Guidance to Excellence

My PhD studies at HEC Paris were a very formative, rich and intense experience. Faculty members are at the forefront of research in their field, and always willing to generously share their time with PhD students. HEC Paris is also very supportive in getting student to present their work, in internal brown bag seminars and in international conferences. All of this contributed mightily to my job market outcome that saw me receive offers from several world-class institutions.

Adrien Matray - HEC Paris PhD 2014, Finance
Assistant Professor of Economics, Princeton University

Guidance to Excellence

Top Placements

I recently joined Harvard Business School as an Assistant Professor, my dream job. The quality of the HEC Paris PhD Program played a large role in this successful outcome of my job search. The course curriculum and the faculty support I received during my studies strengthened my academic knowledge, and helped me to develop original and innovative research. HEC Paris is uniquely placed in Europe to deliver on its student placement.

Boris Vallée – HEC Paris PhD 2014, Finance
Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School

Photo Boris Vallée

Teaching PhD Students

I enjoy teaching the PhD students at HEC Paris in the first-year course in Microeconomics, both the students in my own field, of decision sciences, and in other fields such as finance, strategy, marketing and the other specializations. I believe that rigorous training in the fundamental disciplines, such as micro, behavioral sciences, statistics, and econometrics lays the foundations for a high-quality PhD thesis and for a successful research career in the highly competitive academic environment of our times.

Itzhak Gilboa
AXA Chair Professor of Decision Sciences, HEC Paris

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Academic Visits

I am a visiting fellow at MIT Sloan where I have the opportunity to attend the classes of renowned professors like Scott Stern and Eric von Hippel, in addition to the weekly seminars held at the National Bureau of Economic Research. The close-knit community at MIT allows me to work comfortably with other PhD students, and living in Cambridge, MA, means I can interact with a variety of scholars and professors from the surrounding universities of Harvard, BU, and Tufts. Every day from the MIT Innovation Initiative offices near Kendall, I work elbow-to-elbow with entrepreneurs while conducting my own research in innovation—talk about the ideal combination of academic discipline and practical experience!

Wendy Bradley
PhD student in Strategy & Management

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Dedicated Supervisors

At HEC Paris, our PhD program enables students to achieve the best of their potential, advance research on critical domains, and serve society. Our goal is that they produce research findings that will not only help them to join the best academic institutions in the world, but also have an impact because they contribute to our understanding of fundamental economic, social, and organizational phenomena.

Rodolphe Durand
GDF Suez Professor of Strategic Management, HEC Paris

Photo Rodolphe Durand

A Worldwide Network

Exchanging ideas with researchers from other institutions is important. HEC is a vibrant institution with frequent research seminars given by speakers from all around the world. It provides unique opportunities for students to learn and discuss about up-to-date research while constantly meeting new researchers. Thanks to the HEC Foundation, students are encouraged to spend time abroad as visiting scholars and as attendees of top conferences. For example, I spent six months at the University of Michigan where I had the chance to receive guidance from renowned faculty in my field and start research collaborations. I feel that HEC Paris gave me the keys to prepare myself for a fruitful academic career.

Thomas Bourveau, HEC Paris PhD 2015, Accounting
Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Photo Thomas Bourveau

Realize Your Potential

During my time as a doctoral candidate at the strategy department of HEC Paris, I was given autonomy to work on my ideas and the opportunity to advance and sharpen them through the guidance of highly qualified faculty and interactions with an extremely diverse group of fellow PhD students. HEC also enabled me to connect with the global academic community by funding my participation in the top conferences in my field and an academic visit to Cornell University.

Panikos Georgallis - HEC Paris PhD 2014, Strategy
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan, Erb Institute and Ross School of Business

Photo Panikos Georgallis

One-on-One Supervision

I have been supervising PhD students for seven years now. I am extremely proud of all of my current and former students! As a thesis supervisor, you need to give clear direction, but you also need to give room to students’ personal discovery by trial and error. You need to give all the support you can give, and then you need to let them go their own way. I love working together with my PhD students. It is enriching to see them grow and become experts in a field. 

Kristine De Valck
Associate Professor of Marketing 

Photo Kristine De Valck

Guidance to Excellence

My PhD studies at HEC Paris have been an enriching experience, both personally and professionally. HEC has been a nurturing environment that provided rigorous training, and at the same time ensured me the freedom to develop my own original ideas. Faculty members are cutting-edge researchers, and provided me with supportive supervision and constant interaction and guidance. The quality of the faculty and of the program as a whole has been central to the successful outcome of my job search.

Pier Vittorio Mannucci -  PhD 2016,  Organisations and Human Resources
Assistant Professor, London Business School (UK)

Pier Vittorio Mannucci, PhD 2016

Program Director

Photo Elie Matta

Welcome to one of the world's top Ph.D. programs in management!

«Every leading business school or university recruits its professors on the basis of their promise to carry out groundbreaking research and to publish in the leading research journals. The HEC Paris Ph.D. Program prepares students for this challenge. It offers the training needed to enter the demanding world of academia. Built on a strategy of excellence, it aims to attract students with the highest level of academic ambition. The hallmarks of our program are intensive coursework, close supervision and full immersion in the school’s research activities.»


HEC Paris at the Chicago DocNet Event

November 2015

The HEC Paris PhD Program will be present at the DocNet PhD recruitment event in Chicago on Nov. 18, together with numerous other world-leading business schools. For registration and other events on the DocNet MidWest tour.

Knowledge@HEC - Special HEC PhD Alumni

October 2016

Discover on Knowledge@HEC the findings and research impact of some of our outstanding scholars: Pier Vittorio Mannucci, Assistant Professor at LBS (starting July 2016), Boris Vallée, Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School, Adrien Matray, Assistant Professor at Princeton University and Olivier Dessaint, Assistant Professor at University of Toronto.


28 Jan
28 January 2017

HEC Paris Open Day, save the date

Come and find out more about the HEC Ph.D. program, assist to a presentation and discuss with the team and current students.
Registrations will open by the end of the year.

13 Sep
13 September 2016

DocNet London

The HEC Paris PhD Program will be present at the DocNet PhD recruitment event in London on September 13. We look forward to meeting you to discuss your future career in Business Academia.

15 Sep
15 September 2016

DocNet Paris

The HEC Paris PhD Program will be present at the DocNet PhD recruitment event in Paris on September 15.

16 Nov
16 November 2016

DocNet Chicago

The HEC Paris PhD Program will be present at the DocNet PhD recruitment event in Chicago on November 16.

15 Nov
15 November 2016

DocNet Michigan University

The HEC Paris PhD Program will be present at the DocNet PhD recruitment event at the Michigan University on November 15.