Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)

Practical information

Program duration
Four years

Entry requirements
Master's degree + at least five years of professional experience

Degree level
Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

Objectives

The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) offered by Grenoble Ecole de Management is a research-based degree that offers participants the opportunity to obtain the highest level of qualification in business.It is a unique, research-based, issue-driven qualification that culminates in a doctoral degree (Doctor of Business Administration).

It is a unique, research-based and issue-driven qualification that culminates in a doctoral degree.

The Grenoble DBA is particularly focused on the management of technology, organizational change and innovation. However, the program can also cover more traditional research topics in fields such as management, finance, marketing and organizational behavior.

Locations

The Grenoble DBA is delivered in various locations thanks to partnerships and joint degree programs with business schools around the world.

Northridge, USA (California State University Northridge)

Grenoble, France and Pisa, Italy (joint degree with Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa)

Geneva, Switzerland (Webster University)

Shanghai, China (Tongji University)

Guangzhou, China (Sun Yat-sen Business School)

Chongqing, China (Chongqing University; joint degree with Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa)

Ghaziabad, India(Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad)

Grenoble, France (Programme DBA en français)

Regardless of the location, the content is the same and participants who successfully complete the program are awarded a Grenoble DBA degree.

Mark Smith, Director of the Doctoral School on Campus Channel

Program

The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) program is divided into two stages:


 

Stage I – Training in Doctoral Research in Management Sciences:

Philosophy, Methods and Tools (18 to 24 months)

DBA students start by learning methods and techniques for research design, data collection and data analysis in order to conduct, write up and publish research that meets doctoral standards. Students complete a series of four to six research training workshops, which are held in Grenoble and partner countries.

Between workshops, there are periods of individual supervised research. Students prepare a detailed research proposal for their thesis. Under the direction of doctoral supervisors, students also complete a "pilot study" before carrying out the bulk of their DBA research fieldwork.

In order to proceed to stage II, students are required to produce three pieces of written work:

  • Extended Research Proposal (1,500 – 4,000 words)
  • Comprehensive Literature Review of publishable standards (5,000-20,000 words)
  • Preliminary Thesis (15,000–30,000 words)

Successful completion of Stage I leads to the delivery of the Certificate in Research in Management Sciences.

Stage II: Thesis

(24 to 30 months of part-time study)

The DBA research and thesis portion of the program consists primarily of individual research, under the supervision of a qualified professor who provides a broad range of expertise as well as an international reputation in technology, innovation and change management.

The DBA thesis should exhibit substantial evidence of original scholarship that meets publishing standards and provides useful managerial recommendations.
A DBA candidate is required to show his or her ability to: conduct original investigations; test, apply and examine his or her own ideas as well as others; understand the relationship between his or her theme and a wider field of knowledge.

Candidates may be required to identify current issues and apply relevant theories for problem-solving.

Faculty Members

Each DBA candidate is assigned a research-active professor from Grenoble Ecole de Management or a partner institution.

The supervisor brings a broad range of expertise and an international reputation in research on business innovation, technology management and the organizational dimensions of technological change.

Careers

The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) program enables students to:

  • Understand ‘state-of-the-art’ research in their field of studyAcquire the necessary understanding and expertise in methods and techniques for research design, data collection and data analysis
  • Acquire the necessary understanding and expertise in methods and techniques for research design, data collection and data analysis
  • Conduct, write and disseminate high-quality, doctoral-level research
  • Achieve a greater level of effectiveness as a professional practitioner in managing technology, innovation and change
  • Gain a legitimacy as researcher and faculty in both academic and non-academic environments

Companies gain from applied research

Companies that choose to sponsor Grenoble Ecole de Management DBA candidates benefit directly from their research and studies. Each candidate conducts doctoral research on current business and management issues that are often based on their companies' current and anticipated needs. Additionally, companies can keep valuable managers on-board while they pursue their doctoral degree in this part-time program.

Companies

OUR DBA GRADUATES ARE CURRENTLY TEACHING IN UNIVERSITIES SUCH AS:

  • American University of the Middle East-Kuwait
  • Antalya International University
  • Arab Open University
  • Argosy University
  • Athens University of Economics and Business
  • AUL University - School of Business
  • California Lutheran University
  • Community College of Vermont
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • Crowder College
  • Durham College
  • Ecole de Management Leonard de Vinci
  • EM Normandie
  • Emporia State University
  • EPF Engineering School
  • ESC Rennes School of Business
  • ESDES Business School
  • ESSCA (École supérieure des sciences commerciales d’Angers)
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Florida International University
  • Groupe ESC La Rochelle
  • HEC Montreal Business School
  • Hong Kong Institute of Technology
  • International University in Geneva
  • Lebanese American University
  • Lebanese Canadian University
  • Megatrend University
  • Menlo College
  • Modern University for Business and Science
  • Moody College of Business
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Newcastle University
  • Notre Dame University
  • Okanagan College
  • Our Lady of Holy Cross College
  • Saint Joseph University
  • School of Business, Robert Morris University
  • Southern University at New Orleans
  • Universidad de Monterrey
  • Universidad Externado de Colombia
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina, Pembroke Campus
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Holders of Grenoble doctoral degrees are eligible to apply for academic positions in most international universities and institutions of higher education. Many alumni from our doctoral programs currently hold tenured positions in accredited business schools worldwide. We recommend that graduates check eligibility requirements and recognition of the Doctorate in Business Administration prior to applying for a position.

OUR DBA GRADUATES CURRENTLY WORK IN COMPANIES SUCH AS:

  • Allibert-Trekking
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • China Pacific Life Insurance Co., Ltd.
  • Credy Banka
  • Ericsson
  • Fluor
  • Ingénieurs du Monde
  • Nexans
  • PSA Peugeot Citroen
  • Quantar Solutions Ltd.
  • Seezenn.com LLC
  • Terex Corporation

Admission

 

Candidates for this program are recruited from all over the world. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds – sciences, humanities, and technical and engineering fields. Generally they are high-level professionals, usually managers or executives with advanced degrees in business disciplines.

Admission and application procedures differ depending on which program you wish to attend:

Northridge, USA(California State University Northridge)

Grenoble, France and Pisa, Italy (joint degree with Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa)

Geneva, Switzerland (Webster University)

Shanghai, China (Tongji University)

Guangzhou, China (Sun Yat-sen Business School)

Chongqing, China (Chongqing University; joint degree with Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa)

Ghaziabad, India(Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad)

Grenoble, France(Programme DBA en français)

Dr. Sabatier, DBA program Director at Grenoble Ecole de Management, explains the DBA application process, including research proposal.

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