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Research at HEC Lausanne

Relevant research for business and society


Recognized as one of Europe’s foremost teaching and research centers in the fields of management and economics, HEC Lausanne-UNIL stands out for the importance it attaches to the quality of its research for more than a century. Aimed to train the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow, as well as to provide sound advice to organizations and policy makers, research is central to all activities of the Faculty, starting from its origins with the 2 famous economists, Léon Walras and Vilfredo Pareto.

Understanding the world in which we live, analyzing the trends of our time and forecasting their impact on individuals and organizations

Studies conducted in the Faculty by more than 300 researchers aim to understand the fundamental mechanisms and dynamics governing the economic and business world - be they of strategic, operational, financial, legal, behavioral or ethical nature - and to explore individuals’ behaviors and decision-making in this context. Discover - in English or French - a selection of the research work conducted by our professors on HECimpact blog!


Research at HEC Lausanne falls principally into two categories:


Understanding the business environment
One stream aims at understanding the macro-forces that shape the current business environment, e.g., the financial system, macro policies, globalization, technological changes, international conflicts, the role of the media, the societal push for CSR, and many others. The researchers of the Faculty analyse how the global environment is changing and how organizations can adapt.


Understanding individuals’ decision-making
The other stream is targeted toward better understanding micro-behaviors that determine individuals’ decision-making — beyond rational decision-making — notably through experimental approaches. Fairness and reciprocity, fast and frugal heuristics, learning and incentive effects are among the various phenomena we analyze. The applications are numerous and relate to various fields: economics, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, and business ethics.

The researchers at HEC Lausanne


Research at HEC Lausanne is an integral part of teaching. Every professor is also a researcher. Teachers share the insights from their research with students — be they undergraduate or executive — guaranteeing a high quality education, consistently at the forefront. At the same time, they equip students with a research mindset by training them in scientific methods, a blueprint for critical thinking and analytically-based decision making.


Get to know our researchers.


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