Grenoble School of Management

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Grenoble Ecole de Management
GEM - École Supérieure de Commerce de Grenoble
Former names
Groupe École Supérieure de Commerce de Grenoble
MottoBusiness Lab for Society
TypeConsular Higher Education Institution (EESC),[1] Business school
Grande école
Established1984; 37 years ago (1984)
AffiliationAACSB, EQUIS, AMBA, CGE, AGERA, G9+, COMUE Grenoble-Alpes Universities, Alliance Lyon Grenoble Business School
(emlyon-GEM Alliance)[2]
DeanLoïck Roche[3]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students9,000[4] (38,000+ alumni)
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, French

Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) is a French graduate business school 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 of Grenoble.

GEM's curriculums are specialized in business strategy, finance, innovation and technology management and recognized for expertise & research in leadership reviews.

The school offers undergraduate and graduate programs as well as executive education for managers and leaders in its two French campuses: Grenoble and Paris and its twelve international campuses.[5]

GEM is part of the Conférence des Grandes écoles, and is one of the only 1% of business schools in the world holding the Triple accreditation from the three international accreditation organisations : EQUIS by the EFMD, AMBA, and the AACSB.

GEM has the status of a Consular Higher Education Institution (EESC), owns an academic staff of 700 and 9,000 students among 159 nationalities enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programmes.[4]

The school has been ranked second after HEC for sustainable & ecology development by Le Figaro, FT and Davos's Forum.[6][7][8] Grenoble's city wins the European Green Capital 2022 award delivered by the European Commission.[9]



  • 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.[10] 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.[11]
  • 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.[12]
  • 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.[13]
  • 2010: Grenoble Ecole de Management partners with Harvard Business School.[14]
  • 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.[15]
  • 2013: Grenoble Ecole de Management opens a new campus in Paris to promote its international and executive education programs.[16]
  • 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.[17]

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.[18]

  • 2017: Grenoble Ecole de Management is consistently ranked among "the 5 best universities and business schools in France" according to Le Figaro,[19] Financial Times[20] 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 38,000 alumni in the world with representatives at London, Dubai, Berlin, Hong Kong, San Francisco.
  • 2018: GEM was ranked by QS Top Universities in the 201-250 segment for “Business & Management Studies“[21][better source needed]
  • 2019: GEM was ranked by QS Top Universities in the 151-200 segment for “Business & Management Studies“[21][better source needed]
  • 2020: GEM was ranked by QS Top Universities in the 101-150 segment for “Business & Management Studies“[22]


Since 2004, Grenoble Ecole de Management is one of the few (1%) management schools worldwide awarded with the prestigious "Triple crown" accreditations:

which distinguishes leading international institutions in business education.[23] Its accreditations are regularly renewed, and each one for the maximum period of five years.

The school's DBA program is one of only nine doctoral programs in the world to be also accredited by AMBA.[24]


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)[25] 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.[26]

Undergraduate Programs :

  • Bachelor in International Business (BIB) English Track
  • Certificate in Business Studies
  • Certificate in International Business
  • Undergraduate summer school

Postgraduate Programs :

  • Masters in Management (Grande Ecole Program): ranked 5-6th in last 10 years nationwide according to business media (Le Point, LeFigaro, L'Etudiant, Le Parisien...)
  • MBA (3 years experience): ranked 49th according to the Wall Street Journal and 70th in the Economist,[27] Global MBA Worldwide Ranking 2021
  • MSc Management in International Business
  • Advanced Master in Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Management
  • Advanced Master in Digital Strategy Management (formerly Digital Business Strategy) : ranked 2nd in France in 2020 according to Meilleurs Masters. This course takes place on the Paris campus.
  • Advanced Master in Energy Marketing and Management

MSc Programs :

  • MSc Business Development
  • MSc Entrepreneurship and Global Marketing
  • MSc Fashion, Design and Luxury Management
  • MSc Finance : ranked 16th worldwide, 12th in Europe and 6th in France by FT. The program provides preparation for the Chartered Financial Analysts®(CFA)
  • MSc Humanitarian Programme Management
  • MSc Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  • MSc International Human Resource Management
  • MSc International Management and Law
  • MSc Marketing Management

International Executive Education :

  • Certificate in Innovation Leadership
  • Certificate in Innovation, Design Thinking & Intrapreneurship
  • Certificate in Finance
  • Diploma in Management Consulting
  • Certificate in Digital Management
  • Certificate in International Business Development

Doctoral Programs :

The doctoral (DBA) programs have been running since 1989 and is currently (2019/2020) delivered in Europe/France (Grenoble) and USA (Los Angeles). Previously it was also offered in China, Switzerland, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. The GEM's DBA program is one of only 10 DBA programs in the World to be accredited by AMBA.

  • Ph.D in Business Administration :

The PhD program has been launched in 2009 and is offered in four majors : marketing, finance, strategy and innovation management, and organisational theory.[28]

Worldwide rankings[edit]

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Economist - Full Time MBA 84th 80th 80th 70th
The Economist - Masters in Management (Master in International Business) - - 20th - 37th
FT - Global MBA - 94th 92nd N.R. 98th
FT - Global EMBA - 67th 54th 60th
FT - European Business Schools - 17th 21st 26th 25th
FT - Masters in Management 20th 13th 33rd 43rd 47th
FT - Masters in Finance 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
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
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 and one of the leading business schools worldwide. In 2020, GEM is ranked among the top-16 European Business Schools[29] and top-12 for Finances in Europe.

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[30] 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 participates each year in "Serious Games" with the MIT Sloan School of Management, us.[31] 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.[32]


Grenoble Ecole de Management has over 90 research-active scholars,[33] 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[34] GEM is part of various important national and international research initiatives such as: MEDFORIST, GIANT, and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

Student life[edit]

GEM Alumni is the association of former students (38,000+) 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.[35]

The school is multicultural with the nearest foreign cities like Geneva, Switzerland, or with Turin, Italy.

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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