Message from the Academic Director

We are proud to launch this prestigious program with the vision to develop senior executives who share HKUST’s aspirations of research excellence and those who wish to have an impact on business and society through practice-driven research.

Senior executives are constantly challenged to excel in a diverse and complex world that is full of unprecedented volatility and uncertainty. In addition to their rich business experience, they strive for deep knowledge and innovative insights which empower them to lead and realize opportunities ahead.

Our DBA Program offers senior executives a rigorous academic journey with great exposure to the latest business research trends across disciplines and a series of dynamic residential programs to facilitate their thesis research and networking. Our learning environment is diverse, open and supportive where ideas are encouraged, debated, tested and developed into profound insights that influence decision making and enhance organizational effectiveness.

HKUST is an internationally renowned institution recognized for its academic and research excellence. The HKUST Business School has also achieved prominent standing globally in business education in an impressively short period of time. Our world class faculty is among the most international in the region, with outstanding scholars who have strong research track records, and extensive experience in teaching and thesis supervision. They are dedicated to share their insights and perspectives that will inspire senior executives to pursue quality and distinctive research.

Our program seeks to admit a highly selective group of senior executives who are motivated to learn and share their experience, and are committed to go through this professional doctoral training with our faculty and their peers. I am confident that this challenging DBA journey will be a rewarding experience.

Prof Shaohui Zheng
Program Academic Director
Head and Chair Professor, Department of ISOM
HKUST Business School
Prof Shaohui Zheng