Postgraduate Research DBA

The Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) programme is one of the most sought-after professional doctorate degree programmes due to the sheer number of professionals and practitioners who desire to be recognized as experts in the field of business administration, organizational management, and corporate leadership. The D.B.A. programme enables practitioners to solve real-life work place and related challenges. It encourages them to utilize scientific approaches to identify, observe and deal with problems of different nature, that directly or indirectly business performance at micro and macro levels. It also enable the practitioner researcher to unravel innovative ideas and behavioral changes, as well as attitudinal adjustments required for success and growth in the 21st century business environments.

Duration
24 – 36 Months

Credits
120 ETCS
72 Credits

Degree Awarded By
European Global School
Paris

Tuition Fee
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  • Professional Experience of at least 6 years in the field of Business / Management
  • Recognized Master’s degree or Honors Bachelor Degree (or any other equivalent qualification)
  • English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL iBT 94-101 or have completed Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in the English medium

The most remarkable benefit of this D.B.A. programme is that it allows busy working business / management professionals to achieve a Doctorate degree in specific business field, area or function without having to compromise or sacrifice their current job undertaking and/or hosts of other significant responsibilities. Unlike traditional doctorate degree programmes, the D.B.A. offered by EGS is extremely in-sync with the learning needs and styles of a working professional. The following programme structure is reflective of EGS’ unique approach to the Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) offering:

Required Module ECTS/Credit Mode Assessment
1. Research Methodology and Data Analysis (Quantitative & Qualitative) 15/9 Onsite or Distance Action Research Proposal (min. 1,500 words)
2. Action Research Seminar 15/9 Onsite or Distance Oral Presentation or Video Submission
3. Dissertation (min. 30,000 words) or Previous Publication(s) 60/36 On-going Supervision Dissertation Submission
4. Viva Voce 15/9 Onsite or Distance Face-to-face or Skype
5. Scientific Journal Article Publication (In-house) – min. 3,000 words 15/9 Short-term Supervision Journal Article Submission & Publication
Total = 120/72

Whilst most of the courses do not set an exact deadline for applications, students are advised to apply early to secure the place and organise any sponsorship or funding.

International students are encouraged to apply 1 month prior the commence of the preferred courses. This allows sufficient time to process our decision, for you to obtain visas and to organise your accommodation and travel arrangements.

Application forms should be provided directly to Bangkok School of Management via our online application form. Simply click on the ‘Apply Online’ button or visit our campus.

Option A: Dissertation Route
Upon Enrollment: 4,500 USD
After 180 days from the time of enrollment: 2,500 USD
After 360 days from the time of enrollment: 2,500 USD
After 540 days from the time of enrollment: 2,500 USD

Option B: Previous Publication Route
Upon Enrollment: 4,000 USD
After 180 days from the time of enrollment: 2,000 USD
After 360 days from the time of enrollment: 2,000 USD
After 540 days from the time of enrollment: 2,000 USD

Note: Fee includes tuition for all modules, supervisor/guidance, seminar, viva voce, Scientific Journal Article Publication

Intakes are open all through-out the year!

Research Methodology and Data Analysis (Quantitative and Qualitative)

This is the only taught module in the entire D.B.A. programme. However, if a scholar-practitioner is unable to attend the module discussion sessions (onsite), the same are accessible at any time, from any where around the world through the easily accessible EGS online learning platform. This module is assessed through an action research proposal submitted by student and contains the following basic structure and contents therein:

  • Action Research Topic
  • Introduction
  • Rationale for the Research
  • Research Objectives and/or Questions
  • Initial Review of Related Literature
  • Methodology
    • Research Design
    • Participants
    • Data Collection Tools / Procedures
    • Data Analysis
  • Timeline
  • References

Action Research Seminar (continuation/extension of research proposal)

As a scholar-practitioner begins to undertake investigation about specific applied research topic, he or she would be required to engage in extensive reading of related past research. Alongside, he or she would critically examine how past research findings have (or still are) applied to various job-related scenarios (theory-into-practice analysis and evaluation) and these would be shared during the regularly scheduled Action Research Seminar sessions. Each scholar-practitioner would be given 15-20 minutes to present his or her investigation to a panel of experts as well as fellow D.B.A. aspirants, followed by another 5-10 minutes of Question & Answer session (Note: The topic/area of specialized action research topic is a continuation of the research proposal segment of the programme and would be carried out until completion in the form of a full doctorate dissertation). During the seminar session, scholar-practitioners would be able to share their discoveries, observations and critical-analytical viewpoints and counter-ideas regarding their applied research topics, as well as seek further guidance and counsel from the expert panel members as well as fellow D.B.A. aspirants. This would enable them to foster more critical approach to carrying their respective investigations and ultimately produce an applied research paper worthy of the prestigious D.B.A. award, whilst innovatively and concretely solving real-life work-place problems and challenges. Seminar presentation would be as follows:

  • What is your topic?
  • What are your initial discoveries from a) reading of related scholarly materials or past research and b) your professional experience base?
  • What are the gaps you have observed?
  • How do you intend to utilize what you have discovered to construct, and ultimately complete your own applied research undertaking / process?
  • What have your learned through this exercise, in terms of how it applies to your very own professional contexts?
  • What are your recommendations / proposals for positive changes or improvement?

