November is residential week time in the DBA program and recently we welcomed our new DBA (5th cohort) candidates, who took off for their next adventure boosting professional life with academia.

DBA (5th cohort)

The group is truly multifaceted and represents an interesting cultural mix that enriches discussions and interactions. Nationalities range from Germany and France to the USA, Russia, Kuwait, Morocco and Pakistan. This variety is covered in their research topics too including an thought-provoking repertoire: Some of our candidates focus on different aspects of luxury branding and experiences like the preservation of luxury handicraft businesses or consistent experiences in luxury stores. Others see their contribution outside the luxury world and devote their research interest to improving innovation in African start-ups or to building a non-profit education model in developing countries. Finally, some candidates aim to understand how innovations can be launched in conservative markets or how managers can improve the effectiveness of strategy implementation in multi-national companies.

In this first residential week, our DBA (5th cohort) candidates start building the foundation of their research with courses like philosophy of science, developing interesting research questions, critically searching and selecting current academic literature, and presenting first ideas of their project. Besides mental trips to academic thinking, there was time to socialize and enjoy the “student’s life” at the one or other restaurant and bar in Monaco. The journey continues with online courses in qualitative and quantitative research, until our new candidates will be back in Monaco for their second residential week in June 2019. By then, keep your intellectual curiosity and motivation. All of you are well on the track!

Written by Maria Kreuzer, Affiliate Professor & DBA Executive Director 

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