Doctorate of Business Administration

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Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, Spain
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    About DBA awarded by UCAM, Spain

    Take your career to the next level whilst maintaining a healthy work-life balance!

    Earning the coveted doctorate degree program from a reputed university is a dream for many professionals! This requires dedication and commitment to make one of the most significant decisions in life. A doctorate of Business Administration or DBA program is a complete doctoral degree but comes with few contradictions to an academic-oriented Ph.D. degree. Doctorate of Business Administration is available in online or part-time study modes. DBA degree specializes in effectively utilizing key professional experience in pursuing industry implied research.

    • This Doctorate in Business Administration degree is awarded by UCAM under the provision of university private degrees – Título Propio

    Program Highlights

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      The Doctorate of Business Administration is structured in two stages,

      The First Stage comprises Five modules taught in year one, contributing to 60 ECTS.

      The purpose of Year One is to provide a theoretical and practical foundation in research methodology for advanced empirical research within the management field. The later part of year one is to apply knowledge and understanding of research methodology to an actual pilot study and overall thesis proposal and to reflect on own performance as a researcher. 

      Stage 1 - Duration 1 year

      Name of the Module
      ECTS

      To explore the main research philosophies and paradigms within the field of management research

      To critically understand the methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis

      To demonstrate advanced skills in data handling, using appropriate statistical software

      To demonstrate high-level skills in qualitative research methods

      To demonstrate deep competence in quantitative research methods

      To explore the main research philosophies and paradigms within the field of management research

      To critically understand the methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis

      To demonstrate advanced skills in data handling, using appropriate statistical software

      To demonstrate high-level skills in qualitative research methods

      To demonstrate deep competence in quantitative research methods

      To explore the main research philosophies and paradigms within the field of management research

      To critically understand the methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis

      To demonstrate advanced skills in data handling, using appropriate statistical software

      To demonstrate high-level skills in qualitative research methods

      To demonstrate deep competence in quantitative research methods

      To explore the main research philosophies and paradigms within the field of management research

      To critically understand the methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis

      To demonstrate advanced skills in data handling, using appropriate statistical software

      To demonstrate high-level skills in qualitative research methods

      To demonstrate deep competence in quantitative research methods

      To explore the main research philosophies and paradigms within the field of management research

      To critically understand the methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis

      To demonstrate advanced skills in data handling, using appropriate statistical software

      To demonstrate high-level skills in qualitative research methods

      To demonstrate deep competence in quantitative research methods

      Stage 2 - Duration 2 Year

      The purpose of 2nd and 3rd years is to conduct full-fledged primary research under the supervision of a guide. The two years are used to produce a detailed thesis meeting the expectations of research required at the doctoral level.

      * Maximum duration to complete the research is 3 years with a minimum time frame of 1 year.

      Program Highlights

      Specialisation options for DBA

      • Operations & Supply Chain Management
      • Human Resource Management
      • Marketing Management
      • Strategic management
      • Risk Management
      • Project Management
      • Accounting & Finance
      • Healthcare Management
      • Stakeholder Management
      • Organizational Development and Change Management
      • Travel and Tourism
      • Family Business
      • International Business
      • Educational Management
      • Production Management

      • Virtual Leadership
      • Transformational Leadership
      • Succession Planning
      • Leading Innovation & Change
      • Conflict Resolution
      • Ethical Leadership
      • Equity and Inclusion
      • Upskilling and Reskilling
      • Cross-cultural leadership
      • Servant Leadership
      • Public Administration and Change
      • Judgment and Decision-Making

      • Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
      • Data Analytics
      • Blockchain Technology
      • Cyber Security
      • FinTech / Decentralized Finance
      • Digital Marketing

      • SMEs - Role, impact, challenges in sustaining etc.
      • Entrepreneurship Eco Hubs
      • Startups - Growth, impact, financing challenges
      • Incubators & accelerators
      • Social Entrepreneurship
      • Women Entrepreneurs - Challenges and Opportunities
      • Market Research
      • Innovation Culture
      • Business Ideation
      • Incremental & Disruptive Innovation
      • Creativity and Innovation
      • Franchising and Micro-business
      • Grassroots Entrepreneurship

