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Paris Doctoral Programme

Join our unique programme in the vibrant city of Paris and become part of our dynamic Ph.D. students’ community!

Doing a Ph.D. is a great intellectual journey, and the foundation of a professional trajectory. At ESCP Europe, we take these two pillars of any PhD project very seriously. Our Ph.D programme offers a great environment to do your Ph.D. Our Ph.D. students are provided not only with the indispensable academic and financial guidance but also with social and moral support. Far beyond their viva, this supportive environment is a cornerstone for their academic identity.

Prof. Claire Dambrin Dean, Ph.D. Programme , ESCP Europe

Prof. Claire Dambrin
Dean, Ph.D. Programme

How is the Community of PhD students at ESCP Europe?

Our programme foster

Diversity

Our Ph.D. students constitute a diverse community in terms of nationality, gender, and professional experience. All types of methodological inclinations are most welcomed. We value exchanges with PhD students from the Berlin campus and actively support international exposure of our PhD students.

Efficiency

More than 80% of our alumni take on an academic position after their Ph.D. Every year an average of 10 viva take place, the average length of a PhD in our programme is 4.5 years.

Adaptability

We train our PhD students to become excellent scholars and teachers with a unique cursus developing academic writing skills, theorisation and analytical skills and pedagogical skills. For us it is important to provide our Ph.D. students with the equipment they need to become well- balanced academics.

Key facts


Ressource

40

Professors habilitated to supervise Doctoral Research

Key Performance Indicators

62

Defenses since the launch of the programme in 2003

Average duration of a Ph.D.

4,5

Years

International

44%

Of Foreign Students,
17 nationalities

How to apply

Paris Doctoral Programme
Acquire the fundamental skills of a teacher-researcher.

Testimony
What did you enjoy most in the PhD Programme at ESCP Europe?

Main Goal

The main goal of the Ph.D. programme is to help its students acquire the fundamental skills of a teacher-researcher. Through these teachings, students work towards their thesis, a research project of great importance and of the utmost quality. Apart from the dissertation work, the doctoral programme provides a general and thorough research training, a chosen field of specialization and a teaching and educational training, totalling 240 course hours.

The programme works at promoting

  • An active participation of the doctoral students
  • Flexibility and adaptation to each individual’s needs
  • The entry of doctoral students into national and international networks
  • Synergy with the Berlin Ph.D. programme

Exchanges

The programme also includes exchanges during workshops and access to other resources, whether it be internal resources (ESCP Europe programmes) or external (external teachings and seminars, both nationally and internationally).

5 compulsory Course Blocks

50 hrs

Fundamentals in epistemology

50 hrs

Fundamentals in research methods

30 hrs

Teaching & Pedagogy

50 hrs

Academic Writing

30 hrs

Academic Careers

Choose between two course blocks

On mid-November, PhD students choose between two course blocks: advanced knowledge in quantitative or qualitative methods.

30 hrs

Advanced knowledge
in Quantitative Methods

30 hrs

Advanced knowledge
in Qualitative Methods

In total

240 hrs
6 course blocks
are thus compulsory for all PhD students and attendance is a must.

Courses schedule

Courses are mainly scheduled on the first year, on average, one week every month. For academic year 2018-2019, courses are scheduled on the following weeks.

Week 1

October 1 st to 5 th
Week 2

November 5 th to 9 th
Week 3

December 3 rd to 7 th
Week 4

January 14 th to 18 th
Week 5

February 4 th to 8 th
Week 6

March 11 th to 15 th
Week 7

April 15 th to 19 th
Week 8

May 13 th to 17 th
Week 9

June 17 th to 21 st

Follow-up the thesis work

Progress Workshop

The doctoral students each present their progress in their research study at least once per year. The objective is to no evaluate the work but to help the student in his or her research orientation. This workshop gathers doctoral students, the thesis director, the programme director and other professors chosen internally or externally in accordance with the thesis subject.

Annual Assessment

Each doctoral student presents a general result of his or her activities (thesis, publications, teachings, assistance, etc.) and his or her projects planned for the following year. The objective is to validate the work done in the previous year and to prepare the stages planned for the following year. The participants are the thesis director, the programme director and possibly other professors chosen internally or externally. It takes place in September.

Pre Viva Voce

With potential members of the jury (referees) about six months before the end of the project.

Visiting Opportunities

Increasing the academic excellence and network’s strength of all PhD students is important to us. The Paris PHD programme welcomes visiting PhD students. Visiting PhD students, our faculty and our PhD students all benefit from the opportunity to share on common research interests.

