A Niche Professional Doctorate: An Effective and Timely Program for Career-Focused Managers

  • Chad PerryEmail author
  • Angele Cavaye
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Professional doctorate degrees are becoming more common. This chapter contributes to the literature about those degrees by exploring how a niche version of the degree could follow the new Australian Qualifications Framework. More particularly, the aim of this chapter is to identify the features of a fourth version professional doctorate degree for career-focussed managers and professionals who want to complete an effective and efficient degree and then concentrate on further progression in their nonacademic career. It is an “effective” degree because it meets the needs of candidates and examiners. It is an “efficient” degree because it is completed in a timely way – with little wasted time. The candidates will have an MBA and usually be early- or mid-career practitioners who very rarely do academic research after they graduate. The chapter covers core aspects of their professional doctoral program: accreditation, the paradigm underlying the research, the case research methodology, thesis structure, style of the thesis, and supervision, examination, and publication. The chapter has management implications for university business school managers and other higher education providers in Australia and overseas.


Doctorates Professional doctorates Australian Qualifications Framework Case research Thesis structure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Management and EnterpriseUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia
  2. 2.Australian Institute of BusinessAdelaideAustralia

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