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The Business Science Institute, an international structure of higher education, has the purpose of developing the Executive DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration) at an international scale and fostering the creation of knowledge by managers. For 30 years, Sphinx has maintained a privileged relationship with the world of teaching and research, and provides software specially adapted to the challenges in this sector. The Business Science Institute and the Sphinx have established a partnership targeted towards the doctoral students and data analysis: the BSI-Lab.

The objective of the BSI-Lab is to enable doctoral student-managers to take advantage of empirical sources by producing relevant results that meet the scientific requirements and enhance knowledge production.

The BSI-Lab addresses the relative isolation of doctoral student-managers during data analysis by putting them in touch with professors specialized in a particular technique, or former doctoral students with experiences they wish to share.

The BSI-Lab can relieve doctoral students-managers of the logistical and technical tasks for which they do not have time to train or they cannot properly implement. Thus, the Sphinx experts support the logistics of data collection or analysis.

BSI-Lab enables the emergence of a type of research distinguished by a certain methodological homogeneity (diversity in sources and processing) and a communication style (oriented towards action and understanding). The use of Sphinx as a key tool contributes to the process without excluding opportunities for other complementary tools.

What the BSI-Lab provides doctoral students

Free access to all solutions proposed by Sphinx: Déclic, Sphinx IQ2/Quali, Cloud Sphinx and Sphinx Online. They have access to these resources until their thesis defence. Access to methodological and technical advice from the professor in charge of the BSI-Lab, or from another "expert faculty member" is also planned. This advice is provided with the approval of the research supervisor, when the project of data collection is well defined or when the data have been collected and communicated.

The role of the BSI-Lab’s head

  • Being available to doctoral students.
  • Early interface with Sphinx Institute to establish an estimate for the data processing. Subsequently, the doctoral student deals directly with the expert at the Sphinx Institute.
  • Interface with the research supervisors.
  • Identification and mobilization of “professors expert in a technique” or of former students.
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In partnership with the CESAG, in January of 2016 a new Business Science Institute Executive DBA program opened its doors in Dakar!
The 3rd graduating class of the Business Science Institute Executive DBA in Dakar is composed of 10 students, whose average age is 47 years. The youngest of the group is 34 years old and the oldest 62 years old.

Originating from Mali, Togo, Benin, Guinea, Senegal, Mauritius and Niger, these new doctoral students are executives with very diverse career profiles and active in totally different professional domains (public management, health, insurance, international organisation, transportation, education, and banking) but all are motivated by the same objectives: to pursue a rigorous program under the direction of professors coming from prestigious universities and business schools and to write a thesis and produce knowledge based on their experience, all the while continuing their professional activities.

The first 4-day seminar, dedicated to managing the thesis, was organised by professor Michel Kalika, Scientific Council of the Business Science Institute (IAE Lyon), Paul Beaulieu (UQAM), Fatou Diop Sall (UCAD, Dakar), Mouhamed El Bachir Wade (UCAD, Dakar) and Birahim Gueye (Gaston Berger University in Saint Louis, Senegal).

During the seminar, the new doctoral students had the opportunity to consult with 16 senior doctoral students from previous years, both face to face and via videoconferencing.

For Michel Kalika this new graduating class clearly demonstrates the willingness of managers to create knowledge from their experience and pass it on as a publication.

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