Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a Doctoral level, research-based qualification, designed to make a contribution to the enhancement of trans-disciplinary practice in management as well as contribution to knowledge via the application and development of theoretical frameworks, methods, and techniques. A DBA emphasizes the novel application of theory, rather than the creation and testing of theory (EQUAL Network Doctoral Guidelines).

The DBA will be an innovative doctoral-level program that supports and complements the traditional Ph.D. programs at the business school level. 

Personal benefits: The Vaasa DBA enables candidates and early-stage researchers to realize their professional aspirations by allowing them to bridge the praxis–theory gap, acquire advanced skills and techniques, and access multiple career paths by facilitating a change in career direction with a terminal – the highest Doctoral program in Business and Management.

Organizational benefits: Critical success factors are the alignment of organizational objectives with innovative research projects of selected executives and high potential managers in private, community-led, and public organizations who will develop an ecosystem of learners at the highest level and propose solutions to grand societal challenges in core areas of the University’s strengths in energy, sustainability, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in digital and global health management, among others.

The Vaasa DBA program will start in fall 2023.

Our approach to learning

Small selective intake to facilitate a high degree of peer-to-peer interactions and learning within cohorts.

A very high faculty to DBA candidates ratio including the appointment of a supervisory team for each and every student.

Face-to-face supervision and technology-enhanced online tutoring throughout the programme from dedicated supervisory teams, including local faculty and experts to support your research journey throughout the programme.

Experiential learning modules with customised visits to world-leading institutions in addition to attending at least two international campus locations.

The Program Director of the Vaasa DBA is the EDAMBA President, and Visiting Professor of Innovation Systems at InnoLab Prof. Dr. Dimitris Assimakopoulos  “If you want to make an impactful contribution to practice in real-world organizations, societies, and economies while developing your own career, then you should transform your vision and expand your horizons through DBA

Bio of Prof. Dimitris Assimakopolous

Year 1

Module 1: Leadership & Followership

Module 2: Global Strategic Management

Module 3: Innovation & Technology Management

Year 2

Module 4: Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice

Module 5: Theory into Practice

Year 3

Fieldwork and writing up of the thesis

Year 4-6

Submission and examination of the thesis

Alumni Collaboration

From the beginning of the programme, you will have access to exlusive and highly active alumni network of Vaasa University Business School

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