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Towards specialized and sector-based DBAs, by Michel Kalika



President and founder of the Business Science Institute

University Professor Emeritus

IAE Lyon, Jean-Moulin Lyon 3 University


 

In this interview, Michel Kalika explains why, after ten years of existence, the Business Science Institute has decided to launch specialized, sector-based Doctorates in Business Administration.


History and evolution of the Business Science Institute


Michel Kalika, founding president of the Business Science Institute, launched the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) with the aim of raising the profile of this degree among professionals.


The initial strategy was based on a general focus to establish the legitimacy and recognition of the doctorate title.


Transition from Focus to Specialization


Over time, the Business Science Institute has evolved from focus to specialization, in response to the expectations of managers and the specific needs of academics. The generalist approach has thus been adapted to integrate targeted specializations according to business sectors.


Specialization makes it possible to adapt knowledge and skills to the crucial needs of certain sectors. It aims to mobilize a group of academics with varied skills to delve deeper into current issues and respond to organizational needs.


Examples of Specializations


Specializations are designed to better meet managers' needs by offering them specialized, cutting-edge skills. They are also a response to suggestions from professionals in the field, and draw on the expertise of academics.


  • DBA Real Estate Management:


The upheavals in the real estate sector are prompting a review of existing knowledge and models. Real estate professionals need to rethink their organizations, justifying the Real Estate Management specialization.


  • DBA Healthcare Management:


Significant changes in the healthcare sector call for a rethinking and revision of organizational principles. Collaboration with academics specializing in the healthcare field is set up to develop this specialization.


  • DBA Public Management:


A specialization in public management has become necessary in the face of major changes and crises in this field. It offers specific expertise in tackling today's challenges in the public sector.


Specializations that provide opportunities for new inter-university collaborations


Specializations are designed in collaboration with different universities, bringing together a wide range of recognized skills. The aim is to mobilize inter-university strengths to address topical issues and problems specific to organizations.


Specialization thus makes it possible to tailor knowledge and skills to the crucial needs of certain sectors. It aims to mobilize a group of academics with varied skills to delve deeper into topical issues and respond to organizational needs.


Managers are encouraged to choose a specialization in the DBA to better meet the specific needs of their business sector, underlining the institute's commitment to adaptability in the face of today's major transformations.



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