Doctorate in Business in Africa
EENI - Business School.
Doctorate in International Business (DIB)
specialisation Africa (e-learning)
The objectives of the Doctorate in International Business (DIB)
specialisation Africa (3 years, 180 /90
, distance learning) are to train Doctoral students to be able to
research on topics related to business in Africa (intra-African
trade, African economy and socio-economic transformation of the African
markets, regional integration, African Civilisation). Thus, a Doctoral
student can apply creative solutions and make business decisions related to the African markets.
The Doctorate in Business in Africa is part of the category of Professional Doctorates in International Business (DIB), which have the dual aim of contributing to the knowledge and practice.
Structure of the Doctorate in International Business (DIB)
The Doctorate programme in International Business specialisation Africa has three parts:
1- Coursework. Study of the Subjects (Training
activity): minimum 20 ECTS, maximum 60 ECTS
The Doctoral students receive training in relevant research methods and their subject areas core topics.
Students are required to take a range of courses.
The Doctoral student must perform a training activity (training
complement) consisting of some subjects defined according to
their previous studies and the research area selected. The Supervisor of the Doctorate determines the complementary training according to the field of investigation. Doctoral students can choose the subjects from those offered by EENI with a minimum of 20 ECTS (10 AC credits) and a maximum of 60 ECTS.
Applicants who have completed the Master in Business in Sub-Saharan Africa of EENI shall be exempt from any complement training, beginning
the research phase directly.
Subjects offered by EENI.
EENI provides a range of subjects related to Africa (more than 150 ECTS credits/75 AC). The Doctoral student can select the most suitable subjects depending on the thesis to be realised. The minimum ECTS to be selected is 20, and the maximum is 60. The Doctoral student selects the subjects once formalised the enrolment.
To facilitate the selection of subjects, these are organised into several
Students work within one of the following subject areas
- African Civilisation
- Economic Areas of the African Civilisation
- African Institutions are Leading the Transformation of Africa
- African Economy
- Business in Africa
- Southern Africa
- Eastern Africa
- Central Africa
- Western Africa
- The Maghreb
- Transport and Logistics in Africa
- Regional Integration in Africa
- International Relations of Africa
Please, see below for more detailed information about available courses.
2- Research Work and Thesis Plan (40 ECTS).
With the support of the thesis supervisor (Director), the Doctoral
student must perform the appropriate research that will lead to the
realisation of his thesis plan. The Doctoral student must prepare and submit a thesis plan, which, as a minimum, should include the provisional title of the thesis, the objectives pursued, the methodology to be used, and the means and schedule.
The Doctoral student must study the module “Research methodology”, which will introduce to the method of preparation of a thesis.
Examples of research topics
related to Africa.
EENI highly appreciated that the results of the thesis could benefit the development of the African continent.
3- Thesis and Defence of the Thesis (120 ECTS).
Under the supervision of the Director of the thesis, the Doctoral student develops and presents the research results obtained. The Doctoral student can select their subject areas within the research parameters proposed by EENI, creating a thesis that it must be completely original and own, which will
be published on the EENI’s platform set up for this purpose.
The Directorate may authorise the deposit of the thesis like a compendium of publications if the requirements established by the Directorate are fulfilled.
Video conference performs the defence of the thesis.
Director of the Doctorate in International Business (DIB) specialisation Africa: PhD Dr Geneviève Barro KABRE
- Academic Rank: Professor (Senior Lecturer)
- Degree in Computer Science and Biomathematics, University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
- Winner of the Scientific Award 2010 of the African Union: “Woman
Scientist - Science and Technology.”
- Ex-Director of the Master in International Business (University
Ouaga 2 and EENI)
In the admission process, the Supervisor of the Doctorate will assign a
tutor to the Doctoral student, who will be the responsible for coordinating
the activity of the student in the Doctoral programme.
Furthermore, a thesis supervisor (Director) is assigned. The Director of the thesis will guide the student in planning the thesis, and he is the ultimately responsible for the consistency and novelty of the thesis.
The Director of the thesis could be selected by the student from the EENI’s team of doctors or freely by the student if he/she has a Doctoral degree.
