ERIC Number: EJ695867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 27
The Nature and Purpose of the DBA: A Case for Clarity and Quality Control
Sarros, James C.; Willis, Robert J.; Palmer, Gill
Education + Training, v47 n1 p40-52 2005
Purpose--To explore the nature component parts, degree structure and purpose intended outcomes of the Doctor of Business Administration DBA degree, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the degree as they stand presently, using Australian experience. Design/methodology/approach?-A review of DBA programme offerings in Australia identified commonalities and differences in these offerings, and provided information necessary to propose strategic and theoretical implications of DBA education. Findings--The paper demonstrates areas of confusion surrounding the purpose and nature of the DBA degree, especially as a research degree in comparison to the PhD. It concludes that quality controls are needed to ensure that this growing addition to management education adds to, and aids, the goal of strengthening management research, in ways that link theoretical insights with management practice. Research limitations/implications--Theoretical and practical implications of the DBA degree are offered, as well as the extent to which the DBA addresses the educational needs of students and its benefits to the university. Practical implications--The paper provides data useful to administrators interested in establishing a DBA degree in their institution, for researchers wishing to further explore and contribute to the discourse regarding the calibre and content of DBA degrees, and for students wishing to learn more about the fundamental differences between the PhD and the DBA. Originality/value--This paper provides new information about the way the DBA degree is developing in an Australian context, and offers advice on issues that need attention in order to further ground the DBA in a combined research and practitioner ethic.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Needs, Business Administration, Administrator Education, Quality Control
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia