New Doctorate of Management programme to help senior managers develop

Executive learners in a seminar

16 February 2016

A new part-time alternative to a PhD, aimed at research-orientated practitioners in the field of management, has been launched by Lancaster University Management School.

The Doctorate of Management is aimed at senior managers, typically with ten or more years’ experience, and will enable them to develop a more sophisticated understanding of their own practice and their own organisation.

Unlike a conventional PhD, the Doctorate of Management aims to create research which contributes both to the academic discipline and to practice. Academics are expert research practitioners, while Doctorate of Management participants are expert organisational practitioners. These two groups will bring their different expertise to bear on relevant and important organisational issues to co-produce research. The research relationship is typically seen as a long-term investment for both communities.

Programme Director Professor Lucas Introna says: “This is an innovative programme that brings together the best academic researchers with the best organisational practitioners to co-produce research that is both academically rigorous but also highly relevant. We expect it to become an exemplary example of collaborative research that bridges the gap between theory and practice, in innovative ways.”

Participants will already have completed a Masters degree, particularly the International Masters Program for Managers which, like the new programme, uses learning through reflective practice.

Students on the Doctorate will attend three five-day residential sessions a year, as well as having fortnightly tutorials with their supervisor. At the end of the five-year programme, they will submit a thesis.

The first cohort will begin in January 2017.

For more information, visit the Doctor of Management pages on our website.