DBA is the terminal degree in business and management education that combine highly developed knowledge and “research in action”. The UBIS DBA is the ideal doctorate program that provide a comprehensive experience that transforms one’s perspective, career and life. UBIS DBA gives the participants the required tools and techniques to develop their research, analytical and critical thinking skills to the highest level. Participants, thus, have the chance to tackle important, unresolved business and managerial problem in a rigorous, meticulous, and systematic approach that contributes to their organization’s success while developing academic knowledge and theories.
DBA and PhD
A DBA degree differs from a Philosophical Doctor (PhD) through its focus on practice, policy, or strategy, within the context of the individual's workplace. Both doctorates involve the development of substantial original work. However, a professional doctorate such as the DBA requires a different type of research development from that of the PhD. For a PhD, research often needs to make a significant contribution to theoretical literature, whereas the research involved in the DBA is generally applicable to more specific business issues and is carried out in the context of professional practice.
DBA from an accredited University will give the participant an opportunity to target 3 areas in the following careers:
Consultant: To prepare participant for a career in management consulting at the senior executive level
Researcher: To equip participant with the knowledge and skills in order to conduct and original empirical research
Faculty Member: To develop participant expertise and skills required in order to become a college or school faculty member in a business area
The DBA is a research Degree
The research and thesis portion of the program consists primarily of individual research, under the supervision of qualified professors who provide a broad range of expertise as well as an international reputation. Every selected student will receive a rigorous and tailor-made coaching by our doctoral faculty. The program can cover traditional research topics in fields such as management, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, as well as non-traditional topics depending on students’ needs. Virtually all topics are accepted as long as the research is connected to management. A DBA candidate is required to show his or her ability to: conduct original investigations; test, apply and examine his or her own ideas as well as others; understand the relationship between his or her theme and a wider field of knowledge. Candidates are required to identify current issues and apply relevant theories for problem-solving
A DBA candidate is required to show his or her ability to conduct original investigations; test, apply and examine his or her own ideas as well as others; within a framework of wider field of knowledge
Candidates are required to identify current issues and apply relevant theories for problem-solving.
The degree is granted based entirely on a personal thesis of approx. 50,000 words (no less than 35,000 words).
Quality of research is the single most important factor for awarding the DBA degree.
Courses + topic selection (jointly defined by the student and the faculty) + detailed research proposal 6 months maximum.
There are 4 compulsory DBA courses. Each course is conducted over an intensive 4 days period (2 seminars in year 1, 2 in year 2.
General Research Methodology
This course is an introduction to research and a broad overview of what is to come in the next courses and during the two years of the DBA program. The course is thus about research – what it is, how to do it, how to evaluate it, how to tell people about it, and how to use it. It is about asking questions and trying to find answers in the context of the Doctorate of Business Administration. This introductory course in research design and methods is oriented to prepare students for performing effective and responsible graduate level research in any discipline related to business and management. No one can ask all the questions, and no one can find all the answers, so we need to find some way to limit what we attempt to do. The main goals of research – exploration, description, prediction, explanation, evaluation, and action – provide us with a strategy for figuring out which questions to ask and which answers to seek in the context of the DBA.
Thesis Management: Writing for success
The DBA dissertation project represents a process of reducing uncertainty. The life cycle of a dissertation can thus be thought of as going from the general to the specific.The student begins with the notion of doing research in a broad area of investigation in which there might be thousands of dissertation possibilities. The student must reduce the uncertainty by reducing the number of possibilities he or she is going to consider.
This is done by
1- selecting a topic,
2- defining a dissertation proposal,
3- working with a supervisor, and
4- writing the dissertation.
Quantitative Research Methods
This course is mostly an introduction to the correlational method and to survey and database design. The purpose of correlational research is to determine the relations among two or more variables. Data are gathered from multiple variables and correlational statistical techniques are then applied so that the relations among those variables can be investigated. Correlational research investigates a range of factors, including the nature of the relationship between two or more variables and the theoretical model that might be developed and tested to explain these correlations. Survey research includes methods in which participants are asked questions directly. A representative sample of the target population is typically obtained before data can be collected. The data obtained are either facts, opinions, behaviors (past and present) or intentions. Finally, the data must be properly organized and mined. A special emphasis will be given on the use of computer packages such as Excel or SPSS.
