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Pramuan BUNKANWANICHA - Associate Dean for Research - ESCP

Pramuan BUNKANWANICHA

Associate Dean for Research

ESCP has a research strategy of scientific excellence and of knowledge transfer.

Our faculty’s research not only gives rise to publications in the most prestigious international and national scientific journals but also contributes to nourishing, via reference works or "transfer" publications, both the professional community (companies, public authorities, professional associations, etc.) and the teaching content of all programmes in order to provide our students with the latest knowledge and insights.

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Research at ESCP can be classified along three main axes: the classical axis of creating models explaining managerial practices or behaviour, a phenomenological axis aiming at a clearer understanding of the practices and beliefs of the business world, and a societal axis seeking to guide public policy and to offer a critical view of the professions and disciplines of management and economic sciences.

Headed by the Associate Dean of Research and the European Research Committee, research at ESCP is increasingly conducted through our various Research Centres, Laboratories, Chairs and Institutes. A "capacitating" policy helping faculty members to pursue their research and achieve their publication objectives is applied. Internal democratic and scientific evaluation processes help to support the best research projects within the three axes explained above.

Research covers fields such as classical business functions: finance, marketing, and strategy but also business history, energy management, entrepreneurship, health management, public management, responsible management, or the epistemology and critical analysis of the business world. A particular interest is put on intercultural research topics.

ESCP strongly encourages cross-campus research where teams of professors in our different locations work together on research topics. Faculty’s research is also powered by our PhD students on our Berlin and Paris Campus. We also increasingly support transversal research conducted with other disciplines than management.

Pramuan Bunkanwanicha
Associate Dean for Research

ERIM
ESCP Research Institute of Management

The “ESCP Research Institute of Management” (ERIM) research unit is part of ESCP’s strategy of “impactful” research activity by federating ESCP faculty activities with targeted “key research themes” drawn from existing and emerging fields of expertise.

The aims are to raise the profile of the research activity of the ESCP faculty, encourage the development of new opportunities for national and international collaboration, and strengthen research through training, particularly at doctoral level, in order to attract more students wishing to carry out a doctoral project under ESCP's doctoral programme.

Research Themes

ERIM is structured around 6 themed groups currently linked to the existing Departments: Accounting & Controlling, Finance & Economy, Marketing, Information Systems & Operations Management, Entrepreneurship, Management.
The structure by theme will evolve into strategic “Research Clusters” in the school to stimulate impactful research in key topics (Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Business and Welfare, Finance and Society, Digital Transformation, the Circular Economy, etc.), in order to enhance and extend European and international research collaboration and thus foster economic and societal impacts.

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Research Seminars

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Research Centres

Research centre

Research centres are communities dedicated to the pursuit and development of a particular research focus. Each centre is led by a full faculty member and has a scientific committee which includes external members (university researchers, consultants and industry representatives). A centre will answer research bids, develop its own finances for a programme of research and organise a programme of seminars and workshops.

Research laboratory

In comparison to an ESCP research centre, a research laboratory is a collective project between several academic institutions with one of them taking the role of the project leader. The governance of a laboratory is provided by a scientific advisory board, a strategic orientation advisory board composed of academics and professionals, and an executive committee whose members are professors of the different partner institutions.

Impact Papers Initiative

Research at ESCP Business School envisions a unique and dynamic environment. We are very proud of launching our “ESCP Impact Papers” research initiative aimed at providing insights into management knowledge that is applicable to not only practicing managers, but also other stakeholders, namely the European community, students and society.

Geopolitics and Global Business Impact
2022 – Third Edition

Many observers consider that the process of globalization that has characterized these past decades has stalled, or may even be in retreat. This is, for instance, reflected in the resurgence of debates on the increasing role of national political and regulatory institutions within the development of economic activities. Recent events also show us that geopolitical issues are once again central to business activity and its future development.

The objective of this series is to explore from various angles how geopolitical issues can influence the strategies of companies and their managerial practices at the international and national levels– not only as potential risks (the “dark side”) but also as opportunities for innovation and societal change (“the bright side”).

Business and the socio-political arena are intimately entwined and influence each other mutually, contradicting Fukuyama’s famous claim that we are not at the end of history. In particular, the most recent militarized conflicts in Eastern Europe dramatically remind us that business and management challenges are embedded in economic, political and societal issues. Business is not a world apart but contributes to the question of making sense of human activity.

In calling for contributions, the aim was to encourage the ESCP academic community to reflect and generate insights on the complexity and the uncertainties of a multi-polar world and how management can help tell a story in a world “full of sound and fury”.

