IÉSEG’s mission is to educate managers capable of developing new management tools after conducting in-depth investigations into their changing environments, instead of mechanically implementing existing methods.
Fulfilling this mission involves having a faculty with solid research skills and therefore research lies firmly at the heart of our learning environment and culture. As a business school affiliated with a university, it is natural that IÉSEG’s mission includes the production of new theoretical knowledge and the design of new methodologies that contribute to the advancement of management practices and economics disciplines.
The development and evolution of research at the School was originally oriented towards the publication of scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals in all areas of management and economics. This fits with the general orientation of the Grande Ecole programme. In recent years IÉSEG research expertise is organised around two clusters of research excellence: Customer Relationship Management and Performance of Organisations.
The creation of these two clusters of excellence responds to the need to further develop the School’s impact and reputation at both the academic and enterprise levels. IÉSEG’s strategy is to develop and consolidate teams of researchers, of sufficient size and led by senior scholars, in these two clusters of excellence. The clusters are also closely related to the research areas of the LEM research centre, which is a research cooperation structure accredited by CNRS (the public agency National Centre for Scientific Research).
The two clusters of research excellence themselves include structured centres of research expertise. The CRM cluster includes the IÉSEG Expertise Centre for Database Marketing (IECDM), and the IÉSEG’s Centre of Excellence in Negotiation (ICON), and the cluster in Performance of Organisations includes the IÉSEG Centre for Organisational Responsibility (ICOR). ICOR was launched in agreement with IÉSEG’s mission who clearly sets out a commitment to social responsibility. Social responsibility is a multidisciplinary field, and researchers from different disciplines are part of ICOR.
The creation of these clusters of excellence does not mean that all of the School’s intellectual production exclusively focuses on these areas. Since IÉSEG’s core academic programmes focus on the provision of a broad-based and generalist Management education (as is the case with all the French Grandes Écoles), IÉSEG continues to produce new knowledge on other important issues related to management and economics: Economics, Corporate Finance, Market Finance, Marketing, Management Information Systems, Negotiations, Operations Management, Quantitative Methods and Strategy.
There are currently 116 researchers at IÉSEG Research: 89 core faculty members, 20 teaching and research assistants and 7 part-time faculty members. With more than 81% of our faculty from overseas, our research team is as multicultural as it is diverse and that means our professors represent 32 different nationalities and points of view.
We believe that an important characteristic of the learning experience here at IÉSEG is that faculty members bring varied examples of current research into the classroom. By nurturing this strong research culture we reinforce one of the primary reasons why IÉSEG attaches so much importance to the masters thesis or consulting projects in the Grande École program.