Doctor of Business Administration launch


RRU’s brand-new Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program began online on January 20, 2020.  

Unique to British Columbia and Canada, the RRU-DBA program combines the strengths of a professional doctorate with the research emphasis and rigour of a more conventional Ph.D. program; hence, preparing graduates for multiple career paths beyond academia. The DBA program recognizes the changing landscape of doctoral education, emphasizing high-quality, innovative, applied and impactful research.

DBA student research will focus on today’s and tomorrow’s challenges and help organizations, industries and communities address messy and complex problem situations. The solutions to these situations are rarely simple or straightforward and often rely on knowledge from multiple disciplines. In 2013, Mats Alvesson and Jorgen Sandberg argued that management research had lost its way due to the total dominance of incremental gap‐spotting research, which resulted in a severe shortage of influential management research. While the DBA program at RRU values conventional, incremental gap-spotting and discipline-based research, it recognizes the importance of innovative scholarship and knowledge production modes that go beyond the boundary of a discipline.

Unlike conventional doctoral programs, the DBA program allows students to align their passions and professional experiences with their doctoral research. Student research will tackle real-life management issues and contribute to the advancement of applied management research and practice. Through their research, DBA students will build their brands as subject matter experts and scholar-practitioners who can, and will, lead changes in their field of practice, industry or community. The innovative blended nature of the program allows students to complete the program without putting their career on hold.

On February 17, DBA students will be on campus for a two-week residency. The DBA residency is designed around workshops and events that promote meaningful and purposeful learning conversations between students, faculty members and staff. For the 2020 intake, 12 fantastic students were admitted. Student research topics include:

  • 9 a.m. Michael Morrison - How can resource allocation in healthcare operations improve health system sustainability?
  • 9:15 a.m. Bill Danielsen - How can personality traits be used as a leading indicator for insider threat risk?
  • 9:30 a.m. William Fung - Investigating the costs and benefits of improving governance
  • 9:45 a.m. Break 
  • 10 a.m. Karly Nygaard-Petersen - How does fun affect micromobility adoption in urban populations?
  • 10:15 a.m Rick Burt - What are the modelling techniques and governance strategies that can be applied to search and rescue (SAR) in the Antarctic?
  • 10:30 a.m. Benjamin Ameh - What are the performance enablers and barriers of the Nigerian downstream oil and gas supply chain?
  • 10:45 a.m. Break 
  • 11:15 a.m. Nkem Onyegbula - How can public sector organizations influence employee adoption of information technology (IT) in Canada?
  • 11:30 a.m. Dilash Krishnapillai - How can organizational context influence the adoption of agile in software projects?
  • 11:45 a.m. Nathan Banda - How does culture, education and professional preparation affect rural nursing retention and recruitment?
  • Noon Break
  • 12:15 p.m. Shelley Legin - How can social finance (SIBs) be used to mobilize capital to close the socio-economic gap?
  • 12:30 p.m. Peter Rasquinha - Framework for aligning information technology (IT) structure to project activities
  • 12:45 p.m. Tasha Brooks - Why, despite increasing entrepreneurial support services available to Indigenous entrepreneurs in Canada, do disproportionately fewer Indigenous people engage in entrepreneurship?

Join DBA student presentations on Friday February 28, 2020 from 9:00am – 1:00pm in the LIC Centre for Dialogue. The event is open to the public. 

For more information please contact DBA Program Head, Dr. M. Hassan Wafai or DBA Program Coordinator, Kim Poduch.