Research at CDM

The faculty members of the College are nationally and internationally recognized for their research in the field of management, policy and finance. They publish broadly in important academic and public journals and regularly receive honors and awards.

Being a small faculty with only sixteen professors, the College is not taken into consideration by most of the international rankings. An exception is the CWTS Leiden Ranking, which uses size-independent indicators. In the Leiden Ranking 2014, EPFL ranks 21st in the world and 3rd in Europe in Social Sciences, confirming CDM’s strong scientific impact on the international stage.

The College’s high quality research is also reflected in the UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings™, which provides a ranking of the best Business Schools based on publications in 24 leading journals. If we take into account the number of publications and eliminate journals specialized in fields where the College is not currently active (e.g. Accounting and Marketing), [email protected] is placed 13th in Europe and 1st in Switzerland for the period from 2010 to 2014. However, if we conduct a per capita performance analysis for the same journals, EPFL also ranks first in Europe.

Institutes & Center


Management of Technology

The Management of Technology & Entrepreneurship Institute has been created to foster research and to offer strong programs in the fields of management of technology, entrepreneurship and public policy..



The Swiss Finance Institute @ EPFL has been created to foster research in finance and to develop a strong offering of programs in finance and financial engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The focus is on the areas within finance that have a natural interaction with mathematics, statistics, engineering, and science, namely, mathematical finance, financial econometrics, and entrepreneurial finance.

Enterprise for Society Center (E4S)

The Enterprise for Society Center (E4S) inspires economic and social transformation by producing, collecting and disseminating frontier research and science-backed evidence, with a view of helping enterprises and society develop practices, strategies and policies consistent with rising to the “grand challenges”, such as climate change, resource scarcity, social change, urbanization, or digitalization.