Nelson Mandela University Business School is making history on the continent by offering an internationally recognized new PhD program for business people and specialists. The solution-oriented course is designed to develop crucial skills for managers who have to deal with organizational complexity. “We are indeed proud to include this special qualification in our offer basket,” said Dr. Randall Jonas, director of the business school.

The university is only the second business school in Africa to have been accepted into the European Doctoral Programs Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA) to have its Professional Doctor of Business Administration (ProDBA) accredited.

Nelson Mandela University Business School’s director of research, Prof. Cecil Arnolds, said this EDAMBA recognition, which followed a rigorous application process of over two years, will enable greater international collaboration while putting the continent of Africa in the spotlight.

International cooperation

“This means that our research on African topics is recognized and valued. EDAMBA offers a network platform for international cooperation, including international topic support. Transdisciplinary, global and cross-cultural construction of industry solutions is made possible by the EDAMBA networks, “said Arnolds.

Arnolds, the ProDBA’s program director, said students enrolled for degrees at Nelson Mandela University Business School not only get access to a network of 78 of the top universities in the world that are part of EDAMBA, but also lectures are received from world-renowned scientists and leading international and local industry experts.

The ProDBA replaces the outgoing thesis-based DBA that has been offered at Nelson Mandela University Business School since 2006. The ProDBA will be held in block lectures, the first starting on February 7, 2022.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all lectures will be virtual in 2022, with the expectation that face-to-face exchange will be possible from 2023.

solve problems

The purpose of the ProDBA is to strengthen the application and development of theoretical frameworks, methods and techniques for solving practical business problems on the continent and in South Africa.

“Professional doctorates seek practical solutions to practical business problems. Research studies often begin with a practical industry-related weakness or loophole in professional management to be leveraged by organizations in finding the solution, “said Arnolds.

Professional DBAs often make important theoretical and practical contributions to business knowledge and skills.
“The degree is ideally suited for executives, middle to top executives, experienced consultants, strategic high-tech employees or full-time or part-time academics who are aiming for a career with a focus on management consulting. Admission requirements include an MBA or other relevant, recognized master’s degree and at least five years of middle to senior management experience, said Dr. Sam February, HOD of the Graduate School.

The degree includes a teaching component for crediting and ends with a thesis that is submitted for examination.

The application deadline for the ProDBA is November 1st, 2021.