Qualitative and mixed research Methods
Qualitative data is information about qualities; information that can't actually be measured. Qualitative Research is primarily exploratory research. It is used to gain an understanding of underlying reasons, opinions, and motivations. It provides insights into the problem or helps to develop ideas or hypotheses for potential quantitative research.
An increasingly popular approach to designing a dissertation is to use a combination of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
This approach combines the rigor and precision of experimental or correlational designs and quantitative data with the depth understanding of qualitative methods and data.
Thus, the methods can help inform one another or deal with different levels of analysis and there are many ways of mixing models.
Literature review writing + specific hypotheses design:6 months max.
15,000 words, no less than 10,000 words.
Hypothesis testing (empirical data collection) + thesis writing end:10 months max
35,000 words not less than 25,000
The actual completion and duration of the program will depend on the student’s availability, research capacity, and written work. While 100% success cannot be guaranteed, students that are able to persist in their work and write in an effective manner will surely reach the end of the process.
➢ Swiss and International accreditation that ensure high educational Quality Standards and maximum program effectiveness
➢ 24-30 month Program duration with flexible schedule
➢ Program is structured on milestone phases that allow concentration and organization of the thesis
➢ 16+ campuses globally allow participants to attend classes abroad
➢ Academic and Professional balance – between the conceptual framework and practical techniques that are applicable in business environment
➢ Top notch Professors and Instructors who are well known of their success track record of both academic background and professional experiences.
➢ Teaching Tools – include practical that enrich learning experience and allowing knowledge to “sink-in”
➢ Diverse Group – from different industries promote group diversity
➢ Master degree, or equivalent, from an approved University or equivalent and significant professional experience.
➢ Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with professional experience validation for credits program can apply.
➢ English proficiency test: either IELTS (min score 6.5) or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Have English language proficiency proof
➢ Copy of ID or Passport
➢ Application Fee
➢ Applicant Recent CV
➢ Motivation letter
➢ Two recent Photos
➢ Recommendation Letter
➢ Copy of official transcripts (for post graduate certificates/ Diploma obtained)
Authorization, Accreditation, Memberships
Geneva cantonal authorization Department of Education,University of Business and International Studies (UBIS) operates under the authorization of the Geneva Cantonal Department of Education.
Swiss quality label for further education institutions (EduQua), is the Swiss national premier quality assurance body and the first Swiss quality certification label geared towards adult continuing education for public and private educational institutions in Switzerland. EduQua is an accreditation body recognized and supported by the Swiss Confederate Government.
The International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) is an educational accreditation agency for college and university business programs. It is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It is also a member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education - (INQAAHE). The IACBE accredits associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral-level degree programs in business and business-related fields at institutions with bachelor's and/or graduate degree programs throughout the world
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is a United States organization of degree-granting colleges and universities. It is a national advocacy of academic quality through accreditation in order to certify the quality of higher education accrediting organizations, including regional, faith-based, private, career, and programmatic accrediting organizations. CHEA has approximately 3,000 academic institutions as members, and currently recognizes approximately 60 accrediting organizations. CHEA is based in Washington, DC.
The International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) is a world-wide association of near 300 organizations active in the theory and practice of quality assurance in higher education. The great majority of its members are quality assurance agencies that operate in many different ways. INQAAHE works with (CHEA in USA, ENQA in Europe) to control educational quality in around 140 countries and around 280 members.
The European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) is an international not-for-profit association, based in Brussels, Belgium. Europe's largest network association in the field of management development, it has over 890 member organizations from academia, business, public service and consultancy in 88 countries.EFMD operates the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), which is one of the leading international systems of quality assessment, improvement, and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration.
The European Council for Business Education (ECBE) is to accredit schools of business from across Europe to ensure excellence in business education and teaching. ECBE's accreditation process is based upon self and peer evaluation, aimed to ensure the continual improvement of educational quality
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