      • Triple Bottom Line
      • Sustainability Reporting
      • Green Finance and Sustainable Investments
      • Corporate Ethics
      • Eco - Certifications and Third-Party endorsements
      • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
      • Ethical Sourcing
      • Green Marketing or Greenwashing
      • Corporate Social Responsibility
      • Waste Management
      • Fairtrade
      • Sustainable Production and Consumption
      • Circular Economy
      • Stakeholder Management
      • Future of Renewable Energy - in production and consumption
      • Risk Management - Operational and Reputational associated with ethics and compliance
      • Creating Shared Value
      • Social Entrepreneurship
      • Industry 5.0
      • Energy Finance

      About UCAM

      UCAM is a university with excellence based out of Murcia, Spain. Starting in the year 1995, UCAM has an active student base of 21,000 learners and has an academic staff of more than 1000. It is a fully accredited European University with a clear mission to provide students with knowledge and skills to serve society, contributing to the further expansion of Human Knowledge through research and development. UCAM empowers students to develop their real-world skills.


      Why UCAM

      • 1. UCAM is accredited by ANECA (National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain)
      • 2. UCAM has around 200 renowned international strategic partners, including leading colleges and universities in the world, such as UC Berkeley, Stanford, NTU, NUS and Università Degli Studi di Bologna.
      • 3. UCAM has been awarded an overall score of 4 stars in the QS Stars Rating and obtains the highest rating (5 stars) in the categories of teaching, internationalisation, social responsibility, and inclusiveness.
      • 4. UCAM was ranked tenth by Times Higher Education (THE) Times Higher Education (THE) in quality of teaching and student general assessment.

      Admission Criteria

      • Candidates must have an MBA or Master’s degree or equivalent from recognized institutions.

      • Candidates must have at least three years of work experience at a managerial level.

      • Candidates must have a thorough command of written and spoken English. English level: 6.0 IELTS or equivalent.

      Fees

      1 Year st

      $7000

      2 Year nd

      $3500

      3 Year rd

      $3500

      20% Loyalty discount for members of MBA alumni of Westford University College.

      What is a DBA ?

      The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) is a blended part-time professional doctoral degree with an international scope and reputation, designed to enhance executive and professional practice through the application of sound theory and rigorous research into real and complex issues in business and management. Part-time DBA program enhances the capability of the learners to develop knowledge theory, their application in business. Key aspect of the program is to develop personal, consultancy and research skills in the context of rigorous and relevant research.

      Who should consider a DBA?

      Doctorate of Business Administration are driven by a desire to ignite real change in their companies or fields through data-driven decision-making. The online or part-time program will be of particular benefit to experienced C’level executives, senior managers, department heads, consultants, management educators and entrepreneurs. The DBA degree experience challenges the learner to sharpen critical and analytical expertise. You will develop your skills in research to become an expert in your domain with a proven ability to think outside the box.

      DBA and PhDs. – Equal but Different

      The Doctorate of Business administration or DBA is an executive-level program designed for working professionals with extensive managerial experience as well as a master’s degree, who are looking to advance further in their career. DBA program has both the rigour and relevance as it contributes to theory, practice and research in business and management. The online or part-time DBA program is a full-fledged Doctoral degree, but contrary to the Ph.D., there is a focus on professional experience. The PhD program is targeted towards those interested in pursuing research-focused careers in academia. 

      Faculty Profiles

      Early Exit Award - The Master of Philosophy

      Successful students of stage 1 will be awarded the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Management by Universidad Catolica De Murcia, Spain, if the student decides to exit without completing the final research thesis. 

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        Westford University College looks forward to conducting a ‘Research Leadership Boot Camp’-A2 days’ workshop Program. The Research Leadership Forum is a dynamic think tank that identifies and discusses trends as well as generate ideas in improving universities and research organizations. The institution hopes to gain a better understanding of how global education and research institutions contribute to the innovation and competitiveness. We also look forward to facilitating new collaborations and providing global visibility to relevant experiences and original thought in the field, through this initiative.

         

        Westford Research Journals

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        DBA Testimonials

        There’s No Better Way To Learn About Our
        Learning Journey, Than From Those Who
        Are Experiencing It.

