DBA-PhD School


Maastricht School of Management (MSM) is one of the oldest Business Schools in the Netherlands, and the first that launched a DBA Program. MSM also supports qualified participants the possibility of pursuing the degree of PhD. To this end, MSM makes available its academic network to help students find a promotor at a recognized Dutch university who is willing to supervise the participant until a PhD dissertation is successfully defended. Both the DBA and the PhD program fall under MSM’s Doctoral Programs.

Through the development of research competencies, analytical skills, independent and creative thinking and problem-solving within ethical parameters, our doctoral programs aim to equip candidates with a life-long advantage in consulting, management practice or in the academic field. Currently, with more than 200 doctoral participants from 34 countries in the world, the MSM DBA program is the largest DBA Program in Europe, with ample possibilities for cross-cultural networking and knowledge exchange.

PriyankaJayashankar“The DBA was intellectually challenging and I got to work with diverse research tools. The program helped me put in perspective the bottom of the pyramid market as well as sustainability-related issues. ”
Priyanka Jayashankar, MSM DBA alumnus and Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Business & Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University

Vanessa Borg“MSM has been instrumental for my career … Pragmatic content complemented by thorough research have provided me with organizational solutions”
Vanessa Borg, MSM Alumna and Executive Director of Consultancy & Training Acumen Centre Ltd, winner of the Bronze Stevie® Award of Company of the Year 2012


Examples of recent (co-authored) publications by our doctoral participants.

  • de Waal, A. & Chipeta, K. (2015). Influence of culture on priority-setting of high performance activities, Journal of Strategy and Management, 8(1), 64–86.
  • Jayashankara, P., Ashtab, A. & Rasmussenc, M. (2015). Slow money in an age of fiduciary capitalism, Ecological Economics, 116, 322–329.
  • Kamau, P., Inanga, E.L. & Rwegasira, K. (2015). The use of currency derivatives in multilateral banks, Management Research Review, 38(5), 482–504.
  • Mulimbika, T., de Waal, A. & Goedegebuure, R. (2015). Reforms in public sector management: A relevant issue for the citizens of Zambia? African Journal of Management Research, 23(1), 2–23.
  • Wang‹ombe, J.G. & Van Dijk, M.P. (2015). Sharing gains of the potato in Kenya: A case of thin governance, International Journal of Agricultural Marketing, 2(2), 34–45.

DBA Team

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From left to right:

  • Ms. Nora Stel
    Nora Stel works as an Assistant Professor in Governance and Human Rights. She is an expert in qualitative research methodology.
  • Ms. Iris Weijenberg
    Iris Weijenberg is the Doctoral Admissions Officer. She teaches Literature Search and is also Manager of the MSM Information Center.
  • Mr. Rocco Mühlenberg
    Rocco Mühlenberg is the Senior Officer Research and coordinates the MSM doctoral program on a daily basis, in particular assigning supervisors/reviewers, coordinating student/supervisor issues and monitoring students’ progress.
  • Ms. Jakomijn van Wijk
    Jakomijn van Wijk is Head of RMS and Supervisory Training. She is also an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Business.
  • Prof. Wim Naudé
    Prof. Naudé is Dean of Maastricht School of Management. He also holds the special Chair in Business and Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets at the Maastricht University School of Economics and Business, in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Prof. Naudé is also the Associate Dean Research and the Executive Director of the MEUSE-Institute. He is also a Professor of Development Economics and Entrepreneurship.
  • Ms. Suzanne Cartigny
    Suzanne Cartigny works at MSM as a Research Officer and is the program coordinator for the RMS training program and coordinates the MSM doctoral program. She is the point of contact for our DBA partner institutes and new doctoral participants.
  • Mr. Jeroen van Wijk
  • Ms.  Terry Kakeeto-Aelen
    Terry Kakeeto is a member of the Research Board. She is also an Assistant Professor in Marketing.

Not in the picture
Ms. Pascale Hardy,
Ms. Pascale Hardy is the Director of the DBA School and Online Education.

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