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DBA France

Our DBA France cohort is comprised of senior managers, consultants, and academics from all over the world, seeking to excel in applied research. This program offers participants the support necessary to publish scholarship that impacts business and society.

A Word from the Academic Director

LOUIS Dima.pngThe DBA journey is a life-changing and transforming experience. You will develop research, professional and personal skills that will allow you to make intellectual contributions to your field of research, and make a real managerial, organizational, and/or societal impact. You will learn from, and engage with our international research faculty members, in addition to developing long-lasting relationships with other students and members of our global alumni network. As a proud GEM DBA graduate myself, the DBA transformed my career and changed the way I approach both managerial and societal issues. I look forward to welcoming you to our DBA program, and to being part of your unique DBA journey". - Prof. Dima Louis, Academic Director - DBA France

Program Schedule for 2024 Intake

Required coursework includes (2) On-Campus Research Seminars, (2) Online Research Seminars, (8) Online Workshops, and is marked by qualifying deliverables and milestones over three years.

Phase 1

Seminar 1: Welcome & Introduction

November 4 - 8, 2024 - GRENOBLE, FRANCE

Workshop 1: Implementing the Research Proposal

January 13, 2025 - ONLINE - 5pm-7pm (Paris-time) 

Research Proposal Submission

March 10, 2025 - ONLINE SUBMISSION

Seminar 2: Research Design & Literature Review

March 18 - 21, 2025 - ONLINE

Literature Review Submission

September 12, 2025 - ONLINE SUBMISSION

Seminar 3: Research Methods (Qualitative or Quantitative)

October 6 - 10, 2025 - PARIS, FRANCE

Workshop 2: Prepare Dissertation Proposal

December 1, 2025 - ONLINE - 5pm-7pm (Paris-time) 

Dissertation Proposal Submission

March 13, 2026 - ONLINE SUBMISSION

Workshop 3: Preparing Dissertation Proposal Defense

March 16, 2026 - ONLINE - 5pm-7pm (Paris-time) 

Dissertation Proposal Defense

April 9, 2026 - ONLINE
 

Phase 2

Phase 2 includes (8) online Specialization courses. Dates to be announced.

Seminar 4: Advanced Research Methods (Qualitative or Quantitative)

April 10 -12, 2026 & April 24 - 26, 2026 - ONLINE (over two weekends)

Workshop 4: The Road to Final Defense

May 18, 2026 - ONLINE - 5pm-7pm (Paris-time) 

Workshop 5: Academic writing skills

July 6, 2026 - ONLINE - 5pm-7pm (Paris-time) 

Workshop 6: Theoretical Contribution & Impact

October 5, 2026 - ONLINE - 5pm-7pm (Paris-time) 

Workshop 7: Managerial Contribution & Impact

February 8, 2027 - ONLINE - 5pm-7pm (Paris-time) 

Workshop 8: Communicating your Research

June 21, 2027 - ONLINE - 5pm-7pm (Paris-time) 

Thesis submission (green-light from supervisor)

October 31, 2027

Program content subject to change.

View the DBA USA Program Schedule

Updated 1/2/2024