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DBA – Doctor of Business Administration

The DBA degree is designed to provide business leaders, executives and professionals an opportunity to pursue the next step beyond their MBA or equivalent qualification.

It is equivalent in stature to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, but distinct in that candidates pursue applied research rather than theoretical knowledge. The goal of the DBA is to design organisational interventions which help address real- world challenges, and then to evaluate, assess and test the effectiveness of those interventions, and to communicate the findings so that both the world of practice and the world of research can benefit. In this way, the DBA candidates generate new knowledge – the ultimate criterion for the award of a Doctoral degree.

Our DBA is designed to produce scholar-practitioners who can enhance their organisation’s performance through evidence-based practice. It is distinctive in that the goal is the design and creation of an intervention, and rigorous evaluation of the effectiveness of that intervention. The programme therefore addresses three core areas: developing a clear understanding of the nature of the problem(s) or challenges to be addressed; understanding the relevant bodies of knowledge across management, innovation and strategy that may inform an intervention; and designing a research and data strategy to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention.

In pursuing these goals, the DBA brings together our world leading faculty, a unique degree programme designed to impart critical skills at the highest level, and organisational leaders and entrepreneurs with the desire and ability to make change in their organisations.



A. Why SGSB Business School in Switzerland?

A DBA at SGSB Business School in Switzerland comprises of the following benefits:

  • Exclusivity – one-to-one access to our world-class faculty

  • Cutting edge knowledge – access to the latest relevant theories and


  • Tailor-made study – helping you solve an issue in your organisation

  • Future-proofing – preparation for the future in an uncertain world

New academic theories and practices can take decades to reach the ‘factory floor’, but as a DBA participant you will have direct access to the latest ground- breaking ideas in academia, and learn how to apply them to the activities of your organisation with the support of an experienced and well-matched supervisor, and a board of practitioners that can provide high-level input.

You will join like-minded senior executives to study at SGSB Business School in Switzerland, our new state-of-the-art teaching facilities at The Shard, bringing our experienced academic and teaching prowess to the heart of Leman lake, along the Swiss Riviera.


Are you ready for a SGSB world?

A DBA at SGSB will guarantee and help you to prepare for the future of business, in a constantly changing world. You will learn to look at issues from different angles supported by different theories, taught by world-class research academics. You will also benefit from the experience and support of your fellow DBA participants, sharing ideas and creating solutions to issues in an often volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business world.

Turning theory into practice

Our Professors of Practice are senior, very successful business and industry practitioners, who are experts in facilitating academic research. They can provide high-level input and recommendations to assist you through the process of identifying the academic knowledge and theories most relevant to your chosen issue, and how to apply them in the context of your organisation through practical solutions.



A. CourseStructure


Intensively 2 years, Maximum can be completed within 5 years.

Your research training will include nine 3 day workshops and two 1.5 day workshops at The Shard, delivered by leading WBS faculty. Workshops integrate content, theory, design and research methods, through a review of relevant literature.

  • Year 1: five 3~5 days workshops and supervision

  • Year 2: four 3~5 days workshops and two 1.5~3.5 days workshops and supervision

Workshops are themed on: strategic management; leading for change and organisational development; systematic literature review; qualitative research methods; quantitative research methods; academic writing; entrepreneurship; innovation and technology; digital transformation.

Your training will give you access to cutting-edge academic knowledge and design science tools to develop solutions to challenges you face in your organisation and industry.

The DBA focuses on critical analysis of three broad arenas of scholarship: strategy, organization, and people, as well as the areas in which these fields overlap.



There are a number of non-assessed milestones across your study period. These help to develop softer skills and application of theory to your writing. At each of these milestones, you will receive tailored feedback from a panel of senior academics to help finesse your project and ensure your research is on-track.

In addition, there are formal milestones in the form of programme review panels where you share and discuss your work with an expert panel, who provide you with important feedback and direction. In order to progress, you are required to pass these milestones.


You will ultimately produce a portfolio of work that presents evidence for a thorough situation analysis, systematic literature review, synthesis of extant knowledge, problem description, solution design, and implementation evaluation. Your portfolio may also include publication in scholarly and/or practice oriented outlets. The requirement for the award of the degree will be to demonstrate innovation in the application of knowledge and in doing so, its extension to the analysis of novel problems in business and management contexts.



A. Supervision

Supervision will be provided through a mix of face-to-face meetings at SGSB Business School in Switzerland, or email and online interaction.

You will be assigned a supervisor with the relevant expertise. Typically, they will be a research active academic who will provide expert advice and guidance on content and research methods.

