Doctorate in Business Administration

The content of the program

The content of the program will leverage the strengths of Bocconi in terms of quality and variety of offerings. This a preliminary sample of different courses offered in the SDA Bocconi DBA program in terms of sessions taught during the first two years of the program.


  • The Logic of Decision and Discovery
  • Organization Theory: From Practice to Research
  • Managing Exploration and Exploitation
  • Methods for Managerial Decision
  • Defining a Research Topic
  • Writing a Literature Review
  • Developing a Research Proposal
  • Fundamentals of Economics
  • Fundamentals of Corporate Finance

Year 1

  • Management of Innovation
  • Marketing Science
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business Ethics & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Family Business
  • Fundamentals of Public Policy
  • Conducting Qualitative Research
  • Big Data for Business Analytics
  • From Research to Dissemination

Year 2

  • Special thesis related topics (**)

**This year is dedicated to the development and completion of the Thesis.

Year 3

The Program Timeline

8th Edition 2024 - 2027

Learning Model

Didactic Features

  • Small class size (around 25-30 participants) to promote discussion and critical thinking.
  • Large and competitively selected program faculty, leading to an unprecedented faculty-to-participant ratio.
  • Interactive, doctoral level sessions.
  • Intensive group work.


Didactic Tools

  • Face-to-face coaching and tutoring throughout the program.
  • Experiential learning modules.
  • Participants will benefit from the interactive Learning Lab at SDA Bocconi, which is a distance learning environment used for lectures and interactions with thesis supervisor.


Other benefits


"DBA is a unique program because it brings together experienced executives who are interested in research as much as they are interested in practice. The group is very diverse with individuals at different positions, from different countries, but the common thread is the drive and motivation. For many of them, the DBA at SDA Bocconi is not only a means to take their career to the next level and gain recognition, but also a way to think more profoundly about grand challenges that are important to corporations and the society as a whole. There is cross-fertilization in the cohort. They also meet like-minded individuals from different parts of the world, whom they may not meet otherwise.

Dovev Lavie
Full Professor, Management & Technology Dept., Bocconi University

More about DBA


Director, DBA Faculty