Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program

Courses of Studies

Extraordinary changes in the global business environment are challenging management schools across continents. Management education must impart the skills required to respond to technological changes, the information revolution, global competition, and constant shifts in political and social environments. Many of the management models adopted by business are outdated, and call for innovative ideas rooted in solid academic research.

As the global information economy evolves, organizations are becoming increasingly complex, and innovative organizational models and practices have become crucial to successfully addressing this complexity. Consequently, leadership in this environment requires higher, more sophisticated levels of knowledge and skills. The DBA program is designed to serve these needs by providing doctoral-level education to professional practitioners in business and management.

Objectives of the DBA program

The prime objective of the DBA program is to produce graduates who can contribute to the advancement of their professions and to the expansion of knowledge relating to the current theories, practices, and issues in business and management. The DBA degree will:

  • Provide a high-quality professional doctorate in the area of business administration and related areas.
  • Extend the knowledge, expertise and skill of students through the application of research to business problems and issues.
  • Facilitate in-depth study of particular aspects of business administration.
  • Provide access to the latest academic theories, concepts and techniques.
  • Provide experience in the design and implementation of research in the broad field of business administration.
  • Develop the candidate's ability to carry out independent research at an advanced level, together with their analytical and written communication skills.
  • To make a significant contribution to knowledge and/or to the understanding of one or more aspects of business administration through the research component of the degree.
  • DBA versus PhD

Ph. D Program

DBA Program

1.A theory research (knowledge based)

1.A policy research (Need based)

2. Open to teachers or academically-oriented persons.

2. Open to experienced managers and business consultants.

3. Entry qualifications:

  • Masters degree from different disciplines.
  • Preferably Teaching experience.

3.Entry qualifications:

  • MBA or EMBA.
  • Other Masters degree subject to the completion of specified MBA-level required courses.
  • Managerial experience.
  • Candidates who have completed the PhD program can use the title Doctor or suffix PhD can be used.

4. Candidates who have completed the DBA program can use the title Doctor. However, the suffix PhD cannot be used, but rather DBA.

Course Plan





Course Work**

Foundation Course: 1 @ 3 credits



Core Research Methods Courses: 4 @ 3 credits each




Courses in an Appropriate Discipline: 2@3credits each


Major Courses: 5 @ 3 credits each


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Dissertation Work

Research Phase 1: Topic Selection and Literature Review




Research Phase 2: Proposal Writing


Research Phase 3:
Data Collection, Presentation and Analysis


Research Phase 4: Thesis and Seminars


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*See section 10 for course details
** Must maintain a CGPA of 3.0 to start the dissertation work.

Time Frame

The DBA program is designed for an average time span of 4 years (8 semesters). The break up is shown below:
1. Course Work: 36 credits @ 9 credits per semester = 4 semesters (2 years)
2. Dissertation work: 36 credits = 4 semesters (2 years)
A student may be given a maximum of 14 semesters (7 years) to complete his/her degree failing which special permission is to be taken from the Academic Council of the university.

6.0 Entry Requirements

  • Minimum 5 years’ work experience, of which at least 2 years’ experience in senior management/administrative/consulting position.
  • MBA/EMBA from recognised academic institutions with minimum CGPA 3.0 (in a 4 point scale)/ or its equivalent in academic records.
  • Three letters of recommendation (including one from CEO/head of organizations) supporting the candidate’s application and research work.
  • A write-up on proposed research theme (i/c, Issue, research questions, objectives, hypotheses, rationale, scopes and limitations, methodology, etc.).

7.0 Selection Process

The selection to the program will be based on several criteria such as academic qualifications, experience, professional accomplishments, level of responsibility of the applicant and statement of purpose. Initially a written assessment followed by interview will be taken place before the final selection is made by DBA committee. The selected applicants will be informed at least one month prior to start of the program.

7.0 Degree Requirements

  • Successfully defending the thesis to the Committee members (see section 9)
  • Thesis acceptance by the external recommended by the committee.
  • Two publications from the thesis in recognized business journals

Dissertation Committee

The dissertation committee consists of three examiners of who one shall be the Supervisor and the other two members from outside this university including universities from abroad.

