Current global expansion in business and industry has resulted in an increasing demand for trained human capital at the management level. To sustain the pace of economic growth, a continual supply of competent managers is needed.This has caused a rapid growth of student population in the field of business administration and thus considerable stress on the capacity of business schools. Business schools are therefore required to expand their services at the non-matriculate, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. However, it is of the utmost important that Thailand's business schools extend their curricula to the doctoral level.
Faculty members with doctoral degrees are needed in support of human resource development. While local universities recognized the importance of this, their contributions had little impact. This is primarily due to resource limitations and lack of initiatives toward cooperation among regional institutes.The three lending institutions in Thailand namely, Chulalongkorn University, Thammasat University and National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), therefore established this Joint Doctoral Program in Business Administration (JDBA). The Program was initially funded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) through the Association of Deans of south East Asian Graduate Schools of Management (ADSGM).The JDBA curriculum has been regularly updated in response to the changing global business environment. In addition, the program emphasizes research studies and academic quality to meet international standards.