Microsoft Corporation has provided funding to Florida International University College of Business (FIU Business) to launch the Center for Engagement Management Scholarship (CEMS), which provides research-based guidance to Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) students and graduates in business careers.
As a founding partner of the program, Microsoft is providing seed money to set up the CMS infrastructure and hire staff, said George Markas, associate dean for research and doctoral studies at FIU Business. The center will be operational by the end of 2023.
CEMS follows a practitioner-scholar model where DBA students who have completed doctoral coursework but not yet begun working on their dissertations, as well as DBA graduates from FIU and other universities, apply research data to find business solutions.
CMS supports businesses with evidence-based solutions to problems and helps implement those solutions and analyze their effectiveness, Markas said. At the same time, CEMS practitioner-scholars gain real-world skills with research and publication opportunities.
“This is an opportunity to create business between the graduates of our research degree program and companies at the local, national and international levels,” Markas said.