About this blog

This blog brings together news and views about doctoral education in business and management from the Doctoral School at Grenoble Ecole de Management and beyond.

We aim to draw upon our collaborations and experiences of providing doctoral education on a full and part-time basis to students around the world as well as the post-graduation experiences of early career researchers seeking to develop their careers.

We are particularly interested in having impact, the challenges that doctoral students and supervisors face, ideas and advice for surviving the doctoral journey and celebrating good practice and outcomes.

The blog was inspired by the Doctoral Knowledge Community at Grenoble Ecole de Management – a network of over 500 students, supervisors and graduates from our Doctoral programs.

Now we seek to extend the reach and input to this network and develop a community interested in exchanging news and views on doctoral education in business and management.


Valérie Sabatier

Valérie Sabatier-11

Valerie is Director of the Doctoral School and associate professor of strategy and innovation management at Grenoble Ecole de Management.

Her main research interests are in corporate strategy and industry evolutions. In particular, her research examines the relationships within and between business models portfolios and strategic disruptions in the biopharmaceutical industry. She also works on other industries facing discontinuities like the media industry.


Jean-Jacques Chanaron


Jean-Jacques was Research Professor with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) until he retired in January 2016 and is currently Professor of Economics and Scientific Director with the Doctoral School at Grenoble Ecole de Management.

He has published numerous books, articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference papers in Industrial Economics, Economics of Innovation, Management of Technology and Innovation. He is a leading expert in the automotive industry. He created the Grenoble DBA in 1993 and since then has managed and taught on various DBA programs. In April 2004, he was granted the IAMOT (International Association for the Management of Technology) award for research excellence in Technology and Innovation Management in Washington D.C.

Mark Smith

yammer_mar15Mark is a professor of human resource management at Grenoble Ecole de Management. His research interests focus on the development of policy around gender equality and the labor market outcomes for women, men and organizations including working conditions, working-time, and work-life integration. He has carried out research work for a number of European and National funding bodies and published widely.


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