PhD in Business Administration

Practical information

Program duration
Three to four years full-time in Grenoble, France. Phase 1: two years. Phase 2: two to three years

Entry requirements
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred. GMAT, GRE or TAGE MAGE required. English test (TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS)

Degree level

Full program fees
Admitted candidates usually receive a tuition waver and a monthly assistantship stipend.


A word from the program Director

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

Our program offers a unique combination of strengths. We have brought together the following key advantages to create a program that will prepare our graduates to work at leading international business schools:

Extensive methodological and theoretical training

We offer extensive training in up-to-date methods and theories. Formal training is supplemented by regular research seminars, in which leading experts from GEM and other universities present and discuss their latest research results.

Quality over quantity

We are firmly focused on the quality of our program. We keep our program small to ensure that each doctoral student receives the highest quality supervision.

A hands-on approach

Our program is very hands-on. From day one, PhD students are part of specific research groups and start working on research projects with faculty members. At the end of the first year, they write their first paper and usually present it at leading conferences; in some cases, the work of first year students is even published in a journal.

International publications for a global reach

Our program focuses on international publications. Doctoral theses at GEM follow the “3-paper” model. The dissertation consists of three independent but related academic papers, which are submitted to ─ and sometimes already published in ─ leading academic journals. This ensures that our graduates receive the best possible preparation for their future careers in academia.

Support for PhD research

Our experimental lab with state-of-the-art equipment combined with generous support for PhD student attendance at conferences and doctoral consortia, provides our students with the backing they need to succeed. Our doctoral students are fully funded thanks to tuition waivers and assistantships.

An international environment

With classes being taught entirely in English as well as faculty and PhD students from every continent, our students benefit from an international environment. We have contacts with universities and research institutes worldwide, a fact that offers PhD students many opportunities to take advantage of shared projects and presentations with visiting professors. We encourage our PhD students to spend time at our partner institutions as visiting doctoral students. Finally, our PhD students have the opportunity to teach in English thanks to our international undergraduate and graduate programs.

Recognized faculty

Our faculty members are extremely dynamic and very successful academically. The quality of our work and the academic level of the faculty is highlighted by our triple-accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA). Despite this recognized success, at GEM we are always looking for the next challenge and questioning how we can improve. This culture of innovation permeates not only our research, but the entire school.

Industry contacts

GEM has excellent contacts in numerous industrial sectors, especially with 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 fields such as nanotechnology, biotechnology and alternative energy. As companies and consumers face new challenges that require new theories and methods of study, our research aims to help shape the future.

Possibility to earn a doctoral degree recognized by the French government

Through our good relationships with French public universities, interested PhD students have the possibility to register for the Doctorat d’Etat with one of our partners and receive a doctoral degree recognized by the French government. 

Grenoble: a vibrant ecosystem

Grenoble is a wonderful place to live and study. It is not only a university town, but also a scientific and industrial one. As a result, the city's large international community is very active. The city is literally at the foot of the French Alps, offering countless possibilities for outdoor activities. It is also only a few hours away from Geneva, Italy, Paris or the Mediterranean Sea ─ with easy train connections to all destinations.

While it is difficult to summarize the many unique aspects of our PhD program, I hope I have given you a better feel for what makes it special. And of course, please take a look at what our own PhD students have to say about the program. I look forward to seeing you in Grenoble.


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


The PhD program is divided into 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 its expertise and created research teams in the following areas:

Organization Theory, Human Relation And Society


Accounting, Law And Finance

Strategy, Management Of Technology And Innovation

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 a chosen field

Students lacking a business background may be required to follow courses from our Master of Sciences in Marketing or our Master of Sciences in Innovation and Technology Management. 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: 200 hours). The goal is to provide students with the skills to use a wide range of methods. Depending on their chosen concentration, students can choose the methodologies they wish to study in-depth.

