Ph.D in Business Administration

Practical information

Program duration
4 to 5 years FULL TIME based in Grenoble, France (Phase 1: 2 years) (Phase 2: 2 to 3 years

Entry requirements
Bachelor (Master degree is a plus) / GMAT or GRE or TAGE MAGE test required / English test (TOEFL or TOEIC)

Degree level

Full program fees
€ 9000 (year 1 and 2) € 3000 (from the third year). Admitted candidates typically receive a tuition waver and a monthly assistantship stipend.


“The PhD program at Grenoble Ecole de Management aims at educating scholars who will become faculty members in leading international business schools or universities. It is a 4-year full-time program, designed to ensure that students are involved very early on in research and develop a solid publication record during their PhD studies.

We believe that the following characteristics make our program special and will help our graduates get attractive academic positions in leading international business schools:

  •  We offer an extensive training in up-to-date methods and theories. We believe that the PhD is the time to acquire the methodological tools and theoretical perspectives that will serve as a basis for a successful academic career. Formal training is completed by regular research seminars, in which leading experts from GEM or other universities present and discuss their latest research results.
  • We believe in quality not quantity. Our program is small, ensuring that doctoral students receive high quality supervision.
  • Our program is very hands-on. From Day 1, PhD students are part of a specific research group and start working on research projects with faculty. At the end of their first year, they write their first paper and typically present it at leading conferences, sometimes even publish it in a journal.
  •  Our program focuses on international publications. Doctoral theses at GEM follow the so-called “3-paper” model. A dissertation therefore consists of 3 independent but related academic papers, which are typically submitted (possibly even already published), in leading academic journals. This ensures that students are best prepared for their future career as academics.
  •  We support our PhD students’ research: we have an experimental lab with 14 isolated cubicles, a subject pool, a well-functioning library, and a generous support of PhD student attendance of conferences and doctoral consortia. Our doctoral students are normally fully funded, either from GEM (tuition waiver and assistantship) or externally.
  • Our program is inherently international. The program is entirely in English, faculty and PhD students come from every continent. We have contacts with many universities and research institutes worldwide and PhD students can benefit from these contacts through common projects and interventions done by visiting professors. We encourage our PhD students to spend time as visiting PhDs in partner institutions. Finally, our PhD students have the opportunity to teach in English in our international undergraduate and graduate programs.
  •  Our faculty is very successful academically and exceptionallydynamic. The quality of our work and the academic level of the faculty are reflected in the accreditations we hold (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA). Just as importantly, people at GEM do not rest on their laurels; they are always looking for the next challenge and trying to get better. An innovation culture permeates the entire school, not only our research topics.
  • GEM has excellent contacts to industry, especially high tech industries. We are part of GIANT one of the most ambitious scientific projects in Europe. This gives us access to exciting projects in areas such as nanotechnologies, bio technologies, and alternative energies. Companies and consumers face new challenges in these areas, requiring new methods of study and new theories, and our research can help shaping the future.
  • Grenoble is a wonderful place to live and study. It is not only a University town, but also a scientific and industrial town – people choose to stay to work there after their studies. There is a large and very active international community. The town is literally at the foot of the French Alps, offering countless possibilities for outdoor activities. It is also a few hours away from Geneva, Italy, Paris, or the Mediterranean, with easy train connections in all directions.

While it is difficult to put it in words, I hope to have given you a better feeling about what makes our PhD program special. Please also take a look at what our own PhD students say about the program.”

Corinne Faure, PhD
Director of the PhD program
Professor of Marketing


This training consists of two phases:

  • Phase 1: Years 1 & 2 are devoted to courses, seminars and joint research projects with faculty members.
  • Phase 2: Years 3 & 4 are devoted to dissertation work.


The GEM faculty has developed expertise and constituted research teams in the following areas:

Phase 1: Training in research

During phase 1, students receive a thorough and sophisticated training in the latest methods of inquiry and state-of-the-art knowledge. The program is taught entirely in English.

1. Training in the chosen field:

Students lacking a business background may be required to follow some courses from the Master of Sciences in Marketing or the Master of Sciences in Innovation and Technology Management programs. The specific choice of courses will be made on an individual basis. Possible courses include marketing management, management of innovation, brand management, etc…

2. Training in research:

PhD students have to take at least 300 hours of advanced PhD seminars over the first two-year period. All students have to take seminars on the most commonly used methodologies in business administration research (minimum of 200h). The goal is to provide students with a toolkit of different methods. Depending on the chosen concentration, students can then choose the methodologies they want to deepen.

Methodological seminars:

Year 1 (110h) :

  • Overview of Research Methodologies
  • Introduction to Statistical Methods in Research
  • Scale Development (theory of measurement)
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Regression Analysis
  • Experimental Design and Analysis

Year 2 (108h) :

  • Descriptive Multivariate Statistical Techniques
  • Structural Equation Modelling
  • Decision Models
  • Meta-analysis
  • Network Analysis
  • Database Management

3. Practical Training in Research:

Immediately after their arrival in the program, students are integrated in a research team and start working on (at least one) research project. Within these projects they may have to perform several tasks such as: literature review, conceptual and theoretical developments, data collection supervision, design of the experimental procedure, writing of a specific part of an article…

Students also have to participate in internal research workshops. These workshops, typically organized on a weekly or bi-weekly basis by the Departments, consist of internal or invited research presentations and readings seminars. Students are also regularly asked to present their research at these workshops.

