Our Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) has been designed to develop highly skilled, critical thinking and practical managers who can also read, carry out and apply the results of a research initiative. The DBA will enable you to concentrate on the practical situation as well as the sensitive aspects which are inescapable in the conduct of business.
As a doctoral research degree candidate, you will uncover new knowledge either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative reinterpretation of known data and established ideas. Your research will use an in-depth understanding of theories and concepts to develop practical solutions for real-world problems.
A higher degree by research differs from other postgraduate degrees in that at least two-thirds of the study program must involve research. Although some coursework units may be required, the main part of your work will be in the form of a thesis written under the guidance of a supervisor and associate supervisor(s). Your thesis must, in the opinion of the examiners, be a substantial original contribution to the knowledge or understanding of any field through the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative reinterpretation of known data and established ideas. It must also demonstrate your capacity to conceive, design and complete independent research.
Throughout your studies, the Curtin Business School will provide you with access to facilities and resources to support your research, and financial assistance to attend appropriate local and international conferences.
Why research at Curtin
Curtin is widely recognised for applied research firmly focused on solving real-world problems. Underpinning our research endeavours are strong partnerships with industry, business and government, which result in outcomes that greatly benefit the broader community locally, nationally and globally. Our international reputation for being a strong partner in industry-driven research ensures our graduates enjoy outstanding opportunities to become innovators in their fields.
What you'll learn
- apply discipline specific theories, concepts, models, frameworks and/ or principles to address contemporary business and/ or industry problems
- critique contemporary business professional practices in the light of relevant theories, concepts, models, frameworks and/ or principles
- identify and apply research methodologies to help solve contemporary business and/ or industry problems.
- select appropriate technologies and recognise their advantages and limitations in undertaking research, data collection and analysis
- apply appropriate research methodologies to help solve contemporary business and/ or industry problems
- design, implement, analyse, theorise and communicate research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge related to professional practice
- demonstrate the capacity to have superior oral and written communications skills relevant to both business, industry and a range of stakeholder audiences
- demonstrate the capacity to be a leader in the application of discipline knowledge
- identify, analyse and evaluate environmental influences on business to help manage change and/ or recommend decisions that demonstrate social inclusivity and responsible ethical judgements