Program Objectives & Structure

A glance at DBA Program

Program Objectives

  • The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) offered by Grenoble Ecole de Management is a research-based degree which is the highest-level business qualification attainable.
  • It is a unique, research-based, issue-driven qualification that culminates in a doctoral degree (Doctor of Business Administration).
  • It focuses on the broad area of the management of technology, organizational change and innovation. It can also cover more traditional research topics in the fields of management, finance, marketing, organizational behaviour, etc.


Program Structure

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 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.


(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.