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As more companies move from a profit-only outlook to one that focuses on communities and society as a whole, the ability to manage and improve an organization’s social impact is in high demand. Examine key issues in corporate responsibility, such as how to achieve greater transparency while protecting proprietary information, leverage social involvement in branding, improve operational efficiency through environmental initiatives, and strengthen stakeholder relationships. Coursework focuses on the development of writing and critical-thinking skills at the doctoral level.
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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 only constant in today’s business environment is change. However, implementing change alone is not sufficient. It is also necessary to identify and prioritize the key organizational issues requiring change and to implement the necessary changes successfully. Furthermore, change must be defined and aligned at the organizational, process, and employee levels. In this seminar course, students identify and focus on the key areas of an organization that should be prioritized for change initiatives and for the development and implementation of strategies that will increase the success rate of the key change initiatives. Students formulate an original research topic related to the course literature and present and debate their findings through a peer work group. They accomplish course objectives by examining current information, such as foundational literature and theories, seminal works, and established models in the field of change management.
The various environmental crises facing the planet threaten the human race. Therefore, the primary challenge for business is to conduct itself in a responsible manner through sustainable decisions. That means more than anticipating continuous profitability. Students in this seminar course explore what it means to be sustainable from an environmental perspective and examine the implications for business in terms of resource consumption, materials processing and disposal, and the impacts of the products made and distributed. Students analyze natural systems and how their condition influences doing business in a global economy. They also examine the long-term implications for conducting business globally. Students fine tune critical-thinking skills by formulating an original research topic, which they discuss with their peers. They accomplish course objectives by examining current information through extensive use of recent journal articles and papers as well as classic articles and papers related to the field of study.
Recent cases of corporate greed, bankruptcy, and fraud as well as the collapse of the housing-market and its fallout in the investment community have prompted the need for new regulatory pressures; these include laws, such as Sarbanes-Oxley, and compliance systems from either third-parties, such as the efforts of the Global Reporting Initiative or new watchdogs developed to address the failure of the market’s self-correcting mechanisms. Students in this seminar course examine these new ways of doing business in today’s sociopolitical climate from a legal perspective, including identification of opportunities for new research in law and compliance. Students formulate an original research topic and assess the potential impact of their findings on the field of law and compliance. They also give and receive feedback through a group critique. Students accomplish course objectives by examining current information, such as foundational literature and theories, seminal works, and established models in the field of law and compliance.
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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