PhD in Management
NEOMA Business School’s PhD programme provides you with personally-tailored training, courses, and instruction to obtain the knowledge and skills you need on an international, academic career in the fields of business administration and management.
Columbia University, New York; PhD at NEOMA, 2020
“At NEOMA, I had access to a top-tier marketing scholar as my supervisor, and under his direction, I was able to create relevant management theory suitable for publication in leading marketing journals”
Why join this programme ?
NEOMA’s PhD programme is especially suitable for you if you share the objectives to :
- learn, in depth, about scientific research and about becoming a researcher yourself;
- consider an academic career (i.e. becoming an assistant professor and ultimately, a professor) in a business school or university)* ;
- be able to publish and proliferate your research ideas and results to the international scientific community (i.e., international scientific journals), as well as the general public;
- start building a network – and become a member of community – with other scholars and researchers internationally as well as in France
If you share the aforementioned four objectives with us, here is what NEOMA’s PhD programme offers you:
Intensive coaching and courses to train your research skills
- Top academic supervisors to personally train you on how to conduct and publish your research. See a list of selected supervisors
- A focused set of joint programme courses (providing basic researcher skills), complemented with individually-tailored independent learning modules at NEOMA as well as partner/network institutions (providing specialized skills needed in your own research)
- Affiliation to and collaboration with other researchers in one of NEOMA’s Areas of Excellence.
Chances to obtain job interviews – upon graduation – in high-quality business schools, in France and abroad
- Recent PhD graduates from NEOMA have obtained jobs at, among others: Columbia University (NY, USA), University of Minnesota (Minnesota, USA), National Economics University (Vietnam), University of Balamand (Lebanon), Skema Business School (France), Grenoble Ecole de Management (France), IESEG School of Management France), EM Normandie.
Prospects to publish your research in top-quality international journals
- In recent years, PhD graduates of NEOMA and/or NEOMA’s current faculty have published their research in e.g., the following top academic journals: Academy of Management Journal, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Marketing, Information Systems Research, The Accounting Review (see “Highlights”)
Ability to network within the international scientific community
- 72% of NEOMA’s faculty and supervisors come from abroad, and they will help you connect with their international network of other researchers.
- 92% of NEOMA’s PhD students come from abroad.
*You may also apply to NEOMA’s PhD programme if you are primarily interested in a career in the corporate sector, provided you are committed to studying full-time and have funding for your studies.
Layout of the programme
Year 1 – Learning the Ropes: Fundamental courses & Familiarisation with your research topic
Fundamental coursework. The first year includes up to 7 intensive courses, providing you basic skills and knowledge that you need for a researcher career. The courses cover such fundamental theories and research methods that are relevant for you regardless of your own discipline/specialisation and regardless of your own research topic. Examples of these courses include: Epistemology (philosophy of science), Basics of Business Research Methods (quantitative and qualitative methods), and Advanced Data Analytics.
The seven courses above are organized during four intensive seminars, each lasting one week (October, November, February, April), at one of our campuses: Reims, Rouen, and Paris. In case of continued COVID-19 restrictions, or other practical issues preventing physical presence at seminars, seminars will be arranged online, as distance learning.
Familiarisation with your own research topic. During the first year, you will also start to work with the faculty members who are assigned as your personal supervisors. This way you will start to familiarise yourself with the topic of your research project, which you will be writing your doctoral thesis on. The precise topic(s) will be decided in collaboration with your supervisors, who represent one of NEOMA’s Areas of Excellence. Towards the end of the first year, you will start preparing (in collaboration with your supervisors) a research plan for this thesis research of yours.
Research assistance tasks. During the first year of studies, you will be conducting a limited number of research assistance tasks for that Area of Excellence of NEOMA’s which your own thesis research project and topic relates to. These research assistance tasks may not, however, directly relate to your own thesis research. At any rate, the research assistance tasks will provide you with additional training in various researcher skills, such as conducting systematic literature reviews, administering surveys or experiments, cleaning and reorganising data, and analysing and visualising data.
Year 2 – Selected individual courses and start of empirical research
Selected individual courses and learning modules. Whereas the coursework in Year 1 takes place at NEOMA, during Year 2, you may conduct a limited number (~1-3) of courses or learning modules (a) either as independent learning courses, or (b) as organized by external parties (e.g., other French or international business schools or universities; doctoral education networks like EIASM.net). These studies are meant to provide you with a tailored set of specialised skills and knowledge that your own doctoral thesis research project especially calls for (e.g., special methodological skills).
Submitting/defending your own research plan. Before the beginning of the second half of Year 2, you will be required to complete, in collaboration with your supervisors, the preparation of a research plan for your own doctoral thesis research. During the first half of Year 2, you will submit it for internal review at NEOMA, and defend it in a research seminar of your own Department. The research plan shall include a general literature review about your topic, study designs and plans for the empirical studies to be conducted, and plan for the structure of the doctoral thesis (including planned outline of the contents of three articles for article-based theses).
