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Rashed Khazal is Senior Pharma & Business Development Manager at YIACO Medical Company, in his home country, Kuwait. He is currently researching his thesis for the University of Liverpool’s online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme.

What attracted you to studying online with the University of Liverpool for this doctorate?

First, it’s the brand and the high ranking of the University of Liverpool Management School that attracted me. And, second, the ability to work full time and study at the same time.

Why did you choose to study for a professional doctorate instead of a PhD?

I aim to expand my role in my organisation. To me, the DBA is a professional degree focused on application of scholarship to business practice – seeking the knowledge that works in an organisation.

What are you enjoying most about studying online with the University of Liverpool?

The aspect I enjoy most is the ability to work closely with my DBA peers. We work in an action learning set to solve real problems by linking the literature with real-world business practice – driving the generation of new knowledge to help in solving workplace issues.

How are you expanding your international network by studying online for your DBA?

I expanded my network throughout the taught modules, working with peers – many of whom are senior executives, researchers, consultants, lecturers. The most exciting part was the DBA residency [Ed. Two 4-5-day meetings, bringing students together in Liverpool]. This was extremely beneficial. I learned about the research process and improved my research skills.

How do you fit online study into your life? How does it work out in practice?

I need to do 15-20 studying hours per week. The advantage of this online programme is that I manage to fit my studying hours into my busy schedule whenever it’s convenient. I also travel a lot and the programme has been set to accommodate students wherever they are, despite the time zone difference.

What are your top tips for others?

Maximise your learning and don’t do the programme just for the sake of getting the degree. Learn how to link the literature with your own business practice and to conduct a proper research process that can drive innovation in your business.

How relevant is the DBA programme to your current business life?

It’s helping me a lot and is having a direct impact on my workplace and how we are doing business. For example, I managed to introduce the action learning theme to my workplace with the help of other senior managers who also saw its merits. So the degree programme will definitely contribute to my career development and most importantly, will contribute to business development in general.

The DBA takes a Critical Action Learning approach that is unusual in the market. How have you experienced that as a student?

This approach has already had a positive impact on me, both personally and professionally. It was extremely useful when critical action learning was introduced to my workplace, as mentioned. Team members felt comfortable giving feedback on ideas, regardless of managerial level. I believe that this approach does lead to the creation of new knowledge and to innovation – a key driver for any business.

I would recommend the University of Liverpool because...

it’s a leading university in the field of management and the DBA programme has an action learning theme that can help to advance business practice.

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