Organisational and Personal Impact
The International Executive Doctorate (DBA) is a high quality, doctoral level, research degree which has real impact in organisations and on wider policy and practice and is undertaken by those who are focused on practice-based careers. Acquiring new mind sets and approaches to producing evidence alongside gaining a greater understanding of that which counts as management knowledge will impact on professional practice.
You and your organisation should expect to gain benefit from dedicated research on a major, possibly critical, organisational issue which should have a significant impact on the organisation's management thinking, approach, processes and profitability. In addition, the structure and practical bias of the Executive Doctorate means that your organisation will benefit from your learning and insights at all stages throughout the programme.
You will usually come to the programme with a broad question which aims to tackle a particular issue within your organisation. This question will become more focused and will lead to clear findings and insights throughout the programme. The combination of a review of exisiting evidence, the collection of primary empirical data and engagement with practice, allows you to undertake research that will have both academic value and a real impact on practice and policy.
Talking to Your Employer About Sponsorship
For many students, obtaining sponsorship from their organisation is a fundamental element of the application process. Our experience, strengthened by the agreement of our current students and alumni, highlights that securing the support of your employer, not only boosts the overall learning experience but also enhances future career development.
The very essence of the International Executive Doctorate (DBA) means that the supporting organisation has the opportunity to capitalise on the employee's enhanced business and leadership skills allowing future company objectives and strategies to be met.
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The personal development element of the International Executive Doctorate (DBA) is designed to provide you with a range of transferable personal and professional skills as a basis for continuing professional development. You will develop personally by engaging in the learning required to progress through the doctorate.
The International Executive Doctorate (DBA) provides a rich developmental experience in ways that may not be immediately obvious. The many skills that you acquire, or in many cases build on, are sophisticated ones that will clearly differentiate you from other managers. The skills are both derived from, and are seamlessly transferable to, ongoing business situations.
Undertaking an Executive Doctorate can be for a variety of personal reasons, for example:
- the desire for intellectual stimulation
- a belief that an Executive Doctorate will enhance your career
- recognition that accepted wisdom is not sufficient for effectively dealing with work challenges
- enjoyment of life long learning
- fulfilling a lifelong aspiration to research something in depth
As well as making a contribution to knowledge about practice that can be used by the community at large, most people expect that doing the degree will have a personal impact on them and their work. However, they may not be able to explain exactly what they expect this personal impact to be.
The personal development aspect of the International Executive Doctorate provides you with a structured approach to help you reflect on and make sense of this more personal impact. By reflecting on these aspects in a systematic way, you will be better able to harness the personal learning which is inherent to the programme.
There are three key areas of anticipated personal development:
- increased managerial effectiveness
- increased understanding of yourself as a researcher
- transfer of skills