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Arnaud Cudennec, HEC PhD Alumnus 2020, Strategy and Business Policy, part of the Poets & Quants' Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professors for 2022

Arnaud Cudennec, HEC PhD SBP, 2020

Arnaud Cudennec graduated from the HEC Paris PhD program in 2020, Strategy and Business Policy, and is today Assistant Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He can not only proud of being a top researcher but also proud of being a successful teacher which was one of his goals during his PhD studies. This nomination proves that he is! Bravo Arnaud!

I use various business cases from Asian and Western companies, and I encourage my students to express their ideas and to learn from a diversity of viewpoints in class. As a graduate in philosophy, in sociology and in business administration, I enjoy sharing multi-disciplinary knowledge with students. I also like to introduce basic research methods and tools because I am convinced that good practitioners are also good researchers, and vice versa.

Arnaud is a social scientist, and his research seeks to understand the consequences of market actors’ deviations from or conformity to established sociocognitive categories and normative expectations. His research mainly looks at phenomena related to entrepreneurship (venture capital) and cultural industries. His research has been published in major research outlets such as the Academy of Management Journal and Research in the Sociology of Organizations.

In 2018, he received a nomination as Best Student Paper Award Finalist and he received the ABCD Award for Excellence in Scholarly Reviews both from the Organization & Management Theory division of the Academy of Management. During his doctoral studies at HEC Paris, he was invited as visiting scholar at Kellogg, Northwestern University. Before joining academia, he worked as a research analyst in several firms including at McKinsey & Company.

Read the full interview on the Poets & Quants for Undergrads