What you’ll do and when

Creating rigorous tools to deal with novel challenges requires fluency in advanced techniques for data collection, analysis, interpretation, and visualization. It also demands reflection and grounding in multiple theoretical frameworks.

What you’ll do and when

Creating rigorous tools to deal with novel challenges requires fluency in advanced techniques for data collection, analysis, interpretation, and visualization. It also demands reflection and grounding in multiple theoretical frameworks.

Relevant research, applied directly

As you conduct your research, you'll simultaneously practice advanced research techniques with your peers. You'll be guided throughout by instructors who specialize in research methods and faculty who use these techniques to publish award-winning research. Each student will also have a tutor for additional support in math and writing. The Hult DBA is a 30-month program with a combination of in-person residencies at our campuses around the world and structured online learning that can be completed anywhere. Our unique educational approach takes you beyond business to study every topic through a global lens, master working cross-culturally, leverage disruptive technologies to shape the future, and develop the deep self-awareness needed to lead effectively and with confidence.

Months 1-3

Problem Formation: Through conversations with instructors and systematic review of extant literature, you'll identify relevant, persistent challenges that undermine business performance. During the program, you'll create novel tools to explain, predict, and address these challenges.

Months 4-9

Tutorial on Predictive Analysis: You'll learn traditional methods of data analysis and master statistical software tools to conduct rigorous examinations. No prior experience in statistics is expected. You'll then collect and analyze original data to arrive at novel insights about your business challenge.

Months 10-15

Presentation of Initial Results: You'll present your results in two ways: a publishable paper that will help practicing managers understand and solve the challenge you identified; and a practicum to teach other managers when and how to apply your solution.

Months 16-21

Tutorial on Contemporary Methods: You'll learn about creating and conducting experiments, simulations, psychometric assessments, and meta-analyses. You'll select and apply one of these techniques to collect and analyze original data.

Months 22-24

Presentation of Secondary Results: You'll extend the reach and impact of your work in a second publishable paper and a second practicum on the additional nuances of your solution derived from non-traditional research methods.

Months 25-30

Dissertation and Graduation: With support from your instructors and tutors, you'll assemble and update all of your results into a cohesive paper that you'll present to a panel of academic scholars. Your program culminates in your in-person graduation, in full doctoral regalia, at one of Hult's global campuses.

FACULTY PROFILE


Ted Ladd, PhD American Academic Director of the DBA program Dean of Research Professor of Entrepreneurship

Fulbright Scholar Dr. Ladd has over 20 years’ experience in high-tech, venture capital– backed startups—most recently as the director of a smartwatch company that was sold to Google to form the foundation of its Android Wear operating system. He has taught at Harvard University and Copenhagen Business School. He holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Wharton School of Business, a masters with distinction in International Economics from SAIS at Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelors cum laude in three majors from Cornell University. In 2014, he won Best Paper in Social Entrepreneurship at the Academy of Management annual conference, and in 2016, Most Relevant Paper to US Practitioners at the Small Business and Entrepreneurship annual conference.

Having taught across Hult’s programs over the past decade, I'm thrilled to now be launching this DBA program. In keeping with our laser-focus on relevance, this doctorate is all about advancing your career through identifying real problems and developing real solutions for real businesses. Your research will help managers, just like you, and you’ll be empowering students, peers, and clients with your DBA.”

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