October 16, 2017
Welcome to my first DoctorateHub blog. My name is Jacqueline Hiddlestone-Mumford from Australia. I am a Doctoral candidate at one of the leading UK universities where I am undertaking my Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA).
Some ask what the difference is between a DBA and PhD. They are equivalent degrees of the highest order.
A PhD is a continued academic strand and is a full research-based doctorate aimed at generating new knowledge. Many PhD graduates move onto further academic endeavours such as teaching, research, seeking tenured lecturer roles progressing towards professorship, and consulting. Methodologies include quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method; with a predominance towards quantitative.
Whereas a DBA is a scholar-practitioner based doctorate. DBA students are typically senior management, business owners and consultants who have extensive experience in the business world. The DBA I am undertaking is an action research-based doctorate. After a series of post-graduate level (at level 8, Masters is level 7) modules in research based subjects and submitting a doctoral development plan, a thesis is undertaken. The thesis focuses on a business related case study where students undertake action-based (both scholarly and practical) research as an insider, drawing on insider knowledge and catering for ethical and political considerations; endeavouring to deliver new actionable knowledge and understanding that adds value to the organisation and suitable for wider application. Methodologies include qualitative, mixed-method and quantitative, with a predominance towards qualitative.
Fundamentally a PhD generates knowledge that is generalizable and defensible, whereas a DBA creates actionable knowledge.
Going forward, I will offer insights on my journey through the DBA, from inception to end. Whilst Dr Ana Faria will off insights from a PhD graduate perspective. Together we hope to offer value to your DBA/PhD journey.