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About the Doctoral School

The Grenoble Ecole de Management Doctoral School brings together research training at the highest level and builds upon two program areas – the Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) and the PhD.

In 1993, Grenoble Ecole de Management started the first European DBA program. The school’s aim was to bridge the gap between theory and practice with a doctoral program tailored to executives’ needs. In September 2009, after delivering DBA programs for over 15 years, Grenoble Ecole de Management opened a PhD in Business Administration program in Grenoble, a full-time study designed for those seeking careers in research and higher education in management sciences. 

The Doctoral School is committed to valorizing the intellectual impact of our worldwide community of researchers to support the mission of Grenoble Ecole de Management.

DBA Program

The part-time DBA program at Grenoble Ecole de Management offers senior managers, independent consultants, and academics the opportunity to leverage their careers and/or to make a transition into academia. The DBA is a program for those seeking to link corporate experience to rigorous and relevant research. It connects the business and research communities to enact change and foster progress through original and publishable research work.

GEM has designed a program that fits executives’ needs with the highest quality standards: we see the DBA program as a true research-based degree. From Day 1, participants start working on their research, and the program is designed to ensure that students carry out long-term research projects that are highly relevant to management practice and are based on up-to-date scientific knowledge.


Each doctoral student is assigned one or several research-active supervisors from our school or an affiliated institution, and our thematic research teams provide a framework for our doctoral students. 

Faculty who supervise doctoral students at Grenoble Ecole de Management have the opportunity to work with candidates who have met our demanding selection criteria. These students are often given privileged access to top-tier research in the fields of business and organizations, which provides them exciting opportunities for high-impact, novel research and joint publications.

PhD Program

The PhD program at Grenoble Ecole de Management aims to educate junior scholars who will become faculty members in leading international business schools or universities. It is a four to five-year full-time program designed to ensure that very early on, students are involved in research and develop a solid publication record during their PhD studies. This program follows a very hands-on approach to academic careers. From the beginning, PhD students are part of specific research groups and start working on research projects with faculty members.


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Updated on 09 February 2023 at 2h49 pm