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Block seminars

The HEC Paris PhD Program offers an attractive series of block seminars open to PhD students from all over the world.

HEC PhD Block Seminar, Mathilde Guilhon, PhD ESCP Business School
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.


PhD candidate, ESCP Business School

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,

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,


Topic: “Sociological and Organizational Perspectives on Entrepreneurship ” (18h/3 ECTS credits) 

Dates:  June 5 - 9, 2023

Instructor: Patricia Thornton, Professor of Sociology and Entrepreneurship, Mays School of Business, Texas A&M University (USA) and Professor at HEC Paris.
Patricia H. Thornton is The Grand Challenge Professor of Sociology and Entrepreneurship, Department of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of Management, Mays School of Business, Texas A&M University. She is affiliated faculty to the Program on Organizations, Business, and the Economy in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University.

Her research and teaching interests focus on the areas of institutional and organization and management theory, innovation and entrepreneurship, and the social and cultural factors associated with entrepreneurship. She along with cameo practitioners in the Raleigh-Durham area have developed the Action Learning Approach for teaching entrepreneurship using live business plans, entrepreneurs, and investors.Read more here.


This is a course intended for students of all disciplines interested in entrepreneurship research from sociological, management, and strategy perspectives. Entrepreneurship is the process of identifying and developing social and economic opportunities through the efforts of individuals and organizations who create and grow new businesses, either as independent enterprises or within incumbent organizations.

This course presents an exploration of this research with the goal of generating new ideas for dissertation work and publishable papers. Students become familiar with key topic areas of entrepreneurship research and how to conduct and publish compelling research.  

Course description (subject to change) 

Universities allocate considerable resources to the study and teaching of entrepreneurship, resulting in a vibrant infrastructure of centers, programs, and job market opportunities for candidates with interest, knowledge, and background in entrepreneurship. This course presents an interdisciplinary exploration of entrepreneurship research with the goal of generating new ideas for dissertation research and publishable papers. 

The development of the entrepreneurship research literature initially stemmed from the disciplines of psychology, sociology, and economics. More recently, it has grown to have many appplications in the professional schools. The subject is taught extensively in various business school departments, schools of engineering, public policy, and multiple areas around the university, such as liberal arts and agriculture.

Given the short duration of this course, we will cover some key research articles in the fields of sociology, management, and strategy. Most recent applications apply entrepreneurship concepts to the solution of social and environmental grand challenges, fueling the émergence of social entrepreneurship research. 

Schedule (tentative)
Monday June 5
Morning session:  10h00 - 12h00 
Afternoon session: 14h00 - 16h00

Tuesday June 6 
Morning session:  10h00 - 12h00 
Afternoon session: 14h00 - 16h00

Wednesday June 7
Morning session:  10h00 - 12h00 
Afternoon session: 14h00 - 16h00

Thursday June 8
Morning session:  10h00 - 12h00 
Afternoon session: 14h00 - 16h00

Friday June 9
Morning session:  10h00 - 12h00 

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.