Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management in Africa

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Requirements for the PhD program often involve the student having already obtained a Master’s degree. Additionally, a thesis or dissertation primarily consisting of original academic research must be submitted. In some countries, this work may even need to be defended in front of a panel.

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PhD in Business Management and Administration

University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)
Campus February 2017 South Africa Cape Town

USB's internationally acknowledged PhD in Business Management and Administration focuses on developing employable expertise through in-depth research. [+]

Doctorates in Business Management in Africa 2017. USB's internationally acknowledged PhD in Business Management and Administration focuses on developing employable expertise through in-depth research. A combination of scientific rigor and managerial relevance The executive PhD may be described as a practice-based programme since knowledge is advanced partly by means of the professional application of the discipline. It combines scientific rigor and managerial relevance, and consequently PhD students must be able to demonstrate that they have a theoretical as well as a practical appreciation and understanding of their research area. "It's about developing employable knowledge" To develop employable knowledge underpinned by theory and practice, PhD students need to: Conduct action research on challenging, real-world problems, and Develop personal and transferable skills which can be used in a range of applied situations. The aim is to link the two areas of theory and practice in such a way that this results in "hybrid vigour". Research that is relevant for SA organisations The USB also emphasises the creation of knowledge that is particularly relevant to South African organisations, be they in the private or public sector, and from there to beyond our borders. This forms part of our social responsibility to strengthen our country to the benefit of all those involved. The research process Start with an initial research proposal Write a comprehensive initial research proposal in scientific language. This will assist the USB to evaluate at an early stage that: The topic is viable We can provide appropriate supervision and resources You have thought through your interest in and commitment to the programme You are suitable for admission. Candidates need to do the following for an initial research proposal: Provide a preliminary title Provide an overview of the subject area State the research problem and aim State why your topic merits research Provide a literature review Provide a research protocol Include a list of sources Adhere to technical specifications Assessment of your application Your application package, which includes your initial research proposal, will be reviewed and evaluated by USB’s Doctoral Research Committee and your provisional promoter. This may take up to six weeks. Submitting your comprehensive research proposal Once your initial research proposal has been approved, you need to prepare a comprehensive research proposal. Your provisional promoter will guide you in the preparation of your proposal, which must be presented to the Admissions Panel. This presentation constitutes an interview to convince the panel that the candidate will be an asset to the Research Programme. You also need to submit a research protocol which serves as your road map for the completion of your PhD degree. You may register to start your residency for your PhD once your comprehensive research proposal has been accepted. The actual research process and its deliverables What the registrant must demonstrate The ability to undertake independent academic research The ability to work independently The ability to liaise with the promoter at times mutually agreed to Deliverables for all registrants Attending the Doctoral Research Training Programme (DRTP) A peer-review presentation at a Doctoral Colloquium Two publishable articles The reading of a paper at a subject-related conference Attendance of the Research Colloquium Programme Two Progress Reports per year Final dissertation Additional deliverables for scholarship registrants Contractually agreed upon tasks, which includes approximately 100 hours of teaching and research assistance Attending the Research Colloquium Programme. Submitting four Progress Reports per year. Approving your dissertation Your final dissertation will be evaluated by three independent examiners. This will be followed by a public oral defence of the dissertation – the viva voce – before your dissertation is finally approved. Receiving your PhD Upon completion of the PhD, the registrant will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Management and Administration by the University of Stellenbosch. The promoter completes the graduation ceremony information form.​ [-]