The DBA in Sustainable Innovation Management is delivered jointly by ICN Business School and the Business
Science Institute (BSI), Luxembourg. BSI is an independent institution that brings together international scholars
with the aim of developing doctoral-level executive education. The BSI DBA programme is AMBA accredited and
ranks #4 in the prestigious DUBAI RANKINGTM of DBAs (October 2020).
In addition, our DBA is offered as a dual degree programme with IAE Lyon, the School of Management at the
city’s Jean Moulin University.
DBA graduates receive both a university degree (“diplôme d’université”) of Doctor in Business Administration from Jean Moulin University and the title of Executive Doctor in Business Administration from ICN & the Business Science Institute.
Our DBA is designed for senior executives, managers, consultants and management educators with at least five years of management experience and qualified at Master or MBA level (or equivalent). The Online DBA in Sustainable Innovation Management is organised in three different stages and is normally completed in three to four years. Learning resources are accessed on our virtual learning platform (videos, articles, books, data analysis software, participant forums), enabling students to work remotely at their own pace.
Throughout the programme, students are guided and mentored by an experienced faculty member. Monthly online feedback meetings guarantee close, regular monitoring of student progress up to graduation.
Stage 1 is devoted to the acquisition of the knowledge and methodological skills needed for the DBA research. In addition, students follow courses on a broad range of contemporary issues in sustainability innovation management by leading experts in the field. Examples include:`
Finally, under the guidance of an experienced faculty member, students identify the research problem they intend to address in their thesis and map out the path to successful completion of their doctoral studies.
Mentored by their supervisor, students focus on their research and prepare their thesis in stage 2 of the programme (data collection, development of conceptual framework, drafting of thesis, etc.).
A highlight of stage 2 is the International Week, an in-person event that brings together doctoral students, alumni and faculty members and offers DBA students a unique opportunity to discuss and present their research and connect with past and present graduates . Students will also be given the chance to participate in DBA thesis defences.
The DBA thesis is completed in stage 3 and students defend their thesis. After successful completion of stage 3, students are awarded an Executive DBA by ICN Business School & the Business Science Institute and a DBA by IAE Lyon School of Management, University Jean Moulin.
Doctoral graduates are encouraged to publish their thesis in the Business Science Institute book collection.
After successful defence of the thesis, doctoral graduates receive both a university degree (“diplôme d’université”) of Doctor in Business Administration from Jean Moulin University and the title of Executive Doctor in Business Administration from ICN & the Business Science Institute.
Students also receive a certificate of research in business administration after successful validation of stage 1 of the programme.
To be eligible for the programme you will need to have 5 years of management or equivalent professional experience and an MBA or Master’s degree from a recognised academic institution.
You will also have to prepare the following documents for your application:
A good standard of written and oral English is required for the programme. Applicants’ English skills will be evaluated at the admission interview (no formal test required).
Recruitment for the next intake in September 2022 begins in April.
Promising applicants will be invited to an online admission interview after which a final decision will be made.
As the dates are subject to change, we invite you to regularly consult the school's website and the page dedicated to the DBA Programme
The tuition fee for the Online Executive DBA programme in Sustainable Innovation Management is €27,500, to be paid in two instalments.
A non-refundable administration fee of €150 is to be paid at the time of submitting the application.