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Doctor of Business Administration

In the face of increasing competition, it is no longer sufficient to work harder and faster. Companies call upon people with advanced degrees. It is in this context that the International Technological University (ITU) Business Department offers the Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) in Strategic Innovation degree.

 

 

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The DBA is a professional doctoral program intended for executives, senior managers, consultants, advanced students, instructors of business and outstanding business practitioners who will continue to be professionally engaged in organizations. ITU bridges the gap between learning and application with our expert professors, industry mentors, and support resources.

The DBA delivers a powerful program designed to create experts in evidence based business problem solving. It enhances critical thinking, analytical skills, and leadership abilities. It also enables the development of management thought, embedded with the application of real-world business principles.

ITU’s DBA program is offered as an innovative and flexible blended learning journey, in a global model setting, with live residencies to network with cohort peers, professors, and expert industry mentors.

Doctor of Business Administration Information

Doctoral Capstone Proposal, Inbound and Outbound Exams and Blended Format

Why you should apply

  • ITU is well known for its global education. We believe in diversity and inclusion as an enriched learning opportunity. We offer high quality education, as endorsed by accrediting institutions (WASC and ACBSP).
  • Based on a growing need for a DBA among professionals who do not have the time to commute to campus, ITU provides this doctorate in strategic innovation in a global, blended format.
  • The blended learning format provides access for students around the world to undertake doctoral study in a manner that provides for intensive classroom education, team projects, and distance learning technologies in an integrated manner.
  • We wish to reach everyone across the globe with this opportunity to be ITU doctoral graduates.

Program Overview

International Technological University (ITU) is a graduate institution, located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, which is the center of innovation. ITU offers programs in Engineering, Business, and Digital Arts that bridge the gap between learning and application.

In addition to the Masters programs, the Business Department offers the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Strategic Innovation. The areas of strategy and innovation offer unparalleled, leading edge prospects for DBA graduates in organizations, entrepreneurial ventures, and academia.

The DBA in Strategic Innovation degree focuses on business research, practice, and the application of theory. It is a professional doctoral program intended for executives, senior managers, consultants, advanced students, instructors of business, and innovative people such as entrepreneurs, and business leaders, who want to expand their reach within the industry and/or academia.

Students can expect to learn how to redesign and innovate corporate strategy to drive growth and competitive advantage. The program develops the skills to analyze, think critically, practice applied topics and research to equip graduates with an understanding of management and leadership abilities, and of real-world business principles and practices.



Advisory Committee

To guide students through the degree program, an advisory committee of at least three (3) faculty members with appropriate doctoral degrees, and an external mentor with subject matter and industry expertise, will be assigned. The advisory committee also may serve as the Doctoral Capstone Committee (DCC), which may include the Department Chair. The doctoral capstone course advisor will serve as the chair of DCC. The DCC will review the proposed doctoral capstone topic, determine any further changes, and approve the research objective.



Program Learning Outcomes

  • Appraise the theoretical knowledge and relate it to use in business practice.
  • Relate appropriate research methodology to evidence based business decision-making.
  • Devise competencies for managing technology, innovation, and organizational change.
  • Identify strategies to solve business challenges within a global context.
  • Formulate original research, which includes research design, tools and structure.



Program Competencies

Learning Competencies (LCs) DBA PLOs
LC 1: Research Ability

PLO #1: Appraise the theoretical knowledge and relate it to use in business practice. [Mapped to ILOs 3,6]

PLO #2: Relate appropriate research methodology to evidence-based business decision-making. [Mapped to ILOs 1,2,5,7]

PLO #5: Formulate original research, which includes research design, tools and structure. [Mapped to ILOs 3,5,6]

LC 2: Data-Driven Decision Making

PLO #2: Relate appropriate research methodology to evidence-based business decision-making. [Mapped to ILOs 1,2,5,7]

PLO #4: Identify strategies to solve business challenges within a global context. [Mapped to ILOs 1,2,3,4,7]

LC 3: Leadership

PLO #3: Devise competencies for managing technology, innovation, and organizational change. [Mapped to ILOs 1,2,5,7]

PLO #4: Identify strategies to solve business challenges within a global context. [Mapped to ILO's 1,2,3,4,7]l

LC 4: Focused Knowledge (Strategy & Innovation)

PLO #1: Appraise the theoretical knowledge and relate it to use in business practice. [Mapped to ILOs 3,6]

PLO #3: Devise competencies for managing technology, innovation, and organizational change. [Mapped to ILOs 1,2,5,7]

 

Learning Outcomes Assessment Results

External Assessment:

 

Internal Assessment:

  • A copy of DBA dissertation is available in ITU Library

 

All the learning outcomes and results of the assessment are included in our ACBSP Self Study.

