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The 12th CIGREF-AIM award was given to I. Walsh, A. Renaud, and M. Kalika, authors of the article “The Translated Strategic Alignment Model: A Practice-Based Perspective”, which appeared in the journal SIM, Vol. 18, No. 2 (2013). The award was presented by Georges Epinette, CIO of Mousquetaires-Intermarché, on May 20, 2014, at the 19th AIM colloquium gala dinner in Aix en Provence.

CIGREF is an organization consisting of over 130 big French businesses and organizations from all business sectors (banking, insurance, energy, distribution, industry, services…). Its mission is to “promote digital culture as a source of innovation and performance.”

Created in 2003, the CIGREF-AIM award, which rewards the best article in SIM each year, demonstrates CIGREF’s support for and commitment to research, but also underlines the importance of the researchers’ managers’ opinions. This perspective perfectly matches that of the Business Science Institute’s Business Administration Doctorate program.

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“Knowledge society”: tired cliché or genuine issue? Who is involved? Who are the key players considered to be in this context? What is the role of managers in creating knowledge? Are the managers “consumers” of knowledge or do they see themselves as “creators” of knowledge? What is their understanding of “knowledge creation”? What place does technology have in communication?...

The Business Science Institute and its partner SPHINX have released a questionnaire offering the opportunity for community reflection on changes in organizations, management methods, career developments, training, and research management.

Fill out the questionnaire yourself and come back soon for the results.

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Frédéric Favre

The 23 managers and directors enrolled at the various Business Science Institute campuses (Geneva, Montreal, Tunis, and Dakar) have two types of motivation: personal, with the desire to complete a thesis, capitalize on their experience, improve themselves intellectually, and further realize their potential; and professional, because the Executive DBA allows practicing managers to stand out in an environment where master’s degrees and MBAs have become commonplace.

Frédéric Favre is the head of the Human Resources and Training department of Migros Valais in Geneva and the founder and manager of a business support company that works in personnel management. He joined the Business Science Institute in 2012.

He is preparing his Executive Doctorate in Business Administration on “The adaptive performance of employees”, directed by Alain Vas, professor of Business Administration at the Louvain School of Management (LSM).

For him, “this training is very important in two ways. First, It allows one’s employees to feel more at ease during their daily tasks and to enjoy them, since not understanding a large part of one’s job can cause frustration. Second, the professional world and its jobs are evolving. Since you are the occupant of your position but the owner of its expertise, it’s important to make yourself marketable as an employee. Businesses have to adapt to changes and need to be able to rely on their employees to help”.

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CEOs, engineers, computer engineers, comptrollers, and more, mostly from Dakar or Ivory Coast and 42 years old on average: these are the profiles of the first class of “students” at the newly opened Business Science Institute campus in Dakar.

These profiles attest to the accuracy of the Business Science Institute’s motivation/approach chart, a chart designed using experience from previous programs that identifies two types of motivation: personal and/or professional. Thesis topics are suggested during selection interviews, and deal with public administration, information systems governance, business performance, community-based businesses, and HR functions, as well as investments and financing. However, they are always written according to the writer’s personal management experience and to local context. These research topics will benefit businesses and managers alike.

The first seminar was held from January 23 to 25 and was led by professor Michel Kalika, Scientific Counselor of the Business Science Institute, and professor El Bachir Wade. This seminar dealt with the thesis writing process.

The second seminar, “Thematic Paradigm I”, is scheduled to be held from March 12-15 this year.
Dakar, Senegal Program Calendar

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Why does the Business Science Institute have more professors on its scientific council (nearly 70), than students (20)?

This may seem surprising at first, but there are actually two fairly simple reasons:

  • The first is that for an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration, strategic resources are first and foremost academic in nature; it’s the professor who supervises the student’s work and provides indispensable support to managers seeking to publish a thesis.

    That’s why the first step of the Business Science Institute’s Executive Doctorate in Business Administration project involved creating an international scientific council that brought together professors and doctors in management sciences from prestigious universities and Business Schools, all with experience in supervising research and with many publications to their name.

  • The second reason is that the managers applying for an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration usually come into the program with a specific research subject in mind, which relates to their competencies and professional experience. The Business Science Institute thus expects to work with a large range of competencies.

Many academic institutions only use a limited number of professors. The advantage of the Business Science Institute is that it has successfully creates a network of professors that transcends the boundaries of these institutions.

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The role and importance given to accreditations depends on the institution and the goals of its students:

  • Managers who wish to become tenured teachers at a university or Business School are advised to complete a traditional doctorate or Ph.D. Therefore, the institution’s accreditation is essential.
  • Managers looking to take a step back from their professional experience, fulfill themselves intellectually, and attain the personal accomplishment of producing a high quality, publishable doctoral work should consider an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration instead. Here, accreditations are of secondary importance.

But why were accreditations created?

At first, it was to verify that institutions were hiring professors with academic training and not just temporary practitioners. In 2012, the Business Science Institute’s main activity involved the creation an international scientific council of professors (nearly 70 today!) that would ensure high-quality and critical academic training.

The more one attempts to inspire respect in the hierarchy of diplomas, the more essential it is to have quality applicants and professors. Unlike an MBA, the value of an Executive DBA depends on the reputation of the professor supervising the thesis, the quality of the Scientific Council that approves it, and finally, the quality of the thesis, which will be published online or elsewhere.

Those working at the Business Science Institute are involved in other international organizations of accreditation, and take their roles very seriously. They know them well and praise them for the eminent role they’ve played in improving the quality of Business Schools in recent years.

By definition, accreditations impose regulations; however, the Business Science Institute has decided to use a “nonstandard” growth strategy that allows it to meet needs that accredited institutions sometimes have trouble meeting.

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The partnership between Business Science Institute and University of Technology, Sydney Business School (accredited by AACSB) gives students who are enrolled to the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (EDBA) the opportunity to follow seminars validated by the Australian university and  submit their research projects to a jury of professors from both institutions.

The following 3-day seminars will be administered on the program:

  • Managing the Executive DBA Thesis
  • Thematic Paradigm I
  • Thematic Paradigm II
  • Qualitative Methodology
  • Quantitative Methodology

During the course, students who are enrolled at the Business Science institute who chose to combine the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration with the Certificate of Research in Business Administration will have full access to the Business Source Premier online database via the University of Technology, Sydney Business School.

The Executive Doctorate in Business Administration will also be validated by the Australian university, which is accredited by AACSB.

For more information related to the Certificate of Research in Business Administration, email us at: info@business-science-institute.com

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The managerial and pedagogical team of the Business Science Institute is committed to certain ethical values and enforces them in its daily operations.


  • The team is forbidden to solicit or receive any gifts or favors from applicants or students. Any violation of this rule should be reported via a private message to ethic@business-science-institute.com.
  • The awarding of the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration diploma, like the Certificate of Research in Business Administration, is independent of the payment of enrollment costs for the Business Science Institute.
  • Because the Executive DBA relies mainly on a work of written personal thought, adherence to the laws concerning citations and plagiarism is absolutely necessary. The content of each thesis is routinely checked using plagiarism detection software (EPHORUS).
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Sans titre2A. Leclerc-Vandelannoitte, H. Isaac, M. Kalika, Travail à distance et e-management. Organisation et contrôle en entreprise, Dunod, juin 2013, 180 pp.



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