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Doing a thesis at the IRG

In order to do a thesis at the IRG, the applicant must obtain the prior consent of a research director (a lecturer or a professor with HDR). To this end, we invite you to contact them early (around May or June) by sending them an updated resume, a letter of motivation, an academic transcript of your last degree, and as a minimum a 5-pages thesis project excluding bibliography. In order to improve the conditions for successful completion of the doctoral program, it is noted that you must seek a supervisor whose researches are close to yours and make sure your thesis can be included in one of the IRG's research axes. The website references all IRG's teachers-researchers and their publications. The consent of a research director is compulsory to apply to the IRG.

  • First application procedure:

Any new enrolment -whether it is jointly supervised or not - must be subjected to an opinion by the Laboratory Council. To obtain this opinion, applicants should send the following items to the IRG ( no later than September 1:

- A 5-page thesis project (excluding bibliography) stating the thesis director's name (as well as the proposed funding)

- A letter of support from the requested thesis supervisor

- A resume

- A letter of motivation from the candidate specifying the form of funding intended

- Master 2 transcript of records

Projects will then be read and assessed by all members of the Board.

After having obtained a favourable opinion, the applicant has to open a registrer application with IRG secretary (UPEC Campus: Office 100 at the IAE Gustave Eiffel, Place de la Porte des Champs, Route de Choisy, 94000 Créteil; University Gustave Eiffel Campus: Office B228 of the IRG, Bois de l'Etang, Rue Galilée, Cité Descartes, 77420 Champs-sur-Marne).

The register application can be downloaded here :

The IRG secretary will then submit the application to Doctoral School of Organisation, Markets, and Institutions (OMI), of which the IRG is a part.


  • Re-applying procedure:

Any re-enrolment is conditionned by a meeting of the thesis monitoring committee from the third year of research.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

In parallel of  the opening of the register application, the applicant must register with the platform ADUM:

1. Sign in with your IDs on the website:

2. Update the file and do not forget to mention the number of year your thesis has been registered

3. Print it to be signed by the research director

4. After signature, give it to the office 100 of the IAE Gustave Eiffel (UPEC) or to the office B228 (IRG-Gustave Eiffel) to be signed by the laboratory director or deputy director

The administrative registration (payment of the tuition and issuance of a student card) will then be proceeded.

Since the provision of the Doctoral Studies of April 26, 2011, PhD students are compelled to take 30 hours of classes per year (90 hours for the three years of thesis).

The PhD students must sign in the ADUM database the classes they take and provide a training certificate, for their classes to be validated by the OMI Doctoral School.

If a student takes more than 30 hours, the surplus of hours counts for the following year.

The classes that the student chooses must be linked to and useful for their doctoral research. The student should first take (especially in first and second year):

  • The courses suggested every year by the Doctoral Studies Direction of Paris-Est University (
  • The "Social Sciences research fundamentals" Ecole d'Hiver (Winter School) created by the IRG and LISIS laboratories:
  • The compulsory class on scientific integrity of research:
  • Methodology and research project management classes of the "Advice, Study, and Research" Master 2 of the Gustave Eiffel IAE: "Conduct of a research project" (Gérard Koening - 15 hours of classes), "Quantitative data analysis" (Armelle Glérant-Glikson, Abdelmajid Amine et Pauline de Pechpeyrou - 36 hours of classes) and "Qualitative Methodology" (Florence Allard-Poesi - 21 hours of classes). These classes take place during the first semester of every year from October to January. For more information or to register, please contact the CER Master pedagogic assistant ( at the Gustave Eiffel IAE.
  • Programmed seminars of the "Advice, Study, and Research" Master 2 ( at the IAE Gustave Eiffel
  • Seminars of every other Professional Master of the Paris-Est University or another institution can be taken if they are relevant to the PhD Student's research project. The CEFAG semanars ( organized by the FNEGE ( every year, but also  specific classes organized by associations (for example, "Nvivo" class offered by the AFM - ), can be a part of it.

