DEBUNKING THE DBA
the Doctor of BUSINESS ADMISTRATION Alexandra Skinner speaks with the Executive DBA Council’s Lars Mathiassen.
The fundamental differences between a DBA and a PhD Both the DBA and the PhD are terminal degrees in business, and they are both focused on developing an individual’s research capabilities. The PhD aims to create academic researchers for a career in top business schools, the degree is within a specific discipline, and the focus is on developing new theory through rigorous research. In contrast, the
DBA aims to develop practitioner researchers for a career in industry, the degree is interdisciplinary (hence the name) and the focus is on solving practical problems through rigorous research. In addition, a PhD student is typically engaged fulltime, while DBA students study on a part-time basis while having a full-time job.
The DBA aims to develop practitioner researchers for a career in industry.
DBA Vs PhD
Executive Doctoral DBA
Senior executives who:
Students with limited work experience who:
Hold an MBA or relevant postbaccalaureate degree Work full-time Will use the knowledge required to address problems and issues in contemporary business
May or may not hold a post-baccalaureate degree Typically enroll as full-time students Seek to position themselves for careers in academia
Career differentiation and advancement
Developing new skill sets and capabilities
Objective: To develop practitioner researchers
Advancing leadership skills in mentoring tomorrow’s champions
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