In addition, you will have access to a board of practitioners, individually known as WBS Professors of Practice (experienced executives who are also scholar practitioners) who can provide support and guidance on process and development of the portfolio.

Finding a supervisor

Our faculty is made up of world leading experts from every field of business and management. They all are qualified with their doctorate degree from world-wide. All of our faculty are research-active and the majority supervise doctoral research.



A. Entry Requirements

You’ll need to show us you have not only the intellectual capabilities, but also the stamina, drive and commitment necessary to undertake independent study. You will have a conversation with our programme academics to discuss the requirements of the programme, and current issues within your organisation that you would like the programme to address during your research.

Academic and professional requirements

You will need both of the following:

  • An upper second class honours at Undergraduate level (or equivalent) plus a good MBA or other Masters degree

  • A minimum of 5 years senior management experience

Please note these are minimum entry requirements and, as there are a limited number of places available on the programme, we will select the candidates with the best academic and professional credentials and whose research interests are aligned with the available expertise in SGSB Business School in Switzerland. Applicants who meet all of these criteria will be interviewed by the Academic Dean Prof.Dr.Johnny KIM before an offer of a place can be made.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must meet a minimum overall standard in a recognised test of English, examples are shown below. You must show a good balance across all sections of the test and it must have been taken within two years starting the course. SGSB Business School in Switzerland will require your certificates as evidence.



A. Fees

The fee for October 2020 entry to the Doctor of Business Administration is payable in the following instalments:

Year 1.

  • Semester 1: CHF.10,000

  • Semester 2: CHF.10,000

  • Semester 3: CHF.10,000

    Year 2.

  • Semester 4: CHF.10,000

  • Semester 5: CHF.10,000

  • Semester 6: CHF.10,000

Please note

the minimum allowable duration of part-time degrees at the SGSB Business School in Switzerland is six(6) semesters, two(2) years, with a maximum allowable period of five(5) years.

What’s included

The fee includes study materials, registration, tuition, supervision, lunch and dinner at induction, lunches and refreshments during workshop attendance, dinner and refreshments at the supervisors event, executive coaching sessions, access to the SGSB Distinguished Seminar Series and other senior events advertised across the SGSB Business School in Switzerland, the option to book SGSB facilities at The Shard for private/group study purposes outside of workshop attendance, use of SGSB Business School in Switzerland campus student facilities, hot-desking facilities at the University’s main campus, free black and white printing allowance, free car parking (where available), All Cohorts Annual Dinner. Your AMP Certificate program is included, free of charge.

It excludes residential accommodation, travel, costs in relation to research and data collection, thesis printing and binding, thesis resubmission fee (if required), graduation robes and photographs, graduation ceremony.

An Executive level of support is provided throughout your DBA journey, with enhanced cross-networking opportunities via social activities, extended feedback sessions and first-class supervision provided from experts across the school and wider SGSB Business School in Switzerland.

How to pay

You can pay your tuition fee in a lump sum at the start of the academic year, or you can pay in instalments throughout the year (50%: 25%: 25%). Must discuss with an Academic Dean.

To secure your place on the course you must lodge a CHF.2,000 deposit with us within four weeks of receiving your offer. The deposit is part of the total fee, not an additional cost..

Benefits for SGSB Alumni

We offer a 15% fee discount for the alumni of SGSB Business School in Switzerland or any SGSB partner universities.



A. Apply

How to make your application:

  • Check you meet our eligibility criteria with our Academic Dean

  • Contact the DBA team to discuss your personal requirements by email.

  • Applications are submitted via our online.

  • Your application will consist of a Curriculum Vitae and a one-page

    document expressing what you are interested in researching, and how you intend to use the academic insights offered by the programme to tackle a specific issue within your organisation.

Applications for Spring semester and Summer semester closed. Fall semester, October 2020 are now open.

Please note that we do not have variable start dates.



A. Global Community

The SGSB Business School in Switzerland global community is a network for graduates and students throughout our international partner universities.

Our doctoral community

You will be part of a dynamic, highly esteemed and international research community, collaborating with leading scholars and fellow business leaders.

6 Majors

Business Administration (BA)

Leadership & Innovation (LI)

International Business & Global Management (IBGM)

International Tourism Management (ITM)

International Relations & Diplomacy (IRD)

International Marketing (IM)

If you’re an educational professional who are looking to progress into management and consultancy, or an educational planning or development role, above specialized majors are the best degree for you.

Provided by the SGSB, Private Business and Management Institute of Education, with our 15 partner Universities, Business Schools, this program is also available by distance learning, allowing you to study flexibly while balancing professional work and personal life.