The Audencia DBA attracts students from around the world and is delivered through international partnerships, notably in China. Students seek a doctoral qualification after obtaining a Master degree and having a significant number of years of executive-level experience. The DBA programme duration lasts three years involving doctoral-level classes and supervision of a research project supported by academic supervisors.
The DBA launched in 2015 in partnership with Western Business School (WBS), Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China,reached fruition in November 2018 with the first set of doctoral thesis defences taking place in Chengdu.
The Audencia-WBS DBA programme has gone from strength to strength with recruitments growing each year. The fourth cohort boasts 27 DBA students now beginning their doctoral journey. The students benefit from complementary courses from professors from Audencia and WBS. The courses are mostly delivered in Chengdu with a study week involving one course, supervision meetings, company visits and cultural activities each year in Nantes and Paris. The cross-cultural learning opportunities offered by joint thesis supervision by WBS and Audencia supervisors are a strong attraction of the programme for DBA candidates. The subject expertise of Audencia professors draws Chinese students to the programme to learn of different methodological approaches and research themes.
Five DBA candidates defended their theses in November in Chengdu, facing a jury of five professors from both schools and an industry expert. The DBA award ceremony will take place in Nantes in June 2019.
For WBS, the DBA programme,“aims at integrating Chinese and foreign management wisdom and insightful views, cultivating entrepreneurs and industrial leaders with a sense of social responsibility, and promoting the economic development and social progress of west China. In addition, we celebrate that five DBA candidates passed the thesis defences last November and will be awarded the DBA degree this June. This achievement means that our DBA programme is successful and has brought great impact on entrepreneurial education in China.” *
A large number of Audencia professors have contributed to the success to date of the DBA programme through course delivery and supervision. The DBA programme meeting held in December welcomed over 20 professors for discussions on the evolution of the DBA which are set to continue over the next year.
*Dr Jason Chih-Chieh CHEN, Associate Dean, Western Business School