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.