businessDoctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

Our DBA programme for September 2016 is now full.

As our current intake (2016-20) is now fully subscribed, you may wish to register your interest for our next intake.  You can register your interest at inserting ‘DBA Next Intake’ in the subject line, and including in the main body of the message: your full name, organisation and position, and telephone and email contact details. Our next DBA open evening is November 8th 2017 in our Executive Room D01, Main Cork Road campus.

The DBA is the international post-masters qualification for senior management advancement. This business doctorate develops management expertise through rigorous research design, positioning the DBA graduate for rapid organisation and career progression.

The four year part time programme is innovative in its structure, combining three significant milestones on the doctoral process; advanced research skills workshops, cumulative paper series and the completion of the DBA thesis, all of which centre around addressing an organisational issue of interest.  The programme is designed to facilitate senior manager access, with a 2-3 day block on campus each semester. The WIT DBA utilises a blended learning approach, combining the latest technologies for remote access and communications.

Programme Delivery

The programme has been designed based on an innovative three-stage model:

  • Stage one (year 1 and 2 - workshop series) accounts for one third of the programme output

  • Stage two (year 3 and 4 - cumulative research paper series) covers a further one third of the output

The  DBA thesis submission and defence accounts for the remaining one third.

Each stage incorporates a number of 1-3 day workshops and independent research, maintaining a balance between peer-learning and self-led learning within the programme.

We aim to develop the participant’s ability to undertake independent research at an advanced level and make a significant contribution to knowledge and professional practice through the evaluation of business management structures, contexts and processes.

Through the application of research to business problems and issues, the programme focuses on the skills required to contribute to the enrichment of trans-disciplinary professional practice in management, and to lead organisations facing a complex global business environment. This three-stage programme concentrates on the enhancement of professional practice by:

  • Focusing on professional development

  • Enhancing enterprise leadership & development skills

  • Assimilating knowledge

  • Honing analytical, conceptual & critical thinking skills

  • Developing advanced research skills

Following completion of a series of workshops and the colloquium in Stage 1, students will then research and write up a series of research papers in Stage 2, guided by an academic mentor and a WIT working paper series, before submitting and defending their thesis in Stage 3 of the programme.

Introduction to the WIT DBA

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The WIT DBA dedicated facilities

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Doctorate in Business Administration Publications

Journal Publications (alphabetically ordered):

Doyle, L., Kelliher, F. and Harrington, D. (2015) ‘How multi-levels of individual and team learning interact in a public healthcare organisation: a conceptual framework’, Action Learning: Research and Practice, [Online]. Available at: (Accessed 11 Feb 2016).

Dunne, E. and Kelliher, F. (2013) ‘Learning in action: creating a community of inquiry in a healthcare organisation’, Action Learning: Research and Practice, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 148-157.

Conference Presentations (alphabetically ordered):

Coady, P., Byrne, S. and Casey, J. (2015) ‘Should emotional intelligence be developed in university accounting programs? An investigation of employer and graduate attitudes on the skill set requirements for professional accountants’, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association, 8-12 August, Chicago, US.

Coady, P., Byrne, S. and Casey, J. (2015) ‘Graduate and employer perspectives on the development of emotional intelligence skills in university accounting programs: Is curriculum innovation needed in accounting education?’, Paper presented at the British Accounting & Finance Association (BAFA) Accounting Education Special Interest Group Annual Conference,  6-8 May, Manchester, UK.

O’Sullivan, N. and McCarthy, A. (2014) ‘An exploration of leadership behaviours at head of department level in the institute of technology (IoT) sector In Ireland’, Paper presented at the Annual Irish Academy of Management Conference, 3-5 Sep, University of Limerick, Limerick.
(Note: Best Paper Award)

Queries for applications to our DBA programme should be directed to: 

Professor Denis Harrington

Phone: +353 51 302424 or email:

He will then contact you in due course to let you know the date of our next open evening for the programme together with full details of the application process.