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Message from the Director of E-DBA Program
We are very pleased to welcome you to the École des Ponts Business School’s Executive Doctorate of Business Administration (E-DBA) program.
Our program brings together individuals with widely differing experiences and interests, like you, who share one goal: the pursuit of excellence. Participants attending this program come from all over the world and from a broad range of backgrounds – just like our staff and faculty. We are sure that you will enjoy meeting and working within such a richly diverse environment. As you may know, an E-DBA program is as much about learning from your professors as learning from your peers – their knowledge, experience, skills and cultural perspective.

The philosophy of the school which underlies all of our academic programs is value-based global leadership. It is our conviction that leadership and management must be anchored in a value system that emphasizes human capital and society at large.

The quality of our programs has been recognized by leading accreditors such as AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS, with accreditation of the E-DBA program by AMBA forthcoming.

The E-DBA program offers fundamental and advanced doctoral research modules to develop those research skills that you will need to ground your personal and professional expertise in theory. These modules will help you to prepare and develop the three papers that are required to complete the E-DBA program. We are proud to be able to offer a mix of research methods and academic and practitioner content that will make your E-DBA experience interesting and rewarding. All modules are delivered by internationally-renowned faculty with the objective of teaching you the required skills, and enabling you to gain significant insights on current business and managerial issues and challenges relative to your chosen area of focus.

We are very pleased that you have decided to join us on this journey of reflection, discovery and advancement and look forward to working with you at our executive campus in Paris.
I wish you much educational and professional success.
With warmest regards,

Dr. Joseph C. Santora
Director of E-DBA Program
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Management
École des Ponts Business School

Program Management
Executive DBA Program Management

Dr. Joseph C. Santora, EdD., Fordham
Dr Santora is the Executive DBA Program Director and a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Management at the École des Ponts Business School.
He has held two deanships, one in Europe and one in the US. He also served as director of doctoral studies, and a director of research at graduate business school and has taught in MBA, E-MBA, DBA and PhD programs. He was an adjunct senior research fellow (associate professor rank), department of management, Monash University (Australia). He also served as a visiting professorial fellow at the Leadership Centre, Monash Mt-Eliza Business School (Australia). He was a tenured full professor of business and management in the US. He has been a visiting professor at several business schools in Australia, Europe (Austria, France, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland), Croatia, Georgia, Russia, and Taiwan, the UK and the US. He has led 30 DBA/PhD dissertations and served as an external DBA/PhD examiner for more than 20 dissertations. At the MBA level, he has evaluated more than 100 MBA theses.
Professor Santora’s research focuses on leadership, change, coaching, family businesses, founders, nonprofits, and executive succession. He published more than three dozen refereed articles and teaching cases and 150 academic and practitioner papers, cases, book chapters, and reviews in several leading academic and practitioner outlets including Academy of Management Perspectives, Career Development International, Development and Learning in Organizations, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, Journal of Organization & Leadership Studies, Journal of Management Development, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management Education, Management Decision, and Personnel Review. In recent years, he received the Outstanding Paper Award Winner for Excellence in 2009 for a co-authored paper in Development and Learning Organizations (DLO), Highly Commended Paper Award for a co-authored paper in DLO in 2013, and Highly Commended Paper Award Winner at the Emerald Literati for Excellence in 2014 for a co-authored paper in Leadership & Organizational Development Journal. His co-authored paper in Leadership and Organization Development Journal was listed among the Top 10 Downloaded Articles in the 30-year history of the journal. Dr. Santora has presented papers at international conferences in more than a dozen countries on three continents and for the past six consecutive years he received the best paper presented award at several international conferences.
Professor Santora is the founding and current editor of the International Leadership Journal, an on-line refereed academic journal devoted to exploring multi-disciplinary organizational leadership issues, and an associate editor of the International Journal of Teaching and Case Study. He currently serves on 11 editorial boards. He founded and served as the managing director of two for-profit companies, one of which has consulted to more than three dozen organizations. He has done post-doctoral work at Harvard, Princeton and New York.
Contact: santora@pontsbschool.com

