There are extraordinary political and economic developments in Africa which are spawning new rules, incentives and opportunities for development and fueling new sources of engagement within the global economy. These changes pose three new challenges to executives operating in Africa. The first challenge is the development of new practical models for understanding, evaluating, and affecting the efficient and fair practice of business in Africa. More than ever, Africa needs executives with advanced cognitive leadership skills to discover the limitations of current management practices, develop deeper insights into what works and what does not work, develop and apply new knowledge and next practices based on rigorous and sound empirical evidence. The NIBS doctoral program helps executives develop the ‘practitioner-scholar’ ability, with applied research and analytical skills to navigate these new business challenges by making evidence-based decisions.
Secondly, in the midst of increasing number of business schools in Africa, there is severe shortage of doctoral business practitioners and faculty. This situation adversely affects the quality of business school graduates. When US educational leaders foresaw this kind of situation in 2002, AACSB International recommended that institutions design and deliver executive doctorates. Majority of graduates of executive doctoral programs in the US and other countries pursue careers in academia. They bring the requisite business experience to the classroom allowing business students to qualify for the real world. The NIBS program responds to the doctoral business faculty shortage in Africa by developing applied research, publishing and teaching capacity of senior executives.
The third challenge is that, given the increasing dynamism and complexity in the African business, many executives have high intellectual ambition to advance an area of practice in industry. They want to go beyond learning of existing knowledge to a whole new level – creating and sharing new knowledge and practices. They want to change how companies operate, how they see themselves, and how the world sees them. The NIBS program responds by addressing the lifelong learning needs of intellectually active professionals who already possess advanced degrees in their fields but wish to continue their education at the highest level; and are committed to pursuing a rigorous program with an aim to become thought-leaders in their industries.
In the DBA brochure, we provide you with information about our doctoral program for experienced executives. You will collaborate with other executive participants and leading professors in an enlightening learning journey that will bring the best in you to achieve your highest personal and professional goals. Many say this is a new dawn for Africa, but the dawn requires executive creativity and innovation in business practice to emerge and shine. Our program helps you to discover, lead and share the new business practice and knowledge that would nourish the new African dawn.
Dr. Hod Anyigba, FCE
Aggregate Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship
Director, Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program