Methodological Seminars

Year 1:

  • Positioning your Work in Academia
  • Introduction to Statistical Methods in Research
  • Questionnaire and Scale Development
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • Essential Tools in Qualitative Research
  • Regression Analysis
  • Introduction to Theories of Management
  • Experimental Design and Analysis
  • Advanced Seminar in Marketing, Strategy and Finance

Year 2:

  • Multivariate Statistical Techniques(Quantitative Track)
  • Measurement Models and Structural Equation Models (Quantitative Track)
  • Publishing and Reviewing Successfully
  • Advanced Seminar II in Marketing, Strategy and Finance
  • Social Network Theory and Methods
  • Econometrics (Quantitative Track)
  • Ethnography (Qualitative Track)
  • Achieving Quality in a Qualitative Paper (Qualitative Track)
  • Computed Assisted Text Analysis (Qualitative Track)
  • Comparative Qualitative Analysis (Qualitative Track)

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 and writing of a specific part of an article.
Students also have to participate in internal research workshops. These workshops are usually organized on a weekly or bi-weekly basis by the various departments. They include presentations by internal or external participants as well as readings seminars. Students are also regularly asked to present their research at these workshops.

To pass Phase 1 and move on to Phase 2, students have to:

  • Validate all courses and seminars taken and maintain a cumulative GPA of 13/20.
  • Write a first year paper (empirical papers are preferred)
  • Co-author at least one article for an international conference (e.g. AMA, AoM, ACR, EMAC, AFM, SMS, EGOS, AIMS, etc.)
  • Take and pass a comprehensive exam (the second year paper). This paper must provide a review of a key area of research in the student's field of study. Submitted papers are similar to those which appear in the Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Economic Literature or Academy of Management Review.
  • Present a detailed research project for his or her dissertation.

At the end of Phase 1, students who have passed the requirements will be awarded an MPhil degree. In order to ensure that students are progressing adequately, a formal review of student progress is carried out each year.

Phase 2: Dissertation Work

This phase is devoted to the student's dissertation work. The student will have to choose his or her PhD supervisor and two committee members who will provide guidance on specific topics.

The chosen committee members may come from a faculty other than Grenoble Ecole de Management. Students have the possibility to defend their PhD on the basis of their 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 a scope, magnitude and originality as to indicate that the student has acquired sufficient knowledge of an area of study to demonstrate his or her ability to contribute to the field of study by producing new knowledge or a new outlook.


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:

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Ansart, S., Jaumier S., Le Loarne S. & V. Monvoisin (2014), Introduction : Les coopératives, des entreprises pour un monde meilleur ?, La Revue des Sciences de Gestion 49(5-6), pp. 71-73.
  • Daudigeos T., Pasquier V. et Valiorgue B. (2013), « Bouc-émissaires, lynchages médiatiques et contestation des pratiques irresponsables des firmes multinationales », Revue de l’Organisation Responsable n° 2-2014, 46-59.
  • Jaumier S. (in press), The Big Leap: A Story of the Public Accounting Firm that Wanted to Become a Co-operative, Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change.
  • Joannidès V., Jaumier S. & S. Le Loarne (2013), La fabrique du contrôle : une ethnométhodologie du choix des outils de gestion, Comptabilité Contrôle Audit 19(3), pp. 87-116.
  • Joannidès V. & S. Jaumier (2013), Résister à l’emprise de la gestion : ce que l’Armée du Salut nous apprend, Nouvelle Revue du Travail 1(3).
  • Joannidès V. & S. Jaumier (2013), De la démocratie en Amérique du Nord à l’accountability à la française : comprendre les origines sociopolitiques de l’accountability, Revue Française de Gestion 39(237), pp. 99-116.
  • Lee, S. Y., Pitesa, M., Thau, S., & Pillutla, M.M. (Forthcoming), Discrimination in selection decisions: Integrating stereotype fit and interdependence theories. Academy of Management Journal.
  • Oberoi, P., Haon, C., and Bodas-Freitas, I. (forthcoming), Organizing for Open Innovation: Incorporating the Externality of Control with Diversity of Contributions, M@n@gement.
  • Olsthoorn, M., Schleich, J., and Klobasa, M. (2015) Barriers to electricity load shift in companies: a survey-based exploration of the end-user perspective. Energy Policy 76( 2015) 32-42
  • Pitesa, M., & Thau, S. (2014). Lack of material resources causes harsher moral judgments. Psychological Science. 25(3), 702–710
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Porath, C. L., Gerbasi, A., & Schorch, S. L. (forthcoming) The Effects of Civility on Advice, Leadership, and Performance. Journal of Applied Psychology.
  • Rumble, R., & Mangematin, V. (forthcoming) Model Implementation: The Antecedents of Multi-sidedness. Advances in Strategic Management.
  • Thau, S., Derfler-Rozin, R., Pitesa, M., Mitchell, M., Pillutla, M.M. (Forthcoming), Unethical for the sake of the group: Risk of social exclusion and pro-group unethical behavior. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Book Chapters