        Nicholas Papadopoulos

        General Manager
        Building Materials Division at Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group

        As a DBA candidate, I can explore business reality through the academic research process, with the guidance and support

        Nicholas Papadopoulos

        “As a DBA candidate, I can explore business reality through the academic research process, with the guidance and support of an outstanding faculty team. It provides a one-of-a-kind experience with a problem-solving approach and allows me to improve my leadership and management skills through deep critical thinking and analysis. It’s an enjoyable process of continuous learning.”

        Senaj Advic

        Co-Founder, TIIMBUILDINGS APS, Copenhagen, Denmark Managing Director, Sogeco Intl. The Middle East.

        Following my MBA, I discovered I was interested and open to new ideas, and I wanted to build on

        Senaj Advic

        “Following my MBA, I discovered I was interested and open to new ideas, and I wanted to build on my growth mindset. Gaining new information enabled me to effectively innovate the development of business strategy, strategic planning, organizational development, team management, and leadership. Many organizations reorganized in response to the post-pandemic environment, requiring multidisciplinary and well-balanced personnel to adapt to the unusual market circumstances. I feel that the DBA at Westford will help me reach my full potential, in a business-related position and update my skill set needed to operate in the ever-changing corporate environments.” 

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          DBA Candidates

          Boris Pok Yin Luk

          Founder - Solomon Corporate Services Limited

          Sam Moarbes

          Director of Government and End User Computing Operations in MEIA

          Bridget Makhura

          Regional Commercial Director

          Michael Onmonya

          Field Service Engineer

          Meshal Al Otaibi

          Cybersecurity Director

          Asier Baquero

          Designation: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
          Asier has experience in managing city and resort hotels in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean. With diverse experience in multi-unit, pre-opening, opening, and management, he possesses a diverse set of skills. Asiers specializes in team building, customer service management, sales, excellent financial performance, and owner satisfaction. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated exceptional attention to detail, style, innovative thinking, strategic future planning, and team motivation. Besides his extensive experience and exposure, Asier has also taught at UCAM University, Les Roches Marbella, Zaragoza Hotel Management School (Spain), University Ciego de Avila, University Central Las Villas (Cuba), and Amity University (India), and has served as a reviewer for several indexed journals.

          Dr. Renaldo De Jager

          Designation: Senior Faculty and Business Development Manager- African Region

          Senior Faculty and Business Develop Dr. Renaldo de Jager earned a Doctorate in Technology and Innovation Management from The Da Vinci Institute. With a total of 2 decades of experience as an international management consultant in a variety of sectors, his knowledge is dispersed throughout many consulting businesses across the world. His main focus is on increasing effectiveness and efficiency, as well as increasing productivity and lowering operational expenses. Dr Renaldo provides students with much more than just theory, thanks to his academic credentials and experience in the field. He contributes significantly to the academic field by examining the application of theories and the benefits of doing so, as well as the outcomes.

           Renaldo has a life-long learning approach, and in addition to his academic pursuits, he keeps up with current events to be educated about many businesses throughout the world by interfacing with and consulting with a diverse group of clients and influencers.

          Dr Richard Peel

          Designation: Senior Faculty and Student Success Manager

          Dr. Richard Peel is the Senior Faculty and Student Success Manager at Westford University College. Before joining Westford, he taught at Middlesex University, Wollongong University, and the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates. Additionally, he has worked in the UK, the Basque Country, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, and Kuwait.

          His academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Exeter, an MSc in TESOL from the Aston University, and a B.A. from University of Birmingham. He also holds the RSA/UCLES DELTA and is a Cambridge and IELTS examiner. His research interests include ESL, online learning, leadership, and management.

          Dr Ann Wilkinson

          Designation: Adjunct Faculty 

          Ann has over three decades of experience in education. She is currently Adjunct Professor at Westford College University, Sharjah, as well as Senior Visiting Lecturer, Director and Business Manager-Diamond Capital Living Ltd Property Rental & Development. She has a wealth of experience, in teaching a range of business modules, at undergraduate, and postgraduate levels, through a variety of higher education institutions in the UK and overseas. 

