Grenoble School of Management

Grenoble Ecole de Management
Former names
Groupe École Supérieure de Commerce de Grenoble
Motto Management Technology & Innovation
Type Private business school
Established 1984
Endowment €54 million (2013)
Dean Loïck Roche[1]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 7,781
Location Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes, France
45°11′24″N 5°42′50″E / 45.190°N 5.714°E / 45.190; 5.714Coordinates: 45°11′24″N 5°42′50″E / 45.190°N 5.714°E / 45.190; 5.714
Campus Urban

Grenoble École de Management is a French business school founded in 1984 in Grenoble, France by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Grenoble. The School offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs as well as executive education on its two French campuses in Grenoble and Paris and its twelve international campuses.[2]

It has triple accreditation: EQUIS by the EFMD, AMBA, and the AACSB. In 2016, the school is ranked 6th nationwide,[3] 20th in Europe[4] and its Msc in Management (MIB program) is ranked 20th worldwide according to the Financial Times.[5] Grenoble EM hosts a talent pool of students from various nationalities and cultures.[6] It is situated in the Europole area, next to the World Trade Center of Grenoble.



1984: Foundation of Groupe ESC Grenoble, the first French business school to offer curricula based on Technology management.

1988: Launch of the first Specialized Master in International Marketing of New Technologies.

1990: 20th international exchange agreement with partner universities and schools.

1993: The first French DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) is developed at the school, in partnership with the Henley Management College.

1995: The Master in International Business (MIB) is created; the management of technology becomes intercultural.

1997: Opening up of 3000 square meters of space in the school dedicated to multimedia and international programs.

2000: Groupe ESC Grenoble receives EQUIS accreditation from the EFMD, placing it among the top business schools in Europe. A recruitment office is opened in Shanghai, to expose the Chinese market to the school's international programs.

2001: Groupe ESC Grenoble becomes a multi-site school by setting up its programs internationally: 1 in Russia, 1 in Moldova, 1 in Malta, 2 in China. 40% of the student body now comes from abroad.

2002: Thierry Grange becomes Dean and Director General of Groupe ESC Grenoble.

2003: ESC Grenoble group change its name and becomes Grenoble Ecole de Management.

GEM campus.

2004: Grenoble Ecole de Management obtains AACSB accreditation, an international recognition of the school's quality, and is awarded AMBA accreditation for its MBA program.

2005: The school's Master in International Business program receives PEMM accreditation from AMBA and is ranked 8th in the Financial Times ranking of European Masters in Management.[7]

2007: Geopolitics becomes compulsory both in the ESC Grenoble entry exam and in the core curriculum ("Grande Ecole program").

2008: Grenoble Ecole de Management is a founding member of the Innovation Campus GIANT alongside the ESRF, ILL, EMBL, CNRS, CEA, Grenoble INP and the UJF.[8]

2009: The school jumps 11 places in the annual Financial Times European Business Schools ranking, having been ranked in the top 20 best schools in Europe.[9]

2010: Grenoble Ecole de Management partners with Harvard Business School.

2012: Former Associate Director, Vice-Dean in charge of Academics, Research and Faculty, Senior Professor, Management & Behaviour, Loïck Roche becomes Grenoble Ecole de Management's third Director.[10]

2013: Grenoble Ecole de Management opens a new campus in Paris to promote its international and executive education programs.[11]

2016: The school partners with Hannover-based GISMA Business School to open a new campus in Berlin.[12] At the end of March, Grenoble Ecole de Management and EMLYON Business School announce their alliance, the Alliance Lyon Grenoble Business School, centered on innovation, entrepreneurship, growth and new business.[13]


The Grenoble École de Management is one of the few management schools worldwide awarded the prestigious "Triple Crown" (accreditations by EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA) which distinguishes leading international institutions in business education.[14] The school's DBA program is one of eight Doctoral programs in the world to be accredited by AMBA.[15]


The Grenoble Ecole de Management offers the traditional program taught in the French "écoles supérieures de commerce", a Bachelor of International Business (BIB) and various undergraduate certificates. Including the renowned MBA, EMBA, and MIB, the 13 Master's level programs - delivered in English or French - emphasize innovation, technology and intercultural management.[16]

The Doctoral programs have been running since 1989 and are delivered in Europe/France (Grenoble), USA, China, Switzerland, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi. The PhD program has been launched in 2009 and is offered in four majors (marketing, finance, strategy and innovation management, and organizational theory).[17]


  Area 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Business School
  Financial Times Europe 20th 26th 27th 21st 29th 27th
Grande Ecole – Master in Management
  Le Point France 6th 6th 6th 6th 6th 7th 7th
Challenge (biannual) 9th 9th 6th 6th
Le Figaro Etudiant   6th 6th 6th 6th 6th 6th
L'Etudiant 6th 6th 6th 6th 6th 7th 7th
Master of Business Administration
  The Economist World 84th 75th 69th 69th 63rd 62nd
Financial Times   94th
Master in Finance
Financial Times World 12th 12th 7th 9th 6th
Bachelor in International Business
Le Parisien France 3rd 2nd 4th
Le Figaro Etudiant (* not published) * * 4th
Executive Education
  Financial Times Open World 56th 58th 58th 59th 58th 57th 50th
Customized 78th 80th 74th 60th 53rd 59th 55th
EMBA 87th 70th

Financial Times

Executive Education (2012): 50th[18] (Worldwide)

Masters in Management (2012): 13th[19] (Master in International Business Program at Grenoble Ecole de Management)

Masters in Finance pre-experience (2013): 7th[20]

European Business School Rankings (2015): 20th[21]

The Economist

Full-time MBA (2011): 63rd[22] (Worldwide), 20th (Europe)

CNN Expansion

Full-time MBA (2010): 50th[23] (Worldwide)

Full-time MBA (2010 & 2011): 2nd in the "Rising Stars 2010 & 2011" ranking[24][25]

Pedagogy and departments

Pedagogy at the Grenoble School of Management is organized by the academic research departments (Marketing, Management & Technology, Accounting, Law and Finance, Management and Behavior, Modern Languages & Foreign Cultures and Applied Learning) and is delivered through a mix of face-to-face lectures, excursions, projects, and e-learning - in either English or French language. There are many international exchanges of staff and students including a longstanding partnership with Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

GEM Altigliss Challenge

Grenoble École de Management is home to over 20 student associations, the biggest association being Altigliss. The GEM Altigliss Challenge is a student skiing and snowboarding competition which is organised annually by Altigliss. It is a week-long event that takes place in the resort of Val d'Isère and features over 1000 participants from Grenoble School of Management and 30 other French Grandes écoles.


Grenoble École de Management has over 90 research-active scholars,[26] the school and its research are regularly ranked among top French and European business schools.

Grenoble École de Management conducts research in the following themes :

Besides hosting a number of academic and applied research centers,[27] GEM is part of various important national and international research initiatives such as MEDFORIST, GIANT, and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.


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