In 1991, a group of directors of doctoral programmes in management from European business schools, using land mail to communicate, decided to launch EDAMBA as a network to exchange their practices and foster their reflections on the future of doctoral education. In 2011, the association
held its 20th annual meeting at ESADE business school (Barcelona).
Doctoral education is becoming a global activity. To train the millions of managers which the fast economic growth everywhere requires, old and new universities and schools over the planet
need teachers with doctorates. This new trend imposes a thorough revision of the role of European universities and schools in doctoral education and research. Moreover, in the next two decades the technology will allow creating and disseminating knowledge in totally new ways, modifying deeply the nature of competition and collaboration among the research and education institutions.