Designed to enhance professional practice through conducting original piece of research that generates new, actionable knowledge within the context of practice.

A predominantly professionally-oriented education that addresses today's sustainability challenges!

Designed to enhance professional practice through conducting original piece of research that generates new, actionable knowledge within the context of practice.

The Main Focus of Research is on the innovative integration of business knowledge with sustainable development issues. Specifically, economic growth, environmental management and social fairness are integral parts of all DBA projects.

The theoretical philosophy of this DBA program hinges upon a holistic approach to problem-solving and stresses the development of leadership skills in times of changing organizational settings due to crisis and scarcity of resources.

It places emphasis on the application of sound theory and rigorous research into real and complex issues in business and management. The students are expected to undertake an independent and systematic investigation selecting the appropriate methodology of research, methods and techniques. The aim is to address topics relevant to organizations and management, particularly with an emphasis on sustainability.

Dr. Elisa Matola, DBA in Sustainability Management, 2017

  • Photocopy of a valid passport or ID

  •  Official certified transcripts and diplomas of Master’s studies, with certified translation (if not originally in English)

  • CV/Resume indicating both complete education and any work experience in reverse chronological order.

  • Essay of 3’000 words stating your research interests, chosen research topic and motivations, theoretical framework as well as expected outcomes of research results

  • If you are not a native English speaker or you have not spent the last 3 years in an English-taught school or in an English taught environment: IELTS/TOEFL test result

Tuition fees for our DBA do not vary regarding the selected methodology (online or on-campus).
Fees and related-costs are as follows:
First Year CHF 16,000
Second Year CHF 13,000
Third Year CHF 11,000

Please, note that the non-refundable application fee (CHF 150) is not included in these fees. Upon acceptance, candidates must submit a confirmation deposit (deducted from the tuition fees) in order to secure their seat for their program as per our student agreement.

Kindly note that scholarships or financial aid are not offered for our DBA programs.

Academic Year 1

Module 1

  • Systems Thinking & Change Management
  • Sustainable Innovation and Turning Sustainable Development (SD) into a Competitive Advantage
  • Embedding Sustainability Research for the DBA
  • Task – Self-reflective Report on Applicability of Leadership Skills on Own Work Experience

Module 2

  • Responsible Management Practises & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Philosophy of Science: Philosophical Bases of the Doctoral Thesis
  • Practical Research Tools
  • Task – Doctoral Thesis Proposal: Title, Topic, Research Questions, Hypothesis & Expected Research Results & Literature Review (minimum of 6000 words)

Interactive Workshops on Videoconference – Mandatory Attendance. 
It is required that DBA Candidates present their Work in Progress at least once a year during the milestone meetings.

Academic Year 2

Module 3

  • Financial Evaluation of Projects
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Task – Submission of Work-in-Progress- Theoretical & Methodological Framework of Own Research, Research Work Plan

Module 4

  • Preparing Methodological Tools
  • Methods of Data Collection
  • Data Elaboration and Interpretation
  • Task – Submission of Description and Analysis of Own Collected Data & Literature Review

Interactive Workshops on Videoconference – Mandatory Attendance. PASS
It is required that DBA Candidates present their Work in Progress at least once a year during the milestone meetings.

Academic Year 3

Module 5

  • Revision of Literature Review. Drawing Conclusions and Action Plan for Further Applications
  • Task – Drafting Doctoral Thesis

Module 6

  • Task – Public Defense: Viva Voce Oral Examination

DBA Academic Committee

Dr. Ivana Modena is the founder and President of Sustainability Management School (SUMAS), the first Business School in the world to launch the BBA and MBA in Sustainability Management. Dr. Modena, leveraging over twenty years of academic teaching and research experience, led SUMAS to achieve reputable international recognition.

Ivana Modena, Ph.D.

Dr. David Neto has been teaching at SUMAS since 2018. He is one of the Coordinators and an important member of the Academic Committee for the Doctoral Program. He was previously a consultant as a Senior Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

David Neto, Ph.D.

Testimonial

“Mr. Mpenyou is investigating the best sustainable strategies needed for small scale artisanal mining in Zimbabwe”

Edward MpenyouDBA in Sustainability Management

“Sneha is investigating the impact of industrial production on climate change and how industrial distribution is contributing to climate change.”

Sneha ChauhanDBA in Sustainability Management

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