The DBA Experience

How do some of our participants experience the DBA programme?

After all these years of practical experience, I can almost smell certain patterns.

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Luc Wynant
Partner, Van Olmen & Wynant


A job is often a shootout. This course has enabled me to take a step back.

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Benjamin De Brabander
Director, KPMG Belgium


I kept coming up against the same issues. I simply had to figure them out.

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Sandrine Le Thomas
Sr. Director Global Digital Marketing, Abbott

How do some of our faculty experience the DBA programme?


One of the most exciting courses I ever taught at Vlerick Business School. The ingredients are simple: motivated participants, a good book, a board, and active participation. For two days we did a deep dive into the quantitative pillars of decision making, focusing on the “why” and the “how”. A highly appreciated course that equipped DBA participants with the analytical tools they need for their research.

David Veredas


Teaching in the DBA programme to me feels like a trip down memory lane: reflecting on everything you wish you had known when first starting out on the PhD journey. It is a great experience getting to share those lessons learned with our DBA participants!

Veroniek Collewaert


In the DBA programme, we combine business expertise AND rigorous research. As a professor this is a dream coming true, being pushed forward by highly dedicated and enthusiastic executives who want to dig into the world of academic research. I truly enjoy this!

Barbara Briers


For me, it has been very energizing to observe the transformational impact that the DBA programme has on people. It’s as much about learning new skills (critical thinking, analytical skills, etc) as it is about developing a whole new professional and academic mindset and identity, where the questions you ask become as important as the solutions you come up with.

Katleen De Stobbeleir

The challenges that participants face


That enforced slow pace is perhaps frustrating, but it’s also the good thing about the dba programme.

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Eva Cools
DBA Manager

Brecht Cardoen


We create that lasting impact mainly by changing and broadening their mindset to become a scholar for life. It’s a different way of looking at problems, a habit or mindset you never forget.

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Brecht Cardoen
DBA Academic Director


In a nutshell, the first part of the journey is learning to ‘start to walk’ in order to gradually grow into this completely new world.

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Eva Cools
DBA Manager

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