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The rise in terrorist activity and natural disasters in recent years has intensified the importance of and need for homeland security in the United States and abroad. Today, it plays an expanding and dynamic role in virtually every business and government institution. The Homeland Security specialization is designed for leaders in the private and public sectors interested in analyzing homeland security and crisis planning from a business perspective.
Explore how the field of homeland security has evolved, as well as the global implications it has on how an organization operates, internally and externally. From the principles of global terrorism to risk-based analysis strategies and emerging organizational and policy challenges, gain the insight and knowledge you need to confidently address organizational security issues, mitigate risk, and protect business infrastructure through critical thinking and applied research.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.
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Students are provided with a foundation for academic and professional success specific to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in the Doctor of Business Administration degree program. The topics covered in this course include change management, crisis management, innovation, and disruptive technology. Students engage in discussion and analyze scholarly literature related to these topics, their personal and professional experiences, and areas of academic interest from a practitioner approach and from a social-change-agent viewpoint. The focus of the course assignments is on the practical application of writing and critical-thinking skills and the promotion of professional business practice and academic excellence. Through their assignments, students emphasize their personal and professional development, including the completion of a personal SWOT analysis and professional development plan.
Successful business leaders create a positive organizational culture based on personal ethical behavior, ethical expectations, training, and transparency. Business leaders use a range of leadership styles, including transformational, transactional and servant leadership, based on the organizational situation. Regardless of leadership style, one thing that business leaders have in common is the ability to identify and develop leadership strategies that lend to the success and sustainability of their business. In this four-module course, students cover a wide range of different topics on business leadership. Students focus on the practical application of APA writing, critical thinking, and the integration of professional leadership practice at the doctoral level as they develop sustainable solutions from the perspective of a business leader. Students examine the relationship between leadership and management, evaluate the impact and utility of leadership styles assessments, and analyze different leadership styles. Additionally, students evaluate and investigate various leadership theories, sources of power, and motivation theories to gain a better understanding into the nature and practice of leadership. Students evaluate and assess ethical dilemmas, organizational stress, and craft an organizational strategy to shape a successful business culture. They assess current articles, engage in online discussions, and complete application assignments based on organizational culture, ethics, strategy, stress, and leadership theories.
Information technology and systems saturate every aspect of business, from small corner stores to global corporations. Students are provided with broad coverage of information systems management concepts and trends underlying current and future developments as well as principles for providing effective implementation of information systems management in this course. Students use business case studies to gain real-world insight on the impact of information systems on decision making, collaboration, and maintaining business relationships. They engage in discussions on a variety of topics, such as the advantages and disadvantages of global Internet commerce, the role of on- and off-shore workers in a company-wide information system, and the pros and cons of short-cycle time approaches to information systems development. Students develop and define their position and reasoning on a variety of information systems’ current issues as the course progresses. Students also focus on the practical application of writing and the integration of professional practice at the doctoral level.
The current global environment is diverse, technologically reliant, and constantly changing; old skills and tools that were once effective may no longer be efficient for today’s market. In this course, students examine the global marketplace and identify, adapt, and apply skills and supporting tools that guide them to develop and create a globally competitive advantage in multiple and diverse scenarios and settings. Students apply requisite knowledge of marketing essentials, such as the marketing mix, differentiation, and focused markets to financial planning and data analysis. Students also sharpen communication and problem-solving skills as they propose and defend an organization’s movement into new products and markets using decision-based analytical tools in a socially responsible manner.
Daily, there are risks of corporate challenges and insults ranging from local and national regulatory shifts and breeches to international complexities of emerging opportunities. These events require global business leaders to possess a variety of financial skills and sensibilities. Through case studies and analytical projects, students have the opportunity to build skills and knowledge for leading organizations with ethical integrity and social accountability. They explore the financial and monetary markets in the United States and abroad to gain an economic context to apply the concepts and tools necessary to assess an organization’s financial position and to explore alternatives to finance-organizational ventures. Students also engage in assignments focused on financial planning, budgeting, and other trends, such as balancing risks. Students prepare to be key ethical players who are effective in leading an organization’s financial capabilities based on sound financial and economic principles.
Corporate social impact is of increasing interest because many organizations are moving from a profit-only outlook to a model of social-responsibility. This course immerses students in the ways business operates in a global environment, providing them with the opportunity to widen professional perspectives. Students engage in variety of writing and creative assignments, while exploring a variety of topics, such as supply chain management, process management, quality, innovation, and forecasting. Integrating professional practice at the doctoral level, they employ critical-thinking skills to analyze decision-making motives and techniques in a global operations environment.
Students in this DBA strategy course concentrate on the creation and implementation of business strategies that maximize competitive advantage in the marketplace. Students develop an understanding of why and how individuals and business organizations work together creating sustainable businesses in the global marketplace. Students apply models for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of business organizations and identify opportunities and threats resulting from forces shaping the marketplace. Students focus on practical business applications of writing, critical thinking, and classroom engagement in a combination of essay discussions, research assignments, and writing papers to analyze, develop, and defend ideas for strategic and innovative business solutions for sustainability.
