Executive DBA Council

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Executive DBA Council
Executive DBA Council Logo.png
Type Volunteer
Legal status Non-profit
Purpose Promote executive doctoral programs
Region served
Emma Parry, Cranfield University
Main organ
Executive Board
Website http://www.executivedba.org/

The Executive DBA Council (EDBAC) is a global volunteer organization that focuses on executive doctoral programs and their issues. The group's posted mission is "...to provide outstanding networking and educational opportunities for professionals who serve and participate in executive doctoral degree programs." The group states on its website that it is the only global organization of its kind.[1]


The EDBAC was founded in 2011 to promote the DBA degree as a business or executive qualification, rather than an academic qualification, such as a PhD. The group held its first meeting at Case Western Reserve University in June 2011.[2]

DBA versus PhD[edit]

The DBA and PhD both focus on developing an individual's research skills, but the PhD is designed to prepare individuals for academic careers.[3] The DBA is intended to prepare students for a research career in business. An executive qualification such as a DBA is also called a practitioner degree.[2]


The EDBAC offers membership to accredited, not-for-profit public or private institutions of higher learning that offer a doctoral program for executives or are considering doing so.[4] As of January 2016, there were 48 member schools, including University of Maryland University College,Benedictine University, Case Western Reserve University, City University of Hong Kong, Copenhagen Business School, Cranfield University, ESC Rennes School of Business, Georgia State University, Manchester University, Oklahoma State University, Paris Dauphine University, Rollins College, Temple University, University of Florida and University of Reading.[5]

Organization structure[edit]

The EDBAC has a board consisting of a chairperson and ten other members, of which two are program alumni.[6] Emma Parry of Cranfield University, is the current chairperson.


The Executive DBA Council sponsors and organizes an Annual Engaged Management Scholarship (EMS) Conference where current students and alumni of member programs present peer-reviewed research.[7] The sixth annual conference was held in Paris, France in September 2016.[8] The 2017 conference was scheduled for Tampa, Florida in September 2017 but was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.[9] The 2018 conference is scheduled to take place at Temple University September 6-9 2018.


  1. ^ "The Executive DBA Council". ExecutiveDBA.org. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Push to have DBA recognised as practitioner degree". FT.com. 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  3. ^ "Debunking the Doctor of Business Administration". CEO Magazine. 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Application for membership". ExecutiveDBA.org. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  5. ^ "Members". ExecutiveDBA.org. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  6. ^ "Executive Board". ExecutiveDBA.org. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  8. ^ "Past & Upcoming Conferences". dauphie.fr. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  9. ^ "Past & Upcoming Conferences". executivedba.org. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 

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