ESCP Business School has
launched Global Executive Ph.D. program
School are welcoming top-level executives into their community with the launch
of their brand-new Executive Ph.D. program.
Why did ESCP launch a Global
We saw several reasons for
launching an Executive PhD designed for senior executives motivated by academic
Our goal is to give senior
executives, all motivated by lifelong learning, a real opportunity to complete
a PhD level program based on a research based thesis. This consistent with an
executive’s busy schedule. We are very excited about the research and learnings
that this program will produce. An Executive Ph.D. is a research-oriented
program allowing participants to become the “world
expert”, on a particular
subject. Our participants have 10 - 25 years of senior experience behind them.
Combining this rich experience with rigorous research will produce real world
and applicable findings. Additionally, ESCP is one of only three
business/engineering schools in France to have a doctoral school and therefore
able to deliver state-recognized (PhD) diplomas.
It is so apparent today with
the current COVID 19 context that, all around the world, individuals and
organizations are experiencing rapid and unprecedented change in what they do,
how they do it and even why they do it. Increasing globalization, geopolitical
changes and the emergence of new technologies demand new ways of working and a
new and diverse set of skills.
The launch of the Global
Executive Ph.D. program coincides with the values of lifelong learning, part of
ESCP’s key values and something which is required in today's world. We all need
to learn continuously, regardless of what stage we are in our career. Study and
academic challenges do not finish after an MBA or an Executive MBA! Today's new
leaders are those who embrace continuous learning and who strive to continually
increase their knowledge, skills and abilities.
For which audience this
program is designed?
We are attracting an extremely
strong cohort of international, high-level executives all sharing successful
academic and professional careers. This network is quite unique.
Our Executive Ph.D. is
designed for executives passionate about lifelong learning, motivated by
research at the highest level, and who have a strong desire to constantly
In our experience, high-level
profiles with 15+ years of professional experience are looking for a new stage
in their career. Some individuals want to build on their professional
achievements, become an expert in their field and eventually share their
experience through teaching in Business Schools and Universities. Others want
to become full-time professors and need a doctoral-level program compatible
with an executive's agenda to achieve this.
The participants we have
admitted are senior executives who work in a wide variety of sectors, finance,
banking, retail, fashion. As I said, they all share a passion for learning and
knowledge and want to combine their high level experience with research.
The program we have designed
is fully adapted to busy schedules.
What are the main criteria of
differentiation of ESCP’s Global Executive Ph.D.?
The research based PhD with
the possibility of gaining a state recognized degree, for those taking the
Academic track, is quite unique on the market. When you combine this with the
senior and international participants and faculty, you have a program that is a
Participants benefit from
access to the best international professors on the ESCP Business School campus
as well as visiting professors from other top schools (such as Harvard,
Wharton, Tsinghua, etc.). The program allows you to become a knowledge leader
in your field and boosts both your personal & professional development at
this vital stage of your career.
Depending on the topic you
choose, the program will increase your added value for your company, your
customers or your partners and allow you to become an opinion leader in your
field and make meaningful contributions in real-life situations.
- As far as the format is
concerned, as indicated, the program is part time and is a 3 to 4-year
program. The first year, the program is structured around three weeks (two
in Paris, one in our Madrid or Berlin campus). Two weeks are devoted
to research methods (what is research, how to do research, what type of
data should be collected, etc.) as well as one week with advanced
specialization courses or seminars. These seminars allow you to develop
your research skills and deepen your understanding of topics related to
the research areas you wish to concentrate on or learn
The primary objective is to
equip you with the tools to write a PhD thesis. The second objective is to
introduce you to different thesis advisors and to find the faculty member who
you will work with for your thesis. This part of the program is absolutely
crucial. We need to work with you to find the advisor that is suited for you
both technically and as far as personality is concerned. The third
objective is to help you refine the subject matter of your thesis.
The following years - 2 or 3
years - are devoted developing and writing your PhD thesis, the central part of
the program. We are often asked what the workload is. Depending on the time,
you need to spend an average of 15-20 hours per week on your thesis.
Compared to a traditional PhD,
there are two advantages for senior managers & executives. It allows people
with a busy schedule to complete a thesis while working. The second advantage
is that candidates, during the first stage of the program, have the time to
refine their thesis topic and find the appropriate thesis advisor. We require
the same level of quality for our full-time doctoral candidates as our
executive doctoral candidates. The difference lies only in the format of the
full time doctoral program and the profile of the candidates (significantly
more senior for the Executive PhD).
Of course, you will become a
part of our influential worldwide network of 60,000 ESCP graduates spanning
more than 150 countries!
MICHAEL HAENLEIN, Professor of
marketing, Associate Dean of ESCP Executive Ph.D. and Scientific Director of
the ESCP Europe Research Center on Big Data.
He is the most cited
researcher in the field of Word-of-Mouth, among the top three in the field of
Customer Relationship Management and among the top ten in the field of Social
Influence. Since May 2019 Michael is part of the Executive Committee of EMAC
where he serves as Vice President Corporate Relationships.