Analysis of the program by Campus-Channel

What we noted

Grenoble Ecole de Management

Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)

The Grenoble Ecole de Management DBA is a research-based and issue-driven qualification that provides a doctoral degree. It focuses on technology management, organizational change and innovation. The programme is offered in France or USA. The content of the programme is the same regardless of the location. It is divided into two stages: doctoral research training in management sciences, followed by the DBA research and thesis writing.

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Entry Requirements: Master + at least 5 years of professional experience
Accreditations: AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS
Duration: 4 years
Location: France: Grenoble / USA: New York & Burbank
Language: English
Selection: Academic qualifications + research proposal
Member of the Conférence des grandes écoles




Zooming in the interviews


The questions

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  • Pierre-Yves Sanséau - DBA Program Director (USA-California)
  • 00:17

    The Corporate Speech


    Could a DBA help me advance in my career if I don’t have interest in academia?


    Hello, thanks for organizing this video chat. Basics questions are: duration, framework / main steps / workload / support/coaching. Thanks.


    Do many graduates from the DBA program pursue international careers in academia and/or in business?

  • 06:01

    What is the difference between a DBA and a PhD? Does one have more prestige?


    I would like to research the integration of AI into HR, but I’m not sure what angle I would like to take. Do I have to have a clearly defined topic to apply?


    Should my professional experience be at the managerial level? What’s the typical professional background of candidates?


    My writing skills are average. I get the job done. I know there’s a lot of writing in these programs, so would you say I should be an excellent writer to pursue the DBA?

  • 10:05

    Does GEM have campuses in the US and Turkey for the program, or is it “housed” with another university?


    What courses are included in the year of methods? Do you have any modules on big data analysis?


    Do candidates ever take longer to complete their thesis in stage two? Is it possible to extend?


    For the thesis defense, what kind of preparation does the program provide for candidates? Any coaching? I’m not a great public speaker.

  • 14:41

    What is the success rate of the DBA? Do candidates ever drop out?


    What is the stage two process like? Are there certain checkpoints or frequent meetings with advisors?


    What would you say is the biggest challenge most DBA candidates face?