Requirements for Admission to Program

  • Completed application form online.
  • Current Resume or C.V.
  • Minimum thirty (30) credit hours beyond a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Official transcripts of graduate and undergraduate degrees.
  • All applicants should take one of the following: TOEFL 72 or IELTS 6.0, CET (College English Test), or English Language Interview.
  • Peregrine Inbound Exam: Students are required to take the inbound exam in the first trimester of the DBA program. A minimum score of 50% is required. If a student doesn’t earn the required score, a GMAT or GRE examination will be required. There is no minimum score required.
  • Submit one letter of recommendations from professionals attesting your ability to succeed in a doctoral program.
  • A Statement of Purpose that addresses your reasons for seeking the doctoral degree and how this degree will advance your personal and career goals.

Curriculum

  • 48 credit hours
    • Comprised of core, research specialization, innovation specialization courses
    • Choose from among 3 options for doctoral capstone, culminating experience
      • Doctoral research, OR
      • Doctoral project, OR
      • 3 Publishable Papers
  • Contribute to the field of business research
    • Participate in seminars/conferences in your area of expertise
    • Integrate life and work through comprehensive candidacy portfolio
  • 4 Residencies in global locations
    • 1 meeting, 2 weeks long, every year for 3 years (last week of April, first week of May)
  • Complete the program in 3 years with a maximum 8 years

Doctoral Capstone Proposal

Doctoral Capstone Proposal

This is a formal written proposal, which must include a clear statement of the problem to be researched and a survey of the relevant literature. The proposal must specify the research methods, data collection, and data analysis techniques in detail. The methods to be employed must be appropriate, reliable, and appropriate for the measures taken. A candidate intending to complete his/her DBA degree within three years is required to present and defend the doctoral capstone proposal to the Doctoral Committee at the end of Term 8 (i.e. second term of the doctoral capstone period). In the event the committee recommends additional work on the proposal, the candidate will have one more chance to present and defend his/her doctoral proposal, no later than six (6) months from the original presentation.

 
Doctoral Capstone Defense

Upon successful presentation of the doctoral proposal, the candidate will progress to the development of their chosen doctoral capstone (DBUS 901, 902, or 903). The candidate will be required to defend their final doctoral capstone in the presence of the Doctoral Committee.

The final capstone document(s) must be made available to all members of the Doctoral Committee one (1) month prior to the defense.

The oral defense shall consist of a presentation of the research results and a question and answer (Q&A) session following the presentation. The defense is open to the public, but only members of the Doctoral Committee have a vote. The doctoral capstone defense passes through unanimous voting.

The following table presents a roadmap for the DBA in Strategic Innovation program.

 

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6 Term 7 Term 8 Term 9
DBUS 800 DBUS 804 DBUS 811 DBUS 801 DBUS 805 DBUS 812 DBUS 821

DBUS 901-2

or

DBUS 902-2

or

DBUS 903-2

DBUS 901-3

or

DBUS 902-3

or

DBUS 903-3

DBUS 802 DBUS 810 DBUS 700 DBUS 803 DBUS 701 DBUS 820

DBUS 901-1

or

DBUS 902-1

or

DBUS 903-1

   
DBUS 806 DBUS 711   DBUS 813   DBUS 822
          DBUS 710      

 

Inbound and Outbound Exams

PEREGRINE INBOUND EXAM

All DBA students are required to take an Inbound exam with Peregrine Academic Services. The Inbound exam is mandatory (not optional) and should be taken in the first (1st) trimester.

The benefit of taking the Inbound exam is to test students’ knowledge of business topics when they join the Doctor of Business Administration program. No matter how much the score on the exams is, the students will earn credits for taking the exams. However, students who do not take the Inbound Exam, will not be able to earn the grade for the courses in their first term.

 
PEREGRINE OUTBOUND EXAM

All DBA students are required to take an Outbound exam with Peregrine Academic Services. The Outbound exam is mandatory (not optional) and should be taken in the sixth (6th) trimester before starting the Culminating Experience (CE) course.

The benefit of taking the Outbound exam is to test students’ knowledge after completing the doctoral coursework. No matter how much the score on the exams is, the students will earn credits for taking the exams.

 
EXAM FEES

The Inbound and Outbound Exams cost $34 each (subject to change). The fees are paid directly by the student to Peregrine Academic Services upon registering for the relevant exam.

 
STUDENT EXAM REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

To begin the registration process, please follow the on-screen instructions found at the following URL. https://micro.peregrineacademics.com/itu

Your password is: ITU-2001

The registration process should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Upon completion of your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with your exam/course link for taking the exam, at the email address you provide to us.

