The DBA program is divided into two stages:
Philosophy, Methods and Tools (18 to 24 months)
The DBA candidate starts by learning research design, data collection methods, and data analysis techniques to conduct, write up, and publish research to doctoral standards. Students complete a series of four to six research training workshops held in Grenoble and in the partner countries.
Between the workshops there are periods of individual supervised research. The candidate prepares a detailed research proposal for his/her thesis. Under the direction of doctoral supervisors, the student also completes a “pilot study” before embarking on the main fieldwork for the DBA research.
Before being allowed by the thesis committee to proceed to stage 2, students must fulfil certain written work requirements. Four pieces of work must be produced:
When successfully completed, stage I leads to the delivery of the Certificate in Research in Management Sciences.
(24 to 30 months of part-time study)
The DBA research and thesis element of the program consists primarily of individual research, under the supervision of a fully qualified professor who brings a broad range of expertise and international reputation in technology, innovation and change management.
The DBA thesis should exhibit substantial evidence of original scholarship and contain material of a publishable standard, as well as useful managerial recommendations.
A candidate for the degree of Doctorate of Business Administration is required to show ability to conduct original investigations, to test, apply and/or examine ideas – his/her own or others’, and to understand the relationship of his/her theme to a wider field of knowledge.
This may involve the identification of current issues and the application of theory relevant to problem-solving in the candidate's work environment and/or the identification of both theoretical and practical issues to facilitate future implementation of operational and/or strategic plans within his/her organisation.
Each DBA candidate is assigned a research-active professor from Grenoble Ecole de Management.
The Supervisor brings a broad range of expertise and an international reputation in research on business innovation, technology management and the organisational dimensions of technological change. View all faculty