Starting with your empirical research. In line with the aforementioned research plan, you will start gathering or compiling the first data for your thesis research. This will be done in close collaboration with your supervisors. (In the rare case that your research plan did not include empirical studies, you will be starting your non-empirical research here.) Before the beginning of Year 3, you will be required to submit your first research article to an international academic conference or peer-reviewed journal. This article can be a conceptual study or an empirical research paper that is based on your first data set.
Research assistance tasks. Like during the first year, you will be conducting a limited number of research assistance tasks for an Area of Excellence of NEOMA’s during the second year as well.
Scholarly visit abroad: Typically during the second or third year of studies, you will be making a few months’ scholarly visit to a business school abroad, as recommended by your supervisor. Financial support will be available for travel costs.
Year 3 and Year 4 – Research for and writing of the doctoral thesis
Researching and writing. The bulk of the empirical research work as well as the majority of writing work for your doctoral thesis will take place during Year 3 and Year 4. Both the conduct of research (gathering/compiling data, analysing data, modelling) and the writing work will be done with intensive support from your supervisors. At the end of Year 3, you are expected to submit another research article to an international academic conference or peer-reviewed journal.
Defending the thesis. Ultimately, when you have three research articles accepted for presentation at international academic conferences or in the review process of high-quality peer-reviewed journals, you may submit your thesis to a jury/committee at NEOMA. (If your thesis is not article-based, but instead takes the monograph/treatise format, your supervisors will determine when the thesis can be submitted to the jury). Some months later, you will defend your thesis in front of the jury/committee consisting of two external experts of your research topic (from other institutions than NEOMA) as well as two internal experts (other faculty members of NEOMA than your supervisors).
Teaching and teaching assistance tasks. During Year 3 and Year 4, most PhD candidates will be teaching a course directed at NEOMA’s MSc or BSc students, on a topic related to their expertise and research. Alternatively, you may be supporting and assisting NEOMA’s faculty members on their courses. Getting teaching experience will be highly useful for you when applying for a job after graduation.
Research assistance tasks. Like during the first and second year, you may be conducting as well a limited number of research assistance tasks for an Area of Excellence during the third and fourth year.
The programme is sanctioned by several levels of validation:
- continuous assessment: evaluation of each module of the programme in the form of examinations or individual files,
- the submission of a literature review, or Paper I, at the end of the first year, validated by the thesis director and the director of the Doctoral School who also decided on the continuation of the programme,
- a comprehensive examination: table examination in the second year relating to the achievements of the programme of the first year,
- the submission of a doctoral research project, or Paper II, at the end of the second year, and presentation to a committee of examiners made up of 2 internal members and one external member,
- the submission and defense of a doctoral thesis at the end of the third year: submission of a written manuscript and oral defense before a jury made up of two internal reviewers and two external reviewers.
At the end of the training and after validation of these different levels of validation, the PhD diploma is awarded to the participants.
Highlights of the programme
All PhD students get affiliated with one Area of Excellence of NEOMA’s
‘Areas of Excellence’ are the central pillar of NEOMA’s research strategy, and all admitted PhD students, from 2021 onwards, will be affiliated with one of four Areas of Excellence.
The Areas of Excellence create a unique research environment wherein NEOMA’s faculty members as well as PhD students from various disciplines and departments focus on studying certain academically and practically topical research themes and phenomena.
The renewed four Areas of Excellence of NEOMA will be officially announced during May 2021.
Many of NEOMA’s faculty members (who also supervise PhD students) have a track record of publishing in top academic journals
The list below mentions selected top-tier scientific journals, in which NEOMA’s professors (who also act as supervisors to doctoral students) have published their research in recent years. Please see here for a full list of professors by department. (Please note, though, that even if one of the mentioned professors may become your supervisor as well, your supervisors will be assigned primarily based on the research theme of the open PhD position you are applying to. See the page “Admissions” for the positions).
