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The teaching and research chairs bring ESSEC into close collaboration with companies keen to develop innovative skills in their sector. Placed under the responsibility of members of the faculty body, each Chair has an objective to produce new knowledge, develop science and management practice confronted with the new challenges of the international environment, and to create a flow of data and market analyses. The Chairs also function collectively through their integration into a center of excellence.

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Accenture Chair in Strategic Business Analytics

The ESSEC and Accenture Strategic Business Analytics Chair was created to develop a better understanding of the impact digital has on the market and individual business as well as governments and day-to-day life. It also seeks to identify the skills needed to fully understand the existing and emerging issues. Armed with this knowledge, ESSEC and Accenture Strategic Business Analytics Chair will train the Digital Architects of tomorrow to address this issues-led, outcome-focused and industry-rich approach.
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Armand Peugeot Chair

This Chair is a partnership between the University, PSA and 3 institutions for higher education and and research: Ecole Centrale de Paris, ESSEC Business School and Supélec. This partnership allows the chair to cover multidisciplinary and complementary topics and affectively address the complex questions that arise when talking about the future of the automotive industry in the context of development of electromobility and hybrid vehicles. Its structure allows the chair to convene around the fields of science, engineering, economics, management science and social science.
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Chair for Real Estate and Sustainable Development

The Chair for Real Estate and Sustainable Development provides theoretical and practical training in current issues facing the real estate industry. It aims to support both teaching and research in the economics, financing and management of the real estate industry whilst taking into account issues of sustainable development.
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Chair in Philanthropy

The ESSEC chair in Philanthropy is a research unit whose mission is to produce and disseminate knowledge about philanthropy and its role in society. More specifically, the chair will focus on the challenges associated with the creation, strategic development and management of philanthropic initiatives in order to strengthen the competences of the sector's key players and their social impact. It aims to produce and publish works on a European scale.
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Chair of Leadership and Diversity

The Chair offers students a specialized program combining theoretical perspectives, practical knowledge acquired from professional presentations in the seminar, and hands-on experience through concrete projects with our partner firm L'Oréal. The objective of the chair program is to heighten awareness, create experiences, and gain insights on the relationships between leadership, diversity and innovation. The Leadership and Diversity Chair is grounded in the idea that understanding and harnessing diversity is essential for responsible and innovative leadership.  It introduces students to current diversity and inclusion issues through seminar sessions with company representatives, and to conceptualize diversity and inclusion as not only a social responsibility, but more importantly as a source of innovation and collective intelligence.  It encourages students to develop their own leadership through this knowledge, and also through group projects working with our sponsor firm, L'Oréal.  In the group projects, students produce digital content that is showcased on your website, and they have the opportunity to present their work to middle and upper-level managers..
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Chair on Digital Disruption

Recent developments in technology have had a revolutionary effect on consumers, businesses and society. The ESSEC Digital Disruption Chair is designed to provide participants with in-depth understanding of the digital effect on businesses while also preparing them to work in and manage increasingly digital organizations.
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Clients, Strategy & Creativity Chair

The mission of the Chair is to train marketing professionals capable of imagining creative and innovative approaches while positioning the client at the heart of business development and communication. The Chair offers business managers and professors the opportunity to interact with curious and motivated students on various marketing issues with the ambition to renew and invent the solutions that will allow tomorrow’s business to grow. Within a cohesive team, the Chair prepares students to respond to the challenges of marketing and to work for consulting firms as well as to take on more operational functions.
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ESSEC Amundi Chair in Asset & Risk Management

It aims at promoting academic research in the field of Asset and Risk management and stimulating the cooperation between ESSEC and Amundi researchers, in particular in offering a series of research seminars on specialized topics to Amundi collaborators and institutional clients and diffusing the results of academic research towards these collaborators. Finally, the Chair plans to organize an annual conference on Asset & Risk Management.
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ESSEC Change Management Chair

The ambition of ESSEC’s Change Management chair is to understand the phenomena and mechanisms of change in different societal and economic environments. The chair conducts research on the effects of change within the realms of business, government and society in general.
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ESSEC Innovation & Health Chair

In September 2019, the Chair of Innovation in Health and the Chair of Health systems merged.
The Innovation and Health Chair is a teaching and research chair.
The Chair’s educational objective is to train business leaders capable of:
1. Understanding the purpose of health systems, their complexities and their socio-economic constraints
2. Forecasting and using innovations in Health
3. Developing the manager’s systemic thinking for the analysis of the environment, anticipation of the consequences, and securing the action (competence through transversality).
The Chair offers two options of 75 hours of lessons each:
- one option on Health Systems and Health Marketing (in French)
- one option on Innovation in Health (in English).
The Chair also develops research programs on the explanatory factors of health costs and the diffusion of health innovation, the methods of evaluating health strategies, the competition in health insurance, the use of big data methods for the analysis of health insurance data, the choices made by patients in health systems.
The Chair has become an academic place of excellence for all actors in the health ecosystem.
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ESSEC Leading a Beauty Brand Chair

The Leading a Beauty Brand Chair is the first training for excellence in Europe dedicated to the beauty sector. This new sectorial chair aims at preparing students for an appealing career in the beauty industry and being equipped to face the new deal of the beauty world: growth of organic, sustainable brands in an agile and connected world.
The chair provides students with a highly comprehensive vision of the challenges faced by the beauty industry and train them with the active participation of our partners (The Estée Lauder Company, I.F.F, and The Groupe Douglas /Nocibé) to launch innovative product and services in the context of any situation.

