Ph.D Program

The ICN Ph.D. program intends to transform rigorously-selected and diverse candidates into responsible researchers willing to continuously contribute to the development of contemporary and transdisciplinary knowledge in management and organization sciences within an international context. Guided by the values of commitment and responsibility, the ICN Ph.D. program develops researchers willing to pursue their careers in international universities and other research-oriented entities, taking advantage of a diversified academic network and learning environment.

The PhD program structure

The ICN PhD Programme is the equivalent of 3 full-time years of study, but can be taken part-time in some exceptional cases.
Students are selected on the basis of their research proposal and from the outset have a tutor dedicated to their research. It is this personalized and intensive relationship with the tutor.

The programme is structured as followed:

  • First year: intensive research seminars taken as compulsory courses.
  • After completing the seminars, the students are awarded the ICN research certificate and are authorized to continue their thesis provided their project is validated by the doctoral committee.
  • During the ICN doctoral workshops, students have to present their research proposal advancement in the research axes seminars of the school :
    – December of the second year (paper + presentation): research question and updated literature review.
    – Third year (beginning): advanced workshops with papers and empirical results.
    – Third year (end): pre-defense and defense in the research laboratory.

The degree

  • The ICN PhD is a PhD in Management (Doctor in Philosophy in Management) delivered by ICN Business School.
  • The PhD Degree is awarded by the ICN doctoral committee if all the requirements are filled (seminars, workshops, pre-defense reports in favor of the viva, positive).
  • The Research PhD can be obtained via two paths: a thesis or a collection of articles.
  • The defense is organized when the supervisor considers that the thesis is terminated.
  • The PhD committee is formally appointed by the Dean for Faculty of Research and must abide by the following regulations:
    – the supervisor
    – two other members (reviewers),
    – another member in order to chair the committee, external to the school.
  • Possibility of double-degree with the University of Lorraine in some cases, provided the candidate is admitted to the doctoral school of the University.

ICN Doctoral seminars PhD

Students are required to attend a total of six one-week seminars, spread across the year 1 of the program. All seminars are taught by research-active faculty from ICN or partnering schools, which mainly includes ICN’s Affiliated Professors in Research. The seminars cover the following content:

  • Seminar 1: designing and conducting an academic research in management science
  • Seminar 2: cross disciplinary approaches to management research
  • Seminar 3: quantitative methods
  • Seminar 4: qualitative methods
  • Seminar 5 and 6: cutting edge research in management

Annual doctoral workshops are organized so that students may present their work in progress in front of the Ph.D. Program Director, the students’ supervisor and any faculty member interested in the subjects discussed in the seminar. The first of these workshops closes the series of seminars and is intended for students to revisit their research proposal. This should reflect the new knowledge acquired by students during the six previous seminars.

Objectives of the workshops, and of the exchanges between faculty members and PhD candidates, are:

  • assess students’ capacity to identify gaps in the literature to position their research,
  • validate students’ advancement of knowledge in their domain,
  • validate and fine-tune understanding and application of key methodological tools in business research,
  • assess students’ capacity to propose and test hypothesis for solving a research problem,
  • evaluate students’ capacity to write coherently and convincingly for an academic and professional readership, and
  • evaluate students’ ability to present coherently the research problem, the existing knowledge on a given topic, the methods that were followed, and the results, as well as their capacity to discuss the findings and present conclusions based on those findings.


Practical information


PhD Director: Prof. Stéphanie THIERRY DUBUISSON
Assistant for admissions and curriculum: Ariella BALTIE


  • The admission committee takes place in mid-June/early July each year.
  • Candidates can apply to the Ph.D. program apply directly to ICN Business School until the end of May of each year.


  • Application form
  • Previous degrees
  • Research proposal
  • Potential tutor contact
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Application fee of 100 €

FEES 2018-2018 : 7100 €

Mise à jour le 18/07/2018