The HEC Paris PhD Program offers every year or every other year an attractive series of block seminars open to PhD students from all over the world.
Every year or every other year, in spring/summer we offer PhD Block Seminars in Accounting and Management Control, Marketing and in Strategy & Business Policy.
Each Seminar offers PhD-level training, typically about current research trends and frontiers in specialized topics.
Duration: 18h or 20h, one week (4 to 5 days), in April, May or June. The courses will take place on our campus.
Credits: 3 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)
Number of seats: Max 15 participants to ensure a maximum of interaction.
Tuition: 900€ (Participants from HEC Partner Network Universities: 50% discount).
Location: HEC Paris, Campus Jouy en Josas, Access
How to Apply:
If you are interested by joining a course please submit your:
- CV (résumé)
- Personal statement (max one page) which includes your current research interests (thesis topic) and contact details of your thesis supervisor.
to Britta Delhay, firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Deadline: Three weeks before the start of the course. Note that admissions are handled on a rolling basis and that late applicants may not be accepted if the course is full.
Admissions Decision: 1 week after submission of the application.
Campus Services: On-campus housing possibility according to availability: approximately from 80-90€/night, library, IT services, restaurant, sports facilities.
Any question? Britta Delhay, email@example.com
Topic: “Category Research in Strategy Taking stock and Future Perspectives” (18h/3 ECTS credits)
Dates: April, 2023
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 about Professor Durand here.
Course description (tentative):
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. 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. The afternoon session 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.
A very inspiring seminar in Strategy: activities (e.g., article reviews, article development workshop, learning diary) as well as meaningful group discussions enabled me to advance my thesis project and to reflect on my future research career.
Matilde GUILHON, Ph.D Candidate, ESCP Business School
Programme schedule (subject to change slightly) :
The course schedule will be available mid-December.