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Supplementary information for Shanghai-based Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Applications for the Shanghai based DBA are currently suspended.

The Otago DBA combines the development of research, analytical and critical problem solving skills at doctoral level with exposure to new business theory and interdisciplinary approaches to business in an international environment.

In 2015 the Otago Business School signed an agreement to teach the Doctor of Business Administration degree programme in China through Shanghai Jiao Tong University – Overseas Education College. Students enrol at the University of Otago for the duration of the degree. The teaching is conducted by international experts from both the University of Otago and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Students are required to attend an orientation programme at the beginning of their enrolment on the degree which is held at the University of Otago Business School in Dunedin.

Programme structure

Year 1 - Coursework component

Teaching will be teacher-led through workshops and lectures, but flexible to the needs of the students, who will be professionals with jobs. Lectures may be live-streamed as well as recorded and made available on Blackboard for students to access. Workshops will make use of group discussions and will provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning through formative oral feedback on research proposals, presentations and other assignments.

While the DBA is primarily delivered as a distance programme, students are required to attend residential workshops at Shanghai Jiao Tong University – Overseas Education College during each paper in the coursework component year. Students are required to pass the coursework component year with a minimum grade of B+ in each of the papers and to successfully present a Research Proposal at the Confirmation Seminar in order to be confirmed and proceed to the thesis stage.

The papers for the DBA are (order of delivery may vary):

BDBC 901 Organisational Leadership and Change

The principles of leadership styles and success, how attitudes can impact on individual and organisational performance, corporate cultures, the principles of organisational change, how it is implemented and leading change.

BDBC 902 Organisational Psychology

The principles of organisational psychology, the role of emotional intelligence, the realities of group dynamics and group behaviour, intergroup conflict and cooperation.

BDBC 903 Globalisation and International Trade

An examination of critical issues in the operation of multi-national businesses, including currency hedging, information security, sustainability, tax havens, risk, and changing geo-economic power.

BDBC 904 Contemporary Issues in Finance

An investigation of contemporary issues in micro finance, examining Fin-Tech, behavioural finance, financial regulation, finance and monetary policy and emerging market finance.

BDBC 905 Research Methodology I

The research process from the theories of research epistemologies through generating research ideas and developing a research design.

BDBC 906 Research Methodology II

The practice of undertaking research from selecting a methodology, through primary data collection and using secondary data, including statistics and big-data analysis.

Years 2 and 3 - Thesis component

The thesis is a research based body of scholarly work which integrates real life industry problems with applied business theory. The thesis is structured around a research problem identified by the student that has relevance for their business or industry. It may include a professional business case, reporting improvement or development of a specific business area.

Two thesis supervisors will be assigned to each student during the course of the first year, as the students develop their research proposals. Regular contact between the teaching team, the supervisors, and the candidate will be structured throughout the coursework and research stages to facilitate student progress. At the research stage, similar supervisory procedures to the University’s PhD processes are followed.

Information for applicants

All applicants are required to submit the following information to the DBA Office as part of their application:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. An initial research proposal which outlines the problem that will form the basis of the research thesis.
    The DBA Research Proposal Guidelines (PDF) provide information about what is expected as part of the research proposal.
  3. An up-to-date CV.
  4. The overall and individual course/paper grades (transcripts) you have received for the highest degree you have been awarded/are in the process of completing. You should note that all DBA applicants should normally have completed a graduate level program (either an Honours or a Masters programme).
  5. Certificates of degrees that you have been awarded.
  6. Letters from three referees.

After we have received your application, the DBA Office at SJTU-OEC will contact you with details of a time attend an interview to discuss your research proposal, research background, and reasons for wishing to undertake a DBA at the University of Otago. During this interview you are encouraged to ask any queries you may have about the DBA programme.

A formal offer of a place on the DBA programme is made through the e:Vision on-line system so you will need to ensure that you have an email address for electronic correspondence.


For further information about the DBA please contact the Academic Director or Programme Managers:

DBA Programme Manager: Dr Sarah Carr
Otago Business School
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 479 8573

DBA Programme Manager (SJTU-OEC):
Xu Hongli
DBA Programme Manager (China)
Shanghai Jiao Tong University Overseas Education College
9F, Haoran High-tech Building. Shanghai Jiao Tong University Xuhui Campus
1954, Hua Shan Rd, Shanghai, China
Tel: +86 21 52580837+86 13818129904

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