In order to move on to phase 2, the student will have to:

  • Validate all the courses and seminars he/she took and maintain a cumulative GPA of 13/20.
  • Write a first year paper (empirical papers are favored)
  • Co-author at least one article in an international conference (e.g. AMA, AoM, ACR, EMAC, AFM, SMS, EGOS, AIMS…)
  • Take and pass a comprehensive exam (the second year paper). This paper is to be an integrative review of an important area of research in the concentration of the student. The paper will be similar to a paper in Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Economic Literature or Academy of Management Review.
  • Present a detailed research project for his/her dissertation

In order to ensure that students are progressing adequately, a formal review of student progress is undertaken annually.

Phase 2: Dissertation work

This stage is devoted to the dissertation work of the student. The student will have to choose his/her Ph.D supervisor and two committee members that will provide guidance on specific topics (e.g. econometrics, neural networks…).

The committee members may be faculty not belonging to Grenoble Ecole de Management. The student has the possibility to defend his/her Ph.D on the basis of his/her publications.

The doctoral dissertation is designed to demonstrate that the candidate is capable of conducting significant independent scholarly research. The dissertation is expected to be of such scope, magnitude, and originality as to indicate that the student has acquired a command of the area being investigated and that s/he has the ability to contribute new knowledge or outlook to the field.


The co-production of rigorous, high-impact research makes graduates from this program highly attractive on the academic job market. Below are examples of recent publications by our PhD students in 2012-2013 :

Peer reviewed articles

  • Joannidès V.,  Jaumier S. & S. Le Loarne (in press),  La fabrique du contrôle : une ethnométhodologie du choix des outils de gestion, Comptabilité Contrôle Audit.
  • Joannidès V. & S. Jaumier (in press), Résister à l’emprise de la gestion : ce que l’Armée du Salut nous apprend, Nouvelle Revue du Travail.
  • Pitesa, M., Thau, S., & Pillutla, M.M. (2013). Cognitive control and socially desirable behavior: The role of interpersonal impact. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Forthcoming.
  • Pitesa, M., & Thau, S. (2013). Compliant sinners, obstinate saints: How power and self-focus determine the effectiveness of (un)ethical social influences. Academy of Management Journal.56(3), 635–658.
  • Pitesa, M., & Thau, S. (2013). Masters of the universe: How power and accountability influence self-serving decisions under moral hazard. Journal of Applied Psychology. 98(3), 550–558.

Book chapters

  • Daudigeos T., Boutinot B. & S. Jaumier (2013), Taking Stock of Institutional Complexity: Anchoring a Pool of Institutional Logics into the Inter-institutional System with a Descendant Hierarchical Analysis, in M. Lounsbury & E. Boxenbaum (Eds), Institutional Logics in Action, pp. 319-350, Emerald, Bingley.
  • Jaumier S. & V. Javicoli (in press), La coopérative et ses engagements : de la responsabilité au militantisme, in V. Joannidès & S. Jaumier (Ed), L'entreprise coopérative : le management de demain ?, Ellipses, Paris.
  • Jaumier S., Joannidès V. & F. Moulin (2012), Traduire, transmettre, coopérer : mais qu'est-ce qui intéresse vraiment le monde coopératif ?, in M. J. Brassard & E. Molina (Eds), L'étonnant pouvoir des coopératives, pp. 233-248, SIC, Québec.
  • Oberoi, P. and Islam, G. (2013), The Psychology of Justice in the Workplace: Meaning, Perception and Promotion, Praeger Handbook for Social Justice and Psychology.
  • Pitesa, M. (2013). The psychology of unethical behavior in the finance industry. In P. O'Sullivan (Ed.), From hubris to disgrace: The philosophy, politics and economics of finance in the early 21st century (Forthcoming). London, England: Routledge.
  • Pitesa, M. (2012). Employee surveillance and the modern workplace. In P. O'Sullivan, M. Esposito, & M. Smith (Eds.), Business ethics: A critical approach: Integrating ethics across the business world (pp. 206–219). London, England: Routledge.

