Visiting Students

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The HEC PhD program also offers the possibility to spend time at HEC Paris as a visiting PhD student through the Individual Study Program, the Individual Research Progam or by joining one of our  Blocked Seminars.

This is a unique opprtunity to study and network with HEC Ph.D. Students  and Faculty.

Blocked Seminars

The HEC Paris PhD Program offers every year an attrative series of  PhD Blocked Seminars open to PhD in management students from all over the world. Each Blocked Seminar offers PhD-level training, typically about current research trends and frontiers in specialized topics.

In spring 2018 we offer 3 PhD Blocked Seminars in within the following Specializations:Accounting & Management Control, Marketing and Strategy & Management.   

Duration :  1 week - 20h
Credits :  5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)
Number of Seats:  Max 20 particitpants to ensure a maximum of interaction.

How to Apply:  

Each application is required to submit:

  • A CV (résumé) containing your personal details (current address, phone number, ....)
  • A personal statement (max one page) which includes your current
    research interests (thesis topic) and contact details of your thesis supervisor.

Application Deadline :  February 15th, 2018
Admissions Decision :  2 weeks after submission of the application.

Tuition payable within 2 weeks after admission:

  • 350€: Participants from HEC Partner Network Universities
  • 500€: Participants from other Universities

Location:   HEC Paris, Campus Jouy en Josas,  access


  • On-campus housing possibiilty: approximately from 60-80€/night (registrations will open mid-January)
  • Access to all campus facilities: library, IT services,  restaurant, sports facilities, etc
  • Welcome pack - course materials

Any question: contact Britta Delhay,

Accounting & Management Control

Dates:   5-9 March, 2018

Topic : “Empirical Research in Financial Accounting”    (20h/5 ECTS credits)

Instructor:  Kiridaran (Giri) Kanagaretnam, Professor of Accounting, Visiting at HEC Paris, Schulich School of Business, Canada.

Kiridaran (Giri) Kanagaretnam is Professor of Accounting at York University - Schulich School of Business since 2013 and a visiting professor at HEC Paris (2018). His current research focuses on financial reporting by banks, auditing, corporate governance, executive compensation, and trust and reciprocity within organizations. His research appears in many leading academic journals, including The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Banking and Finance, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Accounting, Auditing, & Finance, Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Journal of Financial Stability and Journal of Business Research.“ see full web-profile.

Topics covered :

  • An Overview of Empirical Accounting Research
  • Financial Reporting Issues in Banks (e.g., earnings management, accounting conservatism, signalling)
  • Auditing Issues in Banks (e.g., auditor independence, internal controls)
  • Role of Institutions in Shaping Financial Decisions in the Banking Industry (e.g., the role of cultural versusformal institutions) .


Dates :  24-27 April, 2018

Topic:  “Culture and Consumer Behavior” (20h/5 ECTS credits)   

Instructor:  Donnel Briley, Professor of Marketing, Visiting at HEC Paris, University of Sydney , Australia

Donnel is Professor of Marketing at University of Sydney and coordinator of the Business School’s Executive MBA module in Silicon Valley.  His research examines a range of consumer behavior topics, including the influence of culture and ethnicity on decisions and effective use of social technology.  Donnel has published his work in top marketing and psychology journals, including Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, and Social Cognition; and he serves on the editorial review board of Journal of Consumer Research and Social and Personality Psychology Compass. He won the Robert Ferber Award for 2000 article in Journal of Consumer Research.
Professor Briley completed a Ph.D. and B.S. at Stanford University, an MBA at University of California, Berkeley, and a graduate program in political economics at Science Politiques, Paris

Course Overview:

Interest in research showing culture’s influence on consumer decision making and behavior has grown dramatically in the past 20 years, driven by advances in cultural psychology and pressures to understand global markets. This seminar will provide students with an introduction to this literature’s theories, key concepts, methodological approaches and future directions. Emphasis is placed on research from the cultural psychology perspective.

The seminar will be run over the course of four days, each of which is divided into a morning and afternoon session.

We will discuss some articles that focus on a particular topic in each morning session. Though students are responsible for reading all articles, each student will be responsible for presenting one or more of these articles to the class as the basis for our discussion.Students will then put to work the ideas they have learned. In particular, students will generate an idea for a research study targeting the day’s topic, and will present these ideas at the end of the session. Professor Briley will work with students individually to develop their ideas.