The tutor and the Director can match. Co-direction of the thesis is also
Director of the Doctorates in International Business (EENI): Dr Margarita Carrillo López.
Doctor (PhD) in Economy and Territory by the University of Barcelona (Spain).
Professor at the University of Barcelona, Catalonia Open University, International University of Catalonia, Superior Institute of Marketing and EENI.
EENI African Professors: Dr Albert Bialufu, Dr Ousséni SO, Dr Fernandinho Domingos, Dr Aliou Niang, Thierry Somda, Paterson Ngatchou, Adérito Fernandes, Prospero Kemayou ...
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Languages of the Doctorate in Business in Africa. All subjects offered are available in English and French. Approximately 40% of the subjects are also available in Spanish and Portuguese. Thus, the Doctoral student can perform
this doctorate entirely in English (or French, Spanish or Portuguese); students should have a sufficient level to study the subjects in these languages.
( DIB Afrique DIB Africa DIB Africa).
Duration of the training period: maximum of three calendar years since the formalisation of enrolment up to the deposit of the thesis. If, after the period of three calendar years the Doctoral student has not deposited the thesis, the Direction of the doctorate programme may authorise an extension of up
to two years.
- Tuition fees of the Doctorate Business in Africa: 5,220 Euros (all included)
- Scholarships. A 40% reduction for students from Africa (and the African Diaspora) and Asia. Fees for these students: 3,123 Euros (1,044 Euros/year)
- Please request for scholarships for other regions (Europe, the Middle East, Latin America…)
Download the syllabus of the Doctorate Business in Africa (PDF)
Admission Criteria. To be admitted to the Doctorate in International Business specialisation Africa, students must have earned a master's degree or have a minimum of three years of work experience in relevant positions in the field of international business.
Graduate students in the Master in Business in Sub-Saharan Africa of EENI can
enrol directly on the Doctorate in International Business specialisation Africa
validating all the subjects already studied on the master.
Doctoral Diploma. Students who pass the assessments and the thesis will receive the Diploma of Doctorate in International Business (DIB)
specialisation Africa issued by EENI.
The diploma of doctorate is awarded after assessing:
- The level of participation of the Doctoral student in the subjects of the Doctoral programme
- The research work
- The defence of the thesis
Once defended and overcome the thesis, Doctoral students will receive the diploma of “Doctorate in International Business (DIB) specialisation Africa” issued by EENI.
Graduates and professionals who wish to continue their professional career in the field of international business with an emphasis on Africa.
Our continuous enrolment system allows students enrol at any time and study from anywhere in the world without any displacement.
Methodology: e-learning/Distance Learning.
Video - My experience at EENI
Knowledge area: Africa.
Students EENI in Burkina Faso
Markets analysed in the Doctorate in International Business specialisation Africa:
Research areas of the Doctorate in International Business (DIB) specialisation Africa:
- The Doctoral student should select the most appropriate subjects for his thesis.
- The Doctoral student can use any possible combination of subjects
- Minimum ECTS to be selected is 20, and the maximum is 60.
- NOTE: Brackets show
Economic Area of the African Civilisation (7 ECTS)
- West African Economic Area 
- Central African Economic Area 
- Southern African Economic Area 
- East African Economic Area 
- Maghrebian Economic Area 
- Interactions of the African Civilisation with other civilisations
Institutions are leading the transformation of Africa (5 ECTS)
- African Union (AU) 
- New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) [0.7]
- Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) 
- African Development Bank [1.3]
- Agenda 2063 [0.7]
Download the module syllabus: “African institutions” (PDF)
African Business and Economy (5 ECTS)
- African Economy [0.6]
- African women [0.4]
- African Businesswoman [0.8]
- African Businesspeople 
- Governance in Africa [0.4]
- African Frontier Markets [0.3]
- Africa: Next Emerging Continent
Download the module syllabus “African Economy” (PDF)
Transformation of Africa (5 ECTS)
- African agricultural sector 
- African Mining Vision 
- African Green Economic Growth [0.2]
- African industry. African industrial policy. [1.5]
- Action Plan for the Accelerated Industrial Development of Africa
- The role of investments in the transformation of Africa [0.3]
Download the module syllabus “Economic Transformation of Africa” (PDF)
Southern Africa (14 ECTS)
Regional Integration in Southern Africa. There are two economic
communities in Southern Africa:
- Southern African Customs Union (SACU) [0.6]
- Southern African Development Community (SADC) [1.1]
It must also take into account COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern
Africa), and the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agreement.
