Doctoral Programs

PhD in Management

General Structure

Obtaining a PhD in Management at the University of Geneva usually takes up to five years. During this time, students write their PhD thesis and collect credit points (see details below). The PhD in Management is regulated by the “Réglement d'études du doctorat en économie et de management” from the University of Geneva. The following requirements and procedures apply to internal and external PhD students at the Institute of Management (IoM) alike.

Pre-requisites for becoming a PhD student at the Institute of Management

PhD candidates must hold an MSc in management or from a related field such as economics, sociology, psychology, statistics, or mathematics. Knowledge of French is not an admission requirement.

Students who receive a PhD in Management should also acquire a basic understanding of the discipline of management (in teaching and research). The supervisor and co-assessor will discuss potential development needs for candidates without a background in management.

Thesis advisor

A PhD candidate has to get the agreement of a professor at the Institute of Management for the supervision of her or his dissertation (see list of members).

Format of the PhD thesis

To facilitate the competitiveness and visibility of our PhD students in an increasingly international field of research, the preferred format of the thesis is a collection of scientific articles, written in English.

The following guidelines for quality standards apply:

  1. A PhD thesis consists of a minimum of three papers.
  2. At least two of these papers have undergone a single- or double-blind review process with adequate results. I.e. at least the acceptance at a major conference in the field, or revise and resubmit at recognized academic journals.
  3. At least one of these papers is based on empirical analyses, using established scientific methodologies.
  4. For co-authored papers, the PhD candidate should be the lead author. The specific contribution of the PhD candidate should be described.
  5. The submission of the thesis shall contain a summary addressing these guidelines. The summary will also give candidates the opportunity to explain possible divergences from these guidelines. These divergences must be highlighted for the PhD committee.
  6. The thesis should contain an introduction that describes how the scientific articles are linked on theoretical grounds and that summarizes the overall contribution to the scientific literature.

IoM PhD Conference

All PhD students have to attend the yearly PhD conference at the Institute of Management and they have to present their work there at least two times, typically at the planning/ proposal phase and at the final stage of their PhD.

Brownbag Talks

PhD students are required to attend the brownbag talks organized by the IoM.

Credit Points

To improve individual qualifications, PhD students have to collect a total of 18 credit points (CP). Credit points can be collected in a number of different ways (see details below). Credit points should be collected in accordance with the thesis advisor and should relate to the area of research in which PhD students are active including adjacent fields. Half of the credit points (= 9 CP) have to be collected within the first two years of the PhD.

What counts as credit points?

Credit points can stem from three different categories, outlined below. For each category, a minimum number of credit points must be collected.

1. Dedicated PhD classes, & academic summer schools (minimum: 6 CP)

  • Successful completion of dedicated PhD classes offered at the University of Geneva or at another established and research oriented University in Switzerland (2 CP per class)
  • Successful participation in academic summer schools for PhD students (2 CP for each summer school)

2. International workshops & conferences, collaborations (minimum: 4 CP)

  • Active participation in established scientific conferences in relevant areas of research on an international level (requires presenting original research) (2 CP per conference)
  • Successful participation in scientific workshops hosted by the University of Geneva or at another established and research oriented University in Switzerland or abroad  (1 CP/ full day)
  • Official international short visits at other research institutions for at least two weeks (for example documented through a formal invitation or through funding by the SNSF) (2 CP per visit)

3. Teaching & institutional assistance (minimum: 4 CP)

  • Significant contribution to organizing scientific workshops and conferences (2 CP)
  • Significant contribution to a submitted grant proposal for research projects, for example at the SNSF or dedicated research grants by the European Union (2 CP)
  • Significant contribution to a development program within GSEM (2CP)
  • Significant contribution to the development of teaching cases (2 CP)
  • Teaching activities above and beyond the duties defined in the cahier du charge (1 CP/ day)

Approval by the PhD committee

The requirements listed above have to be summarized and formally documented (e.g. through certificates of participation) by the time PhD students submit their thesis. The fulfillment of the requirements are approved by the scientific committee of the Institute of Management

PhD thesis

Please consult our webpage on Research at the Institute of Management.

   AACSB-logo-member-color-RGB.png        AMBA-logo-Acc-Colour.gif          EFMD-NewLogo2013-HR_colours.png