What visiting PhD students at ESCP Europe are offered:

  • The opportunity to interact with your ESCP Europe faculty sponsor and with the PhD students of the programme
  • Free access to the PhD courses given during your stay
  • Possibility to present your doctoral research in a research seminar
  • Access to a workspace in the doctoral rooms (shared spaces with computers)
  • Access to the library and cafeteria
  • Note that we do not offer any financial support in case your application is successful.

Visiting

We would consider your application as long as your visit is supported by one permanent faculty member from ESCP Europe. For your application as a visiting PhD student, we would ask for :

  • A support letter from your sponsor at ESCP Europe,
  • A summary of your dissertation project,
  • An updated CV,
  • A scan of an ID,
  • A proof of registration in the PhD programme of your university.

The Dean of Paris PhD Programme will make a decision based on the pieces above and will inform you on the outcome.

How to apply

Paris Doctoral Programme
ESCP Europe supervisors provide below a list of their research interests by area in order to inspire potential candidates

Culture & Media

Prof. Ghislain Deslandes

  • Continental philosophy and European Management
  • Phenomenologies of Leadership
  • Philosophical foundations of Business Ethics
  • Critical approaches to Media and Cultural Management
  • Leadership in the Media sector

Economics, Accounting and Law

Prof. Didier Marteau

  • Economie de la régulation du marché des matières premières
  • Analyse des stratégies de sortie des politiques monétaires accommodantes
  • Volatilité des indices climatiques et gestion du risque dans les entreprises

Entrepreneurship

Prof. Sylvain Bureau

  • Entrepreneurship as a method of creation
  • Artistic & entrepreneurial practices
  • The political dimensions of entrepreneurship (e.g. subversion, political ideology, societal impacts...)
  • Entrepreneurship education

Finance

Prof. Alberta di Giuli

  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Active Investors

Prof. Julien Fouquau

  • Applied econometrics in the field of finance or energy
  • Financial macroeconometrics
  • Nonlinear econometric models

Prof. Cécile Kharoubi

  • Hedge funds
  • Asset pricing
  • Risk Modelling

Prof. Christophe Moussu

  • Empirical corporate finance
  • Real effects of capital markets
  • Labor and finance
  • Banking, financial regulation and financial stability
  • Corporate governance, CSR and firm long term performance

Marketing

Prof. Olivier Badot

  • E-commerce et commerce cross-canal
  • Gestion du commerce urbain
  • Shopping experiences en environnement marchand
  • Ethnologie de la consommation et du shopping
  • Marketing des centres commerciaux et des resorts

Prof. Michael Haenlein

  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Social CRM and Word-of-Mouth (WoM)
  • Social media
  • Agent-based Modeling

Prof. Frédéric Jallat

  • Behavioral Pricing
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Breakthrough Strategies for the Biopharmaceutical & Healthcare Industries
  • Breakthrough Strategies and New Business Models in the Creative Industries (esp. Music & Festivals)
  • (Macro) Marketing Reflections on Information Warfare in a Hyper-Connected and Fragmented World

Prof. Raphaëlle Pandraud

  • Judgment and choice heuristics of consumers
  • Luxury products: choice process of consumers and cultural factors
  • Age differences in choice process, and in shopping behavior

Prof. Nathalie Prime

  • Internationalization strategies
  • International marketing decisions
  • Working across cultures
  • Subsidiary-HQ relationships in the MNC
  • Emerging markets
  • Retailing

Prof. Benjamin Voyer

  • The psychology of luxury consumption
  • The psychology of alternative consumption and communication
  • Cross-cultural consumer psychology
  • Marketing for emerging markets and products

Management Control

Prof. Claire Dambrin

  • Socio-institutional aspects of performance measurement systems
  • Quantification and de-quantification processes in organizations
  • Gendered dynamics in accounting
  • Interpretative methods

Prof. Olivier Saulpic

  • Effects of management instruments, especially performance management systems
  • Role of management instruments in the transformation of public sector, especially in healthcare
  • Socio-technical approach of management instruments
  • Interpretative and interventionists methods
  • Role of research for teaching and for organizations

Organization Studies

Prof. Aurélien Acquier

  • Social and Environmental Responsibility issues in Global Value Chains
  • Circular economy: institutional and market transformations
  • Alternative organizations (coops, open source) and the social good
  • Sharing economy, social and environmental responsibilities

Prof. Gilles Arnaud

  • Psychologie et psychosociologie des organisations
  • Sens, désir et subjectivité au travail
  • Théories psychanalytiques et psychodynamiques
  • Approches critiques du management (critical management studies)
  • Méthodes qualitatives et cliniques de recherché

Prof. Jean-Philippe Bouilloud

  • Philosophical aspects of management and organizations (business ethics, aesthetics of organizations, ...)
  • Epistemology and development of knowledge in management and business administration
  • Management specificities in "non classical" organizations (consulting, non profit org., social business, start ups, ...)
  • Qualitative methods (life stories) and ethnological methods; psychosociological approaches

