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Executive Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)

Focus area: 
Innovation Management
Application deadline: 
02.11.2015 to 01.11.2019
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Maximum Number of Participants: 
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The joint Executive Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) between the Institute of Management at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (IdM) and the Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) provides managers and executives with the opportunity to study, share experiences and carry on a research project in management, and especially in the management of innovation and technology, sustainability and health care.

1 – Introduction to DBA Research (36 hrs) – November 16-20, 2015
2 – Research design and literature review (36 hrs) – April 2016
3 – Qualitative research methods (36 hrs) – November 2016
4 – Quantitative research methods (36 hrs) – 3/7 April 2017
5 – Final workshop

The DBA program is suitable for young as well as experienced managers and for those interested in advancing their studies beyond a Master degree or MBA.  Our DBA programs are structured to let managers work on the development of their career and to successfully complete their doctorate program. Instructors and tutors work with managers side by side to identify a schedule that is compatible with their jobs and interests. Both IdM-SSSA and GEM bring together faculty with a broad range of expertise and an international reputation in research on business innovation, technology management and the organisational dimensions of technology change. The workshops are led by faculty from both institutions who are international leaders in their fields. In addition to this there are periodic workshop contributions from alumni and guest speakers from industry.

Candidates will need to have obtained a title of at least four years of university education; they must have a professional management experience of at least three years. Moreover the candidates must be able to write and read English with ease. 
Candidates will be selected on the basis of their CVs and motivational letters as well as the short preliminary research proposal.


The program consists of a combination of workshops and presentations interspersed by periods of individual research and supervision. It is structured so that participant will not leave their jobs and will combine research with ongoing careers in business, consulting, etc. It has two sequential parts. Students complete a series of 5 research training workshops held in Pisa and Grenoble during the first part of the program. The second part consist of individual research under the supervision of IdM and GEM. Each participant will have the support of two supervisors, one from each institutions, to work at the final thesis.

(approximately two years of part-time study)
This first part of the program consists of 5 compulsory 5-days workshops and a range of associated assessed projects and written work.

Workshops are held either in Pisa or Grenoble. This creates a rich international learning environment since workshops are attended by participants and led by faculty from both institutions.

The successful completion of this first stage is compulsory in order to move on to the second part of the program.

(approximately two years of research and writing).
This part of the program consists primarily of individual research, under the supervision of IdM and GEM, which bring together a broad range of expertise and international reputation in technology, innovation and change management.

The DBA thesis must be an original piece of work which a capable, well-qualified and diligent participant, properly supported and supervised, can produce in four years of research work. Each participant will have the support of two supervisors, one from each institution. The DBA thesis should exhibit substantial evidence of original scholarship and contain material of a publishable standard.

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.

The second part of the DBA regards individual research activity and includes the definition of a research topic, the interaction with an academic supervisors, the empirical research, the writing of the dissertation and the final discussion.

Programme Administrator Maria Francesca Zuddio
Tel:  +39 050 88 27 86
Programme Director Professor Andrea Piccaluga
Tel:  +39 050 88 39 66