BSL-aSSIST Dual Doctoral Degree Program

Business Transformation, Sustainable Business and Entrepreneurship

Key Entry Requirements: Fluency of the Korean language, both reading & writing.

Welcome Message from the Scientific Director and Program Administrator

Dear BSL-aSSIST Dual Doctoral Program Students:

안녕하세요! I welcome you to the BSL-aSSIST Dual Doctoral Degree Program in Business Administration. As the Scientific Director and the Program Administrator of the BSL-aSSIST Dual Doctoral Degree Program on the BSL side, I will be your main contact person at BSL Business School Lausanne.

The BSL-aSSIST Dual Degree Doctoral Program in Business Administration is unique. In addition to obtaining a Ph.D. degree from aSSIST, Seoul Business School, you obtain a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from BSL upon successful completion of the degree requirements. The DBA program at BSL is designed to combine your many years of high-level professional experience with academic rigor and research to provide novel solutions to business problems at the industry level.

The BSL-aSSIST Dual Doctoral Degree Program offers many opportunities for students to meet and interact with BSL faculty and with other students in the program. BSL organizes Doctoral Acceleration Weeks (DAW) twice a year – in May and in November. During the DAWs, you can present your work-in-progress, listen to other students’ presentations and learn from the feedback they get, and follow lectures by BSL faculty on various aspects of the doctoral research and thesis writing process. Participation in DAWs is voluntary and not mandatory, but it is highly recommended to make the most out of your doctoral studies and research. You can attend the DAWs in person at BSL or online. Some of your fellow students from previous intakes took this opportunity to visit Switzerland and have face-to-face meetings with their BSL Supervisors and Faculty in addition to establishing personal or business contacts with other students in BSL’s DBA program.

I thank you again for choosing the BSL-aSSIST Dual Doctoral Degree Program in Business Administration to advance your professional career with rigorous academic research that will bring novel industry-level insights and transformation prospects. I wish you all the best and much success during your studies and in your doctoral research.

Kind Regards.


Dr. Erdal Atukeren

Professor & Scientific Director and Program Administrator, BSL-aSSIST Dual Doctoral Degree Program

About the Program

The DBA-Ph.D. Dual degree program is an exclusive program run in partnership between Business School Lausanne (BSL) and Seoul School of Integrated Sciences & Technologies (aSSIST). The students attending the program need to meet the admission requirements of both schools. The Ph.D. portion of this program is taught in Korean and geared to candidates living in or close to Seoul.

Interested in discovering more about aSSIST and the DBA -PhD Dual degree program between the two schools, please connect with:

Seoul School of Integrated Sciences & Technologies 46, Ewhayeodae 2-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, 03767

About aSSIST

Seoul School of Integrated Sciences & Technologies (aSSIST), established in Korea in 2003, offers Masters and Ph.D.s degree in business administration, and the opportunity to acquire double degrees from partners US and European business schools and universities.

The programs focus on up-to-date management issues, combining cutting-edge technology and management theory with the aim of fostering specialized professional growth. The intention of their degrees is to develop leaders through ethical principles of management and sustainability.

For the past 13 years, aSSIST has educated professionals from national and multinational corporations like Samsung, LG Electronics and Korea Electric Power Corporation.

aSSIST classroom visit March 2023
BSL Doctoral Supervisor Dr. Elena Sernova visits aSSIST in March 2023

Become a Change Maker by shaping and leading the Business Transformation your industry needs

The accelerated rate of change is the signature of the 21st century and has, as we have observed,  the capacity to destabilize all areas of human existence. With this in mind, we believe that business is at the forefront of defining, solving and managing a new business paradigm. Reconstructing how business is practiced by building strong, new carefully tested hypotheses through research in the field will be the very heart of business and global business transformation.

Business School Lausanne (BSL) has shaped the Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) to look beyond the success or innovation of a specific company.

