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Doctor of Business Administration launch

February 13, 2020

RRU’s brand-new Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program began online on January 20, 2020.  

Unique to British Columbia and Canada, the RRU-DBA program combines the strengths of a professional doctorate with the research emphasis and rigour of a more conventional Ph.D. program; hence, preparing graduates for multiple career paths beyond academia. The DBA program recognizes the changing landscape of doctoral education, emphasizing high-quality, innovative, applied and impactful research.

DBA student research will focus on today’s and tomorrow’s challenges and help organizations, industries and communities address messy and complex problem situations. The solutions to these situations are rarely simple or straightforward and often rely on knowledge from multiple disciplines. In 2013, Mats Alvesson and Jorgen Sandberg argued that management research had lost its way due to the total dominance of incremental gap‐spotting research, which resulted in a severe shortage of influential management research. While the DBA program at RRU values conventional, incremental gap-spotting and discipline-based research, it recognizes the importance of innovative scholarship and knowledge production modes that go beyond the boundary of a discipline.

Unlike conventional doctoral programs, the DBA program allows students to align their passions and professional experiences with their doctoral research. Student research will tackle real-life management issues and contribute to the advancement of applied management research and practice. Through their research, DBA students will build their brands as subject matter experts and scholar-practitioners who can, and will, lead changes in their field of practice, industry or community. The innovative blended nature of the program allows students to complete the program without putting their career on hold.

On February 17, DBA students will be on campus for a two-week residency. The DBA residency is designed around workshops and events that promote meaningful and purposeful learning conversations between students, faculty members and staff. For the 2020 intake, 12 fantastic students were admitted. Student research topics include:

  1. scaling up agile methodology;
  2. supporting communities through Indigenous business incubators;
  3. exploring methodologies to analyze search and rescue (SAR) services in the Antarctic;
  4. examining best cost-effective inventory control strategies in the O&G sector;  
  5. improving accountability and cost controls in healthcare organizations;
  6. examining factors to adopt micromobility in urban populations;
  7. exploring the impact of organizational change management on employee behaviours;
  8. exploring the applications of social impact bond (SIB) in post-secondary education;
  9. examining strategies to deal with nursing recruitment and retention;
  10. investigates the costs and benefits of improving governance;
  11. exploring strategies to align project activities to strategic objectives in the higher education sector; and
  12. analyzing corporate risks and solutions related to insider threat in the Canadian government.

Join DBA student presentations on Friday February 28, 2020 from 9:00am – 1:00pm in the LIC Centre for Dialogue. The event is open to the public. More event details can be found here.  

For more information please contact DBA Program Head, Dr. M. Hassan Wafai or DBA Program Coordinator, Kim Poduch.