Dr. Suman Modwel, PhD, I.E.P. Paris (Sciences Po)
Dr Modwel is the Emeritus Professor of Business Policy at the Ecole des Ponts Business School.
Formerly in the Indian Administrative Service of India where he participated in the development process of his country both at the district and national policy making levels, especially in the international trade policy area as Director General of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and as Chairman of a 50, 000 employee public sector textile conglomerate. Prior and subsequent research and publications focus on international economics and trade. His responsibilities include teaching international economics, strategic marketing and trade policy. He has published more than 30 diverse books, papers, cases and articles in these areas. In addition to managing the Master’s thesis process, Modwel has supervised hundreds of Master’s theses and final professional projects for MBA and E-MBA programs in France, Morocco, China, India, and Argentina. He holds the official French accreditation to supervise doctoral research (HDR, Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches).
Dr. Modwel is attached to the Groupe d’Économie Mondial at Sciences Po, Paris as a researcher and a doctoral supervisor. He is a visiting professor at the EHTP-Ponts MBA at École Hassania, Casablanca, at Tongji-Ponts SIMBA at Tongji University, Shanghai, and was visiting professor at IIT, New Delhi (2003-2010). He is a member of the Conseil de Surveillance of MIB Développement, the governing body of the École des Ponts Business school.
Contact: modwel@pontsbschool.com

E-DBA Faculty
E-DBA faculty include admissions, teaching and dissertation faculty, as well as a our scientific committee as detailed below. Faculty involved with the academic aspects of the program hold a doctoral degree from a recognized university, as well as graduate level teaching experience in E-DBA, DBA or PhD programs and/or international senior business/consulting experience. Naturally, E-DBA faculty have appropriate academic and/or practitioner publications in their respective fields.

Admissions Faculty
Admissions faculty are responsible for validating the applications of doctoral students for admission, including the relevancy of the DBA research project proposal. This includes Prof. Joseph Santora, Director of the Program, Prof. Suman Modwel, Emeritus Professor at the École des Ponts Business School, and Prof. Alon Rozen, the Dean of the Business School.

Teaching Faculty

Teaching faculty are responsible for leading the residential learning sessions. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Professor Joseph Santora
  • Professor Duncan Angwin
  • Professor Annette Craven
  • Mr Maurizio Travaglini
  • Professor Nickolas Harkiolakis
  • Professor Conor Carrol

Doctoral supervisory faculty
Doctoral supervisory faculty are responsible for supervising doctoral candidates throughout the second part of the program. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Dr. Chris Adendorff
  • Dr. Duncan Angwin
  • Dr. Joachim Bauer
  • Dr. Dev Boojihawon
  • Dr. Gil Bozer
  • Dr. Conor Carroll
  • Dr. Alessandro Cavelzani
  • Dr. Daniel Chicksand
  • Dr. Annette Craven
  • Dr. Daphne Halkias
  • Dr. Nickolas Harkiolakis
  • Dr. William Howe
  • Dr. George E. Iatridis
  • Dr. Dominique Jacquet
  • Dr. Tawfik Jelassi
  • Dr. Patrick O’Sullivan
  • Dr. Martijn F. Rademakers
  • Dr. Joseph C. Santora
  • Dr. James C. Sarros
  • Dr. Isam Shahrour
  • Dr. Ruilin Tian
  • Dr. Alain Tobelem
  • Dr. Wendy Wang

This list will be expanded over time as a function of the specific expertise required by the doctoral candidates.
Also known as Dissertation Faculty, the “doctoral supervisors” work directly with E-DBA doctoral candidates to shape the three doctoral papers required for the doctoral project. Doctoral supervisors have experience mentoring doctoral candidates in teaching case study writing, writing academic and/or practitioner articles, case writing and, often, supervising doctoral dissertations.
Scientific Committee
The members of the scientific committee include faculty who validate the doctoral projects of DBA candidates. Members of the scientific committee have doctorates from leading international institutions of higher learning. In some cases, members have the French title of “habilité de recherche” (HDR). The members of the Scientific Committee have published in peer-reviewed journals, often peer-review articles for publication in professional journals, are members of journal editorial boards and supervise doctoral dissertations. The Scientific Committee includes:

  • Dr. Mohan Kumar
  • Dr. Dominique Jacquet
  • Dr. Tawfik Jelassi
  • Dr. Joseph Santora
  • Dr. Suman Modwel