10.0 Course Description
10.1 One Foundation Course (Optional)
MG 6201 Business and Entrepreneurship
Prerequisite: No prerequisite

The purpose of this course is to prepare DBA students for basic business management skills and introductory quantitative methods. It emphasizes entrepreneurship skills to understand business basics from local and international perspectives. Topics covered include capital budgeting tools, project evaluation, market structures, management principles, behavioral theories, knowledge management, human resource management, organizational structures, consumer behavior, distribution channels, product pricing, market segmentations, technology management, franchising, data analysis, statistical research among others.

10.2 Four (4) Core Research Methods Courses
OP 6201 Quantitative Analysis
Prerequisite: Adequate business statistics knowledge

This course focuses on developing introductory basic quantitative methods for business analysis with computer software applications. It introduces the probability concepts and covers decision-making under uncertainty. Risk, utility methods, probability applications in decision-making and decision trees, simple and multiple regressions, model building, hypothesis testing and forecasting techniques. It also studies inventory control, linear programming, network models, simulation and Macro Analysis in business problems.

MG 6202 Research Methods
Prerequisite: Adequate business statistics knowledge

This course focuses on management problem solving, planning and evaluation tools. Main themes of this course are role of business research, acquiring research skills in both qualitative and quantitative aspects of analysis. Students will be exposed to survey instrument design, questionnaire design, sampling methods, data collection and research design, basic inference analysis, research ethics, exploratory research, qualitative analysis, measurement and scaling of data attributes as well as business applications and interpretation of statistical techniques.

OP 6203 Multivariate Analysis
Prerequisite: MG 6201

This course develops conceptual frameworks in research methodologies and emphasizes business applications of modern software in research design. Topics covered include analysis in survey and experimental data, multivariate statistics, multiple regression applications and model building, experimental design, model diagnostic analysis, factor analysis, path analysis, discriminant analysis, cluster analysis, structural equation modeling, multi-dimensional scaling and conjoint analysis among others.

FN 6202 Econometrics
Prerequisite: OP 6203

This course is designed to build a solid background in econometric theory and its applications to economic and business problems. It provides the necessary background to perform empirical studies by focusing on conceptual skills in basic and multiple linear regression models, stationary and non-stationary time series analysis, panel data analysis, and policy evaluations with advanced software applications.

10.3 Two (2) Appropriate Discipline Courses

Micro Economic Theory

Macro Economic Theory

Social Psychology for Organizations

Applied Social Psychology

Sociological Theory: Seminar

Organizational Analysis

10.4 Five (5) Major Course (Area Specific)

10.4.1 Accounting

AC 6201 Accounting Theory and Practice Prerequisite: DBA Council’s permission

This course examines the process of measuring, recording and reporting financial information required of contemporary business. Aspects of financial accounting examined include valuation, income measurement and the construction and interpretation of financial reports. Accounting theory, in terms of the basic assumptions, definitions, principles and concepts that underpin practice, will be inter-woven throughout the course.

AC 6202 Studies in Strategic Management Accounting
Prerequisite: AC 6201

This course examines advanced topics in contemporary management accounting available to guide strategic decision-making. Topics examined include: Activity Based Costing, Activity Based Management, Target and Life Cycle Costing, Balanced Scorecard, Performance Measurement, Incentive Contracts and Budgeting. Through the course participants will come to understand management accountants as “value-adding members of management teams, creating information vital for enhancing operational excellence, and for formulating and implementing new strategies” (Kaplan, 1998).

AC 6203 Comparative International Accounting Standards
Prerequisite: AC 6201

This course examines the progress, tensions and problems associated with the ongoing process of harmonizing accounting standards and functions within enterprises and between countries, It examines, for example, work of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), which promotes the adoption of comparable accounting practices and transparency needed by investors and creditors to make decisions that optimize resource allocation and enhance economic growth.

AC 6204 Special Topics in Accounting
Prerequisite: AC 6202

This course provides participants with the opportunity to make an intensive and critical examination of a topic or topics arising from recent empirical and theoretical literature in Accounting. The topic or topics chosen for study will vary depending on the interests of the students and course instructor.