ESSEC Managerial Innovation and Operational Excellence Chair

In the face of the challenges brought about by rapidly evolving business environments, the Managerial Innovation and Operational Excellence Chair, in collaboration with its partners, aims to promote sustainable business performance by implementing an efficient combination of managerial innovation and operational excellence. In partnership with Covéa, Eurogroup Consulting, Humanis and Renault-Nissan Consulting, the chair, led by Jean-Marie Peretti and David Autissier, aims to experiment, define and implement new forms of management which will serve to shape the business of the future.
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ESSEC Media & Digital Chair

The Media & Digital Chair brings together ESSEC professors and industry professionals. Its goal is to train future managers with high potential, benefiting from sector specific knowledge in terms of businesses, to develop research, to analyze the fundamentals of the industry, to reflect on the issues faced by the industry and anticipate trends. It intends to open a laboratory of ideas and allow free thinking while giving partners a new perspective on the challenges faced by a sector at the confluence of our cultural, economic and political worlds.
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ESSEC Sports Chair

The ESSEC Sports Chair trains future leaders in sports business and provides them with an understanding of sport as a complex global industry with multiple stakeholders, and of current trends such as new funding models, digital, and e-sports. The Chair also develops future leaders across different industries through “lessons learned” from sport, ranging from the development of individual strengths and values to the effective leadership of groups and teams. Its aim is to become a think tank on the subject of sports management, to create a research community, and produce high-level academic and applied research.
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Fast Moving Consumer Goods Chair

The Fast Moving Consumer Goods Chair was the first Chair created at ESSEC in 1985 by Daniel Tixier. The objectives of the chair were bold for the time: they were to regroup actors from the worlds of academia and industry around a single educational objective. Today, the Chair has become a center for excellence in France in training young people for careers in the world of consumerism. Indeed, it has created over the years a unique and dedicated community of teachers and business executives who work daily to help the next generation of actors in this sector grow through an ambitious program of courses, seminars, meetings, and research.
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Food Business Challenges Chair

Today, most of the leaders of agri-food companies believe that the current systems will no longer be effective in ensuring the economic and societal objectives assigned to them, the first of which is to feed the world population while protecting the planet. ESSEC Business School and four leading food companies, Axéréal, Bel, Lesaffre & METRO, have decided to combine their skills and their expertise to create this new Chair. The objective of the chair is to train and to inspire the future industry leaders with an innovative mindset and a strong willingness to conduct the transition of Food Business with sustainable and reliable transition solutions. Together with partners and affiliates, we strive to reinvent tomorrow's food networks and businesses. The chair program is designed to provide participants with in-depth understanding of the food ecosystem, both from a human perspective and a technological point of view. It will also provide several approaches and tools to design and build the “transition for food and earth”.
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LVMH Chair

The LVMH Chair, founded in January 1991 by ESSEC and LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton Group, is an educational and research program that specializes in luxury brand management. ESSEC was the first French Business School to create a Chair specifically dedicated to the luxury industry. As a specialized track of teaching and research in luxury brand management, the objective of the Chair is to provide MSc in Management and MMD students with a unique program combining: practical as well as theoretical knowledge related to various dimensions of luxury brand management, through lectures given by ESSEC professors as well as senior executives and managers from the LVMH group. It also gives participants hands-on experience through company visits, a field project and a professional internship.
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Savoir-Faire d’Exception Management Chair

The Savoir-Faire d’Exception Management Chair, launched in 2016 in partnership with Chanel, Dom Pérignon for LVMH and Van Cleef & Arpels, is designed to train the future managers of the luxury sector and conduct research projects focusing on the French savoir-faire and the exceptional craftsmanship for which France is famous and which constitute the backbone of its successful luxury industry. The sustainability of artisanal expertise is now crucial for luxury houses. The objective of the Chair is to train managers to learn how to remain faithful to their heritage and culture while also embracing modernity. The Chair also intends to develop research programs in collaboration with its partners as well as with major institutions such as the Château de Versailles - which will also take part in the aforementioned collaborations.
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Social Entrepreneurship Chair

Studying questions related to the business strategy and management of social enterprise in all its phases – creation, development and sustainability – the mission of the center is to explore, with a transversal perspective, social entrepreneurship, and responsible governance and to impact actions through knowledge creation in the sector.
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Strategy and Information Governance Chair

Organizations face crucial challenges related to the governance of their information. Against this backdrop; the Strategy and Information Governance Chair offers an academic framework to meet these challenges. The Chair contributes to the advancement of knowledge related to the information governance. It provides a framework for anticipating market expectations, following a pragmatic and concrete approach. It benefits the entire ecosystem of private and public enterprises. Teaching and Research Chair, it constitutes a forum for privileged exchange between students, researchers, and practitioners. Using an appropriate pedagogy, students are thus trained in the concepts, methods, and tools of information governance. The researchers, attentive to the practitioners’ needs, ground their approaches in reality. Practitioners are thus at the forefront of thinking and developing information governance strategies.
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Urban Economics Chair

Unique among major schools of management, the ESSEC Urban Economics Chair has been educating second and third-year students for over 25 years on the complex issues and value systems that surround the management of cities and territories. Focusing on both the public and the private, chair graduates are given the tools to promote economic development but also balance social, environmental and urban planning and launch careers as the managers of territorial corporate partners and executives of local bodies and their satellites.
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The Workplace Management Chair

The Workplace Management Chair is a Research Chair, created in partnership with Kardham and Nexity, which aims to study how new forms of workspace organization influence management, employee performance, and companies strategies.
The Chair is dedicated to the management of business real estate which, despite the fact that it represents the second largest item of business expenditure after salaries, is very little studied or taught in general business management. We have several research objectives in connection with certain foreign universities, in particular the measurement of the performance of the different types of workspace and new working methods (in particular flex-office and coworking), the study of cost of these workspaces as well as the influence of new technologies, in particular connected objects, on the productivity of the spaces of their occupants.
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