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Doctorate in Business Administration

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) is academically equivalent to the Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) and prepares candidates to provide significant, research based, original contributions to management practice. It consists of a menu of business studies and methodological courses, two major  seminars drawn from a pool of complementary fields of study. It culminates in a public defense of a 50,000-word dissertation.

The DBA is a four-year programme delivered by a diverse team of senior academics drawn from the UWI community, overseas scholars as well as senior private and public sector practitioners at doctoral level of their qualifications and experience.

This programme aims to develop a cadre of highly trained Caribbean business leaders through rigorous management, research and application of theory to practical activities so as to enhance the competitive capacity of firms within the Region. It will facilitate the further development of the Region and will encourage critical research in all areas of management.

The programme is delivered in a blended learning modality using contemporary technological resources.

Duration

The minimum period for the DBA is 4 years of full-time study. The maximum time a student has to complete the programme is 7 years.

Programme Structure

 Course Structure

Candidates are required to complete a total of twelve courses (10 core and 2 electives). Each course will run for a minimum of 2 weeks and will be assessed through

  • individual participation
  • research paper and/ or
  • examination

Research papers are due (2) two months after the end of the course.

Core Courses

  1. Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methodologies For Managerial Decision-Making
  2. Multivariate Analysis
  3. Global Management Trends
  4. Strategic Use Of Information And Communication Technology
  5. Business Development, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  6. International Marketing
  7. Finance
  8. Internationalization Of Sme’s
  9. Global Competitiveness
  10. Strategic dynamics

In addition candidates will choose 2 electives from the following thematic areas:

Candidates may opt to pursue Seminars, Courses or a combination thereof, pending availability. Where applicable, electives may be drawn from existing courses that are offered by the departments within the Faculty of Social Sciences.

TWO ELECTIVES COURSES CHOSEN FROM A LIST OF TOPICAL BUSINESS COURSES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
Labour & Employment Relations

Comparative Labour Relations

Labour and Employment law

Labour Economics

Workplace Negotiation and Conflict management

Organization development
Psychology of Motivation and; Group Behaviour
Psychological Measurement, Testing Assessment
Performance Management
Complex Organizations and Change

Policy, Governance and Management
Collaborative and Network Governance
Public Budgeting policy and; Development Performance Outcomes
International Public Policy
Harmonization of Sectoral and Regional Policy

Human resource management
Human Capital Development
Knowledge management
Cross-cultural Management
Workplace Negotiation and Conflict Management

Candidates will be assessed in the following ways:

  • Individual Project; and
  • Examination (for some courses)
  • Final Comprehensive Examination
  • Viva voce

All entry requirements for the Doctorate in Business Administration can be found here Admission & Fees

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