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Doctor of Business Administration DBAR

Program focus


The focus of this program is to provide a high-level, business
oriented doctoral research program that gives students who are already
business professionals, sufficient theoretical and empirical understanding
to enable them to identify and resolve business challenges in both
the private and public sectors. The candidates contribute to knowledge
generation that can improve managerial practise. DBA alumni work as
academics, consultants or managers in diverse industries worldwide.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Duration

5 years part-time, with an expectation that the
degree will be completed in not more than 8 years.

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Program aims

The focus of this program is to provide a high-level, vocationally-oriented
program that gives students who are already business professionals
sufficient theoretical and empirical understanding to enable them
to identify and resolve business challenges in both the private and
public sectors.

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Program objectives

On successful completion of the Doctor of Business Administration
program students will be able to:

  • apply relevant theoretical knowledge to contemporary business
    problems

  • critique contemporary organisational practice in the light of
    relevant theory

  • explain the principles of, and apply, a range of quantitative
    and qualitative research methods frequently used in business research

  • determine and apply appropriate research methods to business
    management problems

  • critically evaluate business research studies in order to assess
    their quality and applicability in improving the effective handling
    of business management problems

  • acquire and utilise knowledge of behavioural, policy and strategic
    issues to improve the effectiveness of their own organisations

  • identify, analyse and evaluate internal and external environmental
    influences on organisations in order to develop strategic plans for
    the management of change and development

  • demonstrate superior oral and written communications skills
    relevant to business

  • link the educational experience directly with their own workplace
    experience.


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Program structure

The Doctor of Business Administration is a 24-unit program comprising
4 coursework courses from the Master of Business Administration specialisation courses, 4 units of research coursework and 16 units
of research. Students are required to undertake:

  • 4 coursework courses from the MBA specialisation courses. If
    a supervisor evaluates that the applicant should build more specific
    prior knowledge in a particular specialist area that is vital to the
    research topic, then the applicant can be required to complete up
    to four relevant specialisation courses from the MBA program

  • BUS8401 Research Methodology 1 and BUS8402 Research Methodology 2 which must be completed successfully before progressing to the research
    dissertation

  • plus BUS8403 Research Methodology 3 and BUS8404 Research Methodology 4 which must be completed successfully before progressing to the research
    dissertation

  • plus an externally examined 16-unit research dissertation, comprised
    of eight 2-unit courses.


Note: The dissertation is structured as eight 2-unit
courses for accounting and administrative purposes. These courses
are similar with respect to intellectual activity and the rate and
direction of progress through them need not necessarily be hindered
by individual courses synopses. Writing the dissertation is an ongoing
process.

Note: Dissertation courses must be enrolled in ˜sequentially™,
for example, MGT9601 and MGT9602, then MGT9603 and MGT9604, not MGT9601 and MGT9604, then MGT9602 and MGT9603.

Students will be provided with the relevant study books that
provide guidelines for the preparation and examination of the Doctor
of Business Administration Research Dissertation.

Refer to DBAR Course Progression for further details.

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Exit points

Students must maintain good standing in this program. Please
refer to Section 2 of the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Policy.

Students who do not maintain good standing in the Doctor of
Business Administration program, or who fail BUS8402 Research Methodology 2, or who do
not meet the requirements for satisfactory progress in their research
dissertation will be permitted to exit with a lesser qualification
provided that they have met the requirements of the relevant program..

A student who completes successfully BUS8401, BUS8402
, BUS8403 and BUS8404 may,
upon application, exit with the Postgraduate Certificate in Business
Research.

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