Content & Outcome
A practical and intellectual challenge
While equivalent to a conventional Ph.D., a DBA is not a purely academic endeavor. Students who join the DBA undertake doctoral-level research to become experts in the business field of their choice, and ultimately publish a thesis. Participants in the DBA program gain knowledge and skills that will help them improve their business practices and make valuable contributions in their workplace.
The program has two phases:
Phase 1 : Theory and research techniques (18-24 months)
Students complete seven compulsory research training workshops held at Webster University Geneva and Grenoble Ecole de Management. These workshops cover research design; data collection methods; and data analysis techniques for conducting, writing up, and publishing research to doctoral standards.
Under the direction of a supervisor(s), students prepare a detailed research proposal that includes a literature review and a conceptual framework for their thesis. Students also conduct a pilot study before embarking on the main research for their DBA thesis.
Phase 2: DBA research and thesis (24-36 months)
Participants who successfully complete Phase 1 are promoted to candidacy status and continue with their research, finally producing a thesis. Short workshops, conferences and doctoral symposia are organized throughout Phase 2, at which DBA candidates present their work and receive feedback and support from faculty members and other students. A list of completed doctorates can be found here.