          She has collaborated with a number of overseas higher education institutions in China (Shanghai), Bangladesh-Dacca-North- South University, New Delhi, Qatar. She holds a PhD from the University of Derby and a number of, other qualifications, in the areas of teaching and studying, research methodology, economics and philology.

          Dr Sayed Gilani

          Designation: Senior Faculty

          Dr. Sayed Gilani received his PhD from Glasgow Caledonian University in Glasgow, Scotland. His PhD study was on “Innovation from the Perspective of Rural Entrepreneurship.” Dr. Gilani has published in a number of Scopus-indexed databases on Rural Entrepreneurship and Gamification. He has taught business courses at both the undergraduate, and postgraduate levels, at institutions in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.Dr.  Sayed has  expertise in  mentoring students’ academic writing growth at all levels. He  has additionally  served as a consultant on a number of public/private sector initiatives.

           Dr. Sayed is a strong proponent of incorporating research-led learning and gamification into the classroom to guarantee a more learner-centered approach.

           

          Dr Abraham O.A

          Designation: External Supervisor

          Prof. Abraham is a multidisciplinary teacher, journalist, and publisher with over 23 years of experience. He holds a Cert in International Humanitarian Law from the Oxford University Collaborative Centre, an EMBA, an M.Sc (UK), a PhD in Management, a Doctorate in International Education Management, a Ph.D in Law, a Fellow CILG (USA), and a Fellow FKA (UK). He serves as an External Examiner (PhD/Doctorate dissertation) for five institutions and as a peer-reviewer for seven journals/publications, including the Journal of Media Literacy Education (SCOPUS Indexed). 

          He has written various books and articles, including Writing Excellent Articles for Conferences and Journals and Effective Coaching for New Start-Ups. Additionally, he serves on the Athena Global Education Governing Board and is an LLM Module Presenter.

          Dr Abhijit Ganguly

          Designation: Program Head- DBA

          Dr Abhijit Ganguly is a Chartered Fellow and Chartered Manager of the Chartered Management Institute, UK, Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK, Certified Professor of the University of Northwest Europe, Netherland, Accredited Management Consultant and International Certified Trainer in Management and Leadership, USA. He comes with a vast experience of more than 25 years of global experience in multiple Industry verticals and Academic including organisational consulting, corporate training, lecturing, guiding, 

          supervising dissertations, providing coaching, and mentoring to Doctoral and MBA, Executive MBA, MA(Management) students at UK Universities for last 15 years. He is based in London and was working as a Dean & Director of Business Developments of British Canadian Institute of Higher Education campus in London and Toronto, Canada before joining Westford University College, UAE as Program Head-DBA. His specialization includes Strategic Management, Leadership, Strategic Marketing, Brand Management, Corporate Governance etc., Additionally, Dr Ganguly is a prolific speaker and researcher who participated and presented papers in various international conferences and published internationally 15 research articles on contemporary issues in Management and Leadership area in various International fully referred journals with high impact factor in Europe and USA.

          Dr Masroor Alam

          Designation:  DBA Faculty

          Dr Alarm Masroor has over 18 years of experience, in the Field of, Higher Education, across three countries. Leading up to Westford Alam, he worked as a research and development consultant at Prim Box LLC, Dubai. In addition to his teaching skills, Alam is also an expert in the areas of leadership, development, and quality assurance. He has served at Amity College, teaching business programs as an adjunct prof. He has also collaborated with the MENA College of Management, University of Modern Sciences, Skyline University, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology, Business Research Methodology, Human Resources Management, Organizational Behaviour, etc. Alam has successfully handled leadership, collaboration, and policymaking in the last six years. He published 9 and delivered 5 academic papers at national and international peer-reviewed and peer-reviewed journals/conferences.

          Dr Lee Croft

          Designation: Guest Faculty and Supervisor

          Lee is a very experienced academic with over 22 years of experience in the university sector as a Senior Lecturer.  He studied for his doctorate at Keele University in the UK. Lee has worked with many international partners during his career in Sri Lanka, Oman, China, and Dubai including Westford University College as a partnership manager.  As such, Lee holds a deep understanding of the needs and expectations of experienced professionals undertaking study internationally. His research area is in the broad area of organisational studies around Human Resource Management with a specific interest in Hermeneutics, Identity and Resistance to Change. Lee also holds several External Examiner roles in the UK where he advises partners on the quality assurance process. Before his academic career, he was a design and development engineer in the UK rail sector. 