Tentative Course Schedule:  




Cultural Psychology: Foundations


Dynamics of Cultural Influence





Strategy & Management

Dates :  9-13 April, 2018

Topic : “Category Research in Strategy Taking stock and Future Perspectives”   (20h/5 ECTS credits) 

Instructor: Rodolphe Durand, Professor of Strategy and Business Policy, HEC Paris, France

Rodolphe Durand joined HEC Paris in 2004 and currently is the HEC Foundation Chaired Professor of Strategy at HEC-Paris and the academic director of the Society and Organizations Center which he launched in 2009. Previously, he chaired the Strategy & Business Policy department (2009-2013), served as the MSc in Strategic Management’s Academic Director (2012-2015), and was Visiting Professor at New York University (Stern Business School, 2011), Cambridge University (Judge Business School, 2011) and London Business School (2013), and Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School (2012). Rodolphe’s primary research interests concern the sources of competitive advantage and the interplay between the cognitive and normative determinants of organizations’ performance. Read more  web-profile

Course objective:

The aim of this seminar is to reflect on the recent expansion of category research in markets. This collection of articles points to categories as social, cognitive, and strategic constructions, accomplishments that result in actors stabilizing their conceptions of who is a member in a market category and what are the consequences of remaining so. It is the purpose of this seminar to acquaint participants with some of the issues of market category creation and development using several lenses to examine the advantages accruing to those who can countervail the imperatives of category membership.

Much research in the study of categories in economics, sociology, and strategy assumes away the category definition problem by using conventional or convenient conceptualizations (e.g., formal industrial classifications, industry reports, third parties’ aggregations, etc.). This course takes the position that there are many very interesting and important issues that are missed when one assumes that market categories pre-exist competition and strategy in the first place.

The course involves morning and afternoon discussion sessions distributed over four days from April 9th  to April 13th , 2018. Each of the four class days will consist of a morning session in which a collection of articles will be openly discussed among everyone in the course. The purpose of these morning sessions is to introduce conceptual material to fuel analysis and new conceptual development. We will then break for lunch and return for an afternoon session that will involve individual work, small group discussion and group presentations about the key research issues that are suggested by the reading material assigned that day. Thursday’s session will differ slightly in that each student will present an idea for an original research project that is suggested by the week's reading and discussions.

The course syllabus and reading material will be made available a few weeks before the start of the course.  It is recommended that students begin to read the articles ahead of time and to begin preparation for the article reviews.  The course period itself will be highly concentrated and time will be tight.

Individual Research Program

Under the IRP program, the Ph.D. program offers the opportunity for Professors at HEC Paris to invite advanced Ph.D. students with strong research credentials to come as visiting students, either to do joint research with HEC Professors or PhD students, or to join the HEC Paris community of researchers for a limited period of time to hone their research skills and advance their research projects.
An HEC Paris certificate can be awarded to PhD students that are visitors under the IRP program.

Admission and Tuition

The demand to be enrolled as a visiting PhD student under the IRP program must always be made by a Professor at HEC Paris who is willing to act as the primary host (the student's main supervisor sometimes makes the first contact with the prospective host at HEC Paris). There is no admission deadline and the timing of visits under the IRP program is flexible.

PhD students interested in applying to the HEC Paris IRP program are required to fill out an IRP application form, submit the required supporting documents and a reference letter from their main supervisor.
The application form and all supporting documents must be sent by email only to (Please indicate 'Application ISP + your name' in the subject of your message).

Application fee: 0€
Tuition fee for a full year: 950 €. Tuition may be adapted accordingly to the time spent as a visitor in our Ph.D. program 

Individual Study Program

Visiting Ph.D. students typically come to HEC Paris under the ISP Program. The duration of visits under the ISP program typically ranges in general  from one semester to one year.
The ISP program is a customized program that addresses the individual needs of each visiting Ph.D. student: the course plan is determined in close collaboration with the Ph.D. office, the department involved, and the professor who acts as the primary host for the student. The program typically includes Ph.D. program courses and seminars, as well as individual supervision by the professor who is the primary host.

Admission and Tuition

Admission is based on a complete application including the application form, the required supporting documents (see application for list of documents) and a recommendation letter from the supervisor at the home institution.
The ISP application form and all supporting documents must be sent by email only to (Please indicate 'Application ISP + your name' in the subject of your message).
For an admission in September, the application must be received before mid-May. The acceptance decision will typically be made within five weeks.
It is also possible to apply by mid-February for a decision during the month of March for a planned arrival in September.
Students who wish to arrive later during the academic year, it is possible to send an application outside of these deadlines, but the application should be received at least 4 months ahead of the planned arrival.

Application fee: 50€,  Online payment is available here.
Tuition fee: 8 000 € for a full year in the Individual Study Program. Tuition may be adapted accordingly to the time spent as a visitor in our Ph.D. program.

A HEC Paris ISP certificate is awarded to participants who have met the program requirements.