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Portrait de William ShakespeareWilliam ShakespeareMacbeth

The Impact Papers

ESCP’s academic community has played a significant role in advancing academic knowledge on how businesses engage with economic, social and political issues. This call for papers focus on geopolitical topics from a variety of perspectives. More generally, the objective has been to explore the interconnections between the business and socio- political worlds. Varieties of topics have been proposed, including:

  • The future of globalization
  • Sovereignty in business
  • International relations in a changing environment
  • Imperialism and neo-imperialism
  • Trade and foreign direct investment
  • War, peace and business
  • Firms as political actors
  • Managing geopolitical risks
  • The future of corporate globalization
  • Disinvestment and deinternationalization
  • MNEs and government relations
  • Geopolitics and the European context
  • Business and democracy
  • Geopolitics and financial markets
  • Geopolitics and sustainability challenges
  • Geopolitics and artificial intelligence
  • Geopolitics and management control
  • Geopolitics and HR management
  • Geopolitics and real estate
  • Geopolitics in curricula of universities and business school

We follow the same principles of the first two editions of ESCP Impact Papers, the contributions having been gathered within the B.E.S.T. Impact framework (Business, European, Societal, and Teaching). The breakdown of the number of contributions for this third edition following the B.E.S.T strategy is as follows: Business (16), Europe (13), Societal (3), Teaching (1) for a total of 33 contributions.

Better Business: Creating Sustainable Value
2021 – Second Edition

Businesses are engaging in a number of activities throughout their value chains in order to address social and environmental issues. This has been expected of them for many years now as part of their responsibility and accountability towards their stakeholders.

More specifically, the increasingly widely-debated idea of sustainable value creation makes businesses accountable for generating economic value while causing less harm to society and the environment (i.e., the triple bottom line) or, in the best case, no harm at all (i.e., strong sustainability). Some businesses are taking bold steps to make addressing a social or environmental cause their key purpose. They tie their identity to such causes and act as leaders in their markets, proactively working towards solutions to diverse sustainability challenges.

This is no longer limited to social enterprises and non-governmental organisations; private- sector businesses are increasingly joining social movements to address complex, multi- layered global challenges. In other words, businesses are moving away from being a cause of social and environmental problems, to being part of the solution.

This approach points to forms of hybridisation of organisational purposes and designs, and is still in its infancy. Nevertheless, major players, including policy makers, international corporations, and business schools such as ours, have understood that creating sustainable value is a purpose that is necessary and worth striving for.

The Impact Papers

The ESCP research community from all disciplines has shown strong support for this theme. We received 61 manuscripts, and 54 papers were accepted and finalised for the Impact Papers series in the review process.

The final set of papers shows a diverse range of topics across the departments of Management (18 papers), Marketing (10), Finance (7), Information and Operations Management (6), Entrepreneurship (5) and Law, Economics and Humanities (4). We also have four papers written by colleagues collaborating across departments.

The papers gathered for this second edition of the ESCP Impact Papers series address a range of challenges and opportunities for businesses to create sustainable value. Specifically, they discuss the latest advances in knowledge of sustainability-related issues, including business philosophy and business value, corporate activism, the role of technology, new business models and sustainable value chains, people, their wellbeing and their prosocial behaviour, as well as pedagogy and the role of business schools in educating future responsible leaders. The impact papers build strong arguments around these issues, providing evidence and illustrations.

The contributions map out some of the key issues businesses are facing in their transition towards creating sustainable value. The papers also point towards some of the key initiatives and solutions that can help them achieve this goal.

Finally, this impact series is a collective effort by the ESCP community as it takes one step further in having a positive impact on business, society and policy.

Managing a Post-Covid19 Era
2020 – First Edition

 

The first edition of ESCP Impact Papers on “Managing a Post-Covid19 Era” demonstrates how our incisive researchers could react to addressing several insightful, on-time challenges that help further reflections, to better prepare for the possible changes on the future of business and society following this unprecedented, disruptive pandemic.

As part of the collective mobilization of ESCP’s faculty as well as Ph.D. students and affiliate and emeritus professors across campuses, in June 2020 ESCP published 80 impact papers within the four pillars of the B.E.S.T research-for-action framework (Business impact, European impact, Society impact, and Teaching impact). The first series of ESCP Impact Papers covered a wide range of topics such as the potential changes in consumer behaviour, the organizational challenges for management and leadership, or the strategic and financial issues in the markets that this coronavirus crisis may generate.