All the countries of Southern Africa belong to SADC and the tripartite agreement.
Ports in Southern Africa
Southern African countries with sea access:
- South Africa : the second African economy. The first African car maker.
- Namibia : an economy based on
mining and livestock
Landlocked markets of Southern Africa:
- Botswana : diamonds (1/3 of GDP)
- Lesotho [0.5]: an African monarchy
- Swaziland [0.5]: a small African Kingdom
- Zambia : African Frontier Market
- Zimbabwe : vast mineral resources.
Download the module syllabus: “Southern Africa”
Eastern Africa (41 ECTS)
Regional Integration in East Africa:
- Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) 
- Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) [0.1]
- East African Community (EAC) [0.5]
Other East African regional institutions.
- Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)
- International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) [0.1]
- Economic Community of the Great Lakes Region (CEPGL)
- Indian Ocean Commission
Eastern African countries with sea access:
- Djibouti : an economy based on marine transport and telecommunications.
- Egypt : Control of the Suez Canal
- The State of Eritrea [0.5]: an economy based on subsistence agriculture
- Kenya : the largest economy
in East Africa.
- Mozambique : one of the poorest countries in the World
- Tanzania : African frontier markets
- Somalia [0.5]
- Sudan : the largest African country
Landlocked markets of East Africa:
- Burundi : one of the World's poorest countries.
- Ethiopia :
Headquarters of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African
- Malawi : an
- Rwanda : most densely populated African country.
- South Sudan [0.5]: newest nation in the World
- Uganda : Open to foreign investment.
Island countries of East Africa:
- Comoros [0.5]: 50% of the people live below the international poverty line (USD 1.25/day)
- Madagascar : one of the poorest African countries.
- Mauritius : one of the largest African financial centres
- Seychelles : the first African country by Human Development
The largest East African ports and main
Download the module syllabus “Eastern Africa” (PDF).
Central Africa(26 ECTS)
Regional Integration in Central Africa
- Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) [0.5]
- Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) [0.5]
The largest ports in Central Africa
Central African countries with sea access:
- Angola : African
- Cameroon : 40% of the GDP of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa.
- Equatorial Guinea :
the richest country per capita in the African Continent.
- Gabon : strategic
position in the Central African region.
- Republic of the Congo :
heavily indebted poor country.
- Democratic Republic of the Congo  - 2025: 99 million of Congolese.
Landlocked markets of Central Africa:
- Burundi 
- Central African Republic :
- Chad : a new African
- Rwanda 
Island countries of Central Africa:
- Sao Tome and Principe [0.5]:
A “tourist country.”
Download the module syllabus: “Central Africa” (PDF).
West Africa (33 ECTS)
In West Africa, there are three key economic institutions:
- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) 
- West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) 
- West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ)
It is also necessary to consider the existence of:
- Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River
- Niger Basin Authority (NBA) [0.1]
- Mano River Union (MRU)
- Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) [0.1]
West African countries with sea access:
- Benin : predominance of the Beninese informal sector.
- Gambia :
export agricultural oriented country.
- Ghana : African Frontier Market, second African gold producer.
- Guinea :
vast reserves of bauxite and iron.
- Guinea-Bissau [0.5]:
one of the ten poorest countries.
- Ivory Coast :
African Frontier Market. Headquarters of the African Development Bank.
- Liberia : A nation with a
President with the Nobel Peace Prize (Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf).
- Nigeria : largest African economy. Nigerian population in 2100: 1,000
millions of people.
- Senegal : one of the less corrupt markets in Africa.
- Sierra Leone : the fastest growth West African market.
- Togo : phosphates and agriculture. Port of Lomé.
Landlocked markets of West Africa:
- Burkina Faso : one of the West African countries that have implemented more reforms.
- Mali : the third African
gold producer, instability in North.
- Niger : world's largest reserves of uranium.
Island countries of West Africa.
