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.
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.
Associate Dean for Research
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.
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.
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.
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.
Research Centre - Big Data
Big Data Research Centre
How can Big Data help firms to make better marketing decisions, improve corporate governance and increase shareholder value? How can Big Data help to become more socially responsible, sustainable and secure? What are the specific ethical challenges associated?
Research Centre - CERALE
Centre d'études et de recherche Amérique latine Europe
CERALE aims to foster joint research between European and Latin American experts on a broad range of topics: from macroeconomic, political and social issues to management issues. Every issue is explored from a dual European and Latin American perspective.
Research Centre - CERS
Centre for Research in Sociology
CERS is a sociological research centre devoted to the study of two important issues: how social values are formed and how collective feelings take shape.
Research Centre - CIMDI
Intercultural Management, diversity and inclusion
The goal of the Excellence Centre for Intercultural Management, Diversity and Inclusion is to deepen the understanding of intercultural management, diversity, and inclusion-related issues in organisations and to translate the latest scientific insights into practice.
Research Centre - #ESCPSTAR
#ESCPSTAR - Centre for Sustainability Transformation Applied Research
The STAR (Sustainability Transformation Applied Research) Centre is a think-and-do platform responding to the existential need to change the mindsets of individuals and companies, as well as their capacity and willingness to drive the sustainability transformation.
Research Centre - ECDC
European Center for Digital Competitiveness
The European Center for Digital Competitiveness was founded at ESCP Business School in Berlin to help bring Europe to the forefront of digital competitiveness and to inspire a responsible application of technology that serves society.
Research Centre - HappyMgt
Happiness & Well-Being in Management
The purpose of the research centre on Happiness & Well-Being in Management is to shed light on the drivers, consequences and underlying mechanisms of individual and collective well-being for leaders, employees, customers and society at large.
Research Centre - IREFIM
Institute of Real Estate Finance and Management
IREFIM is a centre determined to influence the real estate sector by launching new education programmes and engaging in high-quality research that brings new perspectives to existing debates and problems.
Research Centre - SustBusy
SustBusy: Business & Society – Towards a Sustainable World
Sustainability is a key issue of our time. The SustBusy research centre brings together researchers from different disciplines to achieve synergies in their work towards a sustainable world.
Research Centre - TMI
Talent Management Institute
Given the demographic changes (aging, fewer and a more diversified workforce), continued global war for talent and new types of employee relationships that present new challenges and obstacles for companies of any size, talent management has become the #1 priority for executives.
Research Laboratory - LabEx Réfi
Laboratory of Excellence For Financial Regulation
Dedicated to the evaluation of regulation policies, the objectives are to improve the understanding of the functioning of financial systems and their regulation, to ”advise” and ”guide” the actions of the public authorities independently, and provide academic expertise.
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.
New Technologies and the Future of Individuals, Organisations and Society
2023 – Fourth Edition
After three successful and impactful editions, marked by their alignment with macroeconomic, social and environmental challenges, the fourth edition focuses on emergent and future technological challenges. We have been living in a rapidly changing world of technological disruptions driven by the digital revolution. Many researchers have identified tensions between benefits and challenges arising from technological innovation for organisations (on one hand) and individuals (on the other hand).
At the organisational level, emerging technologies imply more opportunities to compete in fast-moving contexts, but also implementation challenges in incorporating them to their business processes. AI technologies are transforming our lives. The AI-based chatbot known as ChatGPT illustrates how new technologies allow us doing things at an exponential pace and with efficient results.
However, these technologies call for a comprehensive and nuanced exploration of this transformation. It is particularly important to focus our attention on human, ethical and regulatory and aspects, to avoid losing human control:
The Impact Papers
This 4th edition aims to explore all the B.E.S.T dimensions of impactful research strategy at ESCP Business School (Business, European and worldwide, Societal and environmental, and Teaching), through multi-disciplinary contributions, based on the expertise and experience of the ESCP faculty, thus stimulating creative ideas and innovative perspectives that could inspire our many stakeholders. The underpinning idea is to investigate the following under-explored question: What will the implications of new technologies be from a holistic perspective and across the various levels of impact?
As for the previous editions, this 4th edition of ESCP IPs is very open and reflects the diversity of expertise within the faculty. We have grouped the contributions under thematic headings that fall within the principles of our B.E.S.T strategy: Business, European, Societal, and Teaching.
The topic is still emergent, it represents an introductive avenue for further research and interest for academics and broader stakeholders.
The breakdown of the number of contributions for this 4th edition following the B.E.S.T strategy is as follows: Business (14), Europe (9), Societal (5), Teaching (2), for a total of 30 contributions.
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”.
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.
The Research Ethics Review Committee (RERC)
Promoting the Implementation of Ethically Sound and Responsible Research Practices
The Research Ethics Review Committee (RERC) independently reviews research proposals from researchers affiliated to ESCP.
The RERC has the task of critical oversight of primary data collections involving human participants. Its remit is to approve/reject, monitor, and ask for modifications in research activities performed by ESCP faculty members involving human participants.
The application process
Before data collection of the project starts, ESCP faculty members, PhD students and generally, all researchers whose primary affiliation is ESCP can apply to the RERC process (in exceptional circumstances, researchers whose secondary affiliation is ESCP may also apply).
The RERC members hold meetings once a month.
After the review, there are three potential scenarios:
- Letter of approval: researchers are good to go and start collecting the data
- Letter of conditional approval: researchers need to implement some changes and resubmit their application
- Letter of rejection
The RERC reviews in particular:
- Research projects related to primary data collection performed by researchers of ESCP Business School
- Research project applications submitted to the ESCP Research Funding (ERF) programme involving data collection from human subjects (All researchers planning data collection from human subjects will have to submit an “Ethic Self-Assessment” along with their ERF-application)
- All other research activities, for which a member of the ESCP faculty seeks an official approval of the Research Ethics Review Committee or Institutional Review Board requested by e.g. a journal publisher, an international project partner or an external third-party funding body/agency.
The Research Ethics Review Committee Members
Reference Documents for Ethical Research
European Charter for Researchers
“The European Charter for Researchers is a set of general principles and requirements which specifies the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers as well as of employers and/or funders of researchers” […]
European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity
“The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity serves the European research community as a framework for self-regulation across all scientific and scholarly disciplines and for all research settings” […]
French National Charter for Research Integrity
“The French National Charter for Research Integrity concerns all researchers […] who contribute to research activity and who undertake to respect the principles of integrity expressed herein” […]
Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice
“The purpose of the white paper Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice, published by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), is to further research integrity and establish it as an integral part of research and teaching” […]
Code of Conduct “Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice”
“These guidelines underline the importance of integrity in the everyday practice of research and provide researchers with a reliable reference with which to embed good research” […]