The FEDE Doctoral School

The FEDE Doctoral School

Each doctoral student is affiliated with the FEDE doctoral school, organised into 3 research and publication divisions:

– The Trends division (Luxury, Design, Culture, Tourism) under the responsability of Prof. Jean-Louis Bischoff
– The Innovation division (Sustainable Health, Computer Technologies, Technology) under the responsability of Alain Tobelem
– The Governance division (Management, Finance, Banking, Marketing, Human Resources) under the responsability of Jean-Noël Vallée

The doctoral school is under the responsability of Prof. Jean-Louis Bischoff Ph.D. Philosophy and the Scientific Committee, led by 3 division directors and 8 personalities internationally renowned for their expertise and their international network.

The Scientific Committee

Jean-Louis Bischoff
Scientific Director


Jean-Louis Bischoff holds a Ph.D. (École Pratique des Hautes Études) and is a qualified research director (University of Artois).

He holds a diploma from IFER (Institute for Religious Studies and Learning), and serves an associate researcher (Literature and Cultural Laboratory – in-house team member of the “Literature and Cultures of Childhood and the Youth/Robinson Center”) at the University of Artois.

A specialist of trends, Jean-Louis Bischoff has always served in the music, communication and leisure industry: from production of music performances (Elysée Montmatre), cinematographic events (Max Linder), to communication assignments (Youth Card initiative of the Secretary of State for Youth and Sport, Lille City Council, the French national lottery).

A philosophy professor in higher education, lecturer at various art and luxury higher education institutes, and at the ISP (Higher Institute of Pedagogy) in Paris on the themes of design and contemporary trends, Jean-Louis Bischoff offers research based on the philosophy of religions, the re-composition of faith and sacred aspects of contemporary pop culture, perception of trends, philosophy of education and philosophy of aesthetics.

Jean-Louis Bischoff is the FEDE Research Director, the Scientific Director at the FEDE doctoral school and Director of the Trends Division.

Alain Tobelem
Scientific Director


Alain Tobelem holds a Ph.D. in development economics (Sorbonne-Paris University), and is a qualified research director for management research (University of Nice).

He holds diplomas from Sciences Po, Institute for Higher Studies on Latin America, CELSA and Sorbonne-Paris University (Hispanic and Portuguese languages and civilizations).

He speaks four languages (French, English, Spanish and Portuguese), Alain Tobelem has worked in over 75 countries for many international organizations:

  • International Development Center (CID) in Paris alongside Josué de Castro (geopolitical expert on hunger issues);
  • UNESCO as an expert on functional adult literacy and on education economics and financing;
  • World Bank as an expert on education financing, then as the main expert on institutional development;
  • International Bureau for Employment (BIT) as project manager for the Brazilian Minister for Employment.

A qualified research director for management studies, he gives lectures on management, project management and competitive intelligence at CERAM (Sophia Antipolis, France), the National School of Administration of Portugal, the International Institute for Public Administration (IIAP, a program of the French National School for Administration-ENA), and in the ENAs in Tunisia and Rabat.

He also gives lectures on research methodology at several international universities: Nice, Shanghai and Hanoi.

Alain Tobelem is the Director of the Governance Division of the FEDE doctoral school.

Jean-Noël Vallée
Scientific Director


Jean-Noël Vallée is a medical doctor (Necker – Paris V University), a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine and a qualified research director for neuroscience research.

He also holds a Ph.D. in Physical Sciences (Paris 13 University), a graduate diploma from the Faculty of Literature (University of Lyon 3), an undergraduate diploma from the Institute of Business Administration (University of Lyon 3), a diploma from a Grande Ecole for Engineering (INSA Lyon) and a 4D Road Map International Certificate (4D work on the brain’s cellular structure).

With diplomas in Radiology and Medical Imaging, Radiosurgery and Stereotactic Radiotherapy, Jean-Noël Vallée is a specialist of Diagnostic & Interventional Neuroradiology. His expertise serves in endovascular interventions: brain aneurysms, vascular malformations and spinal conditions.

He was formerly an intern and Assistant Clinic Head for Paris public hospitals.

Jean-Noël Vallée is the Director of the Innovation Division of the FEDE doctoral school.

What is a FEDE DBA?

The DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) is a three-year (on average) doctoral programme aimed at managers, consultants, experienced teachers and decision-makers who wish to draw on their career experience to complete a research project.

The programme is designed to provide such professionals with an opportunity for reflection, analysis and academic stocktaking. Our students boost their managerial efficacy, limit their decision-making risks and learn to devise innovative, high-impact and responsible strategies.

The DBA imbues learners with a new rigour, forcing them to reflect differently and to better structure their managerial models. Action on the basis of evidence rather than trends requires detachment and poise. It leads to the acquisition of a new authority amongst one’s peers and makes our DBA graduates truly resourceful colleagues, capable of taking on and solving a business’s problems.

Given the busy schedules of our students, who are typically working professionals, the DBA is a part-time research/action programme, fully compatible with learners’ business activity.

Why the FEDE DBA?

The FEDE DBA allows learners to draw fully on their professional experience. It opens up new career prospects, endows learners with expert status and ensures professional recognition by peers.

FEDE DBAs are an excellent addition to the CVs of senior staff, both nationally and internationally. They provide experienced professionals (whether they already hold a master’s degree or not) to reflect on their managerial practice, certify their professional skills, legitimise their authority and advance professionally.Contemporary employers attach great value to DBAs. Indeed, in the light of ever greater competition, the complexities of the modern world, increasingly advanced technology and the fast, global movement of information, businesses require staff with interdisciplinary skills, an international mindset, the ability to design innovative models and the flexibility to adapt creatively to workplace changes.

For these reasons, the majority of DBA graduates are recruited by major international consulting, finance and industrial corporations. Several large groups already include DBA degrees in their career management policy.

FEDE DBAs are available in a large range of research areas covering management and business strategy; tourism and hospitality; luxury, creation, fashion and culture; finance, banking and insurance; and IT and technology.

A tailor-made educational programme

Two seminars that (re)submerge students in collective brainstorming

Taught in Paris at the weekend and led by a state-accredited university professor and member of the FEDE Doctoral School, the two seminars are entitled:

  • Epistemology: Research Methodology (aim: learn to define an area of research, collect and process information, use the information to generate ideas, and establish a research question);
  • Trends: (aim: understand social changes in order to develop projects and strategies).

Two personalised seminars focusing on the student’s research area

These seminars are taught by business professionals who are experts in their field. Doctoral students learn to use knowledge (even highly theoretical knowledge) to inform their approach to concrete professional issues.

Students at the FEDE Doctoral School have access to the FEDE’s network of renowned international specialists, business professionals, researchers and PhDs, all of whom are able to provide expert guidance.

Participation in external events

Doctoral students are regularly invited to national and international events in the following fields:

  • management (marketing, human resources, finance);
  • the humanities (philosophy, sociology, psychology);
  • arts and culture (music, performance, heritage, contemporary art).

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