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Cure management ills with an Executive Doctorate

Cure management ills with an Executive Doctorate

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."