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Institution/Academic guidelines of the Business Science Institute

Academic guidelines of the Business Science Institute

Paul Beaulieu, Professor ESG-UQAM.  Member of the the Business Science Institute Academic Committee.

This text aims to clarify the academic orientations of the doctoral training provided by Business Science Institute. It includes comments and suggestions made by a number of members of the Business Science Institute faculty.

Preliminary remarks

Business Science Institute's academic activities mirror the current approach to management education projects, which is based on the international and multi-institutional participation of a network of outstanding faculty and on a training programme designed specifically for management practitioners who are particularly concerned with critical and imaginative thinking on their own management situations and professional experiences.

Business Science Institute considers the field of management from a global perspective, while taking into full account the specific contexts of individual management and business practice.  Business Science Institute focuses on supporting the development of managerial practice through the advanced training of doctoral practitioners in a broad range of business and management areas.

The work we do at Business Science Institute is concerned with the fundamental logics underlying managerial practices and the importance of nurturing the dynamics involved in developing individual and organisational knowledge creation capabilities.

1. Strategic positioning of Business Science Institute

The training of Doctors of Management Practice :
Business Science Institute aims to satisfy a demand not currently met by existing academic institutions by training original Doctors of Management Practice.  Eventually, Business Science Institute will be the central hub for the running of an international community of peers dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in management practice.

The function of these Doctors of Management Practice within their organisations and in Society is to carry out, in synergy with professional and scientific communities, the following mandates:

  • To produce new valid knowledge 'from and for' practice
  • To build a body of knowledge on management practices
  • To communicate and transfer management knowledge and practice within peer communities based on scientific debate
  • To train participants to become Doctors of Management Practice
  • To participate directly or indirectly in the questioning of management knowledge and in the creation of research questions raised by management practices.

A perspective focused on achievement
Doctors of Management Practice are primarily concerned with the eco-systemic intelligence processes of strategy, implementation and efficiency in the action of organisations and managers. This is the reason for the Executive designation in their title: Executive Doctorate in Business Administration.

A specific field of knowledge for practice
The fields of management practice and knowledge created in practice situations are subject to specific epistemologies as well as rules and approaches to the production and validation of knowledge and know-how that are appropriate to them.

The level of development of knowledge systems and communities in managerial practice has reached a state and a dynamic that requires the presence of managers capable of producing and communicating scientifically valid knowledge.

A high-level faculty
The Scientific Advisory Board of the Business Science Institute includes professors and PhDs in management sciences from prestigious universities and business schools with experience in leading research and numerous publications.

A state-of-the-art technological infrastructure
The Business Science Institute's current telecommunication and distance learning facilities provide impressive leverage for the training of these new PhD students. Indeed, the Business Science Institute has equipped itself with a state-of-the-art technological infrastructure to support its training and knowledge dissemination activities on a global scale and aspires to become a global platform for the training of Executive Doctorates in Business Administration.


2. The pragmatic capacities to be developed

The competencies to be developed in candidates for the title of Doctor of Management Practice fall within the following five areas:

The pragmatics of action
The detailed knowledge of the processes and dynamics of the effectiveness of collective action and the ability to conceive their evolution give candidates a distinctive competence.

This orientation towards action and implementation in practice is based on the mastery of a holistic, integrative and eco-systemic perspective and gives particular attention to the knowledge of the dynamics of change. The thesis topics therefore have a managerial interest in the organisations to which they belong, while aiming to propose generic knowledge of action that can be mobilised in similar management situations.

Judgement and critical thinking
The knowledge and practice of critical analysis of managerial and organisational realities ensures a high-level quality of In Situ judgements and decision-making.

The mastery of a praxis of individual and collective self-reflection in order to broaden awareness of the multiple facets of real-world realities in the face of complex contexts and for the holistic intelligence of management situations characterise the training.

A practice of knowledge scientifically anchored in the evidence of experience (evidences)
The following are developed in the course

  • Mastery of the processes of producing scientific knowledge and management practice based on evidence from real experiences (evidence-based management).
  • The knowledge and improvement of rules, processes and practices of efficiency control in the realisation and concretisation of development projects.

In situ knowledge management
The management of the production, dissemination and transfer of knowledge in practice settings as well as the processes of collective knowledge building, collective engagement and action research partnerships or intervention in complex situations are developed in the curriculum.

Responsibilities of management practice
On the basis of a critical praxis and the mastery of management accountability practices, doctoral students are led to reflect on the ethics of production, service and consumption practices, and more generally on the multiple aspects and effects of organised activities.

Through their training in these different fields of management, PhDs in Management Practice will be able to contribute actively to the elaboration and dissemination of a practical and reasoned wisdom of management.


3. An in situ training perspective

Doctors of Management Practice produce valid knowledge in situ within the framework of the management processes of organisations and companies. This knowledge is generated according to rules of validity which ensure its scientific character and guarantee both its relevance and rigour and its anchorage in the realities of practice.

Most of their training is immersed in the practical situations in which they are involved. The learning approach implemented by the Business Science Institute implies a constant contextualisation of knowledge and methods as well as a direct relationship between these and the learners' current experience. It also invites them to seek a certain transferability of the generic knowledge thus produced.

4. A pragmatic approach to learning

The learning approach and the development of the capacities of the Doctors of Management Practice are based on the implementation of the following principles and typical activities:

      • The anchoring in situations of management practice and action,
      • The learner is primarily responsible for the implementation of his/her learning and scientific approach. Faculty members intervene in his or her journey in order to stimulate, support, question, suggest relevant sources of knowledge or methods and retroact on the basis of his or her learning plan,
      • The development of methodological rigour emphasising the search for evidence in situ and communication within the peer community on the basis of scientific demonstration and argumentation
      • The realisation of intensive seminars of critical reflection on the state of knowledge, managerial practices as well as on the epistemology and methodologies of scientific and in situ knowledge
      • The networking of exchanges, collaborations and discussions of the communities of PhD students, professors, emeritus managers and graduates of the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (the Business Science Institute Fellows)
      • The completion of an action research project anchored in a context of practice and leading to its defence within the Business Science Institute knowledge community,
      • An intensive tutorial practice for the development of critical thinking skills and competences and for the accompaniment of learning projects,
      • Exposure of doctoral students within numerous collective situations and activities where their abilities to communicate, argue and debate the knowledge acquired and the theses advanced are tested.


5. Research focus and global network

As an educational and research institution, Business Science Institute focuses its research efforts on the epistemology of management, as well as on the practices of knowledge development, validation and transfer within the field of organisational practice.

The Business Science Institute is an international network of communities that interact on a structured basis to exchange, debate and facilitate the development of skills and the transfer of knowledge: the community of Doctors of Practice (the Business Science Institute Fellows); the Business Science Institute Scientific Council; the community of senior managers associated with the Business Science Institute; and the business and professional communities associated with it.