          Dr Liza Gernal

          Designation: Faculty/DBA Coordinator

          Dr Liza has over two decades of experience in small and medium-sized businesses surrounding zero waste management and environmental protection. She holds a PhD in Administration, a major in Human Resources Management, from the Liceo de Cagayan University. She also holds a second PhD in Business Philosophy from Liverpool University, UK. Her professional passion includes teaching Human Resources Management, International Business, Supply Chain Management, Organizational Behaviour, Organizational Growth and Transformation, Imagination and Innovation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and other business-related courses. 

          Dr Andrew Hambler

          Designation: Chief Examination Officer – Westford UCAM DBA Programme

          Dr Andrew Hambler is a former HR consultant who worked for many years for the financial services firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers progressing to be a manager. He is also a seasoned academic who has worked as a senior lecturer and associate professor across institutions in the UK, for the past 17 years. Dr Hamblers research interests are focused on religion and law in the workplace, and he completed his PhD in the Law Department at Durham University. Also, Dr Hambler has served as a partnership manager and link tutor at the Westford University College, Sharjah, UAE for several years and has a thorough awareness and understanding of the needs and expectations of experienced professionals pursuing higher education internationally. His expertise spans employment law, employment relations and managing and leading people and organisations and his research focus on labour laws, religion at work, religious discriminations. Additionally, He has several articles, book chapters and a monograph to his credit. 

          Dr Colin Rigby

          Designation: Guest Lecturer/ Thesis Supervisor

          Dr Colin Rigby is a Reader and Director of Enterprise at the Keele Business School and has an M.Sc. and M. Phil from Manchester University and a B.Sc. from UMIST in engineering disciplines.  Dr Colin has extensive experience in experiential and problem-based learning including production management, consultation, and engineering-based projects across varied sectors. His research interests include creativity as it applies to problem-solving, operations management, new enterprise planning, innovation, and enterprise. Colin has also delivered over 450 projects with students and small businesses applying the rigour of the academy to solve business problems and providing a learning experience for students that develops the skills needed by employers in an increasingly competitive market. Colin also has extensive experience with ethics, especially as it applies to research. 

          Dr Genaro V Japos

          Designation: Adjunct Thesis Supervisor

          Dr Genaro v Japos is a social science instructor and researcher. He founded two Philippine-based research organizations; The Philippine Association of Institutions for Research in 2007 and the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research in 2011, both of which have a strong membership of 54 and 13 academic institutions, respectively, to this day. Dr Japos is a consultant for a range of organizations around Asia, holding five doctoral degrees in educational planning, business management, instructional systems, human resource management, and organizational management. He has taught as a visiting and an external faculty at the Philippines, Cambodia, and the United Arab Emirates. He also supervises professional and scientific groups, is active in academic writing, and is a regular member of the National Research Council of the Philippines’ Division of Social Sciences.

          Dr June Dennis

          Designation: Guest Lecturer

          June is a marketer that has worked in both the corporate and higher education sectors. She was the Dean of Staffordshire Business School before establishing Mountain Top Perspectives in 2020. As a HE consultant, she specializes in collaborative academic collaborations and is passionate about keeping business and marketing curricula up to date and relevant. She also consults and coaches’ business owners and SMEs, and in non-executive roles, she assists in monitoring organizations. June is also Chair of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She possesses an EdD, an MBA in Strategic Marketing, and a BSc in Industrial Technology and Management. June is also a Chartered Marketer and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Her prior work history includes B2B distribution, fashion manufacturing, retail, and industrial services. 

          Rene Y. Paquibut

          Designation: External Supervisor

          Rene Y. Paquibut, PhD is an SHRM-Certified Professional with PhDs in Business Management and Education. He has published on Strategic Management, Quality Management, Organizational Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Sustainability. His work experience includes nine years in the financial industry and around 17 years in various capacities in academia. He is presently located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  Additionally, he has prior engagements in the Sultanate of Oman and the Philippines.