Athabasca University to launch Canada's first online Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

    ST. ALBERT, AB, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - Athabasca University's Centre for
Innovative Management will soon launch Canada's first online Doctorate in
Business Administration (DBA) after receiving approval from Alberta's Ministry
of Advanced Education and Technology. As Minister Doug Horner announced
recently, "We know there is huge demand for more advanced degrees in business,
and Athabasca University's Doctorate in Business Administration will help to
address this need by developing highly knowledgeable business leaders who can
drive innovation and contribute to Alberta's and Canada's competitive position
in the global economy." Dr. Frits Pannekoek, President of Athabasca University
(AU), highlighted the importance of the Government of Alberta's approval of
AU's second doctoral degree, "Athabasca University is proud to be at the
forefront of educational programming that so directly contributes to Canada's
competitiveness in the knowledge economy. The new online DBA is another first
for Alberta, Canada and for AU, and highlights Athabasca University's
leadership role in developing programs that work for our students and our
country. The DBA builds on AU's highly successful online MBA program, and will
greatly increase our research capacity in key management areas."
    The online Doctorate in Business Administration targets experienced
managers who want to continue to work full-time, while earning a doctoral
degree that will help them advance their careers or move into an academic
setting. The program is designed to:

    -   increase knowledge of global business and management processes and
    -   provide a strong foundation for conducting rigorous research with
        practical application
    -   develop leaders with the ability to apply critical thinking and
        advanced research skills to complex management issues and challenges,
    -   contribute to the innovation and productivity of organizations world-
        wide through applied research that directly informs management

    "We are very excited about the launch of the new Doctorate in Business
Administration," says Dr. Alex Kondra, Executive Director of the Centre for
Innovative Management. "This has been in the development stages for several
years, and we know that there is tremendous pent-up demand for this program
which really bridges the gap between the world of business and the world of
academia. The applied focus of the DBA will enable students to conduct
empirical research that will have great relevance to their own organization,
as well as immediate, real world application."
    Applications to the DBA program will be accepted beginning on October 1,
2008 with the first intake of students in April, 2009. More information about
the program is available at

For further information:

For further information: Media inquiries: Marilyn Wangler, Director of
Marketing and Communications, Ph: (780) 418-7553 or Cell: (780) 965-0457,

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