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PhD in Business Administration

On the Sophia Antipolis, Paris and Lille campuses

The PhD in Business Administration at SKEMA is a selective, four-year, full-time programme with two specialisations:
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Management. 
It forms part of the research activities of the FAIRR Research Centre in Finance & Accounting and the KTO Research Centre in Management. It is designed to provide doctoral students with a solid education in areas needed to carry out cutting-edge theoretical and empirical research. The programme further offers seminars, reading programmes and research workshops. 

All the courses and seminars are held in English. 

Our seminar programme is rich and will enable students to meet top researchers from around the world. Successful graduates will receive a PhD from SKEMA Business School and a French state doctoral degree from the Université Côte d'Azur.

Supervisors in finance and accounting include: 

  • Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes (corporate governance, law and finance)
  • Armin Schwienbacher (entrepreneurial finance, crowdfunding, fintech, and venture capital)
  • Helen Bollaert (behavioural corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions)
  • Wan Ni Lai (asset pricing)
  • Roland Königsgruber (financial accounting, accounting regulation). 

Supervisors in management include: 

  • Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné (theory of incentives, environmental economics, corporate social responsibility, economics of science and innovation)
  • Ludovic Dibiaggio (innovation, knowledge base organisation, digital transformation, regional dynamics)
  • Zakaria Babutsidze (digital consumer behaviour, digital media, competition)
  • Bruno Cirillo (innovation, strategy, organisational learning, corporate venturing)
  • Francesco Castellaneta (strategy, entrepreneurship, machine learning for strategy formulation).
  • Isabelle Walsh (bibliometrics, IT usage, knowledge management, mixed design grounded theory, values and identity).

Directors of the PhD specialisations

Francesco Castellaneta
Director of the management specialisation

Rafael Matta
Director of the finance and accounting specialisation

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