AC 6205 Directed study in Accounting Prerequisite: AC 6202 or AC 6203

Individual work related to the needs of DBA students may be arranged both during regular sessions and during the intersession periods.

10.4.2 Finance
FN 6201 Theory of Finance
Prerequisites: DBA Council’s permission

The course engages intensive study and critical examination of modern finance theory, emphasizing the integration of firm investment and financing decisions under certainty and uncertainty, as well as, under perfect and imperfect capital markets. Major topics may include, but are not limited to, asset pricing and valuation, capital budgeting and real options, capital structure and dividend policies, capital market efficiency, information asymmetry and agency theory, term structure of interest rates, option valuation, international parity relationships, etc. Empirical studies that have bearing on modern finance theories are also explored.

FN 6203 Corporate Finance
Prerequisites: FN6201

The course focuses on intensive review and study of theories and practices of corporate financial policies and strategies. Areas of study include complex capital budgeting under certainty and uncertainty, valuation of projects and firms, capital structure and cost of capital, dividend policy and stock repurchases, corporate risk management, mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring, working capital management, corporate governance and control, agency conflicts, information asymmetry, etc. Case study may be utilized to examine, analyze, and integrate corporation decision-making. Also, theoretical and empirical literature on corporate finance issues will be reviewed.

FN 6204 Financial Markets and Institutions Prerequisites:FN6201

The course focuses on intensive review and study of the financial environment, including securities, markets, and institutions. Emphasis is on interest rate determinants, fixed income, equity and derivative securities, and the operations and management of all types of financial intermediaries. Theoretical and empirical literature on models and behavior of financial intermediaries, structure and regulation, interest rate theories, financial markets, and the impact of macroeconomic policies and procedures on financial markets and institutions are explored. Regulatory structure over capital markets and institutions, market developmental issues, market microstructure issues, creation of capital market infrastructure, and impact of globalization and technological development are also discussed.

FN 6205 Special Topics in Finance (May be taken more then once forCredit)

Intensive study and critical examination of special topics recently or newly emerging as an interest in finance. These special topics may include but are not limited to international finance, financial derivatives, risk management, financial engineering, real estate finance, etc.

FN 6206 Directed Study in Finance Prerequisite: FN6201

Individual work related to the needs of DBA students may be arranged both during regular sessions and during the inter-session periods.

10.4.3 Management
MG 6204 Management Theory
Prerequisite: DBA Council’s permission

The objectives of this course are to (1) investigate seminal works and theories which have shaped modern management theory and research, (2) explore the likely impact of these works on corporate decision making, operations, and results including research in these areas, and 3) generate excitement about testing the frontiers of knowledge. The student will study theory formulation, elements of theory and models, and a series of modern theories and models in management from a macro perspective. The intent will be to understand how these works were meant to and have shaped the generalist point of view in management theory and practice in both a national and global context. The course is designed to assist students to think conceptually about how to understand, synthesize, and frame issues and problems facing business enterprises within an ethical framework. In addition, the course will allow students to develop expertise in communicating new ideas to their peers in a manner which will both encourage further interchange of knowledge and lead to acceptance of those ideas. Finally, students will have the opportunity to apply these skills to conceptual issues confronting their own disciplines.

MG 6205 Organizational Behavior
Prerequisite: DBA Council’s permission

Organizational Behavior is a field of study that is primarily concerned with understanding individual and group behavior in work organizations. As a result, it can include such diverse topics as the motivation to work, emotions in organizations, and career planning issues. At the heart of OB is people: their aspirations, expectations, interactions, inclinations, and behavior in work situations. Traditionally organizational behavior was mainly influenced by psychology, but in the last decade the discipline has been influenced by communication studies, sociology, and anthropology. Consequently the field is both varied and intellectually stimulating. The organizational behavior course is designed to explore in depth the core body of literature that constitutes organizational behavior and to investigate the central debates, methodological issues, ethical concerns, and other contemporary concerns within the field at an advanced level. In addition, participants are expected to be able to apply these theories to the design, assessment, reengineering, and adaptation of systems and processes that will ensure the maximum organizational, group, individual, and technological performance.

