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Academic partnership

Partnership between the Business Science Institute Luxembourg, IAE Lyon for the international development of a Doctorate in Business Administration program

The Business Science Institute and IAE Lyon – University Jean Moulin Lyon 3, established a partnership for the joint development of a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program.

The Executive DBA program is designed for senior executives and business leaders, as well as for holders of an MBA or equivalent master’s degree.

This program of continuing education is unique in that it enables business and organizational professionals to become “doctor-managers” and use their managerial experience to engage in a reflection on a subject related to managerial practices at the doctoral level and supervised by faculty members. It strives to stimulate creative capabilities in the domain of decision-making and strategy implementation.

The Executive DBA differs from a traditional doctorate through its more pragmatic orientation, all the while maintaining a crucial attention to research. As an executive program, DBA emphasizes the integration of management theory and practice in the workplace.

The program takes place over a period of three years, with five seminars lasting three days each during the first year, follow-up seminars during the second year and a thesis defense in the third year. During the thesis process, the doctoral managers benefit from regular and personalized supervision by a professor specialized in their field of study.

The Executive DBA of the Business Science Institute is unique in its design in that it is based on a Scientific Advisory Board consisting of seventy professors from various international universities. The Business Science Institute already offers an Executive DBA in France, Senegal, Switzerland, Mali, Luxembourg, and currently has an enrolment of over one hundred doctoral managers.

This partnership marks the commitment of both institutions to work in synergy, while pooling resources for the benefit of the DBA participants.

For the Director of IAE Lyon, Jérôme Rive, “this partnership is the outcome of the meeting of two major actors of continued education. The DBA is a continuing education degree whose format perfectly fulfills the expectations of experienced managers who wish to take a step back and reflect on their own experience while conceptualizing their skills and their knowledge. The traditional doctorate is poorly adapted to these individuals, and an MBA program does not respond to the same objectives, nor is it on the same level. The Executive DBA offers an additional track, and a means of strengthening the fruitful connections between academic research and high-level managerial practices.”

Michel Kalika, President of Business Science Institute insists on the importance of the partnership between IAE Lyon and the Business Science Institute. “On the one hand such a partnership provides academic recognition for the Business Science Institute. On the other hand, it allows both institutions to partner to create new programs attractive to international targets. Finally, it satisfies the demands coming from many managers for whom a DBA is a way to valorize their professional experience and create knowledge.”

About IAE Lyon:

  • IAE Lyon, University of Management – University Jean Moulin Lyon 3, is one of France’s most important centers for training and research in the field of management. IAE Lyon offers over 7,200 students in initial and continuing education high-level curricula and excellent teaching in the field of business administration and management.
  • IAE Lyon’s research activities and the knowledge they create guarantee high quality teaching, at the service of skills production.
  • IAE is also the partner of choice for companies and employees through its continuing education degree programs from Bac+3 to Bac+5 (among which are many part-time Masters and an International MBA), all accessible via the Validation des Acquis de l’Expérience measure, as well as through its short-term training offerings.

Partnership between Business Science Institute and University of Technology Sydney Business School

The partnership between Business Science Institute and University of Technology Sydney Business School was established on November 4, 2013. The University of Technology Sydney Business School is accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), which is an American association that recognizes excellence in business schools all over the world.

Through this collaboration, students of the Business Science Institute DBA program, are awarded a Certificate of Research in Business Administration after the presentation and approval of their research project by a jury of professors from both institutions.

Partnership between Business Science Institute and SKEMA Business School

The partnership between Business Science Institute and SKEMA Business School was established on June 6, 2016 for the development of the English language Digital DBA program. The first students began in 2017. SKEMA Business School is accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), which is an American association that recognizes excellence in business schools all over the world, as well as EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System).

Like the face-to-face programs, the Digital DBA program runs over three years. This remote program employs a mix of online resources (videos, intranet, bibliographical references) and individualized distance tutoring. The course content is developed by a team of about ten professors from both partner institutions. Each module is organised into “knowledge pods” that course participants cover at their own pace. A dedicated doctorate support team is available to each doctoral student-manager for information and consultation. This pedagogical approach to the DBA is innovative and is supported by SKEMA’s KCenter (Knowledge Center) and Business Science Institute faculty.

For Alice Guilhon, “This DDBA responds to a strong demand from international managers who want to study at doctoral level. A bended learning program offers an excellent way to combine SKEMA’s innovative developments and the efficient performance of global companies. This DBA consolidates SKEMA’s innovative range of Executive Education programmes for managers all over the world, helping them to address the challenges of the knowledge economy.”

For Michel Kalika. who is also a professor at the IAE LYON, “This partnership is based on our shared view of the importance of globalised academic training in Executive Education and the need to innovate rapidly, to offer a solution for managers who are unable to attend face-to- face training groups. The two establishments are in total synergy – SKEMA with its six campuses, three of which are abroad, and Business Science Institute with its experience of running distance DBAs with its professors - and both want to move forward quickly”.


Local partners

Partnership agreements are currently being considered for a variety of different locations for the beginning of seminars in the first quarter.

If you share our values and are interested in the development of our program in your area, please contact us for more information on partnerships with the Business Science Institute (answer within 48h).

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