Prof. Valentina Carbone

  • Institutional and Organisational dimensions of Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Business & Society interfaces in alternative business models : Sharing Economy, Circular Economy
  • Corporate social and environmental responsibility
  • Interpretative methods

Prof. Ghislain Deslandes

  • Continental philosophy and European Management
  • Phenomenologies of Leadership
  • Philosophical foundations of Business Ethics
  • Critical approaches to Media and Cultural Management
  • Leadership in the Media sector

Prof. Claudia Jonczyk

  • Social capital dynamics
  • Networks and networking strategies
  • Narrative approaches to organisational learning and knowledge management
  • Gender in organization

Prof. Hervé Laroche

  • Organizational decision-making
  • Managerial work
  • Errors, accidents, failures and deviance in organizations
  • Organizational reliability
  • Case studies

Prof. Maral Muratbekova-Touron

  • International Human Resource Management
  • Talent Management
  • Qualitative methods

Prof. Nathalie Prime

  • Internationalization strategies
  • International marketing decisions
  • Working across cultures
  • Subsidiary-HQ relationships in the MNC
  • Emerging markets
  • Retailing

Prof. Olivier Saulpic

  • Effects of management instruments, especially performance management systems
  • Role of management instruments in the transformation of public sector, especially in healthcare
  • Socio-technical approach of management instruments
  • Interpretative and interventionists methods
  • Role of research for teaching and for organizations

Management : Leadership, Psychology, Ethics, Philosophy

Prof. Gilles Arnaud

  • Psychologie et psychosociologie des organisations
  • Sens, désir et subjectivité au travail
  • Théories psychanalytiques et psychodynamiques
  • Approches critiques du management (critical management studies)
  • Méthodes qualitatives et cliniques de recherché

Prof. Jean-Philippe Bouilloud

  • Philosophical aspects of management and organizations (business ethics, aesthetics of organizations, ...)
  • Epistemology and development of knowledge in management and business administration
  • Management specificities in "non classical" organizations (consulting, non profit org., social business, start ups, ...)
  • Qualitative methods (life stories) and ethnological methods; psychosociological approaches

Prof. Ghislain Deslandes

  • Continental philosophy and European Management
  • Phenomenologies of Leadership
  • Philosophical foundations of Business Ethics
  • Critical approaches to Media and Cultural Management
  • Leadership in the Media sector

Prof. Léon Laulusa

  • Ceos’ leadership, management and performance measures
  • Asian values and management
  • Chinese management and management in China
  • Chinese firms’ globalization and strategy
  • Chinese accounting

Prof. Benjamin Voyer

  • The psychology of co-production
  • The psychology of luxury consumption
  • The psychology of alternative consumption and communication
  • Cross-cultural psychology
  • Power, status and leadership

Supply Chain Management

Prof. Valentina Carbone

  • Institutional and Organisational dimensions of Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Business & Society interfaces in alternative business models : Sharing Economy, Circular Economy
  • Corporate social and environmental responsibility
  • Interpretative methods.

Prof. Joe Miemczyk

  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management (especially sourcing and global sourcing issues)
  • Circular Economy Strategies, Indicators and Impacts
  • Buyer-Supplier relationships and impact on performance (especially the Automotive and Aerospace industries)
  • Empirical Methods: Case Studies, Survey (not analytic modelling)

Prof. Valérie Moatti

  • Strategic dimension of supply chain management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Innovation strategies
  • Fashion industry and technology

Strategy & Management

Prof. Valentina Carbone

  • Institutional and Organisational dimensions of Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Business & Society interfaces in alternative business models : Sharing Economy, Circular Economy
  • Corporate social and environmental responsibility
  • Interpretative methods

Prof. Régis Coeurderoy

  • Strategic Innovation
  • Organizational Innovation and change
  • Internationalization of innovation
  • Cross country analysis
  • Multi-level analysis

Prof. Frédéric Fréry

  • Strategic Management
  • Management of Innovation
  • Theory of the Firm

Prof. Frédéric Jallat

  • Behavioral Pricing
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Breakthrough Strategies for the Biopharmaceutical & Healthcare Industries
  • Breakthrough Strategies and New Business Models in the Creative Industries (esp. Music & Festivals)
  • (Macro) Marketing Reflections on Information Warfare in a Hyper-Connected and Fragmented World

Prof. Claudia Jonczyk

  • Social capital dynamics
  • Networks and networking strategies
  • Narrative approaches to organisational learning and knowledge management
  • Gender in organization

Prof. Léon Laulusa

  • Ceos’ leadership, management and performance measures
  • Asian values and management
  • Chinese management and management in China
  • Chinese firms’ globalization and strategy
  • Chinese accounting