MG 6206 Strategic Management
Prerequisite: MG6204, MG6205

Students will explore current academic research in management strategy and change management. This course examines the standard model of Vision, Mission, Strategies (or Policies), Tactics (or Procedures), Implementation, Measuring Results, and Control. Students will explore complex, strategic decision problems, and in the selection and application of appropriate techniques for reaching realistic decisions within an ethical framework in e-commerce and bricks and mortar commerce in both the for-profit and the not-for-profit realms and in the local, national, and global environments. Complex, judgmental problems are considered for a variety of organization types, business and non-business respecting the organization’s operating policies and procedures; and the organization, administrative, and operational problems of both national and multinational companies.

MG6207 Special Topics in Management Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission

Intensive study and critical examination of recent empirical and theoretical literature in management. Topics of studies will vary depending on the interests of the students and course instructor.

MG 6208 Directed Studies in Management
Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission

Directed studies are readings courses in which the professor will direct non-classroom independent study by students. The topic will be dependent upon the professor’s area of expertise. Readings will be in areas not offered in lecture or seminar courses and it is anticipated that they will deal with subjects at the leading edge of current management thought.
The responsible faculty will meet regularly with students to assess their progress. It is anticipated that publishable research papers may be the output of these courses, fitting directly with the overall course requirements for curriculum research papers.

10.4.4 Marketing
MK 6201 Marketing Theory
Prerequisite: DBA Council’s permission

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the history and evolution of marketing thought. The course will review the literature regarding the definition of marketing, marketing as a science, and major theoretical perspectives in marketing. Special emphasis will be placed on theoretical paradigms and perspectives in marketing such as systems theory, the behavioral theory of the firm, resource dependent theory, and social exchange theory that have influenced marketing as a discipline. Philosophy of science including scientific inquiry and the nature of scientific explanation, theories of truth, and distinctions between science and non-science will be discussed as it pertains to theory development.

MK 6202 Strategic Marketing
Prerequisite: MK6201

This seminar course builds on previous courses in marketing theory development, organizational behavior theory, innovation theory, and research to examine substantive areas in marketing. It examines the development of marketing strategies that can be adapted to the changing needs of consumers, to the strategies of competitors, and to the globalization of commerce. Other topic areas include: segmentation, strategy, advertising, promotion, pricing, product development and management, distribution channels, sales force, relationship marketing, new product introduction, marketing across sectors, and retailing. In this course, strategic management concepts as they relate to for-profit, not-for-profit and professional organizations will be examined to enhance the student’s ability to analyze an industry and develop relevant ethical marketing strategies. As such, this course is designed to offer exposure to the substantive issues that marketing theoreticians are grappling with and an opportunity to delve more deeply into one or more areas of special interest.

MK 6203 Theories in Consumer Behavior
Prerequisite: MK6201

This seminar course provides an in-depth study of the nature and determinants of the behavior of organizations in relation to their marketing activities. This course will emphasize the cognitive processing perspectives of decision making within ethical marketing both locally and internationally. Students will also gain experience in comprehensively surveying the literature in subject areas such as memory, attitudes, perceptions, preferences, and buyer/seller behavior. The seminars will focus on practical, professional decision making incorporating the challenges faced by marketers who must balance the needs of customers, suppliers, shareholders, employees, and other stakeholders. The course requires the student to synthesize and integrate theory and practice and to apply them toward the development of innovative and creative solutions for specific marketing situations found within an organization's environment both locally and in the global environment.

MK 6204 Special Topics in Marketing (May be taken more than once for Credit)
Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission

Intensive study and critical examination of recent empirical and theoretical literature in Marketing. Topics of studies will vary depending on the interests of the students and course instructor.

MK 6205 Directed Studies in Marketing
Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission

Directed studies are readings courses in which the professor will direct non-classroom independent study by students. The topic will be dependent upon the professor’s area of expertise. Readings will be in areas not offered in lecture or seminar courses and it is anticipated that they will deal with subjects at the leading edge of current marketing thought.

The responsible faculty will meet regularly with students to assess their progress. It is anticipated that publishable research may be the output of these courses, fitting directly with the overall course requirements for curriculum research papers.

