ESSEC’s PhD program in Management applies social science disciplines and research methods to management problems. It prepares students for an academic career of research and teaching by providing solid training in research skills and deep knowledge in major developments and debates in the field. The program encourages students to gain research experience by working closely with faculty on a variety of projects. Over time students are ready to design, collect data, and write a dissertation that will reflect their curiosity and skills, and that will represent a significant contribution to management knowledge. 

Overview of the Program

Common courses across subfields:

  • Disciplinary foundations of management 1: Classics of the Social Sciences
  • Disciplinary foundations of management 2: Classics of Administration and Management Theory
  • Corporate and Business Strategy
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Research Design
  • Epistemology and Philosophy of Sciences
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Management
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Management 1: SEM/Survey
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Management 2: Archival
  • Introduction to Econometrics

Elective courses and seminars:

  • Identity Processes in Individuals, Groups and Organizations
  • International Business
  • Business History, Ethics and Organizational Governance
  • Creativity and Innovation Management
  • Network Analysis
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resources Strategies and Organizational Performance
  • Decision Theory
  • Industrial Organization and Economics
  • Evaluation of IS Applications
  • Data Warehousing and Decision Support
  • Modeling and Designing IT Applications
  • Elective Course in Management Control
  • Social and Psychological Approaches in Management Accounting Research

Students in the Management concentrations can also take electives in any other concentration of the PhD Program after consultation with their PhD mentor.


In this concentration, students can specialize in one of the following subfields:

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategy
  • Management Control 
  • Digitalization and Information Systems 


The Management department faculty has a broad range of interests ranging from the behavior of individuals and groups to organizational strategy and to the articulation of business and society. Our faculty enjoys a worldwide recognition for the excellence of its research. They serve as editors in major journals and publish regularly in these outlets: Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, American Sociological Review, Organization Studies, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of World Business, Revue Française de Gestion, The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Business Venturing, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems. The department holds a regular research seminar at which world-renowned scholars present their work.

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Recent placement of Alumni

Pace University NYC (USA), HEC Paris (France), St Mary's University Halifax (Canada), American University of Beirut (Lebanon), Neoma Business School (France), Montpellier Business School (France), King’s College London (United Kingdom), Iqra University Karachy (Pakistan), Leeds Business School (United Kingdom), IESEG (France), HEC Montreal (Canada), Concordia University (Canada), Warwick University (United Kingdom)


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