Version 3.0 (Final/KL)

Updated Thursday, September 6, 2018



The official name of the organization is Executive DBA Council (hereafter acronym EDBAC). This organization is a 501 (c) (3) organization and it is initially established at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The Board shall determine the location of the organization.


The Executive DBA (Doctorate of Business Administration) Council acts as the representative of and promotes collaboration among quality executive DBA or similar programs using other names (hereafter called executive DBA programs). These programs meet the criteria as stated in article III of this document. The Council represents member schools with executive DBA programs to relevant stakeholders such as accrediting bodies, corporations and government organizations.

The Executive DBA Council fosters excellence and innovation in executive DBA programs and promotes the creation, collection, and dissemination of pertinent information affecting executive DBA programs, markets, outputs, evaluation and more. It also communicates best practices and new technologies in the administration and teaching of executive DBA programs. To this end, it can provide high quality training for Administrators and Faculty at member institutions.

The Executive DBA Council sponsors and organizes the EDBAC Conference titled “International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, EMS”. It holds the trademark of this conference. The conference has two main purposes:

  1. Serves as a venue where students and alumni of EDBAC member programs can present research findings. Publications submitted by students or alumni will be reviewed and selected for presentation in the conference. A conference planning committee will consists of faculty, students, and alumni from member programs.
  2. Supports networking, research and education of students, alumni, faculty and administrators of executive DBA programs.

The Executive DBA Council can publish journals and other publications or media products related to executive DBA research or program outputs, or enter into contracts with other organizations to carry out its mission. It will own intellectual property of these journals or other media products unless otherwise decided.


Organizations, not individuals, can be members of EDBAC. The following membership categories are recognized.

Academic Members are academic institutions offering or planning to offer Executive DBA programs. These graduate level programs are typically directed at fully employed experienced professionals with about ten years of meaningful post baccalaureate work experience and who possess an MBA or equivalent graduate degree. Unique features of these programs normally include:

  • Development of scholar-practitioners by focusing on engaged scholarship research on contemporary business and management problems;
  • Requirement of a successful dissertation defense;
  • Courses taught by research active faculty with doctoral degrees;
  • Minimum program length of three years;
  • Residency based courses and learning experiences;
  • Cohort-based progression for students to complete their program.

The primary target market of EDBAC is public and private not-for-profit degree granting institutions of higher learning such as schools of business or schools of management that provide accredited graduate business degree programs.

  • Full academic members are institutions that have commenced executive DBA or related degree program and have matriculated students.
  • Associate academic members are institutions that have executive DBA programs under consideration or development, but have not matriculated their first class.

EDBAC may also invite organizations with complementary missions in graduate degree executive education to participate as Strategic Partners. These include accrediting organizations such as AACSB, GMAC, AMBA, EFMD, or academic professional associations in management fields such as AOM and EURAM. EDBAC may also participate with other academic partners in activities related to its mission as deemed appropriate. Academic partners can participate in EDBAC activities, but will not have full voting rights articulated in article IV.

EDBAC may also invite corporate members if they can support mission of the EDBAC and the board deems their membership appropriate. The rights and duties and the fees of corporate members will be determined by the board. Corporate members can participate in EDBAC activities, but will not have full voting rights articulated in article IV.

Each academic member institution will designate one individual as the representative of that member institutions. The individual will be eligible to vote on behalf of the member school or serve on the board if so elected.


Membership Period: The membership period for academic members, partners and corporate membership shall be for the annual period from July 1 - June 30.

Membership Acceptance: The Board of Trustees (see article V) has the discretion to determine the process for review and acceptance of all members.

Dues and Fees: Dues and fees will be determined by the Board of Trustees on an annual basis.

Membership termination: Membership may be terminated for delinquent dues or fees, for not meeting criteria stated in article III, or for violating membership rules. The Board will establish a process for periodic membership review.


A Board of Trustees (Board) is elected yearly by the active members in standing as stated in article VI.

The Board manages the Executive DBA Council and is empowered to act on behalf of the membership except for those actions specifically reserved for the annual business meeting as set forth in these bylaws.

The Board can make decisions when a majority of the Board members are present.

The Board is vested with administrative powers to plan, coordinate, integrate, and supervise the ongoing activities of the Council.

The Board serves the Council in both a strategic and operational role by deciding the goals and mission of the council, and also executing, coordinating and monitoring the administrative and other activities of the council. The Board accepts and monitors the budget and planning of the annual EDBAC conference.

The Board nominates EDBAC representatives to external bodies including other Boards relevant to its mission.

All Board decisions are transparent to Board members and the membership in general in that Board keeps minutes of its meetings and shares them with the Board members and members in general.

The Board consists of between 9-15 members. At least nine of these members are elected as stated in article VI. Two members, a student and alumni representative, are selected by the members from nominations made by member schools, current students and alumni, respectively.

The Board membership will seek geographic representation across world regions where Executive DBA programs are offered. All the officers will be selected by the Board from the elected members. Officers on the Board may be comprised of:

  • President
  • Past President
  • Vice-President/President-elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer  

The Board has the right to create other roles and functions within the Board and also create subcommittees to carry out specific functions within the Board. A Conference Chair is appointed by the Board ex-officio without voting rights.

The Board shall meet at least two times annually. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the Board Chair or when at least three members of the Board request it.


Nominations for the Board of Trustees will be solicited from representatives of the academic members of the Council. Eligible nominees are typically those persons who have administrative or other responsibility for an Executive DBA program, except for student and alumni representatives.

A nominating committee shall select a list of candidates for the Board from among the nominations. The nominating committee shall be chaired by the Past President, or in his/her absence, a member of the Board appointed by the President and comprised of three Board members. The Board shall approve the nominating committee.

People, not institutions, are elected to the Board. Board membership shall supersede one’s employment status, as long as such employment remains at a member institution and the Board member has an administrative responsibility for an Executive DBA program. Board members who no longer have responsibility for an Executive DBA program, but remain at a member institution, shall have the ability, with Board approval, to remain on the Board as a non-voting member until the next election, but cannot be President or Vice President.

In the event of a resignation from the Board, the Board can appoint an individual to serve as a voting member until the next election based on the nominations of the member schools. At the next Board meeting, the election process would be used to fill the vacated position for the remainder of that term.

The usual term of office for elected members of the Board shall be three years. Board members typically cannot serve more than two terms in succession. A person may stand for election after being off the Board for at least two years. This policy applies to individuals serving either a two- or three-year term; however, an individual elected or appointed to a one-year Board term may stand for election when the term expires without the two-year waiting period. If they wish to stand for election, these individuals must go through the normal nomination process.

Each Board member is typically affiliated with and represents a different institution.

Board member terms shall be staggered so approximately one third of the Board is elected each year.

Board Officers will be elected by the Board members each year.      


The Board may vote to employ administrative and professional staff as needed.


An annual business meeting will be held during the annual conference. This meeting will review and approve the Council’s financial statement, hear the activity report of the Board, and discuss other issues proposed by the Board or at least three members.


A majority of the Board members shall constitute a quorum.


The Council’s fiscal year shall be the twelve months ending June 30.


These bylaws may be amended by a two thirds of the members voting (one vote per member institution) at a business meeting or via other means (such as e-mail), provided that written notice of the proposed amendment(s) has been given at least thirty days prior to the meeting or vote being taken.