The European Professional Doctorate (EPD-EU) is a uniquely tailored practice – based program for owners, entrepreneurs and top level senior managers positioned at a CEO and Director levels working within a Global Business Environmental Context. This qualification functions academically equivalent level to a traditional PhD in the business landscape. EPD-EU is our trademark in-house developed Flagship Concept of Recognizing the achievement of Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Industrialists, Academicians, Philanthropists & Senior Level Management Executives around the Globe and Conferring them with appropriate and accredited Professional Qualifications. This is a doctoral-level degree for experienced professionals who want to translate their industry expertise into a higher position of credibility, leadership and influence in their profession. The nominated EPD-EU candidates usually take an existing concept or problem in their industry, conduct the research and recommend proposals or solutions. This can have a significant social and economic impact.
Those doing a professional doctorate are encouraged to look at their own practice and context and to draw their research question from it. They are expected to articulate and critically interrogate their own professional knowledge. This is not the sole source of knowledge they work with of course, as they also draw on relevant scholarly literature.The research that is done in a professional doctorate is intended to be relevant and of interest and use to other professionals and therefore to advance professional practice and its knowledge base. Through bringing professional problems, knowledge and insider informed research into conversation with scholarly knowledge a contribution to scholarly knowledge is also made.
The European Professional Doctorate is designed to recognize the achievements in one’s professional journey, extraordinary contribution to the society or exceptional intellectual or artistic achievement. The recipients are carefully selected by the Board of the Rushford Business School Switzerland after a very diligent examination of the grounds for their nominations and submission of their doctoral portfolio works. The ability to present doctoral work in a portfolio as opposed to a dissertation presents an opportunity to professional doctorate candidates to step outside the boundaries presented by the traditional research writing framework.