Montpellier Business School

The Teaching Departments

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Discover the teaching departments of MBS

Discover the teaching departments of MBS

Montpellier Business School has 4 teaching departments:

Marketing, Sales and Communication

The Marketing, Sales and Communication department aims to spread knowledge on these management disciplines to various groups of learners: students, professionals, VAE (French equivalent to APEL) candidates, companies, etc. The department actively promotes the development of knowledge in these fields through academic research and consulting activities with companies, which constitute the basis of its teaching courses.

Department overview

The department consists of professors-researchers and research assistants, with very diverse yet complementary profiles with key skills to achieve three crucial objectives:

  • Sharing knowledge, advising and monitoring learners through quality teaching (in French and English) which takes into account the latest academic and managerial advances in marketing, sales and communication.
  • Carrying out extensive and diversified research activities with a focus on academic excellence and managerial relevance. Research reports are published in internationally renowned scientific journals as well as in educational and professional publications.
  • Maintaining ongoing relations with companies through consulting activities, studies and training. Establishing close ties with companies helps better prepare learners for their future responsibilities through theory and practice.

The department’s courses cover all aspects of marketing, sales and communication, from the fundamentals of doing business to strategic decision-making. They embody the Group’s values, which are reflected in all modules and addressed more specifically through dedicated courses and specialisations.

The department focuses on managerial innovation in order to adapt to the ever changing marketing, sales and communication professions, both in France and internationally. Its actions are part of a sustainable approach to responsibility and global performance, openness and diversity. The students are strongly made aware of the social responsibility that they bear as future senior executives or managers. The various educational activities promote their creativity, their personal and collective expression as well as their critical thinking. Some projects, such as the Mark’Up project in M1, constitute real marketing challenges during which our students work in groups to solve problems raised by professionals who serve as the jury to select the best ideas.

The department’s research activities are rewarded by several academic prizes

Thesis awards, best papers at international conferences and articles published in leading academic journals such as Marketing Research and Applications, International Management, International Marketing Review, Journal of Marketing Communications, Food Quality and Preference, Journal of Product Innovation Management, etc. Some of the educational and professional books are best-sellers in their category which attests to their relevance, timeliness and quality..

Find out more about the members of the department here.

Head of the Department: Dr Jacqueline Boysselle

Financial, Legal and Accounting Management

The Department of Financial, Legal and Accounting Management aims to produce and spread high quality research findings in key areas of finance and accounting. The department’s research topics cover a wide range of issues: financial market microstructure, auction theory, IPOs, corporate governance, microfinance, social and environmental accounting, taxation, CSR, finance, microeconomics and decision science, corporate finance, empirical finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, small and medium-sized companies, performance metrics.

Research outputs are published in journals such as Management Science, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Money, Economic Theory, Review of Finance, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Banking & Finance, Journal of Economic Surveys, Small Business Economics, Journal of Business Ethics, Economics Letters, Annals of Operations Research or Energy Economics.

Find out more about the members of the department here.

Head of the Department: Dr Guylaine Loubet

Sustainable Management of Economy, People, Information Systems and Diversity

The department is structured around two crucial and interconnected components: teaching and research, both of which are essential to ensure the dissemination of cutting-edge knowledge.

The department’s activities are in line with the Group’s values

Diversity is fully embraced within the department, both in terms of its faculty and the character of the research conducted. Social responsibility and sustainable development are promoted by a group of professors-researchers specialising in this area.

The teaching provided by the department covers all the programmes of the Montpellier Business School: Bachelor, Master and MBA.

The disciplines of management (in the broad sense), economics, human resources, corporate social responsibility and managerial innovation are also represented. Not to mention courses on sustainable development and ethics.

Managerial innovation allows the department’s professors to deliver cutting-edge and updated knowledge through a new teaching method.

The extensive research activity within the department has earned it several awards and distinctions 

Awards of excellence in various conferences, Awards of excellence for the best paper of the year, publications in high level international journals such as: Industrial and Corporate Change, International Small Business Journal, Small Business Economics, Journal Business Ethics, Système d’information et Management, Journal of Comparative Economics

The department’s researchers also actively participate in the Labex Entreprendre. Rated “A” by the international jury for the evaluation of LabEx, it is the only “Laboratory of Excellence” dedicated to entrepreneurship to be selected in France as part of the Investissements d’Avenir call for projects.

The SMEPD and IS department is also involved in the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Chair which aims to strengthen the visibility of innovation as a research theme.

Find out more about the members of the department here.

Head of the department: Dr Frank Robert

Management, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

The Department of Strategy, Management and Entrepreneurship brings together a multicultural team of professors and researchers with diverse profiles who share a common motivation: providing innovative knowledge and sharing it with our students, entrepreneurs, managers, public authorities, etc.

The department’s research and teaching activities are fully in line with the group’s values of openness and diversity, all reflected in the research carried out on themes such as ethics, social entrepreneurship, female entrepreneurship, etc. These transversal themes intersect with the topics relating to strategy, entrepreneurship and supply chain management.

The teaching provided by the MES department covers all the programmes of the Montpellier Business School and focuses on management sciences with a historical expertise in entrepreneurship and small business management in connection with the rich entrepreneurial ecosystem of our region.

The department’s research activity is regularly acknowledged by several awards (best paper awards, thesis awards, excellence awards, etc.) and by publications in prestigious international journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Management Studies, International Journal of Product Economics, Journal of Business Venturing.

Our researchers are actively involved in the activities of the Montpellier Management Research Laboratory and the LabEx Entreprendre (ranked “A” by the international jury for the evaluation of LabEx and the only French “Laboratory of Excellence” dedicated to entrepreneurship). They are also involved in the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Chair.

Find out more about the members of the department here.

Head of the Department: Dr Walid Nakara

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