Enhancing business thought-leadership and best-practice in the context of a dynamic continental and global market.
Doctoral Programme Qualifications
The GIBS Doctoral Programme offers three qualifications: DBA, PhD and MPhil (Evidence- Based Management).
The programme is divided into two phases. The first phase involves the preparation and defence of a proposal within the first year, and the second comprises ethics clearance, data gathering and writing up the thesis over the following two years. For students who lack a research background and/or whose proposal is not yet well enough developed to allow them to successfully defend within a year, we recommend starting with the MPhil (EBM).
With an urgent mandate for businesses across the African continent to address the opportunities and challenges that managers and leaders face in this unique environment, it is critical to continually develop new ways of thinking and approaches to problem-solving that are relevant to the context in which these businesses operate.
The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Doctoral Programme is aimed at developing the required knowledge and business leadership skills that enable high-performing individuals to contribute to business thought-leadership that will drive growth on the African continent. As an ideal opportunity for senior professionals who are dedicated to contributing to the knowledge-base from which business decisions are made, scholars can play their part in shaping the future of business on the continent and in the global dynamic context.
The Doctoral Programme aims to help scholars find solutions to real-life challenges faced by businesses and their leaders by using a combination of in-depth research and practical application, underpinned by academic rigor and critical thinking. Learning methodologies are further entrenched in theories and models of practice.
The programme is designed to meet the needs of the mature, self-motivated scholar. It provides a blend of individual and peer interactive learning challenges that stretch and test scholars' potential. As an outcome, the successful scholar will be equipped to create scientifically grounded knowledge and contribute to positive business results through intellectual leadership.
We look forward to welcoming you to be a part of this vibrant and growing community of scholars.
Professor Helena Barnard, Programme Director