This management course has three main objectives:

  • To prepare effectively research students for a doctorate in Management Sciences at the IAE Nice-University of Nice Sophia Antipolis or for a PhD at the EDHEC Business School but also for careers in secondary and higher education 
  • To develop professional theses (executive DBA) 
  • To train and/or to perfect senior executives from public or private organisations.

Methods and problems are comparable in an academic and practical approach. Indeed, even though research and consulting have to fulfil specific constraints, they use the same methods and even if they do it differently, they must reconcile the same demands of rigour and relevance. The only things that change are the rendering and the ways of gaining access to the field.

As the main purpose of this course remains the preparation for the Doctorate which will offer job prospects in the education and research sectors, the training course is based on the scientific works of the university lecturers and researchers of the GRM (PR and MCF HDR) around the three big disciplinary pools of expertise of the laboratory: Marketing, Accounting-Control-Finance and Management.

To learn more about the GRM laboratory, go to the page

The advantages of the training course

This course will allow students to choose the type of research they want to undertake and to find their way in academic research or in consulting in the course of the 1st semester.


  • To know the epistemological founding principles of management sciences 
  • To know the main theoretical trends and authors associated to specific fields  
  • To elaborate a problem on a given topic 
  • To build up a relevant document research (internet, bibliographic database...) 
  • To build up a relevant study plan in order to complete successfully a research project
  • To build up a written or oral presentation abiding by the academic standards in social sciences
  • To master the exploratory methods and the associated statistical processing tools; to know how to use the main databases in a specific field of research 
  • To intervene in specific areas (trade, information system, HR...) to establish a diagnosis, to recommend solutions backed by scientific knowledge validated in the field and to accompany the structure in the change.

Organisation of the training course

  • School days: 
    • First semester: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
    • Second semester: Thursday, Friday
  • It is possible to do an internship in a research laboratory or in a study and/or consulting firm
  • Capacity: 
    • Year 1: 15 students
    • Year 2: 20 students


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