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International DBA Programme

Combining research capabilities, resources and highly practical orientation

The International DBA provides a unique learning experience; the candidates are drawn from a diversity of countries and professional disciplines. It is aimed at Senior Professionals, Chief Executive Officers and Senior Managers who want to increase their work effectiveness and professional standing. It combines the research capabilities, resources the and the very practical orientation of Business School Netherlands.

Characteristics of BSN’s International DBA Programme
  • English language
  • Unique Action Learning methodology
  • Inspired by international and valued peers from various business backgrounds
  • Renowned international faculty from different branches
  • Maximum 12 participants per group
  • Coaching, in small groups and individually
  • Part-time and online studying
  • Three conference weeks in the Netherlands or Czech Republic
What are the benefits?
  • Accredited DBA degree by the ACBSP
  • Ad a contribution to theory and the practice of management
  • Capability of undertaking rigorous research in the field of business and management
  • Ability to critically assess your own thinking and impact as a manager and become more effective in your work interactions
We look for Senior Professionals, CEO’s and Senior Managers, who would like to
  • Become a reflective practitioner with a scientific approach to management and organisational problems
  • Develop an acute understanding of your speciality within the broader context of organisational and managerial action
  • Develope a broad understanding from multiple perspectives of business and management issues
  • Recognise the strengths of group effort and develop strong co-operative work habits
Why choose BSN?
  • Active for more than 30 years in developing and offering MBA and DBA Programmes
  • Thousands of Action Learning Projects have been implemented worldwide
  • A worldwide dynamic alumni network
  • Experienced coaches and tutors from various industries.
You are admitted to the International DBA if you:
  • Hold an MBA or a master’s qualification in a relevant area, and have at least five years’ experience
  • You have written and verbal fluency in English.
  • TOEFL/ IELTS tests are compulsory for non-native English speakers.
Programme overview

With the International DBA, you will be a part of an Action Learning Set. This is your core reference group. The constant interaction with peers and advisors results in an interplay between theory, experience and practical problems.

DBA PhasePhase IPhase IIPhase IIIPhase IV
Duration4 Months8 Months4 Months24 Months
Type of AssignmentOrganisational "X-ray"Methodological Position PaperThesis Research ProposalThesis Research and Writing
Phase I
  • Introduction to Action Learning
  • Advanced Practice in Business and Management I
  • 5 day training in Buren, The Netherlands
Phase II
  • Foundations and Design of Management
  • 5 day training in Buren, The Netherlands
Phase III
  • Advanced Practice in Business and Management II
  • 6 day training in Prague, Czech Republic
Phase IV
  • Thesis Research and Presentation in Buren, The Netherlands or via video conferencing.

40 months

Set meetings

Phase 1: 5 day training in Buren (NL)
Phase 2: 5 day training in Buren (NL)
Phase 3: 6 day training in Prague (CZ)
Phase 4: thesis research and presentation in Buren (NL) or via video conferencing

Start date

28 October 2019

Study costs

EUR 25.750,- (VAT Exempt)

Full and partial scholarships available >

‘I was fascinated by the teaching methods and by the way Tomas and Slava got the material across. Excellent – I’d give them an A+!’

Saule Smailova

DBA Student, Kazakhstan

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