Details for Business Science Institute
Type of Organization
Distributed network organization
Type of Education
Sign Up Date to PRME
26 Jun 2018
Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission
Letter of Commitment (2018)
Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
MISSION: We make it possible for a diverse range of experienced managers from across the globe to access a doctoral degree programme taught and supervised by world-class faculty for lasting personal and professional impact.
The Business Science Institute is global by nature, which underpins our work on corporate responsibility and sustainability. We employ 9 support staff based in 5 different countries, collaborate with a network of 119 professors based in 13 countries teaching and supervising 118 students enrolled from 24 countries. The Executive DBA programme is taught at the following locations on 4 continents: Dakar, Douala, Luxembourg, Oman/Dubai, Tunis, Geneva, Paris, and North America. Given the geographical distribution of our students, staff and faculty members, we organize an Annual International Week in our headquarters at the Château de Wiltz in Luxembourg, which fosters networking across the learning community.
As well as alignment with the Bologna qualifications framework and the effective use of Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs), our processes promote student-centred learning by responding to their diverse backgrounds (countries, cultures, companies) and the challenge of personal development at executive level. In particular, the individualized supervision and support that is central to our learning model opens up the DBA to students from backgrounds who may not otherwise have had access to this level of studies.
Finally, tuition fees are deliberately affordable compared to our main competitors, with policy is to make the programme available to a diverse profile of participants in terms of international widening participation and life-long learning. Indeed, we have a strategic partnership with the Centre Africain d’Etudes Supérieures en Gestion (CESAG), the executive education leader in West Africa, based in Senegal, and we have plans to develop teaching sites in new locations, which will further our collaboration with new developing nations.
RESPONSIBILITY & SUSTAINABILITY (Teaching & Learning)
- Faculty code of conduct: all professors have made a commitment to adhere to our academic rules and regulations, code of conduct, and values, in particular issues related to plagiarism. An anti-plagiarism director reports directly to the academic board.
- Student code of conduct: as above for faculty.
- Learning outcomes (ILOs): by design, an Executive DBA programme develops participants’ evidence-based enquiry skills and critical appraisal skills in order to challenge mainstream concepts, thinking and approaches (ILO B3). Many of the ‘wicked’ problems encountered in professional practice today are ethical in nature, and our graduates should be able to provide authoritative solutions when faced with these (ILO C3). Finally, throughout the programme our participants are encouraged to develop ‘good practice’ in research (ILO A2) and their attention is constantly drawn to the risks of plagiarism.
- The Business Science Institute is a paper-free organization.
Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
RESPONSIBILITY & SUSTAINABILITY (Academic Research & Knowledge Development)
In view of the ‘Executive’ nature of the DBA degree programme, corporate connections and practitioner input are essentially provided by the participants themselves. Our DBA cohorts are experienced senior managers, who are encouraged to choose a research question that is grounded in the practice of their organizations.
By definition, the international (often from developing countries) and executive profile of our students means that the research questions they choose are often linked to the themes of Global Responsibility as defined by the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (http://grli.org/). By way of example, 16 of the 17 viva voce public examinations that took place at the 2017 Annual International Week in Luxembourg had links with these themes, as follows: ethics (3), governance (1), strategy (4), public policy (1), CSR (0), human rights (1), employee/community engagement (0), transparency (2), environmental impact (0), HRM and development (1), innovation and creativity (0), social marketing (0), management education (2), cross-cultural management (0), organizational change (1).
Given the relevance of ERS to our students, the Academic Board is careful to have access to a pool of faculty able to meet the requirements of our doctoral students in terms of thesis supervision, awareness of the importance of combatting / avoiding plagiarism and any teaching that touches in particular on ethics in terms of carrying out research.
Among our faculty fellows, Michelle Bergadaà is internationally renowned for her work on anti-plagiarism and is the President or active member of several Research Integrity Commissions throughout Europe (cf. http://ovsm.unige.ch/qui-sommes-nous/cv-bergadaa/index.html). Marielle Payaud specializes in work on Corporate Social Responsibility and in particular “Bottom of the Pyramid” (cf. https://www.bopmap.net/). And finally, Caroline Mothe has published widely in the field of CSR in internationally peer-reviewed journals. She is also Director of the Institute of Management and Economic Research (https://www.irege.univ-smb.fr/) at the University of Savoie-France, which specializes in “Environmental Choices & Innovations”. At the Business Science Institute, Professor Jean Desmazes serves as Director of anti-plagiarism and reports directly to the Academic Board on these matters. At the same time, we are a customer of Ephorus plagiarism prevention (http://www.ephorus.com/) and received an anti-plagiarism certificate in October 2016 from SGS . At the first Doctoral study seminar, students are also given a presentation about our values linked to diversity and sustainable development.