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Doctorate in Business Administration

Doctor of Business Administration

Do you want to be recognised and acknowledged as an expert in Business & Management?

Do you want to lead management practice in organisations that want to achieve competitive advantage?

Would you like to acquire cutting edge business research skills?

  • Discover your business and management leadership potential
  • Enhance your career prospects
  • Be recognised
  • Combine advanced study with your working professional life
  • Solve complex business problems through cutting edge research
  • Conduct research that makes an impact on your organisation – and beyond
  • Study online and part time
  • Develop quantitative and qualitative key skills in constructing research instruments
  • Develop academic writing skills to enable you to publish your work

What is a Doctor of Business Administration

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is the ultimate degree in the field of Business Administration, with only a very small percentage of business professionals ever achieving this level of success. It is a specialist professional qualification that unites professional practice in business and industry with academic knowledge. DBA professionals are an elite group, recognised as leaders of their own organisation, and attractive to those others who seek to appoint at the highest level of management.

The aim of the DBA is for our graduates to:

  • Develop the skills and confidence to design and shape organisational interventions which help address 21st Century challenges
  • Analyse the effectiveness of those interventions
  • Communicate and implement those findings such that both the world of business practice and the world of research can benefit.

In this way, DBA candidates fulfil the primary and ultimate goal of doctoral research, which is to generate new knowledge

The IPE DBA is a part-time executive doctoral programme for motivated, high achieving global executives who want to research cutting edge solutions to real world issues, without having to put their careers on hold. It is structured around a research project which is driven by you, the individual, and which has direct application to the business world. This is an outstanding opportunity for you to study real-life business issues and to make an impact in your organisation and beyond.

Research is typically undertaken in your own organisation or sector, giving you the opportunity to make that difference in your own field. Joining the IPE/PPA doctoral programme will give you not only an outstanding (and challenging) learning experience, but the opportunity to participate in a vibrant community of like-minded business executives. The thesis should make an original and substantial contribution to knowledge and should be relevant to a business, government or not-for-profit organisation, with the potential to make significant improvement to practices.

The DBA is different from a traditional PhD, insofar as it uses applied knowledge to relevant and current issues as the basis for the research, compared with the theoretical and academic approach employed in the PhD. It is normally business-based. The learning outcomes are manifold and include the development of critical thinking, analytical, conceptual and research skills at the highest level, as well as the ability to put those into practice in a real world.

We offer two routes to the Doctor of Business Administration:

  1. DBA by traditional thesis
  2. DBA by publication

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good Master’s degree from a recognised body, and have at least four years of managerial experience involving responsibility for strategic issues. Candidates will alternatively be considered on the basis of their alternative academic qualifications, managerial experience or prior professional knowledge & experience .

Applicants who meet these criteria will be considered for a place on the programme, if places are available.

Adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. Applicants whose native language is other than English and who do not hold a Bachelor degree or its equivalent from an institution at which English is the language of instruction must provide evidence of their proficiency in the language. We require at least the equivalent of IELTS Level 6.5.

Documentation required:

  • Application form(to include outline research proposal)
  • Certified copies of academic qualifications
  • Academic transcripts of relevant qualifications (e.g., Master’s)
  • English language scores for non-native speakers
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from an academic source)

We realise that the COVID-19 pandemic, recent natural disasters, and other extenuating circumstances may have significant impacts on applicants’ academic and personal lives, including the ability to provide all required application material. If you are unable to obtain copies of your qualifications, we still encourage you to apply, even if your scores are missing. We ask you to let us know about any of your materials that may be unavailable or delayed.

We make our decisions in most cases on the application form and supporting documents alone. Those candidates who require special consideration, e.g., on grounds of age, disability or non-standard entry qualifications, may be interviewed.

If you would like to discuss your application, please do not hesitate to contact the research office by emailing registrar@ipe-paris.fr

DBA Structure

We offer two routes to the Doctor of Business Administration:

  • DBA by traditional thesis
  • DBA by publication

The three to five year traditional route includes:

- A flexibly-timed, supervised research methods course:

  • Critical analysis
  • Critical writing
  • Methodology (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Reflection
  • Detailed Research Proposal

- Supervised data collection, analysis and writing of the thesis.
- Viva voce examination

The flexibly-timed publication route includes:

  • Detailed Research proposal (guidelines given)
  • At least three publications, plus a wrap-around thesis of 5000 words.
  • Viva voce examination

Aims and Learning Outcomes

The course aims are to:

  • develop the skills and confidence to design and shape organisational interventions which help address the 21st Century challenges
  • analyse the effectiveness of those interventions
  • communicate and implement those findings such that both the world of business practice and the world of research can benefit.

DBA degrees are awarded to students who have successfully addressed the following learning outcomes (the key knowledge, skills and competencies that candidates are expected to be able to demonstrate upon successful completion of the DBA):

- Researcher outcomes:

  • Independently conduct, manage and lead advanced original research or other advanced scholarship, which contributes to the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, theories, solutions and/or professional practice, of a quality to satisfy peer review & international standards, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication
  • Work with substantial autonomy, independence and authority in the conduct and management of research
  • Demonstrate professionalism, taking full responsibility for own work and others in the research team/project/organisation
  • Demonstrate the capacity to present and defend points of view, thesis and ideas in area(s) of expertise with knowledge and confidence
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate information, findings, insights, problems and solutions effectively, cogently and coherently to peers, scholarly communities, appropriate organisations and society at large in the relevant field of expertise
  • Demonstrate the capacity to work with relevant stakeholders ethically and professionally.

- Knowledge, understanding & critical analysis outcomes:

  • A systematic acquisition and critical understanding of a substantial body of advanced knowledge which is at the frontiers of an academic discipline or area of professional practice
  • Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise new, complex and abstract ideas and current critical issues in the most advanced frontiers of knowledge of a field of study/ discipline/ practice and refine existing concepts and practices
  • make informed judgements on complex issues in specialist fields, often in the absence of complete data, and be able to communicate ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Identify emerging ethical and professional complexities arising from the research

- Methodological outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems
  • Use/select/improve existing or develop new appropriate tools/methodologies to support and enhance research activities
  • Undertake critical analysis of data, be it qualitative and/or quantitative

- Practical outcomes:

  • Demonstrate mastery of practical, technical and/or scientific skills/practices, at the forefront of one or more areas of specialisation and develop new complex skills or techniques to resolve highly complex and emerging problems
  • The capacity to solve complex, abstract and emerging contemporary issues and challenges by applying advanced research methods, analytical tools and skills to creatively generate new knowledge, theories, novel solutions and/or new practices within the field(s) of study/discipline/practice.
  • Produce research outputs in the form of a thesis, patents, products, new advanced professional practice, new ideas, solutions, advanced technologies or creative models

Candidates whose work has been reviewed and accepted by the awarding institution (IPE/Pôle Paris Alternance, Paris) and who have passed the viva voce examination, gain the qualification of Doctor of Business Administration. They are entitled to use the title "Doctor".


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