Dissertation (min. 30,000 words) and Viva Voce

The D.B.A. programme culminates with the scholar-practitioner’s submission of a dissertation at the end of a rigorously-conducted, scientifically-formulated, practically-oriented applied research undertaking. The research undertaken by the scholar-practitioner MUST be situated in a specific professional (work-place) context; in other words, unlike the typical academic PhD student who focuses “on” a particular subject matter, or organization or theory, a D.B.A. aspirant on the contrary, focuses on what happens “in” a particular subject matter, organization, corporation, theory, or best practices presuppositions. In addition, the scholar-practitioner would also be required to defend his or her applied research work in the presence of expert panel members, as well as others who may attend the viva voce session. Typically, the D.B.A. dissertation would contain the following chapters:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Review of Related Literature
  • Chapter 3: Methodology
  • Chapter 4: Findings
  • Chapter 5: Conclusion and Recommendations

Important note:
The applied research undertaken MUST be original and directly connected to a specific professional (work-place) context and primarily focus on solving real-life problems pertinent for organizational success and growth. While each scholar-practitioner is assigned a research supervisor to guide, coach and mentor throughout his or her applied research undertaking, students are expected to take active role and responsibility in planning and managing their own investigation and the processes / procedures involved, and most importantly, for making original contribution to knowledge and best practices within their own professional (work place) contexts. The final research paper should contain recommendations and/or proposals that contribute directly or indirectly to the betterment of specific professional practice contexts, as opposed to specific academic contexts..

Scientific Journal Article Publication (In-house) – 1,500 words

At the completion of the entire dissertation, the D.B.A. aspirant would need to write and publish in an in-house scientific journal article, based on actual applied research undertaken during the course of the D.B.A. programme. The scientific journal article will be written and submitted for publication in the following format (contributions should be min. 3000 words and contain no more than 20 references):

  • Abstract (what did I do in a nutshell?)
  • Introduction (what is the research problem?)
  • Literature Review (what did past researchers find about the problem that I investigated?)
  • Methodology (how did I solve the problem?)
  • Results and Findings (what did I discover?)
  • Discussion (what does it mean?)
  • Conclusion (what do I do now?)
  • References (whose work did I refer to?)

Viva Voce – Oral Defense of the Applied Research Conducted in front of an Expert Panel (onsite or distance via Skype)

The viva voce is an examination whereby the D.B.A. aspirant presents a verbal (oral) defense of his or her dissertation (applied research work carried out over the course of time during the entire D.B.A. programme). While the dissertation showcases the scholar-practitioner’s applied research in a scientific written format, the viva voce allows for the demonstration of the same scientific research process mastery and skills in a verbal format. The viva voce also allows the scholar-practitioner to engage in intellectually and professionally stimulating discussions with panel of experts as well as fellow applied research colleagues. The purpose of the viva examination is to:

  • demonstrate that the dissertation is an original work of a said D.B.A. aspirant
  • confirm that the D.B.A. aspirant understands what he or she has written and could defend it verbally
  • investigate the scholar-practitioner’s awareness of where his or her original work sits in relation to the wider applied / professional research field
  • establish whether the dissertation is of sufficiently high standard to merit the award of the degree of Doctor of Business Administration for which it is submitted
  • allow the scholar-practitioner to clarify and develop the written dissertation in response to the examiners’ questions

In order to accomplish the above-mentioned purposes examiners (expert panel members) may:

  • ask the D.B.A aspirant to justify his or her arguments
  • ask the D.B.A. aspirant to justify not only things which he or she has included in the dissertation but also things which he or she may have left out
  • ask the D.B.A. aspirant questions about the wider research context in which the work has been undertaken
  • argue certain points with the scholar-practitioner
  • expect the D.B.A. aspirant to discuss any developments which may flow from his or her work in the future

Inevitably, the scholar-practitioner’s dissertation will have strengths and weaknesses and the examiners (expert panel members) will want to discuss these. It is considered a positive thing, indeed an essential thing, that the scholar-practitioner can discuss both the strengths and the weaknesses

Research Areas

The scholar-practitioner could undertake an applied research endeavor in any one of the following fields / areas (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Leadership & People Management
  • General Management
  • Human Capital Management
  • Talent Management
  • Learning and Development within Business Contexts
  • Cross Cultural or Multicultural Issues at Work Place
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing, Branding and Digital Marketing
  • Procurement and Supply Chain Management
  • International Business Management
  • Business Ethics
  • Organizational / Industrial Psychology
  • Strategic Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Start-up
  • Information Management
  • Advertising and Consumer Behavior
  • Change Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibilities
  • Business Economics
  • And others as approved by Research Supervisor

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