Vous êtes ici

DBA Testimonial: Dr. Yao Laurel Xiao

Publié le
01 Mars 2021

On October 7, 2018, I completed my first full marathon in Chicago. Less than one year later, on September 3, 2019, I defended my thesis and obtained my Doctor of Business Administration in Grenoble. When I was asked by GEM DBA Academic Director Michelle Mielly to share my DBA and marathon experience, I could not help but wonder about the similarity.

After five years of teaching at a post-secondary institution, I knew a doctoral degree was what I needed to further my career. After extensive research, I discovered the DBA program at Grenoble Ecole de Management. The triple-crown recognition caught my attention, and I submitted my application without any hesitation.

The first trip to Grenoble was exciting: fantastic professors, awesome classmates, and amazing food. But challenges did not take long to show up. Finding the time to do research while working a full-time job was harder than I thought. Weekends, which I counted on to do research, passed by very quickly. From determining the topic, finding relevant literature, designing an experiment, to collecting data, nothing was either easy or smooth. I hit the wall almost every month. Looking back, I wish I had run the marathon earlier. Here is why.

First, a good plan is everything. I had never been an athlete, but luckily, I started with a good training plan. The plan was challenging but flexible, four to five runs per week according to my schedule. The plan was also specific and detailed the type and speed of run each time. Strictly following the plan ensured my body gradually adapted to long-distance running.

Applicants to the DBA program are asked to make a four-year plan starting with determining a research question to defending the thesis. I found it difficult to keep on track the first year, but my annual progress evaluation served as a reminder I had more goals to meet. Starting from year two, I made monthly plans with weekly to-do lists. Measurable goals were set; they were challenging, but achievable. The plans helped me keep a good pace and complete the program on time.

Second, choose a topic that interests you. Long-distance running is painful. I started training on a treadmill and watched entertaining dramas while I ran. I also chose parks famous for their natural beauty for my outdoor runs. When the experience is enjoyable, running becomes less difficult. When I started my DBA, I knew I needed a topic that I would like to spend four years on. I studied the impact of classroom colors on student satisfaction because of my passion for interior design and interest in field experiments. The literature review helped me develop knowledge about color. The experiment and data analysis on student satisfaction were also fun. Over the four years, I enjoyed my research and felt excited about any findings that came along.

Third, communicate your goals to friends and family. A DBA is a four-year marathon. Maintaining a work-study balance requires determination and support. Making the goals public does not just mean there is no way back; people around you will remind you of your goals when you lack the energy to continue. Chatting with my DBA colleagues about my research also helped me get valuable feedback.

During my study, I was promoted to head of my department. Life became even busier, but the three tips mentioned above helped me get through the challenges. Looking back, I am glad I did it. I am also grateful to my supervisor, the professors who taught us, my DBA colleagues, and my family and friends. They made this journey fulfilling.

Cela pourrait vous intéresser

  • Publié le 11 Octobre 2021

    DBA Testimonial: Dr. Esther Sleilati

    "A key reason for pursuing a DBA was that I wanted to make an impact through applied research. With my considerable experience in corporate sustainability strategy, I felt through DBA my contribution could be in the scholarly practice of...

  • Publié le 01 Septembre 2021

    DBA Research Enrichment Webinar Series

    The DBA Research Enrichment Webinar Series consists of highly interactive virtual workshops designed to keep your research skills sharp and fresh. Complementary to the compulsory workshops and seminars of the DBA program, these webinars are...

  • Publié le 01 Septembre 2021

    DBA Testimonial: Dr. Maung Min

    "A key reason for pursuing a DBA was that I wanted to make an impact through applied research. With my considerable experience in corporate sustainability strategy, I felt through DBA my contribution could be in the scholarly practice of...

  • Publié le 18 Octobre 2021

    DBA Testimonial: Dr. Afshin Kateb

    "I firmly believe today (business, personal and professional) the battle is fought asymmetrically and synchronically therefore new analytic and problem resolution modes are needed to solve problems. Consequently, it became clear that obtaining a...

