Innovation and Sustainable Business Management in Digital Society

Doctoral Programme

Innovation and Sustainable Business Management in Digital Society

With its knowledge triangle, the doctoral programme offered by DOBA Business School compares to the best programmes in Europe. The programme is distinguished by its unique mode of implementation, as it is implemented fully online and is as such the only online doctoral programme in Southeast Europe. DOBA Business School holds two international accreditations for the implementation of online learning.

The modern design and modular structure ensure that professional, methodological, and research content intertwines within individual content units while providing the required basis for independent work on the doctoral dissertation. The implementation of the programme enables individualisation and personalisation with the help of professors and researchers from DOBA Business School.

The programme offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the concept of innovation and sustainable business management which can be applied to numerous research challenges from various fields. The programme equips you with the required knowledge for solving even the most complex theoretical and practical problems in the field of innovations and sustainable business management and with the competences needed to effectively transfer new knowledge to companies and organisations with an emphasis on digitalisation of solutions.

Advantages of the doctoral programme at DOBA Business School

Unique content

The doctoral programme offered by DOBA Business School builds on the knowledge triangle, connecting education, science, and innovation. The programme is also distinguished by its unique mode of implementation.

Online learning

Online learning enables complete flexibility, 24/7 accessibility, and constant support by teachers and tutors. Despite the lack of physical contact, online learning is dynamic and interactive.

Modular implementation

The modular structure ensures that professional, methodological, and research content intertwine within individual content units, providing the basis for independent work on the doctoral dissertation.

Shaping your own original contribution

Independent, critical, and reflexive analysis, and assessment of information, phenomena, processes, practices, and trends will allow you to shape your own original contribution to science.
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Dr Marko Divjak,

Academic Manager
Today, modern innovation is present in all creative environments, it is global and usually also transdisciplinary. Such a change to the paradigm of innovation dictates the need to develop new knowledge and provide additional training to employees.

Dr Marko Divjak,

Academic Manager
Today, modern innovation is present in all creative environments, it is global and usually also transdisciplinary. Such a change to the paradigm of innovation dictates the need to develop new knowledge and provide additional training to employees.

The Structure of the Doctoral Programme

1st Year
2nd Year
3rd Year
Compulsory Courses
9
Technological Change, Globalisation, and Society
9
Economy in Sustainable Development
9
Philosophy and Theory of Science
9
Quantitative Research Methods
6
Research Seminar
18
Individual Work: Preparation, Submission and Confirmation of the Doctoral Dissertation Proposal
Compulsory Courses
9
Selected Chapters in Innovation and Co-Creation
9
Selected Chapters in Strategic Leadership and Management
6
Qualitative Research Methods
6
Academic Writing
30
Individual work: Data Collection and Analysis
Compulsory Courses
6
Research Seminar
54
Preparation of the Doctoral Dissertation

Unique implementation of the programme

The doctoral programme will be implemented in accordance with the online learning model developed at DOBA Business School. Study activities will be based on modern pedagogical approaches which facilitate active learning. It will be based on interaction with higher education teachers and to a smaller degree also on interaction with fellow students. Organised study activities will take place in the form of webinars, guided discussions in forums, teamwork, and independent presentations. Emphasis will be placed on in-depth study of literature and on independent individual work as well as on one-on-one consultations with higher education teachers and tutors.

The study process will be greatly individualised. Students’ work in professional and methodological and research courses will focus on in-depth study of content which is relevant to the preparation of the doctoral dissertation. Studies will be based on the student’s independent work, on a problem and research-focused approach, and on substantiated professional discussion with higher education teachers in connection with key challenges, questions, and professional dilemmas.

All course activities will be ICT-supported and take place in the Blackboard virtual learning environment. The Blackboard virtual learning environment supports the study or the educational process. It offers integrated learning, communication, and evaluation tools which enable a clear structuring of content and study activities and simple navigation and support numerous types of interaction.
Who is the programme intended for
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Enrolment

The doctoral programme offered by DOBA Business School is intended for individuals who wish to develop their academic career or be active in research organisations, as well as for individuals wishing to work in research centres/departments within companies or in excellence centres which represent a link between the economy and the academic sphere and which focus on facilitating the concentration of knowledge in priority areas.

The programme is intended for individuals with an affinity for autonomous scientific and research work and for the solving of complex theoretical and practical problems from the field of innovation and sustainable business management and for those who wish to successfully implement new knowledge and solutions and thus contribute to economic development and social progress.

As innovation is not exclusively linked only to entrepreneurship and since especially innovation directed towards the development of new services, new management systems or new organisation processes is increasingly present also in the public sector and non-profit and other organisations, the doctoral programme is appropriate for a wide range of experts. The interdisciplinary view of the concept of innovation and sustainable business management can be applied to numerous research challenges that concern diverse fields and disciplines such as business sciences, economics, marketing, education, social activities, and others.

Admission requirements are met by candidates who have completed

  • A second cycle study programme,
  • A study programme leading to a university degree, which was adopted prior to 11 June 2004,
  • A study programme leading to specialisation provided you have previously completed a higher professional study programme and if you complete additional study obligations worth from 30 to 60 credits,
  • A study programme educating for professions regulated by EU directives or another unified masters study programme comprising 300 credits.

Direct enrolment into the second year – continuation of studies according to the transfer criteria

  • You can enrol in the second year of studies if you have completed a Master of Science or specialisation study programme (adopted prior to 11 June 2004).

Candidates for enrolment in the doctoral study programme who do not have an education in economic sciences or do not provide proof of having fundamental economic knowledge obtained through non-formal education and/or experiential learning have to take bridge exams totalling 12 to 18 credits.

Fluency in English is required for enrolment. Organised forms of studies will take place in English and independent and individual work and the doctoral dissertation in Slovene.

We will be enrolling the first generation of students in the 2019/2020 academic year. The call for enrolment will be published in the beginning of 2019.

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