10.4.5 Operation Management
OP 6202 Business Process Fundamentals
Prerequisite: DBA Council’s permission

This core course focuses on understanding levers for structuring, managing, and improving a firm's recurring business processes to achieve competitive advantage in customer responsiveness, price, quality, and variety of products and services. These levers are as applicable to banks, hospitals, and brokerage firms, for example, as to traditional manufacturing. Processes within firms, as well as between firms, i.e. supply chains, are explored. The fundamental principles underlying state-of-the-art practices, such as Quick Response, Just-in-Time and Time-Based Competition, are explored so that students learn to critically evaluate these and other operational improvement programs. Students learn the basics of how to manage the operations of a firm, and how operations issues affect and are affected by the many business decisions they will be called upon to make or recommend in their careers. As such, this course is essential to students aspiring to become consultants, entrepreneurs, or general managers.

OP 6203 Operations Management and Strategy
Prerequisite: OP6201

It examines how to manage all the operations and activities in the firm irrespective of department, and thus is particularly useful to students who want the larger view of running the entire enterprise. The course covers decision-making methodology and how to make decisions that propel the processes of the firm forward. In particular, for operational success the firm needs: Procedures to promote better decisions and reduce errors, Processes that are highly efficient. This course will present key concepts necessary for achieving strategic objectives, but will do so on a general level related to senior management.

OP 6204 Supply Chain Strategy and Practice
Prerequisite: OP6203

Supply chains are networks of organizations that supply and transform materials, and distribute final products to consumers. If designed and managed properly, these networks are a crucial source of competitive advantage for both manufacturing and service enterprises. Students will learn how to examine and improve the flow of materials and information through this network of suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in order to help firms get the right product to the right customer in the right amount and at the right time. Key topics covered in this course include the role of coordination within and across firms, the impact of incentives, and the use of information technology. Special emphasis is given to understanding how the business context shapes managerial decisions regarding the strategic design and management of the supply chain. This course is intended for students interested in general management or careers in consulting, operations, or marketing.

OP 6205 Special Topics in Operations Management (May be taken more than once for credit) Prerequisite: OP6203

The Course includes new methods of decision making that are designed to provide better results through the state of art modern operations management concepts as listed below:

Processes management: The process view of operations management in producing services and goods of business are looked into. In addition the supply chain management from process viewpoint is designed.

New product and software development: Firms gain strategic advantage by developing new products better and faster. The study provides procedures for doing that quickly and effectively.

The use of game theory: As a design principle for distributed algorithms and network protocols, and as a foundation for complex autonomous agents engaged in both cooperative activity and strategic competition. From the traditional economic and game theory side, motivations include the development of richer ways of modeling complex and modern problems of strategic interaction and confrontation. This course will survey the progress so far in this exciting and rapidly growing area.

Strategy and operations: the content focuses on strategy in service, production systems designs and performance evaluation. Topics include quality principles, operations strategy, staff and production scheduling, Just-in-Time and time-based competition.

Simulation and its application in business: taking a process view, the course develops the business models and evaluates the business strategy. It includes the modeling business concepts and scenario analysis.

OP 6206 Directed Study in OM
Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission

The course is for the students who are studying a specific advanced subject area in Operations Management. Students must submit a proposal outlining and detailing the study area, along with the faculty/ supervisor's consent, and to the Operations Management doctoral program coordinator. The specific content of this course varies depending on the interest of the student as outlined in proposal.

10.4.6 Information Systems
IS 6201 Information Systems Theory
Prerequisite: DBA Council’s permission

Specialize in this area is gained through the introduction of integer and nonlinear programming.

In-depth study of the theory and algorithms related to the solution of linear programming problems. Optimality conditions, duality and sensitivity analysis. It discusses the primal and dual simplex, interior point methods, Large-scale optimization, Dantzig-Wolfe decomposition. The course will introduce students to the issues and techniques involved in handling large volumes of data and extracting information/ knowledge / intelligence from that data. The course will cover Data warehouse, Data warehouse definition, Terminology, Properties & Components, Data warehouse development approach, multidimensional data model, Data warehouse design through examples.

