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PhD in Management

Research - PhD in Management

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September 2023

Your Doctoral Research Journey

Research is a fundamental component of the PhD Programme at INSEAD.  Our doctoral degree is designed to teach you many cutting edge research methodologies to enable you to contribute to a global body of knowledge that informs how business is and should be conducted.  Our programme will train you to create and even publish your own original body of research, which will become the foundation for your career as a professor in business.

Because of the international, cultural and geographical diversity at INSEAD, we also offer a unique interdisciplinary approach when it comes to research.  Professors and PhD students do not simply work together across our campuses, they also collaborate across academic areas, offering an even greater breadth of research opportunities and a myriad of inspiring perspectives.

Furthermore, INSEAD is affiliated with nine research centres and initiatives addressing a broad range of issues and industries. In Paris, INSEAD has a behavioural research centre, INSEAD-Sorbonne Behavioural Lab, where over 40,000 people have participated in studies. INSEAD also launched an eLab initiative which represents INSEAD's commitment to management excellence in the digital economy. These research centres, among many others, bring together faculty members who have agreed to support a common research agenda. In many cases, they may provide unique opportunities for INSEAD PhDs to work alongside INSEAD faculty from different academic areas.

INSEAD-Sorbonne Behavioural Lab

INSEAD is affiliated with research centres and initiatives addressing a broad range of issues and industries. In Paris, INSEAD has a behavioural research centre, INSEAD-Sorbonne Behavioural Lab, where thousands of people have participated in studies. INSEAD also launched an eLab initiative which represents INSEAD's commitment to management excellence in the digital economy. These research centres, among many others, bring together faculty members who have agreed to support a common research agenda. In many cases, they may provide unique opportunities for INSEAD PhDs to work alongside INSEAD faculty from different academic areas.

Doctoral Dissertations

The dissertation is the culmination of doctoral study. It is intended to represent independent and original research work of a publishable standard. Dissertation work starts once the students move to PhD Candidacy, which is in the third year of the programme. Once the PhD Candidate has identified his / her dissertation advisor, a mutually agreed decision between the candidate and the faculty member, the PhD Candidate starts to work on his/her dissertation proposal. PhD Candidates are expected to complete and submit the dissertation during the fifth year.

In this page, you will find details about the Dissertation Proposals that have been defended and are now moving toward completion, along with a comprehensive listing of the INSEAD Doctoral Dissertations that have been produced since the start of the PhD Programme at INSEAD.

Awards, Publications & News

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Publications & News

Students regularly publish during the programme, with INSEAD faculty members or as single authors, leading to their final dissertation.  Moreover, PhD Alumni continue to collaborate with their advisors and mentors through research. This includes top journals and magazines, both online and in print, such as Harvard Business Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Design, Management Science, Journal of Industrial Ecology, etc.

Click here to view the students' achievements in publications last AY. For the complete list of their latest publications and working papers, including alumni, visit INSEAD's Research page.

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Awards

Student Awards from 2022-2023

Sukti Ghosh, Strategy
Outstanding Reviewer for the Division
2023 Academy of Management Annual Meeting

Xina Li, Strategy
Love amid Terror: Terrorist Attacks and Firms’ Employee Treatment
Dong Liu and Guoli Chen

Finalist For Edgar Schein Best Student Paper Prize
2023 Berkeley Culture Conference

Sanghyun Park, Strategy
Decision centralisation and learning from experience in groups
Co-Authors: Cleotilde Gonzalez and Phanish Puranam 

Best Paper Award
Singapore Rising Scholar Conference 2023
Winner, Best PhD Paper Award, Behavioural Strategy Interest Group
2022 Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting

Microfoundations of Organisational Learning
Will Mitchell Dissertation Research Grant 2023/2024

Jiatao Ding, Technology and Operations Management
Can Predictive Technology Help Improve Acute Care Operations? Investigating The Impact Of Virtual Triage Adoption
Michael Freeman, Sameer Hasija

Finalist, Best Student Paper Award 
INFORMS IBM

Finalist, Best Student Paper Award 
POMS College of Service Operations Management 

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Strategy Foundation Series

Doctoral students are bringing the academic community closer to esteemed scholars who have contributed a significant foundational body of work at the intersection of strategy, knowledge and innovation through an interview series that usually occur in conjunction with the Annual Strategy Management Society (or SMS) Conferences. The Strategy Foundations Interview Series is part of their requirement in the “Foundations in Strategy and Organisation” class with faculty members Gabriel Szulanski and Guoli Chen.

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PhD Candidates' Research Series

The PhD Candidates’ Research Series is one of the avenues to display a PhD Candidate's ability to articulate their research or dissertation in a nutshell to the viewing public. 

INSEAD PhD Alumnus Arzi Adbi talks briefly about his research with co-authors Chirantan Chatterjee, Matej Drev, and Anant Mishra, “When the Big One Came: A Natural Experiment on Demand Shock and Market Structure in India’s Influenza Vaccine Markets”. The article can be read in full here. For more about Arzi Adbi's research, please visit his Personal Website.

INSEAD PhD Research Series - Arzi Adbi, PhD Candidate in Strategy