Our Doctoral program provides our students with the opportunity to determine, through their Doctoral studies,  how business should be framed in the future, considering an entire industry and not just a single company.

Our Doctoral program focuses on Business transformation, sustainable Business and entrepreneurship.

Our DBA program combines the realism and a focus on-field action with a wide spectrum and in-depth understanding that comes with doctoral studies.  

BSL Doctoral studies are therefore building a bridge between academic research and the reality of the business world to help students finding solutions that will be applicable in practice.

Research that starts in the field with results aimed at bettering the field

The BSL DBA program is intended for those with previous managerial and leadership experience who wish to make a significant contribution to enhancing and transforming the field of Business Administration. You will do this through a critical understanding, review, challenge and application of appropriate theories and research to the professional practice of business management and administration. All in an effort to create new and better solutions for the complexities that surround managing a business into the future.

You will be expected to produce a significant Doctoral-level transdisciplinary study that advances research in the fields of business and management that is both relevant and can be applied in the real world.

The DBA Thesis Dissertation, based on research that is carried out throughout the program, is the primary piece of work that will be assessed for the awarding of the Doctorate degree.

A program designed for professionals across the globe

The duration of the program is from three to six years, depending on if it is undertaken as a full-time or a part-time academic undertaking for the student. BSL DBA program is essentially a distance-learning program. All seminars of BSL Doctoral School held in Lausanne are optional, even though highly recommended. The students who will attend will both acquire invaluable insights via face-to-face interaction with instructors while also gaining mutually beneficial contact with fellow Doctoral students from across the globe.

Elements such as the research question, the subject, the candidates’ network, their chosen research methodology along with factors such as the candidates’ proficiency in English and writing capacity can all have an influence on the duration of the program. Furthermore, we understand that due to the vocational nature of their chosen studies, the evolving professional obligations of the candidate can also affect the length of time that is required to achieve the DBA, hence the availability of less restrictive timescales.

Solving a problem: what a DBA is ultimately about!

If you are wondering whether a DBA journey is the right thing for you, you need
to read what follows!

A DBA research and dissertation is an incredible experience that enables you
to establish a bridge between two worlds: the world of business and the world
of research.

How is that so?

At Business School Lausanne, we consider that every DBA research and
dissertation aims to enable you to transform business while advancing
academic research at the same time.

In other words, the objective of every DBA research lies within a transformative
contribution to your industry on a two-fold level: the level of business and the
level of academic production through research

Program Format

Duration: 3 to 6 years

with the possibility of extension of up to an additional 3 years, depending on the student’s academic undertaking

Course work:

  • Two non-mandatory one-week seminars per year (DBA Acceleration Weeks – DAW)
  • Webinars
  • Individually supervised research

Solving a problem: what a DBA is ultimately about!

Read more!

BSL’s Doctoral School is an essential part of the BSL academic community, connecting researchers, faculty, students and practitioners.

Learn more about the Scientific Director and Program Administrator for the BSL-aSSIST Dual-Degree DBA Program

A program designed by Business professionals for Business professionals across the globe

A pool of academics who are at the same time active business people

The Doctoral School is composed of academics who are at the same time senior, still active and successful business practitioners.

We believe that a successful doctoral journey lies within the real world application possibilities of the research results and our Doctoral School Team helps you achieving this goal.

A fully flexible learning program

BSL DBA program is a fully flexible learning program. Business professionals from all over the globe who are looking to make a real difference to the study and practice of business administration are welcome to apply.

While you are able to conduct your studies from anywhere, all seminars run by the BSL Doctoral program will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland. They are optional but we highly recommend you to attend, as they cover the most important subjects that will assist you in achieving your degree.

You will acquire invaluable insights via face-to-face interaction with expert instructors who have significant experience with what is needed to complete a Doctoral degree and you will meet face-to-face with your Supervisor.

A Research community and global network

In addition, you can also look forward to gaining mutually beneficial connections with fellow Doctoral students from all over the world and connect with our research community.