- The Accounting Review (e.g., prof. B. Zhang)
- American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (e.g., prof. E. Arisoy)
- Health Economics (e.g., prof. S. Lhuillery)
- Ecological Economics (e.g., prof. N. Befort)
- Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (e.g., prof. O. Giacomin)
- Journal of Financial Economics (e.g., prof. E. Arisoy)
- Journal of Banking and Finance (e.g., prof. J.H. Ahn)
Organisational behaviour, organisation theory, and strategy
- Academy of Management Journal (e.g., prof. D. Choi)
- Human Relations (e.g., prof. A. Rouquet)
- Journal of Applied Psychology (e.g., prof. D. Choi)
- Journal of Business Ethics (e.g., prof. A. Souchaud, prof. P. Antonetti)
- Journal of Management Studies (e.g., prof. S. Narayan, prof. H.S. Du)
- Organisation Studies (e.g., prof. X. Deroy)
- Organization Science (e.g., prof. N. Bourmault)
- Research Policy (e.g., prof. C. Williams, prof. S. Lhuillery, prof. J. Jacqmin)
- Strategic Management Journal (e.g., prof. F. Fonti)
- Information Systems Research (e.g., prof. R. Wong)
- Journal of Management Information Systems (e.g., prof. R. Wong)
- Decision Support Systems (e.g., prof. A. Popovic)
- Journal of Strategic Information Systems (e.g., prof. A. Popovic)
- Journal of Consumer Research (e.g., prof. P. Gomez, prof. D. Vasiljevic, prof. J. Aspara)
- Journal of Consumer Psychology (e.g., prof. J. Aspara)
- Journal of Marketing (e.g., prof. J. Aspara, prof. S. Borraz, prof. A.Y.Song)
Operations research and supply chain management
Examples of universities and business schools wherein recent PhD graduates from NEOMA have obtained jobs are the following:
- Columbia University (NY, USA)
- University of Minnesota (Minnesota, USA)
- National Economics University (Vietnam)
- University of Balamand (Lebanon)
- Skema Business School
- Grenoble Ecole de Management
- IESEG School of Management
- EM Normandie
University of Minnesota Duluth; PhD at NEOMA, 2016
“NEOMA’s PhD programme enabled me to get a job offer as an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota Duluth”
Columbia University, New York; PhD at NEOMA, 2020
“The PhD degree from NEOMA has qualified me for tenure-track academic positions. At NEOMA, I had access to a top-tier marketing scholar as my supervisor, and under his direction, I was able to create relevant management theory suitable for publication in leading marketing journals. As such, this PhD degree has helped me become a more valuable non-tenured faculty member at the academic institution where I hold an appointment. Overall, it has been an exceptional experience, one that I highly recommend! “
National Economics University, Hanoi, Vietnam; PhD at NEOMA, 2020
“Thanks to the PhD program at NEOMA Business School, I have been able to achieve my position as an assistant professor in marketing at National Economics University – the leading university in management, business administration and economics in Vietnam”
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- Admissions to funded positions of NEOMA’s Areas of Excellence:
From Spring 2021 onwards, most of NEOMA’s new PhD students will be recruited directly to one of the four Areas of Excellence. The goal is to have each new PhD student affiliated with one of the Areas, in order to closely integrate to and cooperate with research projects and faculty members working on those particular themes.
These positions, within our Areas of Excellence, are fully funded for the duration of the programme (up to 4 years). PhD students selected for these positions will receive a monthly salary, health care benefits, and support for research/study-related costs (e.g., conference travel). Further, due to your affiliation with one of the Areas of Excellence, you will benefit from supervision by and collaboration with top scholars in the Area, from the resources that the Area makes available to its members, and from joining a thriving community of researchers who are passionate about these topics.
- Admissions to independently funded positions:
In rare cases, applicants may also be admitted to the PhD programme independently of the aforementioned salaried positions within the Areas of Excellence. If you want to apply for such an independent position, you must still provide evidence that (a) you will be a full-time student (i.e., that you will not be working elsewhere for more than 30% of your time) and that (b) you will have secured funding for the full duration of your studies (e.g., a grant from a company, foundation, government, etc). You also still need to select one of the research themes listed in the announcement for the positions within the Areas of Excellence, while also notifying on the application form, that you are applying for an independently-funded position. Please also note that in an independently-funded position, you will also be responsible for paying tuition fees, without waivers.
For all types of admission, the following criteria apply.
- Advanced degree – e.g., Master’s degree, MSc or MBA – in business administration, management, economics, or any other relevant field for your selected research topic.* Evidence of a degree that will be completed by the start of the program (September) will also be accepted. Admission with an undergraduate degree can be considered for exceptional candidates.
- Proof of English proficiency (i.e., previous studies and degree in English language, or test certificates with a minimum score (TOEFL : 83, IELTS : 6.0 in each band, PTE : 62 or Cambridge : 175)
- Evidence of strong motivation to enrol in our PhD program and interest in a career in academia. The application form includes questions aimed at demonstrating passion for research, interest, and knowledge about the research topic you applied for, intention to study full-time for four years, and strong motivation to pursue an academic career
- Sample of academic writing (a Master’s thesis, research report, working paper, or a published article)
- A GMAT/GRE test score (Note. You can apply even without a GMAT/GRE test score, but it is highly recommended to take the test. If you do not have access to the test for reason or another, please provide evidence of high GPAs of your previous degrees)
- Short research proposal related to your selected research theme (under the Areas of Excellence)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Results of a potential interview (Short-listed candidates ranking highest with the eligibility and other ranking criteria will be invited to an interview)
* The ‘relevant other field’ can be any field relevant to the research theme of the position you are applying for. For instance, for marketing and consumer research-related themes, Master’s degrees in psychology, sociology, social anthropology, communications, information systems, computer science, statistics, systems analysis, industrial engineering, or logistics may be relevant, while for finance-related themes, Master’s degrees in econometrics, statistics, mathematics, or behavioral economics may be relevant.
Do you want to join the PhD programme?
Admissions for 2021 are open!
Please see application instructions in the announcement of PhD student positions within the Areas of Excellence and apply through our application system.
The application system will be open till May 31st 2021. Admission results will be communicated during June 2021.
Note that high-potential applicants may obtain their admission results during May.