The DBA program is divided into two stages:
STAGE I – TRAINING IN DOCTORAL RESEARCH IN MANAGEMENT SCIENCES:
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 at IMT Ghaziabad.
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
fulfill certain written work requirements. Four pieces of work must be produced:
- A Project Proposal (1500 words)
- A comprehensive Literature Review of publishable standards (7,500 words)
- A Research Proposal (7,500 words): fully justified research question and hypotheses,
intended methodology, pilot test study and expected results;
- A DBA thesis Research Plan and Scheduling
When successfully completed, stage I leads to the delivery of the Certificate in
Research in Management Sciences.
STAGE II: THESIS
(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
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.