Edited book

  • Joannidès V. & S. Jaumier (in press), L’entreprise coopérative : le management de demain ?, Ellipses, Paris

Case study

Conference presentations

  • Birau, Mia with Carolina Werle and Jennifer Coelho (2012).  Ironic effects of food commercial - When More Food-Related Mental Images Make You Eat Less, Poster entry, Association for Consumer Research, Vancouver.
  • Chatterjee, Pabitra (2013). The unseen exchange: An investigation into the social ingredient of customer satisfaction, Poster entry, Society for Consumer Psychology
  • Jaumier, Stéphane with Thibault Daudigeos & Amélie Boutinot (2013). Anchoring the Interactions of Institutional Logics into the Interinstitutional System. Composition Rules of Workplace Safety Logics in the French Construction Industry, 1902-2012,29th EGOS Colloquium, Montreal
  • Jaumier, Stéphane with Thibault Daudigeos & Amélie Boutinot (2013).Understanding Complex Forms of Domination in Late Modern Settings: A Historical Study of the Government of Workplace Accidents in the Last Century, 22ème Conférence de l’Association Internationale de Management Stratégique, Clermont-Ferrand . Best Theoretical Paper Award 2013
  • Jaumier, Stéphane with Vassili Joannidès (2013). Cooperatives, Capitalism, Critiques and Compromises: What Do French Worker Cooperatives Tell Us About Pluralism?,
    Society – Conventions – Organizations Workshop 2013, Innsbruck
  • Jaumier, Stéphane, with Vassili Joannidès & Françoise Moulin (2012). Traduire, transmettre, coopérer : Mais qu’est-ce qui intéresse vraiment le monde coopératif ?, , Sommet International des Coopératives 2012, Québec
  • Lee, S. Y., Pitesa, M., Thau, S., & Pillutla, M.M. (2013) Racial preferences in selection decisions: Integrating stereotype fit and interdependence theories. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Lake Buena Vista, FL.
  • Oberoi, P., Bodas-Freitas, I., and Haon, C. (2013), Solving Achilles's Heel Problem in Open Innovation: Role of Diversity of Contribution and Locus of Selection, 2013 SMS Annual Conference Atlanta.
  • Oberoi, P and Patel, C. (2013), Performance of Open innovation in IT-Based Services: Role of Outsourcing and Personalization, 2013 AMA Winter Marketing Educators' Conference.
  •  Pitesa, M., & Thau, S. (2013) Lack of material resources causes harsher moral judgments. Symposium on theoretical and empirical developments on motives of (un)ethical decision making and behavior (OB Division’s Best Symposium Award). Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Lake Buena Vista, FL.
  • Pitesa, M., Thau, S., & Pillutla, M.M. (2013). Salience of interpersonal impact limits the negative effect of cognitive depletion on socially desirable behaviors. Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  • Schorch, Sebastian with A. Gerbasi (2013). Bridging, Bonding, and Opportunities for Effectiveness Improvement, 29th EGOS Colloquium, Montréal Schorch, Sebastian with A. Gerbasi (2013).  Social Capital and Effectiveness Improvement, 23rd Sunbelt Social Networks Conference, Hamburg, Germany
  • Watts, George (2013). Haute-coffee: communication and movement between a commodity exchange and a high-end aesthetic market, 29th EGOS Colloquium, Montreal.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher (a Master degree is a plus). European students can apply after their Bachelor or after their first year of Master.
  • Applicants holding a Master in Research are welcome to apply and, depending on their past training, may gain exemption from certain courses.
  • Admission depends on the student's:
    o Past grades.
    o GMAT or GRE scores, required for all candidates (TAGE-MAGE scores may be considered for French students). A GMAT of over 600 is preferred (test taken less than five years ago).
    To send your GMAT score via ETS: select Doctoral School (PhD/DBA programs) as an institution listed for Grenoble Ecole de Management.
    o TOEFL or TOEIC scores, if applicable (test taken less than five years ago) for non-native English speakers. Exception for candidates who hold a degree from an English speaking institution.
    To send your TOEFL score via ETS: use code number 7905 assigned to Grenoble Ecole de Management-Doctoral School
    o Recommendations from faculty. Letters of recommendation should clearly address the applicant's motivation, dedication and ability to undertake and successfully complete doctoral work.
    o Other factors such as work and research experience.

Prior coursework in business administration is not mandatory for this program. Courses in related disciplines such as economics, mathematics, engineering, statistics or psychology provide the student with the background necessary for integrating and understanding the concepts taught in the Ph.D program.


The 2015-2019 PhD intake will start on October 1st 2015.

Recruitment for the 2014-18 intake is now closed. The online application database will reopen in October 2014.


  • 1st session deadline: 13th January 2015
  • 2nd session deadline: 24th April 2015


To register, please fill in the online application form, and ask your referees to send the reference form to :

Ms. Nadège Friess
Ms. Nadege Friess
Ph.D Admissions - Grenoble Ecole de Management
12 rue Pierre Sémard
38003 Grenoble Cedex 01 - France

Tuition fees and financial aid

The tuition fees are 9,000 Euros per year for the first 2 years and 3,000 Euros per year from the third year.

Grenoble Ecole de Management offers tuition fees waiver plus a teaching or research assistantship with a living allowance. Financial aid is provided according to merit and is conditional upon students’ progress and performance.



  • 20 Feb

    PHD Dissertation Defense

    PhD candidate Pabitra Chatterjee will defend his PhD dissertation on February 25, 2015, from 1 pm to 4 pm (room F909, Grenoble Ecole de Management).