For every class taken, the PhD student must:

  • obtain the consent of their research supervisor on their choices and transmit them to the IRG at the beginning of the academic year
  • contact the professors in order to obtain their consent for attending the class
  • attend every class and obtain a training certificate attesting their attendance

NB: For the "Advice, Study, and Research" Master 2 and the classes organized by the OMI Doctoral School, the certificates are directly sent to the Doctoral School and PhD students do not need to ask for it.

The PhD student must regularly report on the state of their research to their thesis director.

In order to be given opinions and further insights and to take part into the scientific community, they also have to:

1- Report at least once a year on the state of their research within the IRG. This report is to be made during cluster meetings. The dates of those meetings are set before the beginning of the academic year (IRG planning: ).

2–Introduce their work:

  • to doctoral seminars organized by French reference associations
  • to other equivalent events (doctoral seminars within the IAE network every two years in September, CDEG seminars, PhD workshops of international European associations - such as, EIASM, EURAM - sujected to the IRG approval)

These reports are particularly advised from the second year of research.

3 – Write, submit and introduce one or several communications (or papers) gratifying doctoral work. Although there is no rule on this area, the research can be subjected to two or three communications on the following aspects:

  • State of the art and theoretical frame
  • Methodology
  • Research results

Those submissions should be made to French-speaking reference associations' congresses, and those of big international associations linked to the field of research.

Roadmap of the IRG's recommendations:

Register year in thesis


IRG cluster meetings

PHD Workshop

Reputed congresses of the specialty

First year

Research project

Research project


(or in second year)

Second year

Working Paper (or state of the research if not made in first year)



(if possible)

Third year

Thesis presentation (close to a pre-defense of the thesis) or Working Paper


(if not made in second year)


Fourth year (if the thesis has not been defended in third year)

Thesis presentation (close to a pre-defense of the thesis)


Application and re-application

Theses in progress


Firm's Debt Choice: New Perspectives.

Sabri Boubaker
Nathalie AVRIL

Between authenticity and conformism : what kind of freedom for the team manager ?

Rémi Jardat

Values conflict in consulting missions: types, consequences and management methods.

Florence Allard-Poési

How extra-financial reporting can contribute to internalize global sustainability issues into multinationals corporations control system ? The case of Bouygues Construction.

Rémi Jardat & Anne-Catherine Moquet

Political marketing towards "cultural minorities": understanding and analysis of the construction of identity categories.

Amina Béji-Bécheur
Antoine CARTON
Bertrand Urien & Catherine Maman

Disposing of objects to give them a new life: an approach by voluntary dispossession.

Sophie Rieunier & Alain Debenedetti
Anne-Claire CHENE

The role of organisational practices on trust in the organisation: a case study.

Sylvie Chevrier
Minyoung CHOI

New Sociocultural Adaptation Challenges French Companies in South Korea Encounter.

Sylvie Chevrier

Work and non-work articulation modalitites.

Florence Allard-Poési & Sandrine Hollet-Haudebert
Soukayna EL OUALI

To what extent does the labelling process promote ownership of the CSR policy by stakeholders?
Case study of the DD & RS certification process of the Gustave Eiffel University 2020-2022.

Amina Béji-Bécheur

Contribution of myths to sensemaking in organizations.

Florence Allard-Poési

Corporate tax avoidance: three empirical tests in an international context.

Faten Lakhal

Essays on firm-level political risk and corporate finance.

Sabri Boubaker

Nudge, Awareness, Education: Which ways for eco-responsible tourism?

Amina Béji-Bécheur
Muhammad IQBAL

Venture Capital Investment: A Comparative Analysis of Asian Developed and Emerging countries.

Stéphanie Serve

The role of consumption practices in people living in poverty’s identity configuration.

Abdelmajid Amine
Fatemeh KHALAJ

Leadership Skills and Hospital Culture: International Comparative Study.