Prof. Valérie Moatti

  • Strategic dimension of supply chain management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Innovation strategies
  • Fashion industry and technology

Prof. Nathalie Prime

  • Internationalization strategies
  • International marketing decisions
  • Working across cultures
  • Subsidiary-HQ relationships in the MNC
  • Emerging markets
  • Retailing

Sustainability & CSR

Prof. Aurélien Acquier

  • Social and Environmental Responsibility issues in Global Value Chains
  • Circular economy: institutional and market transformations
  • Alternative organizations (coops, open source) and the social good
  • Sharing economy, social and environmental responsibilities

Prof. Valentina Carbone

  • Institutional and Organisational dimensions of Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Business & Society interfaces in alternative business models : Sharing Economy, Circular Economy
  • Corporate social and environmental responsibility
  • Interpretative methods

Prof. Joe Miemczyk

  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management (especially sourcing and global sourcing issues)
  • Circular Economy Strategies, Indicators and Impacts
  • Buyer-Supplier relationships and impact on performance (especially the Automotive and Aerospace industries)
  • Empirical Methods: Case Studies, Survey (not analytic modelling)

Prof. Valérie Moatti

  • Strategic dimension of supply chain management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Innovation strategies
  • Fashion industry and technology

How to apply

Paris Doctoral Programme
Ph.D. Community

Paris Doctoral Programme
Admissions and financials

Requirements

Applicants to the ESCP Europe PhD Program must hold a Master degree or equivalent and must have a solid knowledge of French and English. Candidates must have a clear idea of the kind of topic that they are interested in and that may be of interest for a supervisor among ESCP Europe faculty.

Therefore, before applying, we highly recommend to check our website (on the supervision skills page) who could be appropriate supervisors for your PhD and contact those potential supervisors to discuss your project with them. Furthermore, some doctoral projects are sponsored, through research chairs, professorships...

Selection Process

Step 1: Application Form

Applications are made online. Carefully complete the application form before the deadline specified in the Admission Calendar providing the following required documents:  

  • CV and cover letter motivating your choice of pursuing a PhD in Management at ESCP Europe Paris campus,
  • a 5 pages Research Project (including bibliographic references),
  • 3 recommendation letters (2 academics and 1 professional),
  • copies of diplomas and degrees,
  • transcripts of most recent degrees,
  • any research material that might be useful (dissertation, paper...) in .pdf format,
  • copy of your ID or passport,
  • 1 digital photo,
  • application fees (50€) and payment agreement.

Step 2: Personal Interview

Candidates selected by the admissions jury after a first screening will have half an hour to present their motivation to the interview panel. made up of programme director and faculty members. A Skype interview can be offered to candidates residing outside of Europe.

Step 3: Confirmation

You will receive the admission decision of the final selection Committee. Admitted candidates must confirm their acceptance by the deadline indicated in the offer letter.

Fees and financials

Fees

We offer a full tuition waiver to all Ph.D. (7.500 €/year). However, a legal token registration fee of ± 400€ per year for the Doctoral School applies.

ESCP Europe scholarship

ESCP Europe, with the support of the ESCP Europe Foundation, finances a significant proportion of admitted Ph.D. students with a scholarship (18.000 € per year) guaranteed for 3 years. Each candidate can apply to this cost-of-living scholarship, but it cannot be combined with any other external income. These scholarships are granted on the basis of the excellence of the research project.

Financial aid from the French Government

In addition to the financial aid for which they are eligible in their country of origin, non-French students can seek grants from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Requests should be sent to the Cultural Department of the French Embassy in the student’s country of origin. PhD students can also apply for European exchange program grants (Socrates, Erasmus, Phare). This aid cannot be combined with the ESCP Europe scholarship.

Pénélope Van Deb Bussche, Ph.D. in Management Control, ESCP Europe

Testimonial

Pénélope Van Deb Bussche
Ph.D. in Management Control
Shareholder speech: mediated by accounting, effects on power relations and on identity.

« ESCP Europe offre un cadre idéal au déroulement de la thèse, favorisant les échanges interdisciplinaires et encourageant l’animation de la communauté doctorale. Grâce à la Fondation ESCP Europe, je réalise ma thèse dans les meilleures conditions, et je tiens à la remercier chaleureusement pour cette aide précieuse. »

Marine Leban, Ph.D. Student in Management and Marketing, ESCP Europe

Testimonial

Marine Leban
Ph.D. in Management, Marketing
Understanding Luxury Consumption of Millennials in the Digital Age.

"I decided to do a PhD as I want to pursue an academic career in the field of Marketing. So far I have been very pleased with my PhD journey and wish to thank the ESCP Europe Foundation for their generous financial support. I am especially grateful to have the privilege to work on my thesis full- time, as I am very passionate about my research."