Program Overview

  • The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program is the result of a cooperation between the University of Balamand, Lebanon and Université Jean Moulin-Lyon3, France. In simple terms, the DBA is an applied Ph.D.. This program is a cornerstone of our commitment to become the Center of Excellence for Executive Education in Lebanon and the Middle East Region.​

  • The DBA is awarded simultaneously by the University of Balamand and Université Jean Moulin-Lyon 3 and following the defense of a dissertation presenting original research and findings. A thesis supervisor from each institution is designated to monitor the student's research. Supervisors are guides and mentors. They walk the student to successful and timely completion of the thesis​.
  • The program aims to enhance the managerial skills of professionals and equip them with advanced tools so that they offer tangible solutions. Most notably, the program will allow professionals to execute a new Change Management tool based on the Socio Economic Approach to Management (SEAM). DBA graduates will also be equipped to handle consulting opportunities and possibly pursue an academic career.
  • Action-Based Research
    • SEAM is an intervention process founded on an original theory of action-based research. It was created to bridge the gap between the academic sphere and the needs of the businesses. It aims to transform enterprises and allow them to survive and prosper in a new competitive world of business.

    • SEAM tools will be delivered to the DBA participants at the IAE Lyon. Equipped with SEAM, a DBA graduate will be able to intervene in a company as an executive or a consultant, exec​ute a diagnosis, exercise managerial reengineering, and establish a systemic management process.

  • Academic component
    • Although the DBA is not necessarily the natural path for a doctorate student to pursue an academic career, this program is designed to have modules in research methods, in organizational design and in strategy; workshops in cross cultural management and publishing techniques , and systematic research tools which would allow DBA graduates to pursue research and teaching careers. The program requires the application of theoretical tools, developed in the academic literature, to a set of businesses. This empirical research yields publications in applied peer-reviewed journals.

    • Therefore, participants will master both qualitative and quantitative research techniques. They will attend and participate in an academic component at the University of Balamand where they are exposed to social science research methods including psychological & sociological foundations of research in management, epistemology of management research, methodology, etc.
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​