The DBA: The missing link?

Gaël Fouillard, Director of Executive Education

In this post, Grenoble Ecole de Management Director of Executive Education Gaël FOUILLARD discusses the benefits of collaboration between researchers and corporate partners and points out the advantages of efficiently connecting both parties in order to bring relevant research, knowledge, and added value to the partners and customers.

The DBA community is an essential valuable resource that can be tapped by employing a more systematic approach and cultivating better communication between the DBA community and Executive Education, and this could help identify future strategic opportunities.
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Ramadan: an exercise for the body, soul and… the Doctorate

Amira Baha Aldeen (Grenoble DBA 2015)

In this month’s blog post Amira Baha Aldeen (Grenoble DBA 2015) discusses the challenges and the advantages of studying in the holy month of Ramadan. Between 6th June and 6th July Muslims around the world have been fasting, including active doctoral students. Followers of the faith are encouraged to abstain from eating food or drinking water starting from sunrise to sunset. The fast is meant to be both a spiritual and physical challenge. But what it is like to continue with doctoral studies during this period? Already a major challenge for many students!

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Making Innovation Last


In this post Christophe Haon and David Gotteland – professors from the Marketing Strategy and Innovation team of Grenoble Ecole de Management – discuss their major project to map the state of the art knowledge in innovation research – a key theme of research among faculty and doctoral students at Grenoble. A project that culminated in the book Making Innovation Last, co-authored with Hubert Gatignon (INSEAD). Their two-volume book deals with a hot topic and, like a doctorate, it was a long time in the planning and execution… but in this case more than 10 years of preparation and 4 years of intense writing!

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So What Next After Graduation?

Mark Smith, Director of the Doctoral School

Following graduation in March, this month Mark Smith reflects on the prospects for graduates leaving doctoral programmes. Last month we celebrated the success of our Grenoble PhD and DBA graduates, along with their research, in front of a large audience. As is often the case the doctoral students were the finale of the ceremony, marking their achievement at the pinnacle of academic qualifications. Across the world doctoral candidates are hard at work finalising their theses or responding to examiners’ questions and comments but they should not forget to look forward to what comes afterwards

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The ‘What’, the ‘Why’ and the ‘How’: The benefits of Connecting with Faculty Research teams.


Marc Baumgartner, DBA Candidate 2014

This month Marc Baumgartner (DBA Grenoble 2014) discusses the benefits of participating in an event hosted by the research team linked closest to his doctoral research topic. In late 2015 Marc came to Grenoble Ecole de Management and joined the in-house conference “The Business Model Days” at GEM. Continue reading “The ‘What’, the ‘Why’ and the ‘How’: The benefits of Connecting with Faculty Research teams.”

How to Understand Managers, Researchers, and Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Greg MOLECKE, PhD Candidate

This month Greg Molecke and Sanchayan Sengupta, both PhD full-time students at Grenoble Ecole de Management share their thoughts on what managers can learn from researchers and how to make cookies.

Sanchayan SENGUPTA, PhD Candidate

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Assessment of (Doctoral) School Academic Impact

Thierry GRANGE, President of the Strategic Board, Grenoble Ecole de Management

Assessing the academic impact of a school on society is indeed an old story. For a long time, this practice has been based on faculty reputation, the quality of intellectual contributions and occasionally the professional glory of graduates. In 1916, the AACSB began offering institutional accreditation for business schools in the USA. The purpose was to provide applicants with more relevant information about the quality of these schools.

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Impact at the School Level: How Doctoral Studies Support the Business School Mission

Professor Loick Roche, Dean and Director of Grenoble Ecole de Management


To mark the visit of the EFMD/FNEGE this month for the Business School Impact Survey we continue our series about doctoral studies and impact. In this post Loick Roche and Mark Smith outline how to interpret impact at a school level and how doctoral education can support school strategy. In the case of Grenoble Ecole de Management this means aligning with the school’s vision to become a School for Business for Society.



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The Non-Academic Impact of Business Research

LoMarkGreents of people are talking about impact in terms of how we influence our stakeholders. Top schools have worked out how to produce academic output and even measure it. But we all recognize that even the most-cited, top-quality articles are probably only read by a handful of other academics. Shouldn’t we hope for a bit more? This month, Mark Smith starts a series of reflections on this fashionable but somewhat ambiguous topic and what it means for doctoral research. Continue reading “The Non-Academic Impact of Business Research”