  • Daudigeos T., Boutinot B. & S. Jaumier (2013), Taking Stock of InstitutionalComplexity: 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 (2014), 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. & A. Machut (in press), Naturalizing Techniques and Naturalized Discourses: A Thought on the Role of Media in the Great Recession, in P. O’Sullivan (Ed), Finance: From Hubris to Disgrace, Routledge, London.
  • 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.
  • Joannidès V., Jaumier S. & Z. Hoque (in press), Patterns of Board Room Discussions Around the Accountability Process in a Non-profit Organization, in Z. Hoque& L. Parker (Eds), Performance Management in Non-profit Organizations: Global Perspectives, Routledge Taylor & Francis, New York.
  • Mandalaki, E., Islam, G. (in press). Varieties of Global Responsibility: Culture and Institutional Diversity in CSR. In A. Stachowicz (Ed.), Corporate Social Performance – Reflecting on the Past and Investing in the Future, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • 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. (2014). 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.
  • Thau, S., Pitesa, M., & Pillutla, M.M. (2014). Experiments in organizational behavior. In M. Webster & J. Sell (Eds.), Laboratory experiments in the social sciences (Forthcoming). Boston, MA: Elsevier.
  • Tornikoski, E., A. Gerbasi, G. Molecke (in press) Personal networks and networking behavior of successful small business owner-managers. In Small Business in the 21st Century.

Edited Books

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

Case Study

Conference Presentations

  • Birau, Mia, & Carolina Werle (2014) Simply watching sports advertisements makes me eat more. Association for Consumer Research North American Conference, Baltimore, USA
  • Birau, Mia, & Corinne Faure. A self-efficacy mechanism to explain the backlash effects of negatively framed descriptive norms: an application to food waste behavior. Society for Consumer Psychology, Summer Conference, Washington DC, USA, 2014.
  • Birau, Mia, & Corinne Faure. Food Waste: Effects of expiration dates and of guilt-based advertising campaigns, European Marketing Academy, Valencia, Spain, 2014.
  • 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. Preventing Chiefs From Being Chiefs: An Ethnography of Day-to-day Resistance to the Iron Law of Oligarchy Within a Worker Co-operative, 9th Organization Studies Summer Workshop, Corfu, 2014
  • Jaumier, Stéphane. Preventing Chiefs From Being Chiefs: An Ethnography of Day-to-day Resistance to the Iron Law of Oligarchy Within a Worker Co-operative, CMS Doctoral Workshop 2014, Montpellier
  • Jaumier, Stéphane. Résister à la dégénérescence organisationnelle : Une étude ethnographique au sein d’une SCOP, 1ère Journée de Recherche Internationale sur la Gestion de l’Economie Sociale et Solidaire, Marne-la-Vallée, 2013
  • Jaumier, Stéphane with Thibault Daudigeos&AmélieBoutinot (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&AmélieBoutinot (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’AssociationInternationale 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
  • Jiang, Yi. Process of Shaping Business Models – Evidence from Entrepreneurs in Healthcare Sector in China; European Academy of Management Conference May 2014
  • Jiang, Yi. Relationship Between Value Sensing and Business Model Innovation; EGOS Ph.D. Workshop, July 2014
  • 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.
  • Mandalaki, Emmanouela, Similar threats, different strategies: “Glocalized” CSR reactions to cognitive framing of institutional pressures, BALAS conference,March 2015
  • Mandalaki, Emmanouela, Similar threats, different strategies: “Glocalized” CSR reactions to cognitive framing of institutional pressures, EGOS conference,July 2015
  • Mandalaki, Emmanouela, If it is bad it must have been on purpose: Affect and moral attitudes as moderators of ethical Judgment effects, Academy of Management Conference, August 2015
  • Mandalaki, Emmanouela, Islam Gazi: If it is bad it must have been on purpose: Affect and moral attitudes as moderators of ethical Judgment effects. EURAM conference, June 2014
  • Molecke, Greg. Cognition in Sensemaking Under Constraint and Emotion : A Dual Rational-Intuitive Sensemaking Model. Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia, United States, 2014.
  • Molecke, Greg. What you think about what you don’t think about: A two-phase, intuitive-then-rational sensemaking model. EGOS Conference, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2014.
  • Molecke, Greg and Jonatan Pinkse. Valuing Business Projects Aimed at Social and Environmental Innovation, Business of Social and Environmental Innovation Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2013.
  • Molecke, Greg and Jonatan Pinkse. Creating Objectivity in Social Entrepreneurship Impact Reporting Where There Is None. Academy of Management Conference, Vancouver, Canada, 2015.
  • Molecke, Greg and Jonatan Pinkse. The Social Entrepreneur’s Paradox: When Better Social Impact Valuations Do More Harm Than Good. EGOS Conference, Athens, Greece, 2015.
  • Movarrei, Reza, Olivier Trendel. The Influence of Product information on Status Consumption: The Mediating Role of Perceived Awareness of Others” EMAC 2014, Valencia, Spain
  • Movarrei, Reza, Olivier Trendel. Conspicuous Consumption and Awareness Overestimation; A Closer Look, EMAC 2014, Valencia, Spain
  • Movarrei, Reza, Olivier Trendel. The influence of information on status consumption; mediating role of perceived awareness, SCP 2014, Miami, FL.
  • Oberoi, Poonam and Christophe Haon. Diversity of community members and communication between them: Effects on contest performance, DRUID Academy 2014, Aalbourg.
  • 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.
  • Olsthoorn, Mark, Joachim Schleich, and Marian Klobasa. Barriers to electricity load shiftin companies: a survey-based exploration of the end-user perspective. ProceedingsECEEE Industrial Summer Study, Netherlands. European Councilfor an Energy Efficient Economy, 2-5 June 2014.
  • Olsthoorn, Mark, Joachim Schleich, and Marian Klobasa. Barriers to electricity load shiftin companies: a survey-based exploration of the end-user perspective. Proceedings14th IAEE European Conference, Rome, Italy. International Association for Energy Economics, 28-31 October 2014.
  • Pasquier, Vincent, Daudigeos, Thibault, Edwards, Tim & Stéphane Jaumier. How Can French Pragmatism Contribute to Critical Management Studies? Domination and Emancipation in Diverse Regimes of Action, 3rd European Theory Development Workshop, Amsterdam, 2014
  • 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.
  • Rose, Janna; Jathol, Bilal-Ahmed; Jiang, Yi; Patient-to-patient innovation as a bottom-up form of social innovation, Egos Colloquium, July 2014
  • Rumble, Ryan. Business models and the nature of value. EGOS 2014, Rotterdam
  • Schorch, Sebastian (with A. Gerbasi and B. Chollet). Avoiding or schmoozing? The role of competitors in innovative knowledge search, 24th SUNBELT Social Networks Conference, St. Petersburg, FL. (USA)
  • 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
  • Sengupta, Sanchayan.Does cultural value orientation really moderate justice perceptions of service recovery in the online medium?, Doctoral Colloquium- International Marketing Trends Conference, Paris, January 2015.
  • Watts, George (2013). Haute-coffee: communication and movement between a commodity exchange and a high-end aesthetic market, 29th EGOS Colloquium, Montreal.


