Grenoble School of Management

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Grenoble École de Management (GEM)
Grenoble École de Management
Logo Grenoble Ecole de Management.svg
Former names
Groupe École Supérieure de Commerce de Grenoble
MottoManagement Technology & Innovation
TypePrivate business school
Grande école
Established1984; 35 years ago (1984)
AffiliationCGE, AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA, G9+, Alliance Lyon Grenoble Business School
(emlyon-GEM Alliance)[1]
DeanLoïck Roche[2]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
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

Grenoble École de Management (GEM) is a French graduate business school specialised in business and management. It was founded in 1984 in Grenoble, France by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Grenoble. GEM is known for its teaching in business strategy, finance, and technology management. The school offers undergraduate and graduate programs as well as executive education on its two French campuses in Grenoble and Paris and its twelve international campuses.[4] It is one of the 76 schools in the world (1%) to have obtained the triple accreditation: EQUIS by the EFMD, AMBA, and the AACSB. GEM has 8,000 students of 159 nationalities enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programmes.



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.

1993: The first French DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) 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. Sup de Co Grenoble is in the World trade center, business area at Grenoble. Grenoble is recognized to be the "capital of the Alps" and ESC Grenoble for its collaboration with top 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)

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 eighth in the Financial Times ranking of European Masters in Management.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

2010: Grenoble Ecole de Management partners with Harvard Business School.[8]

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.[9]

2013: Grenoble Ecole de Management opens a new campus in Paris to promote its international and executive education programs.[10]

2016: The school partners with Hannover-based GISMA Business School to open a new campus in Berlin.[11] 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.[12]

2017: Grenoble Ecole de Management is consistently ranked among "the 5 best universities and business schools in France" according to Le Figaro,[13] Financial Times[14] for MS in management and by The Economist 2018 and QS World University 2018 for global MBA.

2018: Grenoble has a network of more than 33,000 alumni in the world with representatives at London, Dubai, Berlin, Hong Kong, San Francisco.


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.[15]

The school's DBA program is one of eight doctoral programs in the world to be also accredited by AMBA.[16]


The Grenoble Ecole de Management offers the famous program (MSc) taught in the most selective French business schools "écoles supérieures de commerce", the Bachelor of International Business (BIB) ranked first in France (Le Parisien)[17] and various undergraduate certificates and graduates including the MBA, EMBA, MIB, the 13 Master's level programs - All are delivered in English or French - emphasize innovation, technology and intercultural management.[18]

The doctoral (DBA) 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 organisational theory).[19]

Worldwide rankings[edit]

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Economist - Global MBA 84th 80th 80th 71th
FT - Global MBA - 94th 92th N.R. 98th
FT - Masters in Management 20th 13th 33rd N.R.
FT - Master in Finance 12th 12th 21st 16th

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: Marketing, Management and Technology, Accounting, Law and Finance, 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, Beihang University, McGill, and Columbia University. There are many international exchanges of staff and students including a longstanding partnership[20] with Trinity College, 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 participates each year in "Serious Games" with the MIT Sloan School of Business.[21]

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.[22]


Grenoble École de Management has over 90 research-active scholars,[23] 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:

  • Business & Finance
  • Economy, society, and organizations
  • Marketing
  • Strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship

Besides hosting a number of academic and applied research centers[24] GEM is part of various important national and international research initiatives such as: MEDFORIST, GIANT, and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

GEM is ranked by Shanghai's Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in the 201-300 segment for Management and Business Administration rankings and ranked third best French institution based on the Research citations criteria: number of publications, international outreach and impact, number of citations, as well as the number of articles published in a selected list of top journals.[citation needed]


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