  • Publié le 01 Août 2021

    DBA Testimonial: Dr. Benjamin Powers

    "As a key component of the DBA is the managerial contribution, there is a natural integration of practice and research embedded in the program. That realization caused me to consider how we could develop more opportunities to integrate research and...

  • Publié le 01 Juillet 2021

    DBA Testimonial: Dr. Shailesh Rana

    "I believe the doctoral journey changes your overall perspective on things. After completing DBA, I found myself looking at things from a holistic point of view. I can also say that I have become more analytical.." - Dr. Shailesh Rana, DBA 2017...

  • Publié le 01 Avril 2021

    DBA Testimonial: Dr. Jing Jasmine Wu

    "As writer Alan Lakein said, “Time equals life; therefore, waste your time and waste your life, or master your time and master your life.” Go ahead and master your time. Then, you will master not only your doctoral course but also your life." - Dr....

  • Publié le 01 Février 2021

    DBA Testimonial: Dr. Sholom Schochet

    "In the best of times, successfully juggling personal and professional responsibilities is a formidable task for anyone. Throw a doctorate into the mix, and the doctoral candidate quickly recognizes the need to become a world-class ringmaster...

  • 2500 masques offerts par les diplômés chinois du DBA de GEM au CHU de Grenoble
    Publié le 25 Mars 2020

    2500 masques offerts par les diplômés chinois du DBA de GEM au CHU de Grenoble

    Les diplômés chinois du DBA (Doctorate of Business Administration) de Grenoble Ecole de Management à Chongqing - ville de 30 millions d’habitants au cœur de la Chine dans le bassin du Sichuan - ont envoyé le 11 mars dernier 2500 masques à Grenoble (...

  • Mashiyaneh Hatam Abadi
    Publié le 18 Novembre 2019

    Témoignage DBA : une passion pour le savoir et le multiculturalisme

    Ambassadrice officielle du DBA pour Grenoble Ecole de Management, Mashiyaneh nous livre son cheminement en matière d’apprentissage et de recherche.

  • DBA : ouverture d’un 2ème programme outre-Atlantique et 400ème diplômé
    Publié le 16 Juin 2019

    DBA : ouverture d’un 2ème programme outre-Atlantique et 400ème diplômé

    Après Grenoble (France), Los Angeles (Etats-Unis, côte ouest) et Istanbul (Turquie), Grenoble Ecole de Management proposera son DBA à New-York (Etats-Unis, côte est) dès la fin de l’année 2019. En parallèle, le 400ème étudiant en DBA de GEM vient de...

  • GRENOBLE ECOLE DE MANAGEMENT S’IMPLANTE EN TURQUIE
    Publié le 13 Septembre 2018

    Grenoble Ecole de Management S’implante en Turquie

    Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) s’allie à 41 North, centre de formation spécialisé dans la formation continue sur le territoire turc, pour continuer son expansion vers le Proche et le Moyen-Orient. A partir de juin 2019, l’Ecole grenobloise...

  • Valérie Sabatier, directrice de l’école doctorale de GEM
    Publié le 04 Juin 2018

    Vidéo : Start-up, expérimentez pour trouver votre business model

    Les start-up qui élaborent leur business model ont tout intérêt à miser sur l’expérimentation. C’est la conviction de Valérie Sabatier, directrice de l’école doctorale de GEM, qui explique les bénéfices d’une telle démarche, ainsi que la façon de la...

  • Superwisor, a Serious Game to enhance doctoral guidance
    Publié le 31 Août 2017

    Superwisor, le nouveau serious game pour la supervision doctorale

    Le serious game « Superwisor » créé par Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) cible les superviseurs de DBA et PhD et les met en diverses situations de supervision, leur permettant ainsi de tester et améliorer leurs méthodes de supervision.

