Doctor of Business Administration

Course Structure

4 years

Your research training will include a series of workshops delivered by leading WBS faculty at The Shard and at our University of Warwick campus. Workshops integrate content, theory, design and research methods, through a review of relevant literature.

Please see below the programme structure for the 2022 intake:

Year 1: three 3-day and one 5-day workshops and supervision (including a programme induction)
Year 2: two 3-day and one 5-day workshops and supervision
Year 3: one 5-day workshop and supervision
Year 4: one 5-day workshop and supervision

In addition to the workshops there will be a 2-day DBA Conference each year. This conference will take place as part of the 5-day workshop (3 days of teaching, plus a 2 day conference). This event will allow you the opportunity to network across DBA cohorts and will provide executive-level perspectives on how to address complex business problems by becoming a scholar-practitioner.

The in-person workshops will be supplemented by readings, and online tools and resources such as short video lectures.

There are a number of non-assessed milestones across your study period. These help to develop softer skills and application of theory to your writing. At each of these milestones, you will receive tailored feedback from a panel of senior academics to help finesse your project and ensure your research is on-track. 

In addition, there are formal milestones in the form of progress review panels where you share and discuss your work with an expert panel, who provide you with important feedback and direction. In order to progress, you are required to pass these milestones. 

Thesis Requirements
In order to be awarded your Doctor of Business Administration degree, you will have to demonstrate innovation in the application of knowledge through a thesis. The thesis can be delivered in two different formats:

Option 1: A single integrated thesis or monograph
Option 2: Portfolio

For both formats’ students will need to examine a real-world problem relating to their business through situation analysis, systematic literature review, synthesis of extant knowledge, problem description, solution design, and implementation evaluation. The key differences between the two options relate to the form in which the results and tangible outputs arising from the project are presented. An indicative word count for the thesis would be 80,000 words.

Workshop themes

The DBA will give you access to cutting-edge academic knowledge and design science tools to develop solutions to challenges you face in your organisation and industry. Workshop themes throughout the programme include:

  • Applied Research Design
  • Strategic Management
  • Leadership and Change Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Digital Transformation
  • Systematic Literature Review
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Academic Writing
  • Becoming a Professor of Practice
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