My DBA recipe: patience, support and personal challenge

My name is Gerd Ehrhardt, and I have spent most of my career working in an international environment within the software industry. My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor in Engineering after which I went on to get my Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

A Lifelong learning experience

I have lived and worked in many countries on three continents; these include Germany, France, the USA, Singapore, and Jordan, and I have been taking on challenges in innovative management.

This path connected me with multiple great mentors—DBAs around the world who lead a successful professional life and are moving forward with the motivation to learn continuously as they perfect their business practices. These people inspired me to search for a reputable Doctorate of Business Administration program that is accredited by recognized international standards and which has a focus on technology and innovation within a multicultural environment and global marketplace.

The Grenoble Ecole de Management, with its triple-crown-accreditations by EQUIS, AMBA, and AACSB; and its partnerships and joint degree programs with business schools around the world, stood out to me as exemplary when it comes to developing a cross-cultural, global atmosphere for business and to continue my professional path.

Finding inspiration in your career

During my professional life working in various roles in modern, corporate business: sales, marketing, development, and human resources and also observing global trends, I became interested in developing a new framework for organizations to recognize and deploy innovative ideas from all important stakeholders for innovative products and services. The result of my study proposes a definition of a theory for condition setting to overcome challenging situations for millennial ideators.

While doing my DBA, I was able to extend my capabilities in management sciences and to become an inspired guest lecturer and World Economic Forum Agenda contributor.

A challenging journey

Undertaking a DBA was an exciting journey. There have been, however, challenges on both professional and personal levels, as obstacles naturally appeared during the course of my thesis’s development. Fortunately, my supervisor and the DBA program director offered their constant guidance during the development of my DBA thesis and my studies. Their esteemed direction and motivation supported me continuously throughout the program. Moreover, the involved faculty members from the Grenoble Ecole de Management offered advisory support through incisive questions that challenged me to extend my perspective as I navigated multiple obstacles. The Doctor of Business Administration program offered by the Grenoble Ecole de Management is definitely a program that strengthens you!

Dr.Gerd Ehrhardt – Grenoble Ecole de ManagementDoctorate of Business Administration alumnus 2017



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