- Cape Verde [0.5]: the growing of Cape Verdean tourism sector
Ports in West Africa
Download the module syllabus: “West Africa” of the Doctorate (PDF)
The Maghreb (9 ECTS)
- The Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) [0.7]
- Algeria : African Frontier Market. 50% of petroleum production in Africa.
- Morocco : African
Frontier Market. The emergence of Moroccan Businessperson.
- Tunisia : the first world exporter of dates. Top tourist destination.
- Mauritania [0.5]: the mining
and fishing sector
- Libya [0.5]: the largest proven Africa's
- Maghrebian Ports
Download the module syllabus “The Maghreb” (PDF)
Transport and Logistics in Africa (15 ECTS)
- Introduction to transport in Africa 
- Infrastructure in Africa 
- Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) [0.3]
- African ports. Maritime transport in Africa 
- African transport corridors 
- Costs of road infrastructure in Africa [0.2]
- Transport and regional integration in Africa [0.6]
- Information and communication technologies (ICT), trade, and regional integration in Africa [0.4]
- African Road Safety Action Plan 2011-2020 Africa [0.1]
- African Value Chains [0.5]
Download the module syllabus “Transport and Logistics in Africa” (PDF)
Regional Integration in Africa (8 ECTS)
- Introduction to regional integration in Africa. Regional Economic Communities 
- Status of the Regional Integration in Africa 
- Intra-African trade [0.5]
- ICT and integration in Africa [0.5]
- Financial integration [0.5]
- Infrastructures 
Value Chains [0.5]
- Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA) 
- Tripartite FTA COMESA-EAC-SADC [0.1]
- Towards the African Continental Free Trade Area [0.5]
Download the module syllabus “Regional Integration in Africa” (PDF)
International Relations of Africa (8 ECTS)
- Africa and the United States (AGOA) 
- Africa and the People's Republic of China [0.5]
- Africa and India [0.5]
- Strategic partnership Africa-European Union
- France-Africa relations
- Afro-Arab cooperation [0.5]
- Africa and Turkey [0.1]
- Africa and the BRICS [0.3]
- Africa and Asia [0.1]
- Africa and South Korea [0.1]
- Africa and Japan [0.2]
- The Indian-Ocean Rim Association (IORA) [0.5]
- Africa and South America [0.5]
Download the module syllabus “International Relations of Africa” (PDF)
- African Civilisation
- History of Africa 
- Slave Trade
- African historians 
- Human development in Africa
- Population trends [0.5]
- Islam and Christianity in Africa
African business without corruption
Download the module syllabus “Not to Corruption” (PDF)
EENI - African Students:
Ouandaogo Abdoul Karim (Student of the Master University of Ouagadougou & EENI) winner of one WAEMU regional award.
The main Markets analysed in the Doctorate in International Business specialisation Africa:
South Africa, Botswana, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mauritius, Tanzania, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Djibouti, Malawi, Burundi, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Equatorial Guinea, the Central African Republic, Rwanda
Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Togo, Senegal, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Mauritania…
The main Institutions and organisations analysed in the Doctorate: African Union, the African Development Bank, the Economic Commission for Africa, the United Nations (UN), New Partnership for Africa's Development, Cotonou Agreement, East African Community, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the Common Market for Eastern
and Southern Africa, Indian-Ocean Rim Association, Southern
Africa development community, the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, Economic Community of Central African States, West African Economic and Monetary Union, Economic Community of West African States, Arab Maghreb Union …
The main cases of African Businesspeople analysed in the DIB Africa: Tarek Talaat Moustafa, Hassan Abdalla, Mohamed Mansour, Mohamed Ibrahim, Osama Abdul Latif, Hussein Ali Al-Amoudi, Naushad Merali, Mohamed Ali Harrath, Othman Benjelloun, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Patrice Motsepe…
African Businesswoman: Isabel dos Santos, Folorunsho Alakija, Cheryl Carolus, Divine Ndhlukula, Hajia Bola Shagaya
The Doctorate in International Business (DIB) specialisation Africa includes
- The module Market Access Tool:
- Courses of introduction to the major language of Africa: French, Arabic, Swahili, English, and Portuguese.
Samples of the Doctorate in International Business (DIB)