If you have any problems with the registration process, please visit Peregrine’s technical support page at http://www.peregrineacademics.com/home/technical- support

Blended Format

1. Blended Format Defined

While most educational institutions treat blended and hybrid learning formats synonymously1, there is a subtle difference between the two. The similarities between the two modes lie in the usage of traditional on-campus learning as well as online learning for the same course. However, blended formats typically utilize less online interactions.

The preference in blended learning is for face-to-face teaching, with some online interactions. In hybrid formats, the extent of online delivery is usually significantly higher than the usage of face-to-face delivery2.

At ITU, the blended method is a better fit than the hybrid, as a significant proportion of course delivery is face to face. Assignments, some discussions, and few interactions may be performed online; but this is by no means predominantly online.

 

 

2. Learn at your pace

The doctoral classes are scheduled to meet at ITU on the second weekend of every month in the trimester. Further, only two (2) courses are scheduled in any given term. This allows students the flexibility to address their work, study, research, and other commitments while cutting in-class time in approximately half, and increasing student interaction with faculty, and their advisors through online collaboration tools.

 

 

Expectations of students and faculty

1. Student Expectations: Doctoral students and candidates are required to be familiar with and comply with the ITU policies and procedures. These are outlined in the Student Catalog and Handbook. In general, doctoral students are required to display the highest levels of academic honesty, and personal accountability.

2. Faculty Expectations: Faculty teaching in the DBA program embodies the best of academia, research, and industry experience. They are required to provide timely, constructive feedback, and critique of their doctoral students’ submissions. As doctoral capstone advisors, doctoral committee members, and/or panel members, faculty is required to mentor students with the view to elicit the best possible research outcomes.

 

 

Role of Advisors and Mentors

Every student will be assigned a faculty advisor and a mentor at the start of the program.

  • 2 members committee – faculty and a mentor
  • Faculty is chosen from among the DBA faculty members with industry and academic experience. Faculty is responsible for verifying the standards and format/structure of the Comprehensive Candidacy Portfolio (CCP) course.
    • Mentor(s) may be internal or external specialists in a specific business area such as Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Management, Information Systems, etc. Students may choose their mentor.
    • Faculty vs. Mentor roles - The faculty will be responsible for the academic and quality of the student’s CCP and Culminating Experience (CE). The mentor is responsible purely and solely for the authenticity and validity of the content of the student’s CCP and CE work.
  • Both the faculty and the mentor will ensure that the candidate’s CCP will lead to a high-quality output in the CE course.
  • Composition of panel – consists of all faculty and all mentors who will attend the presentations of the candidates that will eventually lead to an advancement to the CE or not.
  • Qualifications of faculty and mentors:
    • All faculty should have a doctoral degree
    • All mentors should have qualifying industry experience in the area of advising and relevant professional/industrial certifications. All external mentors are required to sign a contract of mentorship with ITU. Mentors who possess a doctoral degree are preferred, but this is not mandatory. ITU follows the experience guidelines and calculations of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): three (3) years of industry experience equals one (1) year of university-level coursework. Based on this calculation, mentors with a Master’s degree should have at least nine (9) years of industry experience and, mentors with just a Bachelor’s Degree should have at least twelve (12) years of industry experience.

 

 

Institutional Review Board (IRB) And Human Subject Protection

As DBA candidates progress through their doctoral capstones, a few key considerations must be given to methodology, site selection, and data collection, among others. This may involve human subjects and ethical conduct in the process of involving human subjects. It is important that human subjects are protected during such research participation.

In addition, doctoral capstones involving human subjects, conducted at educational institutions are required to be in compliance with federal regulations. ITU’s IRB, in accordance with federal regulations, reviews all research involving human subjects for compliance with applicable regulation and other best practices. This includes the DBA research proposals, prior to the data collection stage. Candidates are urged to understand their obligations in relation to their interactions with human subjects and the IRB by reviewing the ITU IRB Handbook.

 

 

Teaching Recommendation

The candidate is recommended to teach at least one regular course in order to demonstrate teaching capability. The teaching assignment must be completed before the dissertation defense.

 

 

Terminal Master Degree

Students who complete the coursework, but do not pass either the proposal or the doctoral capstone defense, will receive a Terminal Master degree. The Terminal degree is usually found in professional fields, or academic areas where research is not the priority. This is similar to the term “All But Dissertation” (ABD) used by other institutions.

1http://www4.uwm.edu/ltc/hybrid/about_hybrid/index.cfm

2https://www.panopto.com/blog/blended-learning-hybrid-learning-flipped-classroom- whats-difference/

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