HEC Liège strives for academic excellence in management and economic studies. In particular, it aims to become a recognized player in the production and transfer of knowledge.


As of October 1, 2023, Laurence Dessart, Vice-Dean for Research, will head up HEC research.

In line with the school’s mission, academic excellence at HEC Liège is measured through the impact of its research on its national and international scientific community, on its economic and social environment, and on its undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students.

Scientific research at HEC Liège is currently conducted within the organizational unit "HEC Liege Research". This unit includes more than 110 FTE researchers (faculty, senior and junior scientists) who are active in various fields of economics and management science. 

HEC Research has defined four strategic objectives to target excellence in research:

  • Objective 1. To deliver high-quality research results.
  • Objective 2. To develop an international reputation for the quality of its research.
  • Objective 3. To be internationally recognized for its economic and societal impact.
  • Objective 4. To train and educate qualified and productive scientists 

The unit is subdivided into 7 sub-units associated with strategic research fields where the school has significant experience and a critical mass of researchers, publications, teaching and corporate collaborations



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Since 2017, three research areas have been designated for two years as areas of expertise for making significant progress in the three research KPIs.  This designation is to recognize their efforts toward excellence. Areas of Expertise are determined every two years in the following three categories:

  • International Quality Research: awarded to the field that has had the most publications appear in A+, A and B journals according to the HEC Liege Academic Journal Guide 
  • International recognition: awarded to the field whose scientific productions have been the most cited (measured by the KPI "H-index of the team")
  • Externally funded research: recognizes the research area that has obtained the highest funding for their researchers.

The three designated expert areas for 2021-2022 (based on 2019-2020 results) are:

  • "Business Analytics & Supply Chain Management" for their high-quality international research
  • "Economic Analysis & Policy" for their international recognition 
  • "Strategy & Performance for the Society" for their externally funded research.

For more information, see our Annual Report!

HEC Liege Academic Journal Guide                         HEC List of Academic Publishers

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