Research Center


Research Center (CERESSEC)

Research is one of the fundamental missions of ESSEC professors. The ESSEC Research Center (CERESSEC) defines the institution’s research strategy and oversees its implementation. We ensure that our researchers, more than 160 across eight departments, conduct their work with scientific integrity, ethics, and social and environmental responsibility and have all necessary resources at their disposal, with the ultimate goal of developing new knowledge and responding to major societal challenges.

ESSEC strives for an institutional culture that favors the creation of high-quality research. Therefore, we recruit early-career and seasoned researchers whose work aligns with ESSEC’s strategic mission from some of the most prestigious academic institutions worldwide. We encourage diversity and experimentation, with diverse disciplines represented in our faculty, such as sociology, psychology, applied mathematics, therapeutic practices and medicine, law, and urban planning. The resources available to ESSEC researchers encourage them to produce impactful, high-quality research that is widely shared with diverse audiences nationally and internationally. We provide incentives and support for publications, workshop organization, faculty exchanges, and academic conference presentations. Our assistance to researchers and their projects also includes budget management, administrative procedures, and technical support for their research.

We also support open-access research and citizen science, firmly believing that research should be impactful and shared with a broad audience. This concern for sharing knowledge has led us to pursue national and European recommendations on open science and science with and for society. As a result, faculty publications are now available in open access in more than a third of the journals in our journal classification list. Similarly, ESSEC has adopted a science and society policy: one key element is its annual science and society conference, which will be held in April 2023 for the first time. The event brings together renowned academics, political decision-makers, local  representatives, senior executives, professors, students, alumni, and citizens, to discuss their visions, commitments, initiatives, and research work around a topical theme (this year, the future of work).






Roméo Tédongap

Director of Research and Professor of Finance



In 2020, we implemented INSPIRE: the Institutional Strategic Program for Improvement of Research at ESSEC, designed to strengthen our productivity, impact, and reputation. As part of this plan, our projects have five major transdisciplinarity themes, centered around one common goal: How the current unprecedented rate of technological, societal, and environmental change affects all the actors, functions, and stakeholders within and around organizations. 

The five themes are:


Part of the strategy is to reinforce our presence on the national and international stages regarding our research output and impact. We’ve identified several actions to achieve this goal, including: 

  • Enhancing research support for faculty 

Increasing fund availability 

  • Enhancing our research culture on campus

For instance, from 2023, we are organizing the Science and Society Conference every April, followed by Research Day, a dual research and society event where invited participants, as well as ESSEC researchers, discuss and share their visions, their commitments, their initiatives, projects and research work on a specific and topical theme. 

  • Establishing international partnerships

  • Increasing the visibility of research 

We use ESSEC Knowledge, our thought leadership portal, and regularly collaborate with the national and international press to make our research accessible to the general public.

Over the last five years, ESSEC faculty have been busy publishing:

  • 400 articles in prestigious academic journals (such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Operations Research, Journal of Marketing, MIS Quarterly, and many more)

  • 142 book chapters and 170 contributions to collective works 

  • 48 books and 78 contributions to books


In 2021-2022, ESSEC faculty: 

  • Participated in over 360 conferences, workshops, and seminars 

  • Received 14 awards and honors, receiving a further 7 nominations

  • Received funding for 16 research projects in 2023 alone, with 2.1 million euros of funding awarded


In its 2019 evaluation, the French national agency for research evaluation (HCERES) hailed ESSEC’s “remarkable scientific production, stating that ESSEC is "one of the top three French leaders in terms of research visibility and recognition".