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A Guide to Professional Doctorates in Business and Management

A Guide to Professional Doctorates in Business and Management

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October 2015 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

*Shortlisted in the Management and Leadership Textbook Category at CMI Management Book of the Year Awards 2017*

A Guide to Professional Doctorates in Business and Management has been written by a team of experts with experience of the challenges faced in both studying for and supervising professional doctorates in business and management.  Inside they address the key issues faced, in particular how these courses differ from a traditional PhD, and the different skills and approach needed for success.

Chapters explore the nature and importance of PDs as leading change in the professional world of practice, and how they need to differ from traditional forms of doctorate such as PhDs.  The guide also offers practical guidance on researching in this particular mode, and through writing and publishing a thesis, making a valuable contribution to professional knowledge.

Richard Thorpe, Lisa Anderson, Jim Stewart and Jeff Gold
The DBA and the Move to Professional Doctorates in Business and Management
Ann L Cunliffe, Richard Thorpe, Lisa Anderson, Jim Stewart and Jeff Gold
Crafting DBA Research
Mark NK Saunders, David E Gray, Paul Tosey and Eugene Sadler-Smith
Concepts and Theory Building
Joe Raelin
Action Modes of Research
Mike Pedler and Jeff Gold
Enacting the Action Modes of Research
Lisa Anderson and Jeff Gold
Becoming a Scholar-Practitioner
Paul Ellwood
Researching and Working In and With Organisations
Simon Robinson
Ethics and Scholarly Practice
David Coghlan and Rosalie Holian
The Dissertation: Contributing to Practical Knowing
John Lawler
Publishing from your DBA
Jim Stewart
The DBA and PhD Compared
John Taylor

This thought-provoking text offers insight into the many dimensions of the DBA award. It clearly confronts the challenges and expectations of becoming a successful ‘researcher-practitioner’. The book will be of value and support to both current and prospective DBA candidates, and faculty who are engaged in delivering and supervising this professional doctorate. 

David Douglas
DBA Director, Leeds Business School

This informed and highly informative book leads the way in opening a dialogue, and creating a vision, on what a DBA could and should be.  It is a must-have for anyone interested in the creation of professional and actionable knowledge.

Aileen Lawless
Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Business School

This excellent book provides a detailed and thought-provoking guide for those engaged in or considering studying for a DBA. It also offers valuable insights into how both practice and engagement can be incorporated into the design and delivery of such programmes and therefore will appeal to both students and teachers alike.

Susan Kirk
Chartered FCIPD, DBA International course leader at Nottingham Business School

The time for professional doctorates has come.  This much-needed book provides an essential guide to the world's most famous professional doctorate, the DBA. Highly recommended for all students, scholars, supervisors and academic leaders in business and management science.

Wim Naudé
Dean, Maastricht School of Management and Professor, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

A Guide to Professional Doctorates in Business and Management is the first book of its kind that provides a comprehensive and clear picture about the value of a DBA program, its differences from the standard PhD program, and the way to prepare for a DBA thesis. I strongly recommend this book to all DBA program offices and advise all DBA students to take it as their reference guide on their thesis development.

Wilson Tong
Professor of Finance, Director of DBA and DMgt Programs, Faculty of Business, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

This book is long overdue and is a “must read” for anyone involved in professional doctorates in business and management. Written by thought leaders in their respective fields this comprehensive book provides clear signposting about the nature of a professional doctorate, considerations for research and its implications. I cannot recommend it highly enough to you.

Craig Johnson
Director of Studies for the MBA at the University of Bradford, School of Management

While there is a large and varied repertoire of books available on PhDs, this is the most helpful book on the DBA that I have found. The contributions of the various authors are complementary and, taken together; provide a comprehensive perspective on the DBA, its history, strengths, and trajectory. I will undoubtedly return to the book periodically to support my practice. I will also be recommending it to my doctoral students (both DBA and PhD) to inform and ‘loosen up’ their methodological thinking, and facilitate the all-important magic that brings doctoral research to life.

Dr Catherine Groves
International Journal of HRD Practice, Policy & Research

Used for research review purposes

Ms Fionnuala Darby
Dept of Business, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
September 30, 2015

Very good overview of the professional doctorate programme for business and management students.

Dr Richard William Whitecross
Accounting, Finacial Services and Law, Edinburgh Napier University
September 30, 2015