THE FIRST INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (IAE) IN FRANCE
IAE Aix-Marseille was founded in 1955 based on the model of American business schools attached to major universities. Our ability to innovate is anchored in that history, which is notable for the pioneering development of numerous educational innovations.
IAE Aix-Marseille stands out today through two strategic axes defining its pedagogy, research, and relationships: the I3 Lab and the “humanistic leadership” project.
IAE Aix-Marseille operates somewhere between private management schools and public universities. This positioning allows us to combine the dynamism and flexibility of a school closely linked to the business world with the values of public services, educational excellence, and research. As the business school of Aix-Marseille University (AMU), IAE Aix-Marseille fits perfectly into the university’s strategy of academic excellence, internationalization, and professional development.
A university business school fueled by prolific research activities
The development of universities has accelerated in recent years with the support of the Investments for the Future program and the Excellence Initiative. In 2021, those programs enabled AMU to obtain the largest budget of any French university. IAE Aix-Marseille’s presence within AMU promotes the development of multidisciplinary research projects and a culture of scientific excellence. AMU operates in an innovative ecosystem with the support of projects such as CISAM +, SATT, and the Impulse incubator. This unique environment bring today’s research closer to the business world than ever before and magnifies the role of research in management.
Since its creation, IAE Aix-Marseille has adopted an international perspective, with internationalization placed at the very heart of our strategy. That is reflected in our truly cosmopolitan and multicultural environment. International students make up 30% of our student population, which includes nearly 50 nationalities. All our French students go abroad on exchange programs or on study tours to our network of partner universities.
Training courses favored by companies
IAE Aix-Marseille has offered training expertise in the major fields of management for over 60 years. Its programs have continued to develop, professionalize, and become increasingly international throughout those years.
The rapid integration of our graduates into the workforce is a testament to the quality of the training they receive and its relevance to companies’ needs. More than 50% of our Master 1 students pursue their training as apprentices, as do nearly 90% of our Master 2 students. On completing their studies, 95% of our graduates are recruited to positions of responsibility within three months following graduation. More than 21,000 alumni represent the school in universities, business schools, companies, and organizations around the world.
Welcome to IAE Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management, the business school of Aix-Marseille University, the world’s largest French-speaking university. Choosing to study at IAE Aix-Marseille is a decision to pursue excellence, diversity, and internationalism.
Excellence is demonstrated by accreditation (EQUIS) and rankings (Financial Times, SMBG, and others) attesting to the quality of our training.
Diversity is reflected in our programs being open to atypical profiles, dual skills, sandwich courses, and continuing education.
The international dimension is represented on our campus by people of 50 nationalities, including international students, guests, teachers, and speakers from across the business world, and by programs taught entirely in English.
- Nearly 50% of our students pursue their studies as apprentices;
- About 30% of our students are international, and 50 nationalities are represented on campus;
- 310 international academics and professionals work at the school;
- IAE Aix-Marseille is home to CERGAM, the leading management research center in France in terms of the number of theses defended every year;
- 94% of our graduates are hired within three months following their graduation.
IAE Aix-Marseille is a cosmopolitan environment, with diverse cultural and scientific influences, where students are encouraged to exercise their creativity and develop new projects in line with our values of humanism, responsibility, and the common good.
Join our teams and live our motto: “empowering humanistic leadership.”
Antonin Ricard, Dean of IAE Aix-Marseille
IAE Aix-Marseille’s mission of “empowering humanistic leadership” and democratizing management to make it accessible to all is in keeping with AMU’s social commitments to:
- Empowerment: Strengthening our people’s self-determination by changing their self-perception and how they view the future.
- Humanism: Instilling a sense of civic duty and ethics combined with disciplinary knowledge and skills.
- Leadership: Preparing future business and academic leaders.
Our mission is based on two central and transverse projects: the “humanistic leadership” project and the I3 project.
A school with strong values
IAE Aix-Marseille’s values are built on our university’s roots and define our CODE: commitment to the common good, open-mindedness, diversity, and excellence.
As a university business school, IAE Aix-Marseille holds dear the public service values of neutrality, equality, and continuity. Naturally, the school is committed to the common good, which guides all relations between teachers, administrative staff, and students.
Students from diverse backgrounds develop their open-mindedness while studying at IAE Aix-Marseille. The expression of divergent opinions promotes understanding of the reasoning behind the opposing arguments. Open-mindedness thus promotes mutual understanding and helps future leaders to learn to work as a team in a constructive and coherent way to achieve common goals.
