Lab experiment procedure

All experimental/behavioral studies to be run at the ESSEC Lab or with ESSEC resources are subject to approval by the Dean for Research of ESSEC Business School.

The Dean for Research and the Lab Manager can further require the approval of the Research Ethics Committee of the school on all projects that address ethically sensitive issues.

PhD students that seek to run a lab experiment must also provide the formal approval of their Phd Supervisor.

The first step when planning to run an experiment is to register the project with the administration of the Lab, provide the essential information about the project and receive the formal approval. To register a project, you must fill in this form, and send it to the Lab manager, Ms. Delphine Dubart, at Please be extremely careful and precise when presenting the ethical challenges of the study. Normally you will receive an answer within a 15 days-period.

Project registration and information form

As a guide to fill in the form, please follow:

The Research Ethics Commitee comprises
- The Dean for Research
- The vice-dean for Faculty in charge with pedagogical activities
- The Associate Director of la Grande Ecole, in charge with students affairs
- A professor designated by the Dean for Research with expertise in research ethics.

Survey studies procedure

Sometimes you may want to run surveys in order to collect data for your research projects.

In the meeting on April 23, 2013, the Scientific Committee called attention to the fact that this tool should be handled with extreme care, in order to avoid tensions, would-be conflicts of interest, and excessive depletion of the scarce resource that are survey participants.

Three things that should be kept in mind when running a survey based study:

  • Firstly, surveys that involve any form of deception or ethical tension should be approved by the Ethics Committee of ESSEC Business School. For so doing, you have to request an approval of the Ethics Committee.
  • Secondly, any survey that involves the brand name of ESSEC Business School or a sub-unit of the school (such as the Department X, the Chair Y, the Programme Z, etc.) cannot be implemented without the formal written approval of the head of the respective sub-unit.
  • Thirdly, there are sets of subjects that require an integrated approach. Thus, when sending a mass survey to ESSEC MSc students, it should be approved by the Director of the Grande Ecole. When sending a mass survey to the Alumni or official corporate partners, the Dean of Faculty should approve the text and the Direction of External Affairs should be informed. Similar situations should be treated in similar ways.

In particular, PhD/Master thesis supervisors should make sure that students working under their supervision comply with these principles.