Are you undertaking (or thinking of doing) a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) or other professional doctorate (PD) in business and management? Or perhaps you’re supervising and delivering one of these programmes? This is your complete - and practical - guide to succeeding on this course. A Guide to Professional Doctorates in Business and Management has been written by a team of experts with experience of the challenges faced in both studying for and supervising professional doctorates in business and management. Inside they address the key issues faced, in particular how these courses differ from a traditional PhD, and the different skills and approach needed for success. Chapters explore the nature and importance of PDs as leading change in the professional world of practice, and how they need to differ from traditional forms of doctorate such as PhDs. The guide also offers practical guidance on researching in this particular mode, and through writing and publishing a thesis, making a valuable contribution to professional knowledge.


John Taylor

Over the past 30 years, doctoral education and training have increased rapidly in many countries, especially in Europe, North America, East Asia and Australasia. Underlying this expansion has been increasing diversity. There is diversity by subject area, with expansion in, for example, the creative arts and health professions; and by form of delivery, with significant expansion in part-time or online programmes. There are more types of programme, with the emergence of a wide range of professional doctorates and doctorates based on performance to supplement ‘traditional’ PhD programmes. Doctoral programmes are now established in a much wider range of institutions of higher education and in more countries around the world; and the gender balance has changed, with many more female doctoral candidates. Other ...

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