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Press Release - October 16th 2014

A partnership between the Business Science Institute Luxemburg (BSI) and IAE Lyon for the international development of a Doctorate in Business Administration program.

The Business Science Institute and IAE Lyon – University Jean Moulin Lyon 3, have just established a partnership for the joint development of a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program.

The Executive DBA program is designed for senior executives and business leaders, as well as for holders of an MBA or equivalent master’s degree.

This program of continuing education is unique in that it enables business and organizational professionals to become “doctoral managers” and use their managerial experience to engage in a reflection on a subject related to managerial practices at the doctoral level and supervised by faculty members. It strives to stimulate creative capabilities in the domain of decision-making and strategy implementation.

The Executive DBA differs from a traditional doctorate through its more pragmatic orientation, all the while maintaining a crucial attention to research. As an executive program, DBA emphasizes the integration of management theory and practice in the workplace.

The program takes place over a period of three years, with five training seminars lasting three days each during the first year, follow-up seminars during the second year and a thesis defense in the third year. During the thesis process, the doctoral managers benefit from regular and personalized monitoring by an advisor specialized in their field of study.

The Executive DBA of the Business Science Institute is unique in its design in that it is based on a Scientific Advisory Board consisting of seventy professors from various international universities. The Business Science Institute already offers an Executive DBA in North America, Switzerland, Tunisia, Senegal, Luxemburg, and currently has an enrolment of about thirty doctoral managers.

This partnership marks the commitment of both institutions to work in synergy, while pooling resources for the benefit of the DBA participants.

For the Director of IAE Lyon, Jérôme Rive, “this partnership is the outcome of the meeting of two major actors of continued education. The DBA is a continuing education degree whose format perfectly fulfills the expectations of experienced managers who wish to take a step back and reflect on their own experience while conceptualizing their skills and their knowledge. The traditional doctorate is poorly adapted to these individuals, and an MBA program does not respond to the same objectives, nor is it on the same level. The Executive DBA offers an additional track, and a means of strengthening the fruitful connections between academic research and high-level managerial practices.”

Michel Kalika, President of Business Science Institute insists on the importance of the partnership between IAE Lyon and BSI. “On the one hand such a partnership provides academic recognition for BSI. On the other hand, it allows both institutions to partner to create new programs attractive to international targets. Finally, it satisfies the demands coming from many managers for whom a DBA is a way to valorize their experience and create knowledge.”

About IAE Lyon:

  • IAE Lyon, University of management – University Jean Moulin Lyon 3, is one of France’s most important centers for training and research in the field of management. IAE Lyon offers over 7,200 students in initial and continuing education high-level curricula and excellent teaching in the field of business administration and management.
  • IAE Lyon’s research activities and the knowledge they create guarantee high quality teaching, at the service of skills production.
  • IAE is also the partner of choice for companies and employees through its continuing education degree programs from Bac+3 to Bac+5 (among which are many part-time Masters and an International MBA), all accessible via the Validation des Acquis de l’Expérience measure, as well as through its short-term training offerings.
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Executive Doctorate in Business Administration

A doctoral programme for practising managers begins in Luxembourg this October. Professor Michel Kalika, Scientific Advisor at the Business Science Institute, is convinced the DBA offers huge advantages over other doctoral routes.

"This is above all an Executive DBA", he explains, "we created it for managers who may be 10 or 15 years into their career and want to step back to reflect on what they do while remaining withing their organisations."

It is that focus and continuity that Michel feels differentiates the BSI offer from, say, university-based PhD studies: "Universities can have difficulties
accommodating practising managers, with their goals perhaps conflicting and with time management issues", he says. It would be wrong to see anything less than full academic rigour in the BSI programme, however: "More than 60 internationally-reputed professors from a variety of countries - the USA, UK, France and Canada among them - have established this Executive DBA and teach it as well."

Michel sees a further difference in candidates' preparedness: "Most managers arrive with a good idea of their doctoral thesis topic, not always the case with young PhD students!".

The Institute's DBA is already running at centres in Canada, Switzerland, Tunisia and Senegal, and the BSI is in a way coming home with the Luxembourg programme about to start, its administration run from Chateau Wiltz, in the north of the country. The five three-day seminars in the first year will, however, take place in Luxembourg City: "In the seminars we help managers formalise their topics, and tutor them in research methodology. We also identify a professor and supervise the thesis that candidates write and refine in the second year, during which they attend three further one-day seminars."

As a career academic Professor Kalika has welcomed the resulting three-dimensional knowledge transfer: students benefit from the experience of their fellow as well as their teachers, and those teachers learn from contemporary managerial practice too.

He's excited about prospects for the new centre: "It's at the heart of the European Union, with a high density of senior managers within reach of such a central point. We're still recruiting for the October intake, and it underlines the international nature of the programme that we're drawing students not just from Luxembourg but neighbouring countries."

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The Business Science Institute’s Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (Executive DBA) has gained approval from the Minister of Education of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

The Business Science Institute of Luxembourg was established in July 2013. A non-profit organization (NPO) located in the Château de Wiltz, its task is to ensure the development of new Executive DBA campuses, particularly the one in Luxembourg that opened this October.

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Partnership between the Luxembourg Business Science Institute (BSI) and the Centre Africain d’Etudes Supérieures en Gestion (CESAG) for the development of an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (executive DBA)

The Business Science Institute and the Centre Africain d’Etudes Supérieures en Gestion (CESAG) have just signed an agreement to a partnership for the opening of a new campus in Dakar in 2015. This partnership is part of an effort to expand the first campus opened by the Business Science Institute at the CESAG in Dakar in January 2014. This program allows candidates, who are practicing managers with MBAs (or an equivalent title), to prepare an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (Executive DBA) by drawing upon their managerial experience. The program takes place over two years; the first year consists of four training seminars lasting four days each, and the second consists of personalized follow-up by one of the thesis directors.

The Business Science Institute’s Executive DBA has a very unique structure; it is run by a Scientific Council composed of sixty professors from various international universities around the world. The program is already underway in North America, Geneva, Tunisia, and Luxembourg.

Both institutions wish to work together and pool their teaching resources to better serve their students.

The courses offered as part of the executive DBA program in Dakar will be officially sanctioned by diplomas from both the Business Science Institute and the CESAG, as well as the certificate presented by the University of Technology Sydney Business School at the end of the first year.

For professor Michel Kalika, scientific advisor of the Business Science Institute, this new partnership shows the desire of both institutions to offer business executives in Francophone Africa an exceptional doctorate program with high-quality professors, as well as to meet the expectations of African business and organization managers.

For Boubacar Baidari, CEO of the CESAG, this partnership presents an opportunity to provoke managers in Africa to reflect on current managerial issues, and hopefully to encourage them to bring reform to their environment and become key players in the development of Africa.

Contact BSI: info@business-science-institute.com
Contact CESAG: edba@cesag.edu.sn; www.cesag.sn/edba

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