• Dates:
  • June 28th & 29th
  • July 1st & 2nd
  • July 5th & 6th
  • July 8th & 9th
  • Credits: 7.5 ECTS
  • Language: English
  • Fees:
  • Professionals: CAD 4,200 (taxes included) 
  • Students: CAD 2,500 (taxes included) 
  • Registration deadline: 
  • April 19th, 2021 (graduate students)
  • May 17th, 2021 (professionals)

The programme is internationally renewed for its unique approach to managing creativity and innovation. Due to the current pandemic, we decided to reinvent ourselves by offering an original online version with a special focus on resilience and creativity, this year at its second edition.

Join us to co-create an enriching, human, inspiring and collaborative experience!

Following the success of the online edition organized in 2020, HEC Montréal and the University of Barcelona are happy to offer a second online edition of the Summer School on Management of Creativity with a particular focus on the theme of resilience.

The programme is designed around the ability of ecosystems to react to crises, to be agile, to regenerate themselves, and to implement new forms of value creation. In particular, we will analyse how the cities of Montreal and Barcelona, hard hit by the crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, are implementing creative solutions in a wide variety of sectors (health, mobility, arts and culture, tourism).

The Summer School will bring a valuable international dimension by connecting and involving speakers that will share new ideas and perspectives from Strasbourg, Bangkok, Tokyo, Lille, Rio, Bangalore, Vilnius, Grenoble, and more!

This experience will be an opportunity for you or your organization to strengthen your creative potential and to discover the key to improving your creative ability.

Join us to co-create an enriching, human, inspiring and collaborative experience!


The Summer School is the flagship program of Mosaic, HEC Montréal’s Innovation & Creativity Hub, co-directed by Patrick Cohendet and Laurent Simon, both professors at HEC Montréal.

Since its launch in 2009, the Summer School has benefited from the enthusiastic support of HEC Montréal, the University of Barcelona and the Government of Quebec, as well as that of many partners and collaborators.

The Summer School has inspired the creation of other schools on management of creativity and innovation in Europe, South America and Asia, and is considered as the international reference in the field of management of creativity and innovation.

Patrick Cohendet

Laurent Simon

Lucy Stojak

Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway

HEC Montréal
Professor, Department of International Business, Co-director of Mosaic

HEC Montréal
Professor, Department of entrepreneurship and innovation, Co-director of Mosaic

HEC Montréal
Executive Director of Mosaic and Director, Summer School on Management of Creativity in an Innovation Society

University of Barcelona
Professor, Department of Economics

The Summer School allows a mix of graduate students, decision-makers, university professors, consultants and professionals to immerse themselves in different ecosystems in order to analyze innovation processes in a comparative way.

Participants discover new ways of doing business in a fast paced, friendly and collaborative environment. At the end of the program, Summer School participants become part of an international community of creative and innovative leaders.


  • – An opportunity for participants from a variety of backgrounds (industry, academic, institutional) to learn from and share one another’s experiences
  • – A one-of-a-kind coming together of professionals, researchers, creatives and managers from various backgrounds (new tech, design, architecture, culinary arts, entertainment, gaming, etc.)


  • – Professionals and decision-makers
  • – Management consultants
  • – Professors and researchers
  • – Graduate students


  • – Learn creative best practices and innovation skills
  • – Rethink business strategies and models
  • – Learn by doing: collaborate on interdisciplinary projects and industry challenges
  • – Reinvent yourself and your organisation
  • – Develop your creative capacity for innovation
  • – Make inroads into various global markets and build your international network

Lectures & Seminars – Deepen your knowledge on management of creativity & the economics of innovation

Videoconferences with practitioners – Meet & exchange online with leaders from creative companies and organizations from a wide array of sectors (new technologies, design, gastronomy, arts and entertainment, video game…)

Workshops – Foster collaboration, experimentation and a hands-on approach to creativity

Keynote addresses – Discuss with influential thinkers in the field of management

Team Challenges – Participants will collaborate across disciplines on Challenges and learn to produce quality work in a distributed environment. Coaches from industry & academia will support each team.

Take a look at the program from the last edition.

  • Week 1: June 28th to July 2nd

    • Monday, June 28th

    • Tuesday, June 29th

    • Wednesday, June 30th
      DAY OFF

    • Thursday, July 1st

    • Friday, July 2nd

  • Week 2: July 5th to 9th

    • Monday, July 5th

    • Tuesday, July 6th

    • Wednesday, July 7th
      DAY OFF

    • Thursday, July 8th

    • Friday, July 9th

The Summer School faculty members are innovative and have in-depth understanding of current management practices. Leaders from creative companies and prestigious speakers from a wide array of sectors supplement the faculty. The programme also builds on the experience of its participants, drawing out the experience of those in the class to illustrate learnings and facilitating the link between theory and practice.

