Karine Samuel

Professor of Management at the Grenoble Institute of Technology and Management (Grenoble INP)
She is professor of Management at the Grenoble Institute of Technology and Management (Grenoble INP), member of the Center for Studies and Research Applied to Management(CERAG). Her areas of expertise relate to supply chain risks and the resilience of organizations,in particular with the consideration of material risks in supply chains. She co-drives several multidisciplinary research projects in partnership with foreign universities. Since 2018, she super-vises multidisciplinary PhDs in the framework of the Nano ElEctronique Durable (NEED) project launched in Grenoble, which aims to study new paradigms in electronics design toward sustainability and develops methodologies applied to advanced research integrating the economic analysis,geopolitical issues, acceptability and the durability of new technological solutions
The access to raw materials is an economic and major geopolitical stake for the 21st century. Some key elements considered today in the emerging devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) will have to be substituted or saved in a drastic way in a near future. Since tens billions electronics objects are then being disseminated all over the world in homes, buildings, cars, roads, etc., it is obviously a major concern to revisit the economic, technological, and societal models to develop a sustainable electronic industry that will care about its impacts right from the conception of these objects. At the earliest stages of research and development of electronic components, there are indeed emerging issues linked to the availability and costs of certain materials. When the products are designed, the supply chain ensures their availability on markets. However, these supply chains are fragile if the sources of raw materials are not secured. Limited visibility in up-stream supply chains is a major source of disruption because of the growing scarcity of certain resources. The electronics industry is particularly vulnerable and it is necessary to develop tools and methods to better monitor the supply of critical materials. This presentation will expose the latest researches on this topic and propose a few solutions for a more robust design of IoT devices.