You are here:Home>About JDBA>BackgroundBACKGROUNDThe JDBAThe current expansion in business and industry in Southeast Asian (SEA) countries has resulted in an increasing demand for trained manpower at the management level. In order to sustain the pace of economic growth, more competent managers are needed.
This indeed led to the rapid growth of student population in the field of business administration and hence a considerable stress on the capacity of business schools in the region to respond to such demands. The SEA business schools are therefore required to expand their education at the non-formal, undergraduate and graduate levels. However, it is in the doctoral level where inadequacy is faced by SEA schools and those in Thailand in particular.
Needs have arisen for a “doctoral faculty” to support the training of capable managers who will reinforce the region's economic development. While universities in this region have recognized this necessity, their responses have not been adequate. This is primarily due to resource limitations and lack of initiatives toward cooperation among regional institutes.
With such difficulties, though, there exists a strong rationale for a regional doctoral program in business administration. What remains to be done then is to design an appropriate and applicable doctoral training program with expected end-results as follows: more doctoral graduates, region-specific research, and stronger cooperation among SEA business schools. The development of such a doctoral program will, then, benefit Thailand and the region as a whole.
Being responsible for the academic and business communities in Thailand and SEA, the three leading institutions in Thailand namely Chulalongkorn University, Thammasat University and The National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), have agreed to establish the Joint Doctoral Program in Business Administration (JDBA) with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) through the Association of Deans of South East Asian Graduate Schools of Management (ADSGM) in the early years of the program.
The JDBA curriculum was regularly revised with an awareness of rapid changes in academic environment and economic development. In addition, we would like to emphasize on researches as an approach of studying and to sustain international standards of the program in order to develop academic quality and human resource to serve both public and private sector in our country.