Programme structure

Each year we admit only a select few doctoral students so that the programme remains small, intimate and fully-funded which means our candidates have complete access to the resources they need to develop as scholars in a supportive setting. The programme 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 faculty. During this time students are required to conduct an empirical project that forms the basis for a qualifying paper.

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

First year: Foundational 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 of research courses

  1. Kick-off Workshop in Ardèche (12 hours, Jean CLARKE)
  2. Philosophy of Science, Research Design, and Management Research (12 h, Mar PEREZTS)
  3. Quantitative Methods (24 h, Philippe JACQUART)
  4. Qualitative Methods (24 h, Ruthanne HUISING)
  5. Designing Social Science Research (36 h, Ruthanne HUISING & Philippe JACQUART)
  6. Introduction to Statistics (12 h, Frederic DELMAR)

Theory courses

  1. Entrepreneurship (30 h, Frederic DELMAR)
  2. Organization Theory (30 h, Bernard FORGUES & Filippo Carlo WEZEL)
  3. Strategic Management (30 h, Jean-Luc ARREGLE)
  4. Social Theory I (David COURPASSON, Dima YOUNES & Mar PEREZTS)
  5. International Strategy (12 h, Jean-Luc ARREGLE)
  6. Writing skills(18 h, Christopher MOLE)

Teaching courses

  1. Attendance of department's core course

Supervised Research Practice (SRP)

Research project under the guidance of a faculty member

Second year: Advanced courses

In the second year, students explore advanced courses in entrepreneurship, strategy and organization theory. They receive further intensive training in methods and conclude their SRP.

Methodology of research course

  1. Causal Analysis  (24 h, Philippe JACQUART)
  2. Field Methods (24 h, Ruthanne HUISING)

Theory Courses

  1. Advanced  Strategy (30 h, Brice DATTEE, Addis BIRHANU)
  2. Advanced Entrepreneurship (30 h, Jean CLARKE)
  3. Sociol Theory II (24 h, David COURPASSON, Dima YOUNES & Mar PEREZTS)
  4. Materiality and Organizations (12 h, Bernard FORGUES)
  5. Advanced Organization Theory (30 h, Filippo Carlo WEZEL)
  6. Know Your Classics  (15 h,  Jean CLARKE)
  7. Organizational Behaviour (12 h, Guillaume SOENEN)
  8. Writing Skills II (20 h, Christopher MOLE)


Deliver the department's core course

Third, fourth & fifth year

The third year starts with the student's PhD proposal defensio 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 individuel PhD project. This journey is complemented through teaching activities in year 3 (focused on providing the student with teaching skills) as well as research events, participation at workshops, international conferences etc. throughout the PhD journey.