You can check the complete list of lecturers HERE.

“The Summer School is not just a course on creativity, it is a complete experience that integrates learning at various levels, with a powerful level of academic/ theoretical thought and a development that intensively encourages exchange with the rest of the group.

Through the different activities, you learn how to connect and experience new skills and techniques that push you to limits you would not otherwise reach. You discover and question yourself on a very personal level, and this makes you get to know yourself better little by little.

One of the most remarkable riches is also the diversity of the group members that make up the Summer School. The multiple nationalities and origins, the ages and the professional and personal backgrounds of each one are connected and exchanged with such a harmony and depth that it multiplies the experience and the value of the course”

Araceli Antón, Master’s degree in Cultural Management student at the University of Barcelona

“The Summer School allowed me to experience creative and innovative environments far from my daily life. In addition, I got to know the intimacies of leading projects in the world. The familiar atmosphere with the classmates and the proximity of the participating experts complete the programme even more, because future professional networks arise from those friendships. May I repeat?”

Francesc Benlliure, Project Manager in Knowledge Transfer at Fundació Bosch i Gimpera

“My experience at the Summer School was more than satisfactory! It is not only about what you can learn or live there, which is also important, but also the human value added that last longer”

Merce Bernardo, Associate Professor at the Department of Business of the University of Barcelona

“I cannot imagine a better experience than the Summer School on Management of Creativity 2018! I had great excitement about the opportunity to be a part of it, but participation in the summer school exceeded every expectation. It allowed me to meet extraordinarily talented and very kind people, visit exceptional companies and unique places. It was entirely hands-on learning by applying new approaches and diverse perspectives”

Alina Fesenko, PhD in Business student at the University of Barcelona

“A learning and life experience I will never forget. You have contact with lecturers, professionals and students from all over the world who are tackling problems through innovation”

Cristian Granados, Professor and Consultant in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Tecnológico de Monterrey

“Cooking omelettes, making acrobatics, designing premium toilettes, checking out motorbikes, having awesome paella and how innovation and creativity plays a part in all of these, it was just a wonderful experience. Two of the most liveable and innovative cities I have ever been. Learning together with people from diverse personal and professional background was very enriching”

Julio Quintana, Distributed Energy Consultant at ENGIE

“The best way to learn how to manage creativity is mixing a multicultural group of professionals in two of the most creative and innovative cities in the world. A unique experience on how to manage real projects in a creative industry and learning how to transform organizations with new perspectives. Totally recommended!

It’s an opportunity to learn how creativity and innovation can transform an organization. The variety of professional backgrounds, ideas exchange and diverse activities gave us the tools to better address processes in our working environment”

Catalina Vargas, Professor at the Innovation Department of the Universidad Autónoma de Occidente

“I participated in the 2012 edition with a scholarship from the University of Barcelona. The academic team of Mosaic-HEC Montreal and the University of Barcelona put forward an incredible program where the interactions of participants, presentations, visits and activities served to gain a unique perspective on the management of creativity in a dialogue between creative disciplines (Music, theater, video games, gastronomy, communication, etc.) and its urban setting (Montreal and Barcelona)”

Juan Vidaechea, Cultural Manager

Application deadline: May 17th, 2021
CAD 4200 (taxes included)

Graduate students
Registration deadline: April 19th, 2021
CAD 2500 (taxes included)


Master and PhD students from the University of Barcelona seeking financial aid may apply for one of the scholarships available. Each scholarship covers the course tuition fees. Applicants should send (i) CV, (ii) letter of interest and (iii) a support letter from their supervisor or a professor to business.school@ub.edu. The deadline for scholarship application is on March 25th 2021. Please note that candidates already graduated will not be eligible to apply for scholarships.

Priority will be given to those working on a clearly related topic. Awarded students will be required to apply to the Summer School following the instructions published on the “Apply now” section.


In order to submit your application you need to fill out the following online form:

Application documents

  1. Letter of interest (PDF – maximum 500 words). Briefly stat why you wish to participate in the program and the benefits for you and your organization/institution
  2. Curriculum vitae (PDF)
  3. Digital photograph HD (JPG). This picture will be used in the biography document.

Additional documents for graduate students

  1. Reference letter. One (1) letter of reference from a professor to be sent directly by the referee to lucy.stojak@hec.ca
  2. Official transcripts from all universities attended should be enclosed and sent to:

HEC Montréal
Lucy Stojak
3000, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Montréal (Québec), H3T 2A7

Certificate of participation

  • – A certificate of participation, jointly issued by HEC Montréal and the University of Barcelona, will be awarded upon completion of the programme.

Important notes

  • – There are a limited number of places for this programme.
  • – It is incumbent upon each applicant to ensure that his/her file is complete.
  • – Applications which are inc- omplete or submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  • – Applications are reviewed by a Selection Committee. The Selection Committee decisions are final.