitment process. I would like to thank all my great peers of the 2013-14 cohort and the wonderful faculty at the B-School for the valuable learning experience I had during my time in BP."

    Moussa Moumouni

    MSc in IT Management class of 2014

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