Programme structure

Five years focused on management and entrepreneurship.

The structure of our programme reflects its goals of training students in research, but also teaching, and mixing learning and doing. The vast majority of courses occur during the first two years, with the last two years or three years devoted to students’ dissertations. Students must pass exams in each and every course to advance in the programme.

First year: Fundational courses

Year 1 is the most demanding as far as courses and seminars are concerned. You'll have to read a lot. Actually, you'll spend most of your time reading and reflecting on your readings.

Methodology of research courses

  1. Philosophy of Science, Research Design, and Management Research (18 h, Tao WANG)
  2. Quantitative Methods (51 h, Philippe JACQUART)
  3. Qualitative Methods (24 h, Ruthanne HUISING)
  4. NVIVO (12 h, Ben MEEHAN)

Theory courses

  1. Entrepreneurship (30 h, Frederic DELMAR)
  2. Organization Theory (36 h, Bernard FORGUES & Filippo Carlo  WEZEL)
  3. Strategic Management (30 h, Martin KORNBERGER & Zied GUEDRI)
  4. Economic Foundations of Business Strategy (12 h, Richard RUBLE)
  5. Critical Thinking (24 h, David COURPASSON & Eero VAARA)
  6. Writing in Organization (18 h, Stewart CLEGG)

Teaching courses

  1. Teaching Skills (2 days, Christophe ROUX-DUFORT)
  2. Attendance of department's core course

Supervised Research Practice

Research project under the guidance of a faculty member (April & May)

Second year: Specialized courses

In Year 2, the structure remains essentially the same, although there are less courses to allow students to start working on their own research.

Methodology of research course

  1. Meta-analyses (30 h, Marc van ESSEN)
  2. Quantitative Methods II (30 h, Philippe JACQUART & Alan JOHNSON)
  3. Qualitative Methods II (24 h, Ruthanne HUISING)

Specialized seminars

  1. Advanced Topics in Strategy (18 h, Jean-Luc ARREGLE)
  2. Entrepreneurship and Democracy (12 h, Pierre-Yves GOMEZ)
  3. Advanced Entrepreneurship (24 h, Jean Clarke)
  4. Sociology (24 h, David COURPASSON)
  5. Materiality and Organizations (18 h, Bernard FORGUES)
  6. International Strategy (18 h, Jean-Luc ARREGLE)
  7. Advanced Topics in Organization Theory (18 h, Filippo Carlo WEZEL)
  8. Organizational Behavior (15 h, Guillaume SOENEN & Tessa MELKONIAN)
  9. Know Your Classics I (30 h,  Jean Clarke)


Deliver the department's core course

Third year

During the third year, students focus on their own research. They defend their Research Proposal and form their thesis committee. One of the highlights is a 3-day outdoor seminar held in the French Alps with PhDs and professors from other universities, where students present their research.

Students also keep practicing their teaching skills by delivering the department's core course.

The only remaining course they have to attend is held once per month:

  1. Know Your Classics II (30 h, various instructors)
    1. Course content forthcoming

Fourth & fifth year

During the fourth year and fifth years, students write their dissertation. They no longer have to teach in their fifth year (although they can if they want to). They have to present papers at conferences, submit articles to journals, etc.

Finally, they focus on the job market, as we have a strict no-inbreeding rule (i.e., our school does not hire its own PhDs as faculty members).