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.
NOTE: Some key features of NEOMA’s PhD programme are currently in the process of being reformed and will apply for 2021 intake.
Potential changes include:
- Adjustment of the programme’s suggested duration from 3 years to 4 years
- Multiple funded/salaried positions for PhD students for the entire duration of studies
- Tuition-fee waivers for the majority of PhD students, who comply with the programme’s requirements and progress well with their full-time studies
- Access to doctoral courses and modules (e.g., methodological skills) outside NEOMA, matching students’ personal study plans and research projects
These changes as well as other information on these pages are yet to be confirmed by the end of January, 2021.
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 ?
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 research centres.
Good chances of getting job interviews when graduating, in high-quality business schools, internationally as well as in France
- 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).
Prospects to publish your research in top-quality international journals
- In recent years, PhD graduates of NEOMA and its current faculty have published their research in e.g., the following top academic journals: Journal of Marketing, Journal of Service Research, Strategic Management Journal.
Abilities to network within the international scientific community
- 61% of NEOMA’s faculty and supervisors are international, and they will help you connect with their international network of other researchers.
- 92% of NEOMA’ PhD students are international.
*) If you are primarily interested in a career in the corporate sector, you may also apply to NEOMA’s PhD programme if you are committed to studying full-time, and have funding for your studies.
NEOMA’s PhD programme is especially suitable for you if you share the objective 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 with other scholars and researchers internationally as well as in France
For the programme starting in September 2021, the duration of the programme may extend from 3 years to 4 years. This change and other information on this page will be confirmed by the end of January, 2021.
Layout of the programme
Year 1 – Learning the Ropes: Fundamental courses & Familiarization 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/specialization 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.
Familiarization 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 familiarize 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 research centres. 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 research centre 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 reorganizing 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 a research centre of NEOMA’s during the second year as well.
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 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 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.
Highlights of the programme
Below is a non-exhaustive list of selected professors of NEOMA, who are currently serving or will be serving as supervisors to PhD students. Many of these professors have published in the top scientific journals in their field in collaboration with their former or current PhD students. (Please note, though, that even if one of these professors may become your supervisor as well, your supervisors will be selected primarily based on the research theme of the open PhD position you are applying to. See the page “Admissions” for the positions.)
Department of Accounting, Control, & Legal Affairs
- Riadh Manita (e.g., Journal of Applied Accounting Research)
Department of Finance
- Jung Hung AHN (e.g., Journal of Banking and Finance)
- Sebastien LLEO (e.g., Quantitative Finance, European Journal of Finance)
Department of Information Systems, Supply Chain & Decision Making
- Fouad Ben Abdelaziz (e.g., European Journal of Operational Research)
- Alessio Ishizaka (e.g., European Journal of Operational Research)
Department of Marketing
- Paolo Antonetti (e.g., Journal of Business Ethics)
- Jaakko Aspara (e.g., Journal of Marketing)
- Amy Song (e.g., Journal of Marketing)
Department of People & Organisations
- Fabio Fonti (e.g., Strategic Management Journal)
- Pascal Paille (e.g., Journal of Business Ethics)
- Birgit Schyns (e.g., Leadership Quarterly)
Department of Strategy & Entrepreneurship
- Chris Williams (e.g., Journal of 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
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”
For the programme starting in September 2021, the final admissions criteria and funding opportunities have not been confirmed yet. Thus, the criteria and information below are subject to changes. The final criteria and information will be published on this page by January 31st, 2021.
- Admissions to salaried positions of NEOMA’s research centres:
Please revisit this page towards January 31st, 2021, for more information about these positions. By that time, we will announce a number of open, salaried positions in the PhD programme for you to apply. The positions will relate to a wide variety of research themes and projects of NEOMA’s research centers. Only applicants who apply to one of the announced positions will be reviewed for admission to a salaried position in the programme.
Please fill in the form here, if you would like us to send you information about these positions as soon as they are announced (late January).
- Admissions to other salaried positions:
Occasionally, NEOMA’s research centres may announce additional salaried PhD positions, in addition to the positions mentioned above. The additional positions are financed by the faculty’s externally funded research projects. These positions may emerge throughout the year and successful applicants may join the PhD programme within one or two months after application (i.e. not necessarily only in September). Currently, there are no such positions open, however. Please revisit this page at the end of January, to check if such positions have been announced.
- Admissions to independently-funded position:
In rare cases, applicants may also be admitted to the PhD programme independently of the aforementioned salaried positions. In such cases, you should 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). In case you want to apply for a non-salaried position, you still need to select one of the research themes/projects listed in the application form, while also notifying on the application form, that you are applying for an independently-funded position.
For all types of admission, the following criteria apply (Subject to change; please check the confirmed criteria list on this page by January 31st, 2021)
- MSc degree in business administration, management, or economics – OR relevant other field. (Note. An MBA diploma is not sufficient, unless a research thesis or extensive research report was included in the MBA studies.)*
- Proof of English proficiency (i.e., previous studies and degree in English language, or TOEFL test score of 83 or IELTS test score of 6.0)
- Motivation survey (on the application form), demonstrating (a) interest and knowledge about the research theme of the position applied for, (b) intention to study full time for four years, and (c) 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 (preferably >650) (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, evidence of ‘very good’ Grade Point Average GPA of your previous degrees is highly recommended)
- 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 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?
Please fill in the form by clicking here. We will contact you to explain the process!
All candidates must apply through our application system. For the ‘salaried positions of NEOMA’s research centers’ as well as ‘independently-funded positions’, the system will open on February 1st 2021 and close on March 31st 2021. Admission results will be communicated between March 1st and April 30th. (Note that high-potential applicants who apply in February may obtain their admission results already during March)