Programme structure

Each year we admit only a select few doctoral students so that the program remains small, intimate and fully-funded. This means our candidates have compete access to all the resources they need to develop as scholars in a supportive setting. The program runs for five years. In the first two years students acquire the theoretical knowledge and methodological skills needed to become successful researchers through a variety of courses delivered by our research-driven international faculty. During this time students are required to conduct an empirical project (The Supervised Research Practice) that will form the basis for a publishable research article.

The final three years are devoted to designing and conducting an ambitious empirical project with the intention of contributing to a theoretical conversation. The program is delivered entirely in English and therefore no knowledge of French is required.

First year: Foundamental courses

In the first year, students work through a range of courses in entrepreneurship, strategy and organization theory as well as an intensive training in quantitative and qualitative methods. They also start working on their Supervised Research Practice (SRP). 

Methodology courses

  1. Introduction to Statistics (boot camp) (12 h, Addis BIRHANU)
  2. Philosophy of Science, Research Design, and Management Research (12 h, Mar PEREZTS)
  3. Ethics in Research (12 h, Ruthanne HUISING)
  4. Quantitative Methods (24 h, Tao HAN)
  5. Qualitative Methods (24 h, Nevena RADOYNOVSKA)
  6. Designing Social Science Research (36 h, Ruthanne HUISING & Philippe JACQUART)

Theory courses

  1. Entrepreneurship (30 h, Saulo BARBOSA)
  2. Organization Theories (30 h, Bernard FORGUES)
  3. Strategic Management (30 h, Jean-Luc ARREGLE)
  4. Social Theory I (30 h, Dima YOUNES)
  5. International Strategy (12 h, Jean-Luc ARREGLE)
  6. Writing skills (18 h, Christopher MOLE)

********** Supervised Research Practice (SRP) (Begins in January) ************
Two-year research project under the guidance of a faculty member

Second year: Advanced courses

In the second year, students take a range of advanced courses, receive further intensive training in methods and they also conclude their SRP.

Methodology course

  1. Causal Analysis  (24 h, Philippe JACQUART)
  2. Field Methods (24 h, Ruthanne HUISING)
  3. Nvivo (12 h, Ben MEEHAN)

Theory Courses

  1. Advanced  Strategy (24 h, Brice DATTEE, Addis BIRHANU)
  2. Advanced Entrepreneurship (24 h, Jean CLARKE)
  3. Sociol Theory II (24 h, Dima YOUNES)
  4. Consumer Culture (24 h, Joonas ROKKA)
  5. Materiality and Organizations (12 h, Bernard FORGUES)
  6. Advanced Organization Theory (24 h, Filippo Carlo WEZEL)
  7. Know Your Classics  (30 h,  Jean CLARKE (course manager, each session is run by a different faculty member)
  8. Writing Skills II (20 h, Christopher MOLE)

****Supervised Research Practice (SRP) (Completion by June of Second Year) ****
Two-year research project under the guidance of a faculty member

Third, fourth & fifth year

  1. Chamonix Workshop (Bernard FORGUES)
  2. Teaching Skills (Gregoire CROIDIEU)
  3. Job Market Preparation (Gregoire CROIDIEU)

The third year starts with the student's PhD proposal defense which marks their transition from being a PhD student to becoming a PhD candidate. The student chooses a team of supervisors and sets out to work on their individual PhD project. This journey is complemented through teaching activities in year 3 and year 4. In total, students must teach 2 X24 courses in order to show that they have teaching experience when they go on the job market. The students are also provided with a teaching skills course and a job market preparation course. Students attend research events, participate in workshops and international conferences.