Bringing Together the Brightest Minds to Collaborate and Inspire Cutting Edge Research




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.

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.

List of Dissertations

PhD Candidates' Research Series


INSEAD PhD in Strategy Candidate, 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 PhD Profile Page and Personal Website.

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




News & Awards


Academy of Management Review (AMR) the Decade Paper 2020 Award
"When Worlds Collide: The Internal Dynamics Of Organizational Responses To Conflicting Institutional Demands" 
Anne-Claire Pache, PhD in Strategy, and Felipe Santos

The Case Centre Awards and Competition 2020 – Entrepreneurship Category
“Boost M6700 (A) & (B): Buyer-Seller Negotiation”
Horacio Falcao, Kriti Jain (Decision Sciences) and Heather Grover

Volunteering efforts during the time of Covid-19 (2020)
Vivek Choudhary, PhD in Technology and Operations Management volunteers for district administration in the Mokokchung District in India for its face mask project and management of quarantine efforts through providing support in deploying a web platform and smartphone app  

3 PhD Alumni were nominated along with their co-authors in the 2019 Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards. 

Christian Terwiesch (Technology and Operations Management) 1997 (Thinkers50 Strategy Award, along with Nicolaj Siggelkow)
Jennifer Petriglieri (Organisational Behaviour) 2011 (Thinkers50 Talent Award)
Kriti Jain (Decision Sciences) 2013 (Thinkers50 Radar Award)

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>>More Students and Alumni in the News

Dinara Akchurina (Marketing)
Winner ISMS Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition 2019

Sasa Zorc (Decision Sciences)
2017 Pierskella Award (Finalist) INFORMS Healthcare Applications Society 

Arianna Marchetti (Strategy)
2017 Best Paper Award 7th Israel Strategy Conference, Technion Haifa

Bhavani Shanker Uppari (Decision Sciences)
2017 IBM Best Student Paper Award (Finalist) INFORMS; Doing Good with Good OR (Finalist) INFORMS 

Arzi Adbi (Strategy)
2018 Outstanding Reviewer Award Strategic Management Division of the Academy of Management 
Winner For Best Track Proposal Globalization and Emerging Markets, SMS India Special Conference 2018
Winner For Best Track Proposal Corporate Social Responsibility And Sustainability, SMS India Special Conference 2018
Nominated For Best Conference  Paper Prize, SMS, Minneapolis, 2019

Leena Kinger Hans (Entrepreneurship)
Nominated For Best Conference  Paper Prize, SMS, Minneapolis, 2019

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