  • Publié le 29 Janvier 2018

    DBA Alumni Publication: African Female Entrepreneurship

    Amanobea Boateng is an alumna of Grenoble Ecole de Management. She completed her Doctorate in 2016. Her recent book published in October 2017 is about African Female Entrepreneurship. Based on key issues such as social feminism and the capability...

  • Certifications ISO : ce qu’il faut savoir avant de se lancer
    Publié le 12 Octobre 2017

    When to Invest in ISO Standards?

    The number of certifications for businesses continues to grow year after year. While ISO standards have become commonplace for many companies in Europe, few companies question whether such an investment provides a good return on investment.

  • future of doctoral diplomas
    Publié le 13 Octobre 2017

    What is the future of doctoral diplomas in Europe ?

    The doctorate seems to have difficulty evolving in Europe. In their new article Valerie Sabatier, Mark Smith and Michel Albouy analyze the avenues of innovation.

  • Certifications ISO : ce qu’il faut savoir avant de se lancer
    Publié le 12 Octobre 2017

    Certifications ISO : ce qu’il faut savoir avant de se lancer

    Le nombre de certifications professionnelles continue de croître chaque année. Alors que les normes ISO se sont généralisées pour de nombreuses entreprises en Europe, quelque unes se posent la question de savoir si un tel investissement induit une...

  • Publié le 17 Mai 2017

    Doctorat : entre tradition et innovation

    Comment faire évoluer le doctorat ? Dans leur article de The Conversation Valérie Sabatier, Mark Smith et Michel Albouy dressent un état des lieux et évoquent des innovations possibles.

  • Publié le 08 Décembre 2016

    Does a Country’s Culture Influence the Use of Lean Production Systems?

    With globalization, companies have been forced to expand across borders. As a result, they have to check the validity of their management theories and tools when applied to various cultural contexts. Laurent Rannaz, president of Caterpillar France,...

  • Publié le 08 Décembre 2016

    Systèmes de production et culture locale font-ils bon ménage ?

    Les fondamentaux culturels d'un pays influent-ils sur la performance d’un système de production, et selon quels critères ? Dans le cadre d’une thèse (DBA) soutenue à GEM, Laurent Rannaz, Président de Caterpillar France, dévoile les ressorts du...

  • Publié le 17 Octobre 2016

    Peut-on vraiment s’enrichir grâce aux marchés financiers ?

    Le prix des actifs financiers fluctue dans le temps. Il n’existe pas de technique miracle pour être sûr de gagner. Luc Meunier et François Desmoulins-Lebeault abordent la question de la gestion du risque dans leur nouvelle tribune de TheConversation.

  • MIA BIRAU, Post-doc au département Marketing  Doctorate of Philosophy, Grenoble Ecole de Mangement
    Publié le 11 Octobre 2016

    Recherche : gaspillage alimentaire : oui aux produits moches

    Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) publie les résultats de ses recherches sur les leviers psychologiques du gaspillage alimentaire. Un des objectifs est de contribuer à la prévention de certains comportements.

  • Mark Smith est professeur en des ressources humaines et doyen du corps professoral à Grenoble Ecole de Management
    Publié le 11 Octobre 2016

    Nomination : Mark Smith élu nouveau doyen du corps professoral de Grenoble Ecole de Management

    Les professeurs de Grenoble Ecole de Management se sont prononcés le 1er octobre 2016 : Mark Smith, professeur à GEM depuis 2007, a été élu nouveau doyen du corps professoral de l’Ecole de la CCI Grenoble pour quatre ans. Il succède à Jean-Philippe...

  • Publié le 01 Février 2016

    How to Understand Managers, Researchers, and Chocolate-Chip Cookies

    How to Understand Managers, Researchers, and Chocolate-Chip Cookies This month Greg Molecke and Sanchayan Sengupta, both PhD full-time students at Grenoble Ecole de Management share their thoughts on what managers can learn from researchers and how...