As usual, we accepted 5 students for our Ph.D. in Management. With 53 highly valuable applications, needless to say that selection was tough.

We are very happy to introduce the new cohort: an impressive group of highly qualified and motivated Ph.D. students!

Eric Ghiglione is French. After his MSc from EMLYON, he spent five years working as a consultant in France and then in Canada. He has a passion for entrepreneurship and, during his experience with technology and web departments, he developed a strong interest in innovation issues. He loves everything related to creativity and start-ups. Speaking of which, Eric has a blog on these topics:

Dritjon (Jon) Gruda is German. He holds a Master in Management from ESCP-Europe and a Bachelor from the University of Groningen and ESC Toulouse. Having studied and worked in five countries, he developed an interest in knowledge distribution across networks, with a special focus on academic collaborations. He is also interested in possible ways to enhance leadership abilities.

Elikem Kuenyehia is from Ghana and the UK. He studied law at Oxford before shifting to business. He holds an MBA from Northwestern U. (Kellogg). He subsequently founded a highly successful law firm in Ghana, which brought him numerous awards, including World Economic Forum’s ‘Young Global Leader’. Elikem now wants to become an entrepreneurship academic.

Rajdeepa Maity hails from India, where she studied Biotechnology. She then moved to the US where she got an MBA from the U. of Arkansas. Her expertise includes life science market research and patent evaluation.She is passionate about new venture creation, strategy and innovation management in the life science domain.She wants to build from her diverse background in science, management and technology to study the link between intellectual property rights, entrepreneurship and strategy.

Aurélie Toivonen is Finnish. She holds an MSc in economics and business administration from Hanken Business School. Having lived in four countries, she has developed an interest in cross-cultural adaptation and wants to study international HRM and its impact on strategy.

Classes have already started. They will spend about 18 months attending more than 400 hours of classes and seminars and reading too many research articles for us to count. They will also gain research experience first hand through apprenticeship, and will get trained in teaching. The remaining 30 months of our 4-year program will be spent working on their Ph.D. dissertation.

A long journey, but a fascinating one, for which we wish them all the best!

UPDATE [OCT. 2012]: Unfortunately, Elikem had to resign from the Ph.D. for health reasons. Given his impressive background and extremely nice behavior, this is a major loss for our program. We hope he recovers promptly, wish him the very best, and will keep an eye on the shiny future awaiting him.