The production of original intellectual content is a key mission of ESSEC Business School. Investing in research is necessary for any school that aims to stay relevant in the education landscape. Research activity contributes to a rich and fresh learning environment for students, and to create an intellectual community of expert scholars respected for their insight, relevance and reputation.
José-Miguel Gaspar, Associate Dean for Research
Support for research: our priorities
ESSEC maintains an institutional culture that favors the creation of high-quality research, mainly through the recruitment of research-oriented faculty hailing from some of the most prestigious institutions worldwide. In total, more than 120 research professors and 70 doctoral students benefit from the support of staff dedicated to research activities. It allows ESSEC to generate a very significant flow of publications and to be recognized as a significant player in business research in France and in Europe.
With the goal of transforming intellectual and material resources into research output in the most efficient way, three main principles guide our efforts:
A commitment to excellence
ESSEC encourages its research professors to addresses subjects that are both relevant to business and original. Consequently, this group of scholars publishes within some of the most highly regarded academic journals in the world including Academy of Management Review Society, Administrative Sciences Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of Accounting Research and Organization Science among many others.
The most experienced professors from ESSEC are recognized experts and have strong leadership in research, as indicated by the large number of academic awards they receive. In 2018 / 2019, ESSEC professors were awarded 14 international prizes and distinctions.
An International Scope
In a globalized world, excellence means internationalization. These publications and awards would not have been possible without the active participation of professors within international research networks. This includes the participation of ESSEC professors at more than 200 international conferences in 2017.
Our professor exchange programme between the Paris and Asia-Pacific campuses has also proved extremely helpful in developing research awareness on Asian issues and issues of special interest to Asian partners.
A focus on diversity
Not only does ESSEC strongly believe that excellence in teaching cannot be achieved without the appropriate research capabilities, we also believe that research capabilities in one field come with positive synergies with research capabilities in other fields. At department level, the interaction between experts helps support collaborative research. This explains our success in developing research across disciplinary frontiers.
In 2009, ESSEC entered a research agreement with Cergy-Pontoise University (UCP) and the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) THEMA, one of the principal research centers in applied microeconomics in France. Research within the THEMA research laboratory has mainly focused on economic policy issues involving international microeconomics and macroeconomics. The research synergies between ESSEC economists and the THEMA research lab have since gained substantial momentum.
Tricia Todd, Administrative Manager of the Research Center
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In total, more than 120 research professors and 70 doctoral students benefit from the support of staff dedicated to research activities. It allows ESSEC to generate a very significant flow of publications and to be recognized as a significant player in business research in France and in Europe.