The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) qualification in the Management of Technology and Innovation provides a highly individualised learning environment within which students actually solve a meaningful business problem of substance to their organisation. The PhD programme is aimed at senior managers and executives. Candidates are required to demonstrate their ability to develop new concepts and application that will significantly improve their operations.
The qualification is specifically designed to enable members of an organisation to realise their true potential by:
- Challenging them to initiate innovative solutions for business improvement and socio-economic transformation;
- Acquiring the competence to design a system and to develop technology and innovation related activities to meet transformational targets; and
- Providing personal development opportunities for them to contribute significantly to the development of wealth within the South African economy.
Students who achieve this Qualification will be able to:
- Initiate innovation and change at a national and international level;
- Integrate systemic principles into alternative designs and developments;
- Incorporate management of technology, management of innovation and management of people frameworks into new product/process designs and developments; and
- Make a contribution towards community development initiatives.
At the Doctoral Programme Level, The Institute provides a highly individualised learning environment within which students actually solve a meaningful business problem of substance to their organisation. In this guided environment they develop the capacity to realise:
- Scope of knowledge, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate expertise and critical knowledge in an area at the forefront of a field, discipline or practice; and the ability to conceptualise new research initiatives and create new knowledge or practice;
- Knowledge literacy, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate the ability to contribute to scholarly debates around theories of knowledge and processes of knowledge production in an area of study or practice;
- Method and procedure, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate the ability to develop new theory, methods, techniques, processes, systems, or technologies in original, creative and innovative ways appropriate to specialised and complex contexts;
- Problem solving, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate the ability to apply specialist knowledge and theory in critically reflexive, creative and novel ways to address complex practical and theoretical problems;
- Ethics and professional practice, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate the ability to identify, address and manage emerging ethical issues, and to advance processes of ethical decision-making, including monitoring and evaluation of the consequences of these decisions where appropriate;
- Accessing, processing and managing information, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate the ability to make independent judgements about managing incomplete or inconsistent information or data in an iterative process of analysis and synthesis, for the development of significant original insights into new, complex and abstract ideas, information or issues;
- Producing and communicating information, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate the ability to produce substantial, independent, in-depth and publishable work which meets international standards, is considered to be new or innovative by peers, and makes a ignificant contribution to the discipline, field, or practice; and the ability to develop a communication strategy to disseminate and defend research, strategic and policy initiatives; and their implementation to specialist and non-specialist audiences using the full resources of an academic and professional or occupational discourse;
- Context and systems, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical underpinnings in the management of complex systems to achieve systemic change; and the ability to independently design, sustain and manage change within a system or systems;
- Management of learning, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate the ability to demonstrate intellectual independence, research leadership and management of research and research development in a discipline, field or practice; and
- Accountability, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate the ability to operate independently and take full responsibility for his or her work, and, where appropriate, lead, oversee and be held ultimately accountable for the overall governance of processes and systems.
Within this guided and mentored environment, while The Institute expects far more integration of systems and independence; it is required of the students that they underpin their workplace experience in solving a work based problem of significance with a sound academic understanding of the appropriate theoretical subject material. Their demonstration of good academic research practice and independent rigorous thought will ensure their unique contribution to the universal body of knowledge, as well as offer a new synthesis of existing benchmarks, thereby path-finding new approaches and solutions to business problems.
|Qualification for which applying||Previous Academic Qualifications||Appropriate Work Experience (years)||Status||Conditions|
|Doctor of Philosophy (PhD MOTI)||Masters Degree or other relevant NQF 8 (new HEQSF: NQF Level 9 qualification)||10||Full acceptance||None|
|Not equivalent to a Masters Degree||15||Not accepted for the PhD programme||The prospective candidate could consider applying for the Masters programme at The Da Vinci Institute. (see Masters degree admission criteria)|
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Last updated October 23, 2017