Assistant / Associate Professor in Strategy & Leadership


emlyon business school is seeking an Assistant or Associate Professor to strengthen its Strategizing and Strategic Leadership team. The candidate should have interest preferably in one or more of the following topics: Upper echelon theory, strategic leadership, top management team, strategizing processes, management consulting. He or she should master either qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods.

The candidate is also willing to join a team with an innovative research stream and publications, to contribute to cutting edge course and program development projects (Master in Management, MSc, EMBA, Executive education and Consulting) in a fast-growing and promising academic discipline and to teach in both English and French.

Applications are invited at Assistant, Associate level – with a research focus- beginning full time in January 2022 in Lyon / Ecully campus, with possible travels to the other French campuses (Paris, St. Etienne).


emlyon business school, one of the leading French Grandes Ecoles in Management, has consistently been ranked among the top European Business Schools. It holds a triple accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA) and offers a wide range of programs including a BBA, MSc in Management, Specialized Master's degrees, MBA, DBA, PhD, as well as open and tailor-made executive programs. 

emlyon business school has campuses in France (Lyon, St Etienne and Paris), China (Shanghai) and Morocco (Casablanca).

Having celebrated its 140th anniversary in 2012, emlyon business school is a dynamic and innovative institution with a 160-strong faculty dedicated to develop excellence both in teaching and research thanks to unique and specific means (learning lab, clusters of excellence). emlyon's motto is Early Makers. This concept reflects our vision of entrepreneurs: individuals who try, experiment, make mistakes, start again and learn as they go. Entrepreneurs must now combine this dimension of doing and doing quickly with the ability to anticipate, mix and nurture ideas, see things before others and do things quicker than others. The entrepreneurs from emlyon business school are makers and early movers. They are early makers.


emlyon business school is at the center of a vibrant ecosystem of large universities with excellent research teams in engineering, computer science, natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities (see:

Lyon is the second largest city in France, with a long tradition in entrepreneurship and with a strong digital industry.

Further information


We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications in line with their level of application:

  • PhD / doctorate degree in Strategy, Management Science or related area
  • a strong research orientation, leadership and publication pipeline, demonstrated by capacity to publish in the top management journals in their respective research field (e.g., FT list)
  • evidence of excellent teaching achievements in French and English at different levels (undergraduate, masters)
  • proven teaching experience in strategy or related courses
  • proven capacity to develop courses and programs at the graduate and executive levels
  • desire to collaborate in a collegial and dynamic research and pedagogical team
  • desire and ability to support junior level researchers and supervise doctoral students (associate / full professor levels)
  • willingness to travel among our other French campuses (Paris, St. Etienne)


The candidate will be expected to contribute to and is regularly evaluated based on three areas of activities: (1) research performance, 2) teaching and student supervision, and (3) institutional service (e.g. administration, service in committees, representation of the school in the media and events).

We strongly encourage people of all backgrounds (gender, ethnic background, nationality) to apply.

Fluency in both English and French is required. The selected candidate is expected to be based in Lyon or nearby area. Emlyon has set-up a relocation policy to support the moving process.

Salary and conditions are competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • A cover letter including motivation to join emlyon business school
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A teaching statement (with teaching evaluations)
  • Reference letters from two referees

Possible questions about the position can be addressed to Patrick Besson, professor of strategic leadership: and Guillaume Carton, associate professor of strategy:

Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position has been filled.

All application materials should be submitted in English, via this website page. The application materials will not be returned.