IS 6202 Management Information Systems
Prerequisite: IS6201

This course provides a broad overview of the key managerial issues relating to development and usage and components of information systems in an organization.

The course will cover electronic business frameworks. Internet and the WWW. Advertisement and promotions on the web. Service industries online. Emerging payment methods and micro-payments. Public policy and legal issues. Infrastructure for electronic business. Economics of electronic business. Telecommunications infrastructure, and Internet technology, Client-server architecture of Internet applications, standard Internet services, HTTP, markup languages, dynamic Web content, Internet access and services: measuring and pricing the Internet, Digital economy, Security of e-commerce: Cryptography and security of Internet information flows, host security, intranets and extranets, Electronic payment systems Trust and assurance in e-commerce, continuous online auditing, online financial reporting.

IS 6203 System Analysis and Design
Prerequisite: IS6202

Much of the content will be focused on current research areas in information strategy such as the information and organizational economics, information technology, firm performance, search cost and pricing, information and incentives, coordination costs and the boundary of the firm, and the economics of information goods (including pricing and intellectual property protection). In addition, promising empirical approaches such as the use of intelligent agents for data collection or click stream data analysis will be discussed.

IS 6204 Special Topics in Information Systems (May be taken more thanonceforcredit) Prerequisite: IS6202
The module of the course will include:

Integer Programming: In-depth review of solution methods: Lagrangean relaxation and column generation, Benders partitioning, surrogate relaxation, cutting planes and valid inequalities, logical processing, probing, branch-and-bound, and branch-and-price. Study of special problems and applications: matching, location, generalized assignment, traveling salesman, forest planning, production scheduling.

Graph Theory: Deals mainly with algorithmic and computational aspects of graph theory. Topics and problems include reachability and connectivity, set covering, graph coloring, location of centers, location of medians, trees, shortest path, circuits, traveling salesman problem, network flows, matching, transportation, and assignment problems.

Advanced Nonlinear Programming: Convex sets and functions. Optimality conditions and duality theory. Methods for unconstrained and constrained optimization. Interior and exterior penalty methods. Lagrangean and augmented Lagrangean methods.

Information technology: the course review key areas including supply chain management, customer relationship management, ERP and the successful application of IT. These capabilities are re-creating strategy.

IS 6205 Directed Study in Information Systems Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission

For students who are studying a specific advanced subject area in Computer Information Management. Students must submit a proposal outlining and detailing the study area, along with the faculty supervisor's consent, to the Operations and Information Management doctoral program coordinator. The specific content of this course varies depending on student’s interest.

10.4.7 Human Resource Management HRM 6201 - Strategic Planning in Human Resource Management

This course will emphasize decision-making processes in the development and maintenance of various program elements in human resource management. Decision analysis will also be considered. Traditional and current issues-oriented programming will be addressed. Program elements that may be included are human resource planning, recruitment and selection, performance and promotion systems, incentives and awards, compensation and benefits, and human resource information systems (HRIS).

HRM 6202 - Seminar in Employee Relations and Services

This course will focus on assessing, designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating various functions related to Employee Relations and Services. It provides in depth coverage of HR/OB research and measurement issues. Specific topics included in this course are: legal updates of EEO, AA, anti-discrimination legislation, current research on staffing (selection and placement) and employment practices (including interviewing, assessment and hiring) in the context of legal, ethical and financial constraints. The potential for dissertation research deriving from related areas is considered. Global/international HRM implications are also assessed.

HRM 6203 - Seminar in Performance and Reward Systems

This course focuses on performance appraisal, compensation, benefits, and incentive systems. In the area of performance appraisal, topics to be studied include systems, methods, rater errors, and interviewing. Other topics to be explored include pay plans, compensation administration, flexible benefits, health plans, individual and group incentives, employee motivation, and HRIS.

HRM 6335 - Special Topics in HRM

This course will address in-depth contemporary human resource philosophies, policies and practices that focus on unique areas of talent management in a variety of organizational settings. It will accomplish this through positive organization scholarship. Students will be assigned special readings which may change each time the course is offered. Students will be expected to conduct a field study in positive organization scholarship.

10.4.8 Development Management Disclaimer

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