The DBL program offered by NiBS is designed to develop and prepare executives to more effectively assume overall leadership responsibility within organizations operating in intensely competitive national and global markets. The objectives of this program include:
Enable business leaders to develop their skills in understanding, evaluating, and creating new knowledge within their profession, thereby making an individual and independent contribution to the development/ enhancement of professional practice in business leadership.
To enable experienced business leaders, develop a deeper understanding of leadership theory and research.
To develop ‘practitioner-scholars' who will conduct and publish the results of rigorous applied leadership research that advances an area of knowledge and practice, and
To develop academically sound business leaders who will be able to teach/transfer their knowledge in the various fields of leadership and governance.
Produce a thesis or portfolio based on high-quality original research of publishable standard (suitable for dissemination to their profession), demonstrating critical evaluation and synthesis in relation to current literature and professional leadership practice
Mission of the Program
To develop and prepare leaders to more effectively assume overall leadership responsibility within the C-Suite in business,
government, non-profit and other organizations.
Vision of the Program
To develop a cadre of highly trained business leaders who understand rigorous applied management research with which to enhance the competitive capacity of enterprises and organizations.
Develop the skills to be the leader in the C-Suite
Develop a deeper understanding of leadership theory and its implications for leadership practice in Africa
Leave a legacy - produce a thesis that creates a new contribution to leadership knowledge and practice in Africa
Create and share new leadership knowledge and practices to change how companies operate.
Develop knowledge and skills to teach leadership and governance at the university level
Become an expert thought-leader in Leadership and governance.
Develop into a 'practitioner-scholar' who is able to conduct and publish the results of applied leadership research
This stage lasts one year and comprises courses that introduce you to the specific theories and concepts as well as research methods you require to complete a managerially-applied research thesis. These courses are:
4 Applied Leadership & Management Research Courses
Organizational Behavior Theory
Theory & practice in Leadership
Leadership Ethics, Governance & Social Responsibility
Innovation and Change Leadership
4 Research Design & Methods Courses
Research Design I
Research Design II
Research Methods I
Research Methods II
4 Personal & Career Development Courses
Stage 2 of the program takes a minimum of one to two years to complete. You will complete your thesis, working with faculty and research fellows.
Two key tasks are:
Thesis Research Proposal
Thesis Preparation and Public Defense
The DBL is a practice-oriented doctoral program informed by academic theory in an attempt to bridge the industry-academic divide. Hence, the research approach is consistent with action or survey research and evidence-based management.
The Doctoral Thesis
Candidates in the doctoral program must complete a 40,000-word thesis under the guidance of a supervisor. A completed thesis will be examined by two independent external examiners. Candidates are required to attend a final oral public presentation and defense of the thesis. The jury consists of a thesis defense committee, who are experts in the field.
Optional Executive Education in Paris, France
Optional one-week Executive Education Program in Paris at IPAG Business School Campus.
Master degree e.g., MBA or equivalent degree with 2 years working experience