PhD in Management

Welcome message from the PHD program Director



John Antonakis

Professor of Organizational behavior, Director of the PhD program in Management



Thank you for your interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in management at the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne.

The main goal of our program is to attract top doctoral students and develop them to be competent in conducting independent research. To accomplish this goal, the program provides a rigorous and in-depth course of study in research theory and methodology along with advanced quantitative analysis techniques and specialized courses in the student's field of interest. Whether your concentration is in accounting, marketing, organizational behavior, or strategy, our program will provide you with solid training necessary to pursue a career in academia.

The Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne is one of the leading research-oriented business schools in Europe as evidenced by objective performance metrics. Our 60 full time faculty members and excellent library and computer resources will provide doctoral students with opportunities for specialization matched by few others in Europe, not to mention the fact too that we have very low tuition fees.

The training of our students is inextricably linked to the research quality of our faculty. Thus, one of our goals is to ensure that we can maintain and improve on our performance in research but also in teaching delivery. Our Ph.D. program has an important role to play in that mission given the involvement our Ph.D. students have in research production. Many of our students succeed in publishing their work during their studies or soon thereafter in top general or field journals like: Academy of Management Journal; Academy of Management Review; Accounting, Organizations, and Society; Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior; Business and Society; Business Ethics Quarterly; Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice; Harvard Business Review; Journal of Business Research; Journal of Business Venturing; Journal of Consumer Psychology; Journal of Management; Journal of Management Studies; Journal of Marketing; Journal of Operations Management; Journal of Research in Personality; and Review of Accounting Studies; The Leadership Quarterly, to name a few. Our students also present at top conferences including the Academy of Management, where several have won awards (e.g., Organizational Behavior Division's Best International Paper Award, Organization and Management Theory Division International Paper, Research Methods Division Best Student Conference Paper Award).

Our program attracts students having masters from various fields including management, economics, psychology, sociology, or computer science. Our students are also very diverse and represent many nationalities. The strength of our program and caliber of our students is evidenced in our student placements in top institutions both in terms of post-doctoral (e.g., Baruch College, Cass Business School, Columbia University, Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Imperial College London, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Zurich, Wharton, Yale University) and professorial appointments (e.g., Aalto University of Science and Technology, EM-Lyon, Frei University Amsterdam, Goizueta Business School, HEC Paris, IESE Barcelona, Middlesex University, Nottingham University - China Campus Gambo, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Robbins School of Business, Rotterdam School of Management, University of Essex, University of Richmond, University of Lausanne, and University of Amsterdam). Some of our students choose to go to the business world as independent consultants (e.g., Nexion) or working for firms like Accenture, Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, BearingPoint Consulting, Nestlé, Skim, Swatch Group, Unilever, and others including government (e.g., Federal Office for Gender Equality).

To get to such high performance levels requires a demanding program and a high level of commitment on your part. Students have five years in which to complete the program; the first two years have a rigorous taught component and the next three years are dedicated to writing the thesis papers. Most of our entering students receive paid graduate assistantships while working for the faculty or are hired directly on professors’ research grants (oftentimes co-authored with Ph.D. students). If you are interested in working for us, keep an eye on the job openings section or contact professors with whom you are interested to work directly. Tuition fees for all students are very low and the combination of our professors, facilities, and location make our program a very attractive option to potential students.

If you have any question or would like to arrange a visit to our school, please feel free to contact us.

See you soon in Lausanne!


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Doctoral school, PhD in Management
University of Lausanne
HEC Lausanne
Anthropole 3035
Quartier Chamberonne
CH-1015 Lausanne
+41 21 692 36 98

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