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Framing the socialization process of the DBA candidate: what can universities offer and what should candidates bring?
Studies in Continuing Education
  • Simon J Pervan, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Deborah Blackman, University of Canberra
  • Terry Sloan, University of Western Sydney
  • Michelle Wallace, Southern Cross University
  • Andrea Vocino, Deakin University
  • Cathy J Byrne, Souhtern Cross University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2016
Peer Reviewed
Peer-Reviewed
Abstract
In Australia, the Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) remains a popular program but considerable anguish persists within the university sector over just what it is offering students. In this article, we use the process of postgraduate socialisation to understand how candidates, supervisors and administrators navigate pathways to successful completion and offering of a DBA program. We identify four modes of knowledge applicable to the DBA and suggest that universities and candidates may draw on one another's cultural capital to determine which mode(s) can be offered. We also illustrate how candidates exercise agency through their cultural and social capital as they move through the program. We present a conceptual framework to help guide future research, and resource allocation on the DBA.
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Citation Information

Pervan, S, Blackman, D, Sloan, T, Wallace, M, Vocino, A & Byrne, C in press, 'Framing the socialization process of the DBA candidate: what can universities offer and what should candidates bring?', Studies in Continuing Education.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0158037X.2015.1120191