What is a DBA? Is it good for you?
Benjamin Franklin: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
Earning an MBA remains the entry degree to executive positions in most organizations. However, a DBA is increasingly the degree of choice for senior managers, independent consultants, and academics who want to bring an impact to their organization or society by leveraging academic research to solve concrete and relevant organizational problems. It offers the opportunity to leverage their careers and/or to make a transition into academia.
It is certainly not just about the money, nor about the influence over strategy of an organization’s direction. Earning a DBA is ultimately a decision made by people with passion for their profession, continuous learning and self-development.
It is a full-fledged Doctoral degree, but contrary to the Ph.D. the focus is on managerial experience. It is an opportunity to broaden personal and professional horizons by encompassing careers that are in the highest echelons of the corporate, business and academic worlds. The uniqueness of the DBA is the utilization of accumulated life experience as a foundation for research.
Last but not least, the DBA is a part-time program that allows participants to continue working in their current positions.
Susanne Hansen Saral, DBA, Co-Founder of EDUKASOLUTIONS.NET