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Grenoble Ecole de Management
GEM - Grenoble Graduate School of Business
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Grenoble Ecole de management (GEM)
Former names
Groupe École Supérieure de Commerce de Grenoble (ESC Grenoble)
MottoBusiness Lab for Society
TypeGrande école de commerce et de management; Consular Higher Education Institution (EESC),[1]
(Private research university Business school)
Established1984; 38 years ago (1984)[2]
AccreditationTriple accreditation:
AffiliationConférence des Grandes écoles;[3]
(emlyon-GEM Alliance)[4]
DeanLoïck Roche[5]
Academic staff
600 core and adjunct teaching staff[3]
92% PhD.;[6]
47% female;[6]
54% international[6]
Students7,000;[3] 130 nationalities
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
CampusUrban: Grenoble, Paris
LanguageEnglish-only & French-only instruction
Grenoble Ecole de Management is located in France
Grenoble Ecole de Management
Grenoble Ecole de Management
Grenoble Ecole de Management (France)

Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) is a French graduate business school (Grande Ecole) renowned for its teaching in innovation and management.

The consular institution was founded in 1984 in Grenoble, in the Auvergne-Rhone Alpes region, by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of Grenoble.

The school is ranked among the top 10 French business schools.[7][8]

GEM is part of the Conférence des Grandes écoles, and one of the only 1% of business schools in the world which holds the "Triple Crown" of international business school accreditations: EQUIS by the EFMD, AMBA, and the AACSB.

The school offers undergraduate and graduate programs: Master in Management, MSc, MBA, EMBA, DBA and PhD in management, and bachelor's degrees as well as executive education for managers and leaders in its two French campuses: Grenoble and Paris, and its twelve international campuses.[9]

In 2021, GEM is the first French business school to become an entreprise à mission.[10][11] Corporate social responsibility is managed by a committee of students, administrators and teachers. It aims to provide answers, through training and research, to the major challenges of the ecological, societal and economic transition.[12]



  • 1984: Foundation of Groupe ESC Grenoble, the first French Business school affiliated to Grandes écoles, 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.
  • 1993: The first French DBA (Doctor of Business Administration), AMBA accredited is developed at the school, in partnership with Henley Management College.
  • 1995: The Master in International Business (MIB) is created; the management of technology becomes intercultural.
  • 1997: Opening up of 3,000 square meters of space in the school dedicated to multimedia and international programs.[13] Sup de Co Grenoble is located in the World trade center, business area at Grenoble. ESC Grenoble collaborated with engineering schools (INPG, ENSIMAG, ENST Bretagne, Mines Telecom...)
  • 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 (International director, honorary consul of Norway, ex-CEO) 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. GEM is triple accredited with AMBA-EQUIS-AACSB.
  • 2004-05: The school's Master in International Business program receives PEMM accreditation from AMBA and is ranked eighth in the Financial Times ranking of European Masters in Management.[14]
  • 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.[15]
  • 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.[16]
  • 2010: Grenoble Ecole de Management partners with Harvard Business School.[17]
  • 2012: Former Associate Director, Vice-Dean in charge of Academics, Research and Faculty, Senior Professor, Management and Behaviour, Loïck Roche becomes Grenoble Ecole de Management's third director.[18]
  • 2013: Grenoble Ecole de Management opens a new campus in Paris to promote its international and executive education programs.[19]
  • 2016: On March 14, during an interview with "Le Monde", Lise Dumasy, president of the University of Grenoble-Alpes (UGA), declared that Grenoble-Alpes University and Grenoble School of Management (GEM) will deliver double degrees in Engineering, law, politics, philosophy and economics fields.
  • 2016: The school partners with Hannover-based GISMA Business School to open a new campus in Berlin.[20]

At the end of March, Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) and EMLYON Business School announce their alliance, the Alliance Lyon Grenoble Business School, centered on innovation, entrepreneurship, growth and new business.[21]

  • 2017: Grenoble Ecole de Management is consistently ranked among "the 5 best universities and business schools in France" according to Le Figaro,[22] Financial Times[23] for MS in management and by The Economist 2018 and QS World University 2018 for global MBA.
  • 2019: Grenoble has a network of more than 40,500 alumni in the world with representatives at London, Dubai, Berlin, Hong Kong, San Francisco.

Grande école degrees[edit]

GEM is a grande école, a French institution of higher education that is separate from, but parallel and often connected to, the main framework of the French public university system. Grandes écoles are elite academic institutions that admit students through an extremely competitive process, and a significant proportion of their graduates occupy the highest levels of French society.[24][25][26] Similar to Ivy League schools in the United States, Oxbridge in the UK, and C9 League in China, graduation from a grande école is considered the prerequisite credential for any top government, administrative and corporate position in France.[27][28]

The degrees are accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Écoles[29] and awarded by the Ministry of National Education (France).[30] Higher education business degrees in France are organized into three levels thus facilitating international mobility: the Licence / Bachelor's degrees, and the Master's and Doctorat degrees. The Bachelors and the Masters are organized in semesters: 6 for the Bachelors and 4 for the Masters.[31][32] Those levels of study include various "parcours" or paths based on UE (Unités d'enseignement or Modules), each worth a defined number of European credits (ECTS). A student accumulates those credits, which are generally transferable between paths. A Bachelors is awarded once 180 ECTS have been obtained (bac + 3); a Masters is awarded once 120 additional credits have been obtained (bac +5). The highly coveted PGE (Grand Ecole Program) ends with the degree of Master's in Management (MiM)[31][32][33]

Since 2004, Grenoble Ecole de Management is one of the few (1%) management schools worldwide awarded with the prestigious "Triple crown" accreditations :[34] Its accreditations are regularly renewed, and each one for the maximum period of five years.

Scope of business school accreditation for the three main global accrediting bodies AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA

The school's DBA program is one of only eleven doctoral programs in the World to be also accredited by AMBA.[35]


The Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) covers all fields of management by offering an academic program with: the Master in Management (Grande Ecole) taught in the most selective French business schools "écoles supérieures de commerce"; the Bachelor of International Business (BIB) ranked first in France (Le Parisien)[36] and various undergraduate certificates and graduates including : the MBA, EMBA, MIB, and the 13+ Master's level programs MSc. All are delivered in English or French - emphasize innovation, technology and intercultural management.[37]

The PhD program has been launched in 2009 and is offered in four majors : marketing, finance, strategy and innovation management, and organisational sciences.[38]

Worldwide rankings[edit]

Ranking 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Economist - Full Time MBA 84th 80th 80th 70th
The Economist - Masters in Management (Master in International Business) - - 20th - 31st
FT - Global MBA - 94th 92nd N.R. 98th
FT - Global EMBA - 67th 54th 60th
FT - European Business Schools 20th 17th 21st 26th 25th
FT - Masters in Management (worldwide) 20th 13th 33rd 43rd 47th
FT - Masters in Finance (worldwide) 12th 12th 21st 16th -
THE & Wall Street Journal - Master's in Finance - - - 12th -
THE & Wall Street Journal - Master's in Management - - - 14th -
THE & Wall Street Journal - Full time MBA - - - 49th -
América Economía - Global MBA - - 23rd 26th 18th
CNN Expansion - Part time EMBA - - - 31st 22nd
efinancial careers - Master in Finance - - - - 20th
Poets & Quants - Full Time MBA - - - 64th 43rd
QS World University Rankings - World University Ranking by Subject: Business & Management Studies 151-200 - 201-250 201-250 151-200
QS World University Rankings - Masters in Management - - - 26th 32nd
QS World University Rankings - Masters in Finance - - - 41st 46th
QS World University Rankings - Masters in Marketing - - - 36th 18th
Academic Ranking of World Universities - University Ranking by Subject: Business Administration - - - 201-300 101-150
Academic Ranking of World Universities - University Ranking by Subject: Management - - 201-300 201-300 201-300

GEM is consistently rated by the Financial Times, The Economist, Shanghai ranking and QS World University rankings as one of the top business schools in continental Europe ("Business administration", "Management", "Economics") and one of the leading business schools worldwide.

The school has been ranked second after HEC for sustainable & ecology development by Le Figaro, FT and Davos's Forum. Grenoble École de Management is recognized as one of[39] the observers of COP26.[40][41][42] Grenoble's city wins the European Green Capital 2022 award delivered by the European Commission.[43]

Pedagogy and departments[edit]

GEM is member of the Management School Chapter of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles and associated with Mines-Telecom, the number ONE group of Engineering and Management graduate schools in France.

Pedagogy at the Grenoble School of Management is organized by the academic research departments: Management and Technology, Marketing, Accounting, Law and Finance, Computer Science, Management and Behavior, Modern Languages and 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.

GEM also delivers courses entirely in English with : "100% English Track", "trilingual course", and :"transcontinental course" in agreement with Cambridge (UK), Beihang University (China), McGill (Canada), and Columbia University (USA).

There are many international exchanges of staff and students including a longstanding partnership[44] with Trinity College Dublin, and Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland (ranked in Times Higher Education's top 100 university-level institutions globally) and with other partners on five continents.

GEM collaborates each year in "Serious Games" with the MIT Sloan School of Management, us.[45] and with MIT GSW for Startup conferences.

The school is involved in the Global Compact program delivered by United Nations initiative (UN) that brings together firms, the business world and the civil society united on ten universal principles relative to human rights, working conditions and the environment.

GEM hosts the student association Altigliss which organizes the World cup Ski and Snowboard competition for students in the Alps.[46]


Grenoble Ecole de Management has over 90 research-active scholars,[47] the school and its research are regularly ranked among top European and French business schools.

Grenoble Ecole de Management conducts research in the following themes:

  • Business & Finances
  • Economy, society, and organizations
  • Marketing
  • Technology management
  • Strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship

Besides hosting a number of academic and applied research centers[48] GEM is part of various important national and international research initiatives such as: MEDFORIST, GIANT (CNRS), and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

Student life[edit]

GEM Alumni is the association of former students (40,500+) and is represented in several countries (London, Dubai, Hong Kong, San Francisco ...) with local branches, and animates meetings (webinars, business clubs, afterworks ...).

The student association GEM Altigliss Challenge organizes (21st edition) each year the student world cup of skiing and snowboarding in Alpin mountains.[49]

The school's location (HQ) is multicultural with 130 nationalities and with the nearest foreign cities : Geneva, Switzerland; or with Turin, Italy, and several offices in the World.

Since 2009 GEM has also hosted the annual "Grenoble Geopolitics Festival" to illustrate Geopolitic impacts and alliances on economics and financial markets.


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