In this course, students are provided with the opportunity to acquire substantive, foundational knowledge of the philosophy of science, including the construction, use, and critique of concepts and theories. Students examine qualitative and quantitative frameworks for inquiry as well as the ethical, social, and political aspects of conducting research. They learn about quantitative designs, such as experimental and quasi-experimental, survey, causal-comparative, evaluation, and existing action research. In regard to qualitative designs, students examine case study, phenomenology, grounded theory, and ethnography designs. Students complete application exercises to demonstrate their conceptual knowledge of applied research methods in preparation for their doctoral study as well as for problem-solving in professional practice. They also engage in the practical application of writing and critical thinking as they synthesize the relationship between research in management and the promulgation of social change.
The D.B.A. capstone project requires that students know how to collect, organize, and interpret data. In this course, students broaden their research and general analysis skills as they further explore methodology and project types to incorporate into their doctoral study. Students engage in coursework focusing on qualitative and case study research methods, through which they learn to focus their analysis on efforts to improve the quality of an organization and its performance. Students examine techniques for thinking in an action-oriented manner, as if they were consultants, so that they can apply their own doctoral study in the real world. Finally, students engage in an iterative process of writing a proposal, incorporating feedback from peers and the course instructor. Ultimately, the proposal is offered by students as a document for review for consideration by potential mentors for their doctoral study.
This course serves as a research competency component preparing students for research analysis requisite of the final doctoral capstone study as well as professional practice. In this course, students practice using descriptive statistics, statistical inference, and quantitative techniques, including analysis of variance and covariance, multiple linear regressions, and various non-parametric techniques. Students focus on key concepts and issues in the conduct of data analysis in management-oriented social science research, including the role of distribution assumptions underlying hypothesis tests, the computational details of various tests, and the use of readily available statistical software packages. They examine methods of using software for data analysis. This course is not intended for students to become fully grounded in statistical methods; rather, students learn appropriate questions to ask regarding data analysis as well as how to defend their use of specific techniques in professional practice.
The term Business Continuity Management is a unifying process and the umbrella under which multiple supporting functions, including crisis management and business continuity, operate and integrate. Terrorism represents a significant threat to global business leaders, since globalization and terrorism are inextricably linked. Events such as the 2001 September 11 terrorist attacks and the 2004 Madrid bombings had significant impact on business continuity management. From a business continuity perspective, learners in this course examine key questions and issues facing the U.S. intelligence community from a global viewpoint. What is its role in homeland security and how may these topics affect business continuity management? The emphasis of the course will be on issues affecting business continuity management policy, oversight, and intelligence support to homeland defense/security and global business decision making. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 is addressed, and the course is shaped to focus on homeland intelligence support business issues at the state, local, and tribal levels.
A foundational tenet of terrorist activity is the destruction of business structures. Business leaders can do much to prepare for the impact of hazards faced with regard to technology-related hazards, terrorism, natural hazards, and human-caused hazards. From a business planning standpoint, the business leader will examine an all hazards approach. Learners, as part of an economical system, will get an overview of terrorism that includes the definition, root causes, ideologies, historical and current perspectives, modus operandi and targets, radicalization and recruitment, terrorist group structures, domestic and international terrorist groups, state-sponsored terrorism, and counterterrorism inasmuch as all impact the business leader. Terrorism affects both the long-term and short-term segments of businesses around the world; therefore, the need for business continuity planning is investigated.
Given the uncertainty of emerging terrorist and criminal threats, business leaders require a quick qualitative assessment of the vulnerability to existing business operations, personnel, facilities, and assets. From a business perspective, critical infrastructure protection is one of the cornerstones of homeland security. The National Strategy for Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets lists 11 critical sectors. Students in this course are introduced students to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) risk-based resource allocation process. In the course, the fundamentals of business-related risk assessment are discussed, and the advantages and disadvantages of various risk assessment tools are examined. At the completion of the course, learners will be able to assess the value of various risk tools, apply those tools to any critical infrastructure within their multi-jurisdictional region, and derive optimal business strategies and draft policies to reduce the risk associated with future terrorist attacks and other hazards on their business interests.
The purpose of this course is to assist doctoral students in making steady progress toward the D.B.A. Students use this course as a forum for ongoing exchange of ideas, input, and feedback with peers and their doctoral study chair. They engage in a variety of activities, providing the tools needed to complete the doctoral study capstone successfully. Students gain practice with various research methods and data-gathering techniques; determine best practices; explore the various resources, including the Walden Library, Writing Center, and Research Center; and prepare a draft and final version of their doctoral study prospectus, which is required to proceed with the final doctoral study.
The final doctoral study demonstrates students’ scholarly ability to examine, critique, and synthesize knowledge, theory, and experience, so that new ideas can be tested; best practices identified, established, and verified; and theoretical, practice, or policy constructs evaluated and advanced. In all cases, students engage in rigorous inquiry that results in new knowledge, insight, or practice, demonstrating efficacy in the world of business and management. This course assists students in working through the process of the doctoral study. Students design personal best practices for completing their study within a designated context. They also select their committee members, with whom they establish and maintain strong working relationships and on whom they rely to mentor and approve their proposal and final study. Ultimately, students completing the doctoral study make a fresh contribution to the field of practice in the professional business environment.
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