Admissions Process


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher (Master’s degree preferred). European students can apply after their Bachelor's degree or after their first year of Master's studies.
  • Applicants with a Master’s in Research are welcome to apply and, depending on their previous training, may be exempt from certain courses.
  • Admission is dependent on:
    • Past grades
    • GMAT or GRE scores - Required for all candidates (TAGE-MAGE scores may be accepted for French students). A GMAT score of over 600 is recommended (test date less than five years ago). To send your GMAT score via ETS please select Doctoral School (PhD/DBA programs) as an institution listed under Grenoble Ecole de Management.
    • TOEFL,TOEIC and IELTS scores for non-native English speakers (test date less than five years ago). No score required for candidates who hold a degree from an English-speaking institution. To send your TOEFL score via ETS: use the code number 7905 assigned to Grenoble Ecole de Management-Doctoral School.
    • Recommendations from faculty. Letters of recommendation should clearly address the applicant's motivation, dedication and ability to undertake and successfully complete doctoral work.
    • 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 PhD program.



PhD program intake starts every year on October 1.

Deadlines for the next recruitment sessions:

  • First session deadline: January 13, 2016
  • Second session deadline: April 27, 2016


To register, please fill in the online application form. Please 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

Nadège Friess



  • 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).

  • 02 Jul

    PHD Dissertation Defense

    PhD candidate George Watts will defend his PhD dissertation titled "Innovation Under Extreme Constraints: The challenge of developing-country coffee producers to access global markets " on July 8, from 10:00 to 12:00 in F909 at Grenoble Ecole de...