Areas of Specialization

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Information Systems and Operations Management

The Information Systems and Operations Management specialization explores how organizations cope with the ever-changing economic environment in which firms operate, with focus on process agility, technological innovations, R&D and the exchange of information and material flows. Research topics include the strategic, tactical, and operational aspects of manufacturing and service operations, supply chain and logistics, technology management, and generally the application of quantitative methods to “business” problems.

Main field courses (non-exhaustive list): 

  • Dynamic Programming
  • Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management
  • Foundations of Operations Management
  • Inventory Models
  • Management of Information Systems
  • Technology Management

Coordinator:

Professor Dimitrios Andritsos


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Accounting & Management Control

The Accounting and Management Control specialization covers a large array of topics in financial accounting, auditing, management accounting and control such as: disclosure and transparency, information (internal or external), agency conflicts,  management control, performance measurement and assessment, corporate governance, auditing, chartered accountancy, and organization, as well as organizational and sociological aspects of management, control, and auditing.

Main field courses (non-exhaustive list):

  • Applied Research in Financial Accounting
  • Empirical Research in Management Control
  • Financial Accounting Theory
  • Theory in Management Accounting
  • Topics in Financial and Management Accounting

Coordinator:

Professor Sebastian BECKER


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Economics and Decision Sciences

The Economics and Decision Sciences specialization focuses on areas of decision making by individuals and organizations, through rigorous training in the theoretical and practical aspects of decision making. Recent areas covered include Game Theory, Decision Theory, Microeconomics, Behavioral Economics, Social Choice, with topics such as uncertainty, interaction and competition.

Main field courses (non-exhaustive list):

  • Advanced Decision Sciences
  • Advanced Game Theory
  • Decision Theory
  • Experiments in Economics and Social Sciences
  • Game Theory
  • Theory of Contracts and Incentives

Coordinator:

Professor Mohammed Abdellaoui


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Finance

The Finance specialization trains world-class researchers in financial economics. Rooted in the philosophy that scholarship in finance requires solid foundations in economics, students are trained with a dual goal of being well-grounded in economics and of acquiring a broad horizon in finance and its major fields, such as corporate finance, asset pricing and investments, market microstructure, and banking. Our finance students receive rigorous training in micro and macroeconomics, game theory, econometrics, and in all major areas of finance. Current dissertation topics include asset pricing, corporate finance, banking, market microstructure, and household finance.

Main field courses (non-exhausive list):

  • Asset Pricing
  • Asset Pricing, Liquidity and Market Imperfections
  • Corporate Finance Theory
  • Dynamic Corporate Finance
  • Empirical Corporate Finance
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Market Microstructure

Coordinator:

Professor Stefano Lovo


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Marketing

The Marketing specialization covers research in quantitative marketing and in consumer behavior. Recent PhD research topics include: marketing in consumer markets and professional markets (B2B), consumers and buyers, consumer demand, market structure, and structural modeling of industries. 

Main field courses (non-exhaustive list):

  • Cross Cultural Consumer Psychology
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Experimental Design
  • Interpretive Consumer Research
  • Marketing and Sales Organization
  • Marketing Science
  • Persuasive Communication

Coordinator:

Professor Anne-Laure Sellier

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Organizations & Human Resources

The Organizations and Human Resources specialization offers training in Organizational Behavior and Theory. PhD students are also active in research questions about organizations and career. Faculty research interests include: Psychological and psycho-sociological aspects of groups and networks, Organization Theory, Strategic Human Resources Management, Change Management, Leadership and Decision Making, and Identity and Diversity.

 Main field courses (non exhaustive):

  • Individuals, Organizations and the Structuring of Careers
  • Introduction to Meta-Analysis
  • Micro Organizational Behavior
  • Organization Theory
  • Social Psychology in Organizations
  • Teams and Multi-level Research in Organizations
  • Theory, Research & Practice of Career Choice

Coordinator:

Professor Joëlle Evans


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Strategy & Management

The Strategy and Management specialization addresses why and how firms garner and sustain a competitive advantage, and how they can benefit from adapting to and leading societal and technological change. Topics covered include innovation, organization, competition, and institutional problems. Particular emphasis was recently placed on alliances, M&A, integration strategies, institutional changes, social responsibility, entrepreneurship and technology strategy.

Main field courses (non-exhaustive list):

  • Behavioral Strategy
  • Category Research in Strategy Taking stock and Future Perspectives
  • Competitive Strategy
  • Innovation and Technology Strategy
  • Foundations of Strategy
  • Sociology of Strategy
  • Economics of Strategy
  • Strategy: Industry & Competition
  • Strategy within Markets as Disciplinary Structures

Coordinator:

Professor Olivier Chatain


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