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)


The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) aims for graduates to discern the emergent orientations to be applied within a company: This doctorate will assist you in acquiring and mastering the methodology of research to apply to your job.

The Doctorate of Business Administration offered by Grenoble Ecole de Management is a research-based doctoral degree that offers participants the opportunity to obtain the highest level, unique, and issue-driven qualifications in business .

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


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

DBA France in Grenoble (in English)

DBA China in Guangzhou (Sun Yat-sen Business School)

DBA China in Chongqing (Chongqing University; with Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa)

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

Michelle Mielly, Program Director


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, analyze, author, and publish research that meets doctoral standards. Students complete a series of four to six research training workshops that are held in Grenoble and partner countries.

Between workshops, students prepare a detailed research thesis proposal, complete a pilot study, and perform individual research and research fieldwork under the direction of doctoral supervisors. In order to proceed to Stage II, students are required to produce three pieces of written work. These include:

  • An extended research proposal (1,500 to 4,000 words);
  • A comprehensive publishable literature review (5,000 to 20,000 words); and
  • A preliminary thesis (15,000 to 30,000 words).

Successful completion of Stage I leads to the awarding 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 has an international reputation in technology management, business innovation, and organizational change management and provides a broad range of subject-area expertise.

The DBA thesis should exhibit substantial evidence of original scholarship that meets publishing standards and provides useful managerial recommendations.

DBA candidates are required to show their ability to conduct original investigations; test, apply, and examine their own and others’ ideas ; and understand the relationship between their themes and wider fields of knowledge.
Candidates may be required to identify current issues and apply relevant theories for problem solving.


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


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

  • Understand state-of-the-art research in their fields of study;
  • 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 practitioners in managing technology, innovation, and change; and
  • Gain legitimacy as researchers and faculty members in both academic and non-academic environments


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 degrees in this part-time program.



  • 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 DBA prior to applying for a position.


  • 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.
  • LLC
  • Terex Corporation


DBA program candidates are recruited from all over the world. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds—the sciences, humanities, and technical and engineering fields. Generally, they are high-level professionals, such as managers or executives with advanced degrees in business disciplines.

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

DBA France in Grenoble (in English)

DBA China in Guangzhou (Sun Yat-sen Business School)

DBA China in Chongqing (Chongqing University; with Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa)

Valérie Sabatier, Director Of The Doctoral School 

DBA Impact

Since 1993, our DBA research program has been actively connecting businesses and academic communities in order to enact change and promote progress through original and rigorous research.

Our DBA students’ research influences managerial and organizational milieus at the highest level. Each student’s thesis includes a chapter dedicated to the managerial implications of their doctoral research and offers relevant recommendations for organizations to overcome key challenges.

DBA students and graduates are encouraged to share their results and findings with the widest possible audience in order to inform and engage with their peers, organizations, and communities.

With a strong focus on dissemination to business and academic audiences, the combination of relevance and rigor in our DBA research supports our reputation in the management of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.


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