Online Executive DBA

Business School Netherlands

Program Description

Online Executive DBA

Business School Netherlands

Online Executive DBA

Are you seeking to deepen and leverage your overall business knowledge and understanding of high-level research and new decision-making skills to successfully meet the complex challenges of the digital age? Perhaps you want to pursue this as a means of building your capabilities for digital entrepreneurship, transforming higher education energy or health industries, leadership in a public organisation, internal promotion as C-Suite Executive, or to enhance your expertise for a career in consulting. The professional executive doctorate in management is an emerging trend in business, and BSN is focused on giving you a leading edge on a global scale.

Business School Netherlands (BSN) has a globally successful tradition offering Action Learning MBA and DBA programmes in many countries, including China. The Online Executive DBA is a professional degree which exposes senior-level business professionals to innovative business technology and societal developments and concepts, such as Big Data, and their applications. The programme will develop your critical thinking, creativity, and applied research skills and enable you to integrate cutting-edge business theory and management practice. The focus of the Online Executive DBA degree is on providing a sound theoretical grounding and understanding of relevant research methodology to develop new solutions and create new value in the practice of business in the digital age. The programme is innovation orientated and emphasises the understanding, use and creative adaption of the most recent management thinking.

Become part of an exciting personal development journey, enhancing your C-Suite executive leadership capabilities. An investment in BSN’s leading-edge learning and application Online Executive DBA programme will provide invaluable personal returns. The Online Executive DBA programme targets a select group of senior executives who hold an MBA or equivalent master’s degree level qualification, coupled with extensive senior level business experience. The programme has an ‘in-practice’ nature,i.e. candidates participate in Action Research, critical reflection and developing validated new solutions, without having to give up or neglect their positions to pursue full-time study.


The Online Executive DBA programme is currently in candidacy accreditation status with the American Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Structure and Content

The Online Executive DBA is Action Research focused and knowledge creation orientated rather than a taught qualification. The online modules and optional inspirational workshops by professors from leading business schools are delivered in a number of phases (see the enclosed programme outline). Since the programme is designed for busy executives, candidates can enrol at any time and will embark on guided self-study and orientation. Once Phase One is completed candidates will be able to explore and identify their business-driven research topic, in co-operation with a designated dissertation supervisor.

The first two phases of the programme focus on providing the candidates with the capabilities and skills required to undertake a comprehensive research project using Acton Research approaches, combined with critical thinking, reflection and solutions-testing. During the conferences, the participants are exposed to cutting-edge minds in business leadership and management. The focus is on key emerging, current thinking and trends in management in the digital age, impacting on the strategic development, sustainability and competitiveness of organisations and industries in the future. Using newly acquired insights and combining it with their research skills, candidates are then required to identify a complex leadership/management issue in their working or new-value-creating environment.

This will lead to the development and submission of a detailed research proposal to be formally approved before candidates may embark on their main research dissertation. This proposal must be submitted within Phase Two, with the guidance of a designated supervisor appointed by BSN.

Internet-based with optional half yearly conferences

The attendance of the three conferences is recommended, but optional since all conference topics will also be covered by guidance and feedback sessions online.

Leading insight-guidance on the digital economy

Professionals from the world’s leading universities and business schools, combined with leading-edge C-Suite executives of global organisations, will present the latest views and trends on the digital economy, as well as research supporting lectures on the half-yearly conferences.

Examples of conference modules are:

  • Leadership Minds in the Digital Age
  • Reframing ‘Management’ for the Digital Age
  • Business, Industry and Ecosystem Trends, Impacts and their Leadership Requirements
  • The Changing Nature of Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age: Opportunities and Processes
  • Strategic Leadership in the Digital Age
  • The New Marketing in the Digital Age
  • From CIO to CDO to CSO in the Digital Age
  • From HRM to Singularity Management
  • C-Suite Executives: Silos, Teams and Connectivities
  • Leveraging Platforms, Communities and APIs: Innovating or Extending Operating Systems

Academic Director

The Academic Director of the Online Executive DBA programme is an internationally acknowledged academician and business professional. He is working with (among other) Harvard Business School colleagues as well as leading European and Asian universities in strategic leadership in the digital economy. He has extensive business executive experience in global firms.

Programme commences 17 October 2016

The first conference will be held towards the end of the year on a mutually convenient date. This will depend on the availability of key speakers and relevant logistical arrangements. Travel and accommodation costs are not included as part of the programme fees.

Duration of the Programme

The average time for completion of the programme is 40 months.

Admission Requirements

For admission to this programme, applicants will be required to:

  • Hold an MBA, or a masters qualification in a relevant area, and have at least five years’ experience
  • be in a professional capacity with significant responsibility or
  • be in a senior management role or
  • be the managing director/chief executive officer of a small and medium-sized enterprise, C-Suite executive or
  • be in an equivalent position;
  • be pursuing, or have pursued, a significant career in professional or business areas that fall within the research interests of Business School Netherlands, and
  • display evidence of the potential to do doctoral level work, and
  • have written and verbal fluency in English.

Should the applicant’s mother tongue not be English, TOEFL or IELTS examinations are required. The minimum score for TOEFL is 580 (paper); 237 (computer) and 91 (internet) or a 6.5 IELTS score.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 11, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
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Oct. 2018
40 months
Part time
18,500 EUR
Partial scholarships available
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Enrolments extended to 17 November 2016
Netherlands - Buren, Gelderland
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