Gérard Koenig

The effect of feedback delivered by connected devices of Quantified Self on the adoption of virtuous behavior by older consumers : a contribution to well aging.

Pauline de Pechpeyrou

Corporate Green bonds and value creation: An International evidence.

Souad Lajili-Jarjir

Why is there a need to call upon « intensified coaching » by the sensomotor dimension in a context of conflict within teams. A research on success conditions and limits on a « therapeutic approach » from the organisation through action research.

Rémi Jardat

Doctors and nurses reservists of the health army, process of loyalty.... vector of recruitment.

Jérôme Baray

Credit Scoring in Factoring: Which role credit scoring plays in factors' decisional process of factoring offer ?

Stéphanie Serve
Guillaume MIGNOT

Non-cooperation in mergers and acquisitions (M&A): a critical approach.

Bénédicte Vidaillet & Isabelle Vandangeon-Derumez
Belmond MPEGNA

Developing intercultural skills of French Managers in a multicultural context in sub-Saharan Africa.

Sylvie Chevrier

Valorisation of innovation: Emergent markets.

Liliana Mitkova
Jean-François RASE

Analysis of cross-cultural perceptions, consequences of misunderstandings and the adjustment process in the integration practices of migrant workers in a multicultural work team.

Sylvie Chevrier
Philippe ROPPERS

Driving change in the world of social work.

Frédérique Pigeyre
Sabine RUAUD

From Storytelling to Storyliving.

Bertrand Urien

The evolution of "inclusive" values in organizations: the institutional work of points of contact responsible for the "disability" topic in private companies.

François Grima & Sarah Richard

The delegation of Customer Relationship Management to online brand communities: issues, forms and implications for actors.

Abdelmajid Amine & Pauline de Pechpeyrou
Chaima SIALA

Study of the relative efficiency of Gamification dynamics and their impact on participants' commitment to crowdsourcing platforms.

Abdelmajid Amine

The internationalization of French SMEs in West Africa: the contribution of partnerships between different public organizations such as AFD (French Development Agency), Business France and embassies.

Sylvie Chevrier

How do we explain why foundations pass the selection/adaptation threshold, that is, succeed while others remain at the stage of variation (creation)?

Gérard Koenig & Stéphanie Mignot-Gérard

Conceptualization and operationalization of the "right" professional distance : example of the therapeutic relationship.

Jean-Paul Dumond

Buying is giving.

Sophie Rieunier

Articulation of CSR Policies in a Multinational Corporation.

Julienne Brabet

Theses defended 2019-2020


Thesis defended on January 29, 2019

Coroduction patterns and service quality: the case of the companion animal veterinary consultation.

Muriel Jougleux

Thesis defended on December 2, 2019

Asset pricing models, anomalies and extra-financial criteria.

Souad Lajili-Jarjir

Thesis defended on January 6, 2020

Microfinance and capability development: the moroccan case.

Julienne Brabet

Thesis defended on December 20, 2019

The argumentative structure of healthcare professionals related to electronic patient record issue.

Jean-Paul Dumond

Thesis defended on October 14, 2019

Significations of transgressive practices of surgeons in the operative theatre.

Jean-Paul Dumond

Thesis defended on December 6, 2019

High-risk industry’s management system, its evolutions and its effects. The case of the outsourced maintenance of EDF’s Nuclear Power Plants.

Julienne Brabet

Accreditation to supervise research (HDR)

HDR defended 2019-2020


HDR defended on November 28, 2019

From the consumption of services to memories of experiences: a reading through social interactions.

Abdelmajid Amine

HDR defended on April 2, 2019

Diversities in cultures and identities in management.

Sylvie Chevrier
Nessrine OMRANI

HDR defended on January 27, 2020

The managerial challenges of using digital: from the use of IT at work to transformations based on the crowd.

Emmanuelle Dubocage

Collaterialized courses of the IRG