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Archive for January 2014

CEOs, engineers, computer engineers, comptrollers, and more, mostly from Dakar or Ivory Coast and 42 years old on average: these are the profiles of the first class of “students” at the newly opened Business Science Institute campus in Dakar.

These profiles attest to the accuracy of the Business Science Institute’s motivation/approach chart, a chart designed using experience from previous programs that identifies two types of motivation: personal and/or professional. Thesis topics are suggested during selection interviews, and deal with public administration, information systems governance, business performance, community-based businesses, and HR functions, as well as investments and financing. However, they are always written according to the writer’s personal management experience and to local context. These research topics will benefit businesses and managers alike.

The first seminar was held from January 23 to 25 and was led by professor Michel Kalika, Scientific Counselor of the Business Science Institute, and professor El Bachir Wade. This seminar dealt with the thesis writing process.

The second seminar, “Thematic Paradigm I”, is scheduled to be held from March 12-15 this year.
Dakar, Senegal Program Calendar

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Why does the Business Science Institute have more professors on its scientific council (nearly 70), than students (20)?

This may seem surprising at first, but there are actually two fairly simple reasons:

  • The first is that for an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration, strategic resources are first and foremost academic in nature; it’s the professor who supervises the student’s work and provides indispensable support to managers seeking to publish a thesis.

    That’s why the first step of the Business Science Institute’s Executive Doctorate in Business Administration project involved creating an international scientific council that brought together professors and doctors in management sciences from prestigious universities and Business Schools, all with experience in supervising research and with many publications to their name.

  • The second reason is that the managers applying for an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration usually come into the program with a specific research subject in mind, which relates to their competencies and professional experience. The Business Science Institute thus expects to work with a large range of competencies.

Many academic institutions only use a limited number of professors. The advantage of the Business Science Institute is that it has successfully creates a network of professors that transcends the boundaries of these institutions.

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The role and importance given to accreditations depends on the institution and the goals of its students:

  • Managers who wish to become tenured teachers at a university or Business School are advised to complete a traditional doctorate or Ph.D. Therefore, the institution’s accreditation is essential.
  • Managers looking to take a step back from their professional experience, fulfill themselves intellectually, and attain the personal accomplishment of producing a high quality, publishable doctoral work should consider an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration instead. Here, accreditations are of secondary importance.

But why were accreditations created?

At first, it was to verify that institutions were hiring professors with academic training and not just temporary practitioners. In 2012, the Business Science Institute’s main activity involved the creation an international scientific council of professors (nearly 70 today!) that would ensure high-quality and critical academic training.

The more one attempts to inspire respect in the hierarchy of diplomas, the more essential it is to have quality applicants and professors. Unlike an MBA, the value of an Executive DBA depends on the reputation of the professor supervising the thesis, the quality of the Scientific Council that approves it, and finally, the quality of the thesis, which will be published online or elsewhere.

Those working at the Business Science Institute are involved in other international organizations of accreditation, and take their roles very seriously. They know them well and praise them for the eminent role they’ve played in improving the quality of Business Schools in recent years.

By definition, accreditations impose regulations; however, the Business Science Institute has decided to use a “nonstandard” growth strategy that allows it to meet needs that accredited institutions sometimes have trouble meeting.

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The partnership between Business Science Institute and University of Technology, Sydney Business School (accredited by AACSB) gives students who are enrolled to the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (EDBA) the opportunity to follow seminars validated by the Australian university and  submit their research projects to a jury of professors from both institutions.

The following 3-day seminars will be administered on the program:

  • Managing the Executive DBA Thesis
  • Thematic Paradigm I
  • Thematic Paradigm II
  • Qualitative Methodology
  • Quantitative Methodology

During the course, students who are enrolled at the Business Science institute who chose to combine the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration with the Certificate of Research in Business Administration will have full access to the Business Source Premier online database via the University of Technology, Sydney Business School.

The Executive Doctorate in Business Administration will also be validated by the Australian university, which is accredited by AACSB.

For more information related to the Certificate of Research in Business Administration, email us at: info@business-science-institute.com

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