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Doctoral Programme : Strategy and international management

PhD in Strategy and international management

To be part of a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative researchers, able to face current and future challenges in Strategy and International Management

Conducted through

Full time programme

Teaching Language


Programme type

In person

Required Level for Entry

High School Diploma (or equivalent) +5

Level Obtained

High School Diploma (or equivalent) +9


4 years

Double degree




Do you want to deepen your understanding of how management is practiced? Are you willing to inspire new thinking through teaching and research? And have an impact on management policies?

During the second year of the Doctoral Programme (Master of Philosophy 1 (MPhil1) ), students develop more deeply their research ideas, theoretical models, methodology, and research protocol, while working closely with their academic advisors. From this year, most students also gain pedagogical experience by tutoring /teaching courses at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. In addition, financial support for conferences and research visits ensures that students can progress under excellent conditions and fully explore international research networks in their field. At the end of the second year students present their current PhD plans and progress in front of an academic committee panel; Years 3 (MPhil2) and 4 (MPhil 3) of the Doctoral Programme are dedicated to original research and developing a PhD dissertation. Some students require an additional fifth year to finish the PhD dissertation, in which case a part-time teaching contract is generally signed with the University of Toulouse Capitole (ATER contract).

List of research interests:

  • Managerial attention & cognition
  • Business Models and Sustainability
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Political Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Globalisation Process
  • Innovation strategy
  • Inter-organisational relationships
  • International Business Strategy
  • International Political Economy
  • Justification
  • Knowledge Management
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Multinational Enterprises
  • Organisational Ambidextrousness

Benefits of the programme

  • Engage with internationally renowned scholars
  • Conference and research funding
  • Robust training in conducting original and independent research

Programme Objectives

  • Identify and validate original research questions grounded in theoretical foundations
  • Develop and apply appropriate, innovative and persuasive methods for research projects
  • Conduct critical and reflexive analysis of research findings, impact and outcomes
  • Provide relevant recommendations about practical problems encountered by organisations
  • Actively work in an inclusive, respectful and constructive way with supervisors, researchers and peers both within the institution and the wider international research community
  • Communicate effectively in both written and oral modes with a range of audiences formally and informally through a variety of different techniques and media
  • Understand and apply the codes of conduct and guidelines for scientific rigor, integrity and ethics
  • Teach and/or support student learning at undergraduate and graduate levels

Student testimonials

It is important to note that as a PhD student, my priorities might not be the same as an MSc or BSc student. I chose TSM because it has a strong reputation for its academic programmes, particularly in the field of management science. The faculty members are renowned experts in their respective fields, and the curriculum is designed to provide a well-rounded education that combines theoretical knowledge with practical skills.
Carlos Plata, DP Doctoral Programme - PhD Strategy and International Management
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I chose TSM for its high quality and its reputation. I am an alumnus of Universite Toulouse Capitole, where I obtained my bachelor's degree through a cooperative programme with Vietnam National University. I was impressed with the high quality of the programme and the reputation of IAE Toulouse, now known as Toulouse School of Management. So when I was searching for a programme to continue my studies, TSM was the first choice that came to my mind. 
Dang-Huy Cao, DP Doctoral Programme - PhD Strategy and International Management
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