PhD program structure
Each year we admit only a select few doctoral students so that the program remains small, intimate and fully-funded. This means our candidates have complete access to all the resources they need to develop as scholars in a supportive setting. The program runs for five years. In the first two years students acquire the theoretical knowledge and methodological skills needed to become successful researchers through a variety of courses delivered by our research-driven international faculty. During this time students are required to conduct an an initial, small-scale empirical project (SRP) that will form the basis for a publishable research article.
The final three years are devoted to designing and conducting a larger-scale, ambitious empirical project with the intention of contributing to a theoretical conversation and publishing this work in quality academic outlets. The program is delivered entirely in English and therefore no knowledge of French is required.
First year : foundational courses
In the first year, students work through a range of courses in entrepreneurship, strategy and organization theory as well as an intensive training in quantitative and qualitative methods. They also start working on their Supervised Research Practice (SRP).
- Introduction to Statistics (2.5 ECTS)
- Philosophy of Science (2.5 ECTS)
- Ethics in Research (2.5 ECTS)
- Quantitative Methods (5 ECTS)
- Qualitative Methods (5 ECTS)
- Designing Social Science Research (7.5 ECTS)
- Supervised Research Practice (5 ECTS)
- Entrepreneurship (7 ECTS)
- Organization Theories (7 ECTS)
- Strategic Management (7 ECTS)
- Social Theory I (7 ECTS)
- International Strategy (2.5 ECTS)
- Writing skills (2.5 ECTS)
Second year: advanced courses
In the second year, students take a range of advanced courses, receive further intensive training in methods and they also conclude their SRP.
- Causal Analysis (5 ECTS)
- Field Methods (5 ECTS)
- NVivo (2.5 ECTS)
- Supervised Research Practice (10 ECTS)
- Advanced Strategy (5 ECTS)
- Advanced Entrepreneurship (5 ECTS)
- Social Theory II (5 ECTS)
- Consumer Culture (5 ECTS)
- Advanced Organization Theory (5 ECTS)
- Materiality and Organizations (2.5 ECTS)
- Know Your Classics (7 ECTS)
- Writing Skills II (2.5 ECTS)
Third, Fourth & Fifth year
The third year starts with the student's PhD proposal defense which marks their transition from being a PhD student to becoming a PhD candidate. The student chooses a team of supervisors and sets out to work on their individual PhD project. This journey is complemented through teaching activities in year 3 and year 4. In total, students must teach 2 courses (i.e. 2 X 24 hours) in order to be to show that they have teaching experience when they go on the job market. The students are also provided with a teaching skills course and a job market preparation course. Students attend research events, participate in workshops and international conferences.
- Chamonix Workshop (2.5 ECTS)
- Teaching Skills (2.5 ECTS)
- Job Market Preparation (2.5 ECTS)
The assessment methods may take the form of articles to be written, research papers to be commented on, etc.