With Three Specialized Majors.

Triple Doctorate DBA and Ph.D.

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Dual DBA & Ph.D. Degree Diploma

Dual Degree for Doctorate Programmesย 
  • DBA : 6 Semesters, 2 Years,ย 
  • PH.D : 9 Semesters, 3 years (DBA + 1 more year, 3 semesters)
  • SGSB offers the DBA, Ph.D. on Weekend Modules and Distance Learning Program


Year 1 : Fall + Spring + Summer semester

Year 2 : Fall + Spring + Summer semesterย 


Year 3 : Fall + Spring + Summer semester

The SGSB DBA is an executive doctoral programme for motivated, high achievers who want to develop their research, analytical and critical thinking skills to the highest level.

The Doctorate in Business Administration is structured around a research project driven by the individual, with a focus on practical application in the business environment.

  • Develop the highest-level thinking and research
  • Present your findings at conferences globally
  • Contribute to your own professional practice

The DBA Programme Structure

The programme is offered on a flexible part-time basis and takes 6 semesters, 2 to 3 years to

Semester 1, 2 and 3 : comprise five taught modules delivered at the School

Semester 4, 5 and 6 : comprise individual supervised research and study.

Throughout your studies youโ€™ll develop your research, analytical, conceptual and critical thinking skills to the highest level. Youโ€™ll also gain a strategic focus that will enable you to contribute to your own professional practice and the wider subject area.



  • To develop studentsโ€™ knowledge and understanding of ecological approaches to organizations, the methods and models of organizational dynamics.
  • To assist students in understanding typical biases and argumentation fallacies and advise them how to avoid these mistakes.
  • To assist students in understanding the basis of mental models, key intuitions of organizational ecology and make them acquainted with the theory fragments that have been developed so far.
  • To develop studentsโ€™ understanding of the relationships between theory fragments of organizational ecology and other competing theories, such as institutional theory or the theory of industrial organizations.


  • Introduction: the ecological approach to organizations vital events
  • Organizational codes. Reproducibility, inertia and identity.ย Fitness and mortality
  • Age-dependence of the mortality hazard of organizations
  • A cognitive theory of organizations:ย audiences and producers, fuzzy categories
  • Contrast dependence of the vital rates:ย founding and disbanding
  • Organizational learning and innovations
  • Propagation strategies, HR blueprints
  • Social dynamics:ย models and methods
  • Theories of organizational niche
  • Resource partitioning
  • Inertia of organizational niche
  • Contemporary research technologies

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific knowledge

  • Have an advanced knowledge and understanding of the context and nature of the world of organizations in contemporary societies, an understanding of organizational dynamics in general, and the models and methods appropriate to study them
  • Have an understanding of the problems and issues in researching the ecology of organizations
  • Have an understanding of typical biases and argumentational fallacies,ย and knowledge of how to avoid these mistakes
  • Have an understanding of the relationships between theory fragments of organizational ecology and other competing theories, such as institutional theory or the theory of industrial organizations.

Subject-specific skills

  • Ability to critically evaluate theories of organizations
  • Ability to critically evaluate different research practicesย 
  • Ability to develop appropriate research strategies to address theoretical and practical challenges, in particular:
    • the use of archival data
    • developing time series; dealing with missing data point issues, and censoring
    • the ability to use event history analysis to estimate transitions rates, vital rates, Gompertz and Weibull models, etc
    • theory development, non-monotonic reasoning techniques, theory unification.

Key skills

  • Ability to make an initial formulation and articulation of a potential scheme of research
  • Ability to understand and resolve the problems and issues in undertaking doctoral research
  • Ability to formulate, articulate and complete a scheme of research at doctoral level
  • Enhanced personal effectiveness
  • Effective written communication
  • Advanced skills of self-awareness and time management

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module will be delivered in a workshop format over an intensive three-day teaching block.ย Workshops will comprise a balanced mix of lecture- and seminar-type delivery combined with small group discussions and other activities as appropriate to the nature of the material.ย 
  • Learning will also occur through tutor-supported, as well as self-support learning groups.ย There will also be on-line teaching support through a module blog.ย Finally, guided reading will address key topics.ย This range of methods will ensure that students will acquire the advanced skills and knowledge to enable them to develop a thorough understanding of this specialist field of study.
  • The summative assessment will comprise a 30-minute oral examination and accompanying written assignment, to prepare students for subsequent stages of the programme โ€“ ultimately the doctoral thesis/viva.

Summative assessment

Written assignment designed to test studentsโ€™ knowledge and understanding of the subject matter and their ability to articulate a researchable issue, 5,000 words.

Formative assessment

Individual-based presentations and tutor feedback within workshops;ย individual 3500-word assignment.

6 Majors

Business Administration (BA)

Entrepreneurship & Leadership (EL)

International Relations & Diplomacy (IRD)

International Business & Global Management (IBGM)

International Tourism Management (ITM)

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.

Start dates / 3 Semester Per Year

October, February, June

โœ’๐Ÿ“ง If you have any questions or need any further information then please contact the following administration department:

2๏ธโƒฃ=Dual, 3๏ธโƒฃ=Triple & 4๏ธโƒฃ=Global Quadruple Degree Programs
โ€ข undergraduate@sgsb.swiss
โ€ข graduate@sgsb.swiss
For DBA, Ph.D. AMP.
โ€ขย postgraduate@sgsb.swiss

Doctorate Degree Tuition Fees