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.
Chapter 11: The dba and phd compared
The purpose of this chapter is to compare and contrast PhDs and professional doctorates, especially the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) as a particular example of the latter. While that distinction usually encompasses the DBA as a professional doctorate, some do use the term professional doctorate in a way which excludes the DBA; for example Leeds Beckett University in the UK specifies the DBA as separate from the Prof Doc in its offer of research degrees. So, there can be differences and so confusion in the use of terms. The chapter will identify and discuss some of these but will focus primarily on the comparison of PhD and DBA. The comparison focuses on the ...