Doctor of Business Administration DBA/ Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) offers senior executives a professional doctorate or a Business and Management equivalent to a Doctor of Laws or Doctor of Medicine degree. That is, the highest level of professional and academic knowledge, coupled with the capacity to apply that knowledge to generating and evaluating novel solutions to important problems.
You will join the DBA with a specific business challenge requiring a practical solution: e.g. how to design a fast, adaptable organisation; how to employ behavioural science to improve strategic decision making; how to deploy talent management to build an army of entrepreneurs.
The DBA is structured to support you in developing your thinking, framing the challenge, and implementing, evaluating and communicating solutions, which have a real, practical impact.
The main characteristics of our DBA program are:
- High level of support at all stages of your research
- E-learning support
- Low drop-out rates.
In the spirit of problem-oriented learning, the program will not overload the DBA-candidate with coursework. Rather, we will take the initial research idea as the starting point. As the research progresses from idea, to literature review, methodology and data collection and analysis, candidates will be guided in learning about the appropriate tools & techniques. Guidance comes from dedicated supervisors and from our research labs.
Difference between DBA and PhD
Compared to PhD, DBA research is practice-oriented and applied to real-world challenges. The applied nature of DBA research makes sense for many economic and managerial issues. Having said that, the requirements for PhD and DBA are equivalent. The choice between DBA and PhD should be based on the candidate’s personal objectives and preferences, and on their career planning. Those pursuing academic careers, would focus on generalizable findings, and knowledge. Professional researchers and consultants would focus more on solutions to actual challenges faced by countries, industries and organizations. In practice, there is no clear dividing line between DBA and PhD.
The DBA program is divided into three stages: coursework; data collection & analysis; and write-up & defense.
In the first stage you will be trained in basic research methods, and in quantitative and qualitative methods and techniques. The coursework gives the candidate an overview of the entire research process, and is aimed at acquiring fundamental research skills. The courses enable the candidate to develop a high-quality research proposal, under the guidance of a supervisor. The research proposal contains the first three chapters of the doctoral thesis: introduction; literature review; and methodology. The first stage takes one year.
Data Collection & Analysis
In the second stage, the candidate will collect, edit and analyze data. Supervisor will guide the candidate in this process. In addition, our research labs will assist in selecting and using the right tools & techniques to do the job. By the end of the second year the candidate is in a position to wrap up the analyses, and prepare for the write-up. A draft of the fourth chapter of the thesis (data analysis and findings) should be ready!
Write-up & Defense
The third and final stage of the process is the write-up. Normally this will require additional analyses, and the time-consuming task of presenting findings clearly and without errors. After six months a draft version should be ready for submission to internal and external readers. Processing readers’ comments may take up to three months, after which a date will be set for the viva voce.