The Ultimate Degree for Experienced Business Executives
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 an increasing number of business schools in Africa, there is a 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 the industry. They want to go beyond the 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 this 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
Assist. Academic Dean
Aggregate Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship
Director, Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program
To develop a cadre of highly trained business leaders private and public institutions who understand rigorous applied management research with which to enhance the competitive capacity of enterprises and organizations.
- To enable experienced executives develop a deeper understanding of management theory and research.
- To develop ‘practitioner-scholars’ who will conduct and publish the results of rigorous applied management research that advance an area of knowledge and practice, and
- To develop thought leaders/teachers in various fields of business and management thought. Specifically, from a learning and skill perspective, the program enables students to:
- Acquire knowledge and expertise required to identify, understand and successfully tackle the interdisciplinary, big-picture issues that characterize business management today
- Exhibit analytical and research skills in formal social inquiry required to define and address complex issues and to disseminate knowledge related to their profession in a variety of professional and public outlets to influence professional activity, management practice and public policy
- Demonstrate expertise in a specific topic area through the design, execution, and completion of a doctoral dissertation that contributes to knowledge and practice of the field.
- Demonstrate the ability to disseminate new knowledge through publications in practitioner journals and conferences and where possible academic outlets.
- Develop key skills in the design and delivery of educational courses through understanding of the theory and practice of teaching in business education.
The extraodinary developments in Africa mean that as an experinenced business leader, entrepreneur and senior executive;
You want to develop advanced cognitive leadership skills to discover the limitations of current management practices, develop deeper insights into what works and what does not work.
You have a high intellectual ambition to advance an area of practice in the industry. Because you want to go beyond the learning of existing knowledge to a whole new level – creating and sharing new knowledge and practice.
You want to change how companies operate, how you see yourself, how the world sees you.
At some point, you may pursue an academic career to help business students qualify for the real world.
Many say this is a new dawn for Africa, but the dawn requires executive creativity and innovation in business practice to emerge and shine. The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program helps you to discover, lead and share the new business practices and knowledge that would nourish the new Africa dawn.
Duration & Time Limits
The program may be completed in 3 years and is a 9-trimester modular program.
An extension of not more than one year may be granted on application.
The program is designed and delivered in modular format for the benefit of busy, working executive leaders.
Each module is delivered over 2-3 days in intensive face-to-face classes and interactions with Professors.
A 2 day class is delivered – Friday-Saturday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
A 3 day class is delivered – Thursday-Saturday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
You attend approximately 30 days of classes over the duration of the program
Timely and Successful Completion
We have several ways to help you complete the program successfully and on time.
Professors can suggest a research topic if you do not have one
Research Assistance – Full-time Research Fellow who offer assistance adn support in your study
Combine coursework with thesis writing, allowing for seamless on-time completion.
You start your thesis from day one
Doctoral writing seminars to speed up your thesis writing
Supervisor – Professors supervise your thesis-related post module assignment; Group supervisor and peer to peer feedback
Study in Learning Teams – Students whose research fall in the same or similar intellectual domain will work as group to support each other.
You will recieve 3 certificates during the program
- Post Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Management from NiBS
- Master of Applied Business Research (MABR) from SBS Swiss Business School, Zurich, Switzerland.
- Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from SBS Swiss Business School, Zurich, Switzerland.
(Please contact program managers)
Benedict: +233 (0) 262 367 830 | Gifty: +233 (0) 560 911 173
|Fee includes course materials, supervisor fees, teaching assistance,library access (including online), faculty amenities, research assistance, research fellow support and program amenities such as coffee breaks and lunch during classes.|
Please Note :
Graduation fee (e.g. cap and gown hire or purchase, thesis examination, thesis proof reading, thesis binding, mock and final dissertation defence, graduation ceremony and amenities, etc) is not included in these fees.
The Innovation Management Academy (IMA), a major sponsor of the NiBS Doctor of Business Administration program, may provide assistance for deserving qualified students on case by case basis
DBA Application Form
Please use the form below to apply to the NiBS Doctor of Business Administration Program, or download the application form below
Benedict Asiedu Amankwah
DBA, Program Manager, Ghana
Tel: +233 (0) 262 367 830
DBA, Program Manager, Nigeria
Tel: +233 (0) 560 911 173
CEO, Dev App Ltd
DBA Cohort 1 Graduate 2018
Dr. Mercy Gardiner Omari Tenkorang
CEO Precise Financial Systems – Nigeria & President, The Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON)
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Dr. Akinyele Osuolale Okeremi
Group CEO Asadtek Group Ltd- Ghana & Immediate Past President, Association of Ghana Industries
DBA Cohort 1 Graduate 2018