Diversity is a shared value of the school and AMU. Students entering IAE Aix-Marseille reflect international, disciplinary, generational, and social diversity. In that respect, the IAE Aix-Marseille community is similar to that found in international companies.
Excellence is based on an academic environment which is unique in France. CERGAM is France’s the largest management laboratory (in terms of the number of theses defended). Immersed in an academic environment of the highest quality, the faculty strives to encourage and disseminate pedagogical excellence.
With these values to guide us, IAE Aix-Marseille strives to contribute to a sustainable society with responsible managers able to adapt to change and committed to the common good. The development of our humanistic leadership project illustrates the impact the school’s values have on its pedagogical approach.
A unique model
IAE Aix-Marseille initiated an ambitious project in 2018 to build on its deep academic roots and strengthen its mission of “empowering humanistic leadership.” Our mission has taken shape through two strategic axes with three objectives: to disrupt the traditional pedagogical approach by breaking the codes of teaching around a theme of the future; to produce scientific research that feeds this pedagogy; and to respond to the socioeconomic world’s needs by building bridges between business, research, and pedagogy.
The first axis, the I3 Lab, is aimed at empowering our students and developing their situational intelligence by using entrepreneurship as a pedagogical model. The second axis, “humanistic leadership,” is aimed at developing our students’ emotional intelligence by exposing them to the world of associations and humanitarianism.
The ICube Lab
In a global context that can be described as VICA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous), IAE Aix-Marseille is committed to a unique program focusing on entrepreneurship to develop the skills of the future. ICubeLab takes an integrated approach to empowering our students by developing their situational intelligence. The ICube Lab is leading a paradigm shift from a teacher-researcher posture of unidirectional transmission of knowledge to one that is more focused on coaching. This program is supported by the Entrepreneurial Legitimacy Chair (CLE), which was established to foster a better understanding the conditions for start-up legitimacy and its impact on firms’ performance. The ICube Lab has a profound impact on the local entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem through various events (such as the summer university on entrepreneurial legitimacy), providing advice, and organizing exchanges with the various players in this crucial ecosystem.
The humanistic leadership project
In 2018, IAE Aix-Marseille initiated an ambitious project with a societal aim. This project is designed to transmit the school’s values to our students, cultivate a more humane leadership, and raise our future graduates’ awareness of the humanitarian, economic, social, and environmental role they will play in society so that they contribute to its sustainability. The pedagogical dimension is carried by a type of service learning activity (learning through service and commitment) that combines management learning objectives with civic engagement with associations and NGOs. It promotes initiative-taking and civic engagement while emphasizing critical thinking and personal reflection. A third of our teacher-researchers provide the research dimension of this project by working on related themes. Two research chairs have also been established to make that research more relevant to the problems faced by companies. This project has direct positive externalities for the associative (humanitarian, social, and environmental) and socioeconomic world thanks to student actions, the various events organized (such as the ADERSE congress), exchanges with stakeholders, and the Management Oath taken on graduation.
A true social elevator
IAE Aix-Marseille wants to promote social mobility. The school is fully invested in developing sanwich programs by working with a vast network of partner companies. As a genuine springboard into working life for students, our sandwich programs are now a real success, with 50% of eligible students benefiting. This success is also demonstrated by an exceptional rate of student work integration after graduating from IAE. The Financial Times ranks the school as number one in France for value for money, with an employment rate of 94% within three months and an average salary of EUR 42,000..
IAE AIX-MARSEILLE, A SPECIAL STATUS WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY
IAE Aix-Marseille, like other management schools within universities, enjoys a special status (Article L713-9 of the Education Code) ensuring its autonomy in strategy, finance, and human resources.
IAE Aix-Marseille is the only part of AMU to be considered a graduate school. It holds that status because it delivers management degrees almost exclusively at the master’s and doctoral levels.
At the strategic level, IAE Aix-Marseille governance is based on three councils:
- The Institute Council, consisting of teacher-researchers, staff, students, business representatives, and local institutions.
- The Strategic Orientation Council, made up of representatives from the local and international business world.
- The Research Orientation Council, composed of internationally recognized teacher-researchers
At the operational level, IAE Aix-Marseille governance is based on two committees:
- The Management Committee, composed of the institute’s directors and associate directors, supports and implements the strategies determined by the boards.
- The Executive Committee, composed of the institute’s five executives, is responsible for implementing the services activities.