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LSM Doctoral Bureau
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The LSM doctoral programme is a 3rd cycle interuniversity educational programme in management under the Bologna treaty, comprising 180 ECTS composed of :
- The definition, editing and defense of a doctoral dissertation corresponding to at least 120 ECTS, the process of which is described in the Section Stages in the doctoral process, and
- A research training programme (60 ECTS) with both courses, modules, workshops, and individual scientific training activities, described in the DSM Doctoral School Section.
The programme is open for holders of recognized Master’s degrees (at least 300 ECTS). The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is conveyed after the defense of a PhD thesis that should outline the quality and originality of the research as well as the candidate’s ability to communicate about his/her area of expertise. The doctoral programme is subsidized by the Belgian state, implying that the total tuition, payable at definitive admission, amounts to 791 EUR (2008/2009) and the annual administrative fees are low, 11 EUR (2008/2009). Specific tuition reductions are possible for candidates that qualify for economic assistance. For detailed information about the financing opportunities for doctoral research in management, see Section.
The candidate is the person desiring to pursue the LSM doctoral programme.
A candidate is admissible into the doctoral programme on the following conditions that are verified and approved by the LSM Doctoral Bureau:
- Completion of Master’s degree in management (alt. M.Sc. in management) 120 ECTS with honors or equivalent, terminating undergraduate and graduate university studies of at least 300 ECTS. A student with a Master’s degree 120 ECTS obtained with honors or equivalent in a different field may be granted access after validating up to 60 ECTS of graduate coursework in management or equivalent.
- Proficiency in English (a level of 550 of TOEFL, a semester at an English-speaking university or equivalent may be required).
- Acceptance by a LSM faculty member to act as a temporary supervisor (mentor) for a specific theme or topic.
The quality of being a doctoral candidate in the LSM Doctoral programme does not imply any employment situation with respect to any of the institutions in the Académie.
The supervisor is a faculty member of an institution in the Académie Louvain, granted with the right to supervise doctoral research, able and willing to guide the research in a given field until completion of the thesis. A second supervisor may be appointed from an institution within or outside of the Académie Louvain, provided the criteria of eligibility and expertise in the field of study are fulfilled. Depending on the stage in the admission process, we distinguish between the roles of temporary supervisor and [permanent] supervisor, although normally both are performed by the same faculty member for a given candidate.
The temporary supervisor acts as a mentor, initiating the candidate in the doctoral process, in the selection of doctoral classes and activities and in the definition of the thesis project. The engagement with the temporary supervisor is limited to one year and is intended to be succeeded by either the designation of the temporary supervisor as permanent ditto, or the referral to another LSM supervisor, better suited for the candidate and/or the topic.
The supervisor guides and supports the candidate in the definition, structure, editing and presentation of the doctoral research, warranting for the scientific contribution of the final work and its process. The engagement between the candidate and the supervisor is reciprocal and lasts normally until the termination of the doctoral programme, unless terminated by mutual consent and with the confirmation by the LSM Doctoral Bureau.
Louvain School of Management Research Institute
The organization of UCLouvain is based on a distinction between “Schools” charged with the task of organizing the undergraduate, graduate and executive programmes, and “Institutes”, organizing the research with a specific domain. Each faculty member and research assistant at UCLouvain affiliated (affecté) with a single institute and may be associated (associé) with a second institute. For LSM, the research in Management is organized within ILSM (Louvain School of Management Research Institute) with the LSM Research Director as President of Institute.
The Institute organizes the research at LSM, the Working Paper series, the series of doctoral theses, the research seminars and the research incentive schemes, among other tasks related to the management, promoting and financing of the research. ILSM is internally organized in the LSM Centers of Excellence through the ILSM Board (Bureau ILSM) where each Center is represented by one member, in addition to the ILSM President and the Chairman of the LSM Doctoral Bureau.
