Introducing our Online DBA
in Corporate Social Responsibility

The world is rapidly facing new environmental, economic and social challenges, and corporations more than ever need to be proactive in confronting them. Future business leaders will be called on to help solve the next great problems of the 21st century.

With that in mind, GBS has developed an online doctorate program that allows students to specialize in CSR issues and benefit from the supervision and mentorship of a team of leading experts in the field.

The GBS DBA encourages practical implementation of the concepts learned in class. Students on the program will be invited to join an international network of CSR practitioners and researchers such as in Special emphasis will be placed on students developing their own CSR initiatives.

Doctorate Brochure

Prof. Dr. Michael Hopkins

Prof. Dr. Michael Hopkins is both an academic and a businessman, as well as a widely published author on CSR and Sustainability.

He has worked for, namely,  IBM, ITT, BAT in the Corporate sector, the United Nations (ILO in Geneva for 13 years as a senior economist), and Academia (IDS, Sussex). He has held a number of Professorships (Middlesex, Brunel, Geneva and George Mason Universities). Currently, he is Professor and Director of Doctoral programmes on CSR at Geneva Business School, and Adjunct Professor of CSR at George Mason University, Virginia, USA.

In 2013 Michael was nominated one of the world’s top 100 thought leaders and in 2014 received for his work on CSR and employment a lifetime achievement award from Delhi University and then an Honorary Doctorate from London Metropolitan University.  Michael bides his time between Geneva and Nairobi. In Africa, inter alia, he is creating 1 million jobs for Somali youth so as to wean them off terrorism.

His fourteenth book appeared in Jan 2016: CSR and Sustainability – From the Margins to the Mainstream A Text Book (Taylor and Francis, UK, 2016).

Prof. Dr. Michael Hopkins
Director of CSR/Sustainability DBA Program
CEO at MHCi CSR/Sustainability Research & Advisory Services
Author CSR Books
Founder CSR International Club

Corporate Social Responsibility
at a glance

  • Corporate Social Responsibility is concerned with treating the stakeholders of a company or institution ethically or in a responsible manner. ‘Ethically or responsible’ means treating key stakeholders in a manner deemed acceptable according to international norms.
  • Social includes economic and environmental responsibility. Stakeholders exist both within a firm and outside.  
  • The wider aim of social responsibility is to create higher and higher standards of living, while preserving the profitability of the corporation or the integrity of the institution, for peoples both within and outside these entities.
  • Corporate means any body private, public or NGO.
  • CSR is a process to achieve sustainable development in societies.

– Dr. Michael Hopkins

Course structure

The CSR DBA follows the same six-course online structure as our DBA in International Management, but with some differences in course content. During the first and second courses, students will also take a specialized short course on CSR which has been co-developed by Professor Hopkins and the DBA team. Throughout the DBA, students will be in constant contact with their supervisor and the DBA program manager, Dr. Oliver Elliott, and will be asked to take part in occasional workshops, events and sessions on CSR topics.

What our students say

“I am a first year DBA student of Geneva Business School in Astana Campus. So far, I have completed three courses and I can say that the Program fully met my expectations. The main distinctive feature of this Program is that it is designed for working people, which means that you can maintain your professional life, family responsibilities while being an almost full-time doctoral student. The modules are designed so that you have normal live classes with professors every 3-month period, constant online homework occupation and continuous support of your DBA Program Director and supervisor. This is more than enough to immerse yourself into research world without giving up your main professional occupation and sacrificing your work-life balance. I am very grateful to Geneva Business School for designing this format of DBA Program, which became a very natural continuation of my professional and personal development process.”

Assel Narymbetova

“My wish was to work and grow in an international environment and thanks to Geneva Business School, the knowledge and experience I acquired gave me self con dence. It has assisted me in my career development. With my present job, I enjoy taking part in international negotiation. I am so thankful to my lecturers who provided me with the best and accurate information. I am fortunate to be able to use this knowledge in my daily work life.”

Prisca Bovikoh Chulley

“At Geneva Business School I appreciated the opportunity to commence the entire research study on small & medium size enterprises in Switzerland, parallel with my every day responsibilities. Working with Dr. Dominique Xardel, as supervisor, was a great privilege. Dr. Xardel provided me with many ideas and was always available for help us discussions. s The study sharpened my analytical and academic skills. Moreover it broadened my personal perception.”

Dr. Angelo Amonini

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