ESCE International Business School

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ESCE runs a five-year training programm for international managers.

The ESCE project

ESCE is developing multidisciplinary research in the fields of management and economics. The School has brought together a team of researchers who, through academic articles in peer-reviewed journals (ranked by FNEGE and/or CNRS 37) as well as with additional intellectual outputs (book coordination, book chapters, articles in the business press, etc.) contribute to the school’s reputation.

In order to increase the impact of its research, ESCE has developed close relationships with companies and other actors in the international business ecosystem such as La Fabrique de l’Exportation (think tank), Playmobil, KPMG, BPI France, etc.

ESCE faculty continuously incorporate new knowledge into their teaching and transfer to their students the benefits of their cutting edge research.


“The international dimension is at the heart of ESCE’s strategy and constantly informs its research activities”.


Dora Triki – ESCE Research Director

Areas of excellence

Research at ESCE is structured around four main tracks, which are aligned with the majors proposed by the school:

    Finance and economics in the age of international change

    The financial crisis brought about deep changes in the way financial markets operate. Research in this area pays attention to risk assessment and management with a particular emphasis on new emerging risks such as those related to climate and environmental changes (e.g. the carbon and energy economy).

    This research area also includes studies related to demographic, economic and societal transitions as well as their impacts on the growth of developed and developing countries.

    International business

    Over the years, ESCE has developed considerable expertise in export management, particularly through the launch of a yearly workshop, labelled by Atlas-AFMI (French IB Academy).

    ESCE scholars publish in major IB journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, International Business Review, Journal of World Business, Management International, etc. This research area is closely aligned with the School’s mission.

    Research covers:

    • Exporter-importer relationships;
    • Export entry modes;
    • Determinants of FDI in MENA (Middle East and North Africa) countries;
    • Management and performance of international alliances;
    • Headquarters-subsidiaries relationships in multinational firms.

    Innovative processes and emerging behaviours in a global environment

    In the age of the digital transformation and environmental changes, new organisational and individual behaviours have emerged. The work of ESCE faculty focuses on the employee–organisation relationships, leadership and organisational justice.

    Global value chain and distribution

    Firms are increasingly called to account for their environmental and social performance. Our research effort area focuses on the challenges of sustainable logistics. Questions related to new consumer behaviours are tackled through the study of m-commerce (mobile commerce) and the investigation of sensorial marketing.

    The study of corporate identity and product identity is also at the heart of this research area.

Scientific committee

  • President – Éric Severin – University professor (IAE Lille, University of Lille 1)

  • Vice-president – Nicolas Berland – University professor (Paris Dauphine University)

  • Céline Barredy – University professor (University of Lorraine)

  • Pierre Fenies – Professor of universities (University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas)

  • Evelyne Lande – University professor (IAE of Poitiers, University of Poitiers)

  • Ulrike Mayrhofer – University professor (IAE Nice, Côté d’Azur University)

  • Éric Millot – President Atlas-AFMI, Professor of universities (University of Nantes)

Associate members