Issues in the ongoing development of professional doctorates: the DBA example

Ruth Neumann, Mike Goldstein

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Professional doctorates have expanded swiftly in the past decade and the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) currently represents a substantial proportion of all Australian professional doctorates. This paper examines the context and policies which introduced professional doctorates in 1990. It then considers the case of the DBA, providing an overview of the scope, structural characteristics and funding of programs. The development of the DBA raises issues relevant not only to the DBA, but all professional doctorates: the distinctiveness and purpose of the doctorate, including the role and type of research; quality and standards; and issues of supervision and student attrition. These issues form an important research agenda, particularly when considering appropriate models of doctoral education for practitioners.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-37
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Institutional Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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