Doctoral study program carried out in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University

We recently launched a doctoral studies program in business administration that is carried out in collaboration with the Sheffield Hallam University, one of the most promising modern universities in the UK.

Borna Jalšenjak is a senior lecturer in Business Ethics and Leadership at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM) and is part of the team that leads the doctoral study program. He has been invited to teach at St. Ambrose University – College of Business (USA) in the Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) program and graduated from the IESE Business School in Spain.

He has held numerous seminars in the filed of leadership and business ethics for various companies in Croatia and abroad. We talked to him about the status of higher education in Croatia, the new doctoral study program and the Eduniversal convention.

How do you assess the situation of the Croatian higher education system and can it position itself on the international scene?

On the international educational scene, business schools are faced with growing challenges and growing competition. This also applies to all schools in Croatia. The schools must devote themselves to the quality of the study programs and lecturers in order compete on a bigger scale.

To prove its quality, ZSEM has dedicated itself to fulfill the standards of the prestigious AACSB Accreditation (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and thus joined 5% of the best business schools in the world. AACSB is the oldest international organization that is devoted to improving the quality of business education. For a useful comparison, it should be noted that universities such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford are also AACSB-accredited schools.

I would also like to mention that besides having earned the AACSB accreditation, ZSEM has been positioned as the “Best Business School in Croatia” for 10 years now, according to Eduniversal. At the Eduniversal World Convention 2017, ZSEM was declared the third best business school in Eastern Europe. In October, ZSEM will be hosting this year’s Eduniversal World Convention in Dubrovnik.

How would you position ZSEM? What programs do you offer and who are your students?

Since its foundation, the Zagreb School of Economics and Management has developed international education for its students through programs that are conducted in English. We offer three undergraduate study programs, two of which are held in English – Economics and Management studies and Business mathematics and Economics studies. The program Business Law and Economics is only held in Croatian. ZSEM also offers numerous MBA programs.

We are particularly delighted to have students with work experience enroll in our programs who want to be able to compete on the labor market. We see that there is a growing recognition of the importance of lifelong learning.

Recently, ZSEM launched a Doctoral Program in Business Administration, which is carried out in cooperation with Sheffield Hallam University. How did this cooperation come about and how is the study program structured?

That’s right – this year, the first generation of students enrolled in the doctoral program. For a long time, ZSEM had been wanting to offer something to those interested in continuing their studies in the field of business administration at the highest level of education.

Therefore, we are very proud to have the opportunity to carry out a doctoral program with the Doctoral School of Business Administration (DBA) from the Sheffield Hallam University. This university is ranked among the most promising modern universities in the UK with a large research budget and international exchange experience.

The study program allows participants to adjust and balance their business careers and studying. It lasts four years and includes lectures and independent research under the guidance of a mentor. Lectures are being held in the United Kingdom and in Croatia. Professors and mentors are scientists and experts with international experience from ZSEM and the Sheffield Hallam University. Each program participant is assigned a mentor who leads them through the study program.

Who is this doctoral program intended for?

The program is intended for those who are looking to improve and enrich their academic and practical knowledge. Upon completion of the doctoral program, the participants are awarded the title of Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) of Sheffield Hallam University, which is equivalent to the highest doctoral level of formal education. This opens opportunities for career advancement both in the academic world, as well as other various positions where knowledge and specialization are required.

Interviewee: Borna Jalšenjak, PhD

Journalist: Borivoje Dokler