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.

Action modes of research

Action modes of research
Joe Raelin

For many professional doctorates, especially in the business and management domain, the epistemological focus is on work-based learning, in particular, that there is recognition that learning can be acquired in the midst of practice and dedicated to addressing the problem at hand through enquiry-driven processes. Participants in these programmes are active researchers themselves who enact and reflect upon their own personal mental models and learn to master the metacompetencies germane to their ongoing work contexts. The application of work-based learning can be enhanced through a range of modalities that have as their underlying commonality a planned engagement in practice and collective reflection on that practice. After documenting these work-based modalities and noting their differences, ten unifying ...

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