Prix AIMS de la meilleure thèse 2015

Titre : "Attention et supervision: une étude de l'attention des managers de proximité dans leur activité de supervision"
par Christelle Théron, sous la direction du Pr. Hervé Laroche

Best Doctoral Project

Tien PHAM’s research, “Customer Satisfaction in B2B Marketing: Lessons from Pharmaceutical Distribution Sector in Vietnam”, supervised by Prof. Frédéric Jallat, was awarded as the Best Doctoral Project by ATLAS/AFMI (5th annual conference, Association Francophone de Management International 12-14 May, 2015, French Ambassy in Vietnam).

Paris Ph.D. Programme


MILOSEVIC M., FENDT J., (2016), "Venture capital and its French exception: Explaining performance through human capital, policy and institutional failures", Science and Public Policy, Available online.


We examine the venture capital (VC) industry and its French exception. While it is evident that French funds underperform in comparison to both their Anglo-Saxon counterparts and their immediate neighboring countries, the determinants of this phenomenon are unclear. Through an exploratory, inductive study among French expert venture capitalists we conceptualize VC agency as a process of construction of expertise through deliberate practice. We show how the specificities of the French VC market, first, the dominance of banking/finance professionals, grounded in the industry’s banking antecedents; and second, the prevailing public funding and numerous front-end tax incentives, hamper this process of deliberate practice and act as mutually reinforcing levers of inefficiency. We discuss the implications for scholars, practitioners and policy-makers.

BONNETON D., MURATBEKOVA-TOURON M. , PINOT DE VILLECHENON F. , "The paradox of development. The challenges of a French subsidiary vis-à-vis its Latin-American corporate headquarters", Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies, (20162016)

Case Overview:

This case is based upon a real Latin-American multinational company operating in France. The character called Anne, Human Resources Director of the French subsidiary, has to implement an organizational project, while at the same time managing local constraints. She also deals with the internal employee survey on working conditions. Through this case study, students will analyze international human resources issues in a company that has offices in different locations and therefore has to deal with different cultural and legal constraints. It tackles questions of employee satisfaction, working conditions and internal communication. It deals with the specific role of the Human Resources (HR) Director of a multinational company’s foreign subsidiary, who has to comply with headquarters’ instructions concerning the implementation of organizational projects and also abide by local laws and regulations.

FRACAROLLI NUNES M., LEE PARK C., (2016), "Self-claimed sustainability: Building social and environmental reputations with words", Sustainable Production and Consumption, (in Press).


In the attempt of benefiting from positioning themselves as sustainable enterprises, some companies have indiscriminately claimed to operate under sustainable management. At the same time, diverse sustainability indexes have been developed to state the practice, as consumers and general stakeholders seem to value this attitude toward businesses. In that sense, studies have demonstrated the gap between corporate strategic intention and its actual implementation, as well as the use of short-term image building strategies through punctual promotional marketing activities, arguably disconnected of a consistent sustainability strategy. While some companies indeed seek to attain stakeholders’ expectations on sustainable practices, others seem to restrain sustainability merely to their public communication. Within this reasoning some questions emerge: How may corporate social and environmental reputations possibly be built over sustainable and unsustainable operations? What would be the antecedents of corporate reputation allowing for both constructions? In order to offer theoretical bases for the approach of these issues, the present work proposes two theoretical frameworks for the building of “true” and “false” social and environmental corporate reputations. Ultimately we aim to demonstrate that, based on corporate speech, the construction of sustainable reputations disconnected from real sustainable operations is logically possible.

Keywords: Self-claimed sustainability; Corporate discourse; Social and environmental reputations; Operational image; Strategic positioning; Sustainability indexes.

Arthur Petit-Romec - ESCP Europe PhD Student

MERCIER Guillaume, DESLANDES Ghislain, (2016), There are no Codes, only Interpretations. Practical Wisdom and Hermeneutics in Monastic Organizations, Journal of Business Ethics, (Forthcoming).


Corporate codes of ethics, which have spread in the last decades, have shown a limited ability to foster ethical behaviors. For instance, they have been criticized for relying too much on formal compliance, rather than taking into account sufficiently agents and their moral development, or promoting self-reflexive behaviors. We aim here at showing that a code of ethics in fact has meaning and enables ethical progress when it is interpreted and appropriated with practical wisdom. We explore a model that represents an uncommon organizational code of ethics: the monastic Rule of St. Benedict, written in the 6th century and still used today. Our empirical study – conducted in several monasteries living under this rule – shows that organization members interpret this rule – both hermeneutically and ethically – to adapt it to situations for the common good. They also appropriate this rule as a way of life and treat it as a dynamic framework that helps them to follow their purpose within their organization. This exceptional code actually offers an alternative model for practicing codes of ethics, in a virtue-ethical manner, beyond mere compliance with the text. The way in which reflexive and active agents practice the code, both individually and collectively, shapes their organizational experience and fosters their moral development.


Jean-Christophe Bianic will defend his dissertation on June 20th  2016 :

"Singularisation et légitimité du franc-tireur dans les industries de la création : Le cas des designers de l'ENSCI." under the supervision of Prof. Jean-Philippe Bouilloud.

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Arthur Petit-Romec - ESCP Europe PhD Student

Guillaume Mercier will defend his dissertation on June 29th  2016 : "Organizational benevolence as a motive for cooperation, beyond rules and roles. Three essays." under the supervision of Prof. Ghislain Deslandes

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Mar Perezts - ESCP Europe Doctoral Programme Alumni

Mar Pérezts, now associate professor at EMLYON Business School, received for her work "Ethics as situated practice: a multilevel study on ethics at work in banking compliance", (defended on February 24th 2014), supervised by professor Jean-Philippe Bouilloud at ESCP Europe, the 2015 Best Dissertation in Strategic Management Prize, awarded by the FNEGE and the AIMS.

Emilie Bérard - ESCP Europe Doctoral Programme Alumni

Emilie Bérard, now Professor at ITESO. Instituto Tecnico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, Guadalajara, (Mexico) received for her work « Rôle des instruments de gestion au sein des organisations: une approche sociomatérielle » (defended on August 28th 2013) supervised by Prof. Olivier Saulpic & Prof. Philippe Zarlowski, the Best Dissertation in Health Organisations Management awarded by the FNEGE & ARAMOS.