Ph.D. Position in Social Entrepreneurship

2024-05-05 (Europe/Paris)
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Lille Economics and Management (LEM, CNRS UMR 9221) and IÉSEG School of Management invite applications for a fully funded Ph.D. position on Social Entrepreneurship at its Paris Campus.


An alternative economic model for building a more just and sustainable society exists, and social entrepreneurship is a central driver. A social enterprise is based on three pillars that will be found in varying proportions: (1) a social and/or environmental purpose; (2) a viable economic project; (3) limited profit-making and democratic governance. The majority of social enterprises are created by teams (Ben-Hafaïedh & Dufays, 2021) and have, more generally, collective governance. While the lasting impact of entrepreneurial teams on conventional businesses has been demonstrated (Ben-Hafaïedh, 2017; Jin, et al., 2017; Klotz, Hmieleski, Bradley, & Busenitz, 2014), this dimension is hardly broached in the social entrepreneurship literature. Moreover, collective governance characteristics add a layer of idiosyncrasy to the governance of these companies.

This project aims at analyzing the antecedents of the performance of a social enterprise by focusing on the governance of the company in question. What are the levers of value creation, economic and social, in a social enterprise?

The project entails a hands-on approach, completing and analysing a database of social businesses distinguished by the National Prize for the Creator of a Social Enterprise (CREENSO; www.creenso.fr) managed by Cyrine Ben-Hafaïedh at IÉSEG School of Management, and collecting extra data. Qualitative methodologies as well as a qualitative comparative approach (QCA) (Ben-Hafaïedh, 2009; Douglas, Shepherd, & Prentice, 2020; Wagemann, Buche, & Siewert, 2016) are currently considered.

The selected candidate will be working under the supervision of Dr. Cyrine Ben-Hafaïedh and will be part of the IÉSEG Center for Organizational Responsibility research team (click here for more information).


  • IÉSEG is AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accredited and is a member of the “Conférence des Grandes Écoles.” 
  • The IÉSEG Research Center is accredited by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). 
  • IÉSEG’s faculty is very diverse with more than 40 different nationalities represented. 


  • LEM is a research unit associating the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), the University of Lille and the Catholic University of Lille  
  • LEM comprises about 150 researchers and 100 doctoral students in economics, management and statistics.  
  • Research at LEM is multi-disciplinary in economics and management and is centered on societal issues. 
  • LEM is a young, internationally oriented and dynamic laboratory with a strong scientific ambition. 


  • Have a MSc. (or be close to completion) in a relevant field, such as entrepreneurship, strategic management, innovation, organizational behavior, management or related.
  • Strong analytical skills and commitment to research excellence.
  • Excellent command of written English.
  • Fluency in French is preferred as the sample is constituted by French entrepreneurs.


The selected applicant is expected to begin his/her assignment in October 2024. Gross salary will be competitive with other European research and academic institutions (2250€/month). The Ph.D. student will be based in Paris (on the site of IÉSEG School of Management). The selected candidate will have to enroll in a Ph.D. program at the University of Lille. The Ph.D. student will get all the means and support to engage in innovative, business-relevant research projects with high potential to get published in international peer reviewed journals.


Interested candidates must send their application through this platform. To submit your application, please click on "apply" and follow the submission process. 

For any further question, please contact us by e-mail to c.benhafaiedh@ieseg.fr. or for general information about to process to phd.recruitment@ieseg.fr.


The deadline to apply is May 5th, 2024We will begin considering candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.   

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Ph.D. Position in Social Entrepreneurship
Parvis de la Défense Puteaux, France
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2024-05-05 23:59 (Europe/Paris)
2024-05-05 23:59 (CET)
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