The Doctoral Commission of the Académie universitaire Louvain (CODAL) operates at the level of the Académie. Its core mandate is to establish and enforce the doctoral regulation for all member universities and all disciplines, to arbitrate between doctoral commissions for domains (disciplines) (CDD) when necessary, and to solve eventual conflicts between doctoral students and their CDD. With respect to DSM, CODAL is primarily the ultimate instance for appeal and conflict resolution concerning decisions made by a concerned university, the LSM Doctoral Bureau and the Doctoral Commission of the Domain (CDD), notably the Doctoral Commission for Economics and Management.
The contact to CODAL is Marie Welch (UCL/ADRE).
CDD Economics and Management
The Doctoral Commission of the Domain (CDD) Economics and Management is mandated by the CODAL to supervise the different steps of the doctoral process (admission, confirmation, doctoral training, jury composition, ...), to authorize the candidate to pass onto the following step of his training and to solve eventual conflicts between a candidate and his/her supervisor.
LSM Doctoral Bureau
By delegation from CDD Economics and Management, the LSM Doctoral Bureau manages the pre-admission, the admission, the confirmation, the private and public defense for theses in the doctoral school. The bureau also administers the appointment of thesis supervisors, doctoral committees and doctoral jurys by validating the decisions at relevant site instances (Dean) prior to designations by the Rector of the site at which the defense will take place.
The LSM Doctoral Bureau is organized as to represent four subdomains: finance and accounting, management and organization, marketing and operations and information systems. In addition, the members of the LSM Doctoral Bureau act as the representatives of the Bureau at the member universities of the Académie. This is to ensure that information is available locally as well as coordinated centrally across sites and functional domains. The objective of the LSM Doctoral Bureau is to work both efficiently, that is operating a minimum number of members and levels of decision, and effectively, that is achieving a consistent, professional and timely control of the doctoral school.
The administration of the LSM Doctoral Bureau is centralized to Mme Sandrine Delhaye
Tel: +32 65 323 326
Fax: +32 65 323 223
Her office is located in the LSM/Mons Campus.
Université catholique de Louvain
Louvain School of Management, Mons Campus
Chaussée de Binche 151
Bureau of Research Institute LSM
The Bureau of the Research Institute LSM (ILSM) replaces the previous LSM Research Commission. It is responsible for the overall management of the research within LSM including the Centres of Excellence, the doctoral school and faculty research.
The chairman (the LSM Director of Research) of the LSM Research Commission is member of the LSM Executive Commitee, where major decisions regarding research activities are made. The Bureau also comprises the chairman of the LSM Doctoral Bureau, representatives for all Centers of Excellence, three representatives for the scientific staff and an administrative secretary.
LSM Centers of Excellence
The main research in the Louvain School of Management is organized within the Centers of Excellence. The centers provide inspiring research environments for senior and junior researchers through the organization of doctoral workshops, conferences and the seminars in their respective fields. In addition to fundamental research, the LSM centers of excellence perform applied research with private and public organizations within their domain of expertise. Most centers also maintain strong relations to disciplinary research institutes to ensure access to a large panel of researchers and projects.
All doctoral candidates must attend a DSM reading seminar in a center. Each center has a director and a doctoral coordinator that may provide information about the activities of the centers.
The supervisory panel is composed of the supervisor(s) and at least two other members having a doctoral title or equivalently. The supervisory panel is appointed by the LSM Doctoral Bureau on a proposal by the candidate and the supervisor. At least one member of the panel should be external to the research group of the supervisor. The panel helps or advises the candidate in his work in terms of research and international networking. The panel members should provide regular guidance during the entire duration of the doctorate, meeting at least once a year with the candidate.
The supervisory panel forms the jury for the Confirmation as well as the proposal for the members of the doctoral jury for the private and public defense of the thesis.
The doctoral jury is composed of the supervisor(s) and at least three other members, whereof at least one external to the Académie Louvain, usually an international scientist expert in the field of the thesis. The designation of the jury is made by the Rector of the institution at which the defense takes place on proposal by the LSM Doctoral Bureau, in its turn informed by the supervisory panel. The members are chosen on basis of their scientific merits in the field of the thesis and are eligible supervisors in their respective institutions. The same doctoral jury is evaluating both the private and the public defenses.