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|Course Code||DDBA 8006||Course||Contemporary Challenges in Business||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
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.
|Course Code||DDBA 8161||Course||Business Strategy and Innovation for Competitive Advantage||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
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. They 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.
|Course Code||DDBA 8511||Course||Seminar in Innovation Management||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||DDBA 8541||Course||Seminar in Entrepreneurial Finance||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||DDBA 8512||Course||Seminar in IT for Competitive Advantage||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
An essential, "make or break" aspect of today's organizational environment is innovation. Students in this seminar course are provided with the opportunity to position themselves for professional success in management through the study of concepts, processes, and tools needed to accelerate the rate, breadth, and depth of innovation within any organization. Students examine what innovation is and is not, as well as how to establish the organizational policies, processes, and employee-support infrastructure required to facilitate successful innovation throughout organizations. Students assess current information through extensive use of topical journal articles and papers as well as classic articles and papers related to the field of study. They also disseminate their findings to their peers through group discussions.
Entrepreneurial finance is designed to help managers make accurate investments and business decisions in entrepreneurial settings. In this seminar course, students explore the development of a small business from startup to financial security. They examine the process and various sources of funding, including partnerships with venture capitalists, conventional sources, and initial public offerings. Most importantly, students explore how to construct funding as well as the trade-offs and benefits for each model. They analyze entrepreneurial equity and how to negotiate any agreement with funding sources. Students accomplish course objectives by examining foundational literature and theories, seminal works, and established models in the field of entrepreneurial finance. They also identify additional resources and disseminate research conclusions to their peers.
Though many aspects of information technology (IT) are becoming staples in the business toolbox, competitive advantage is still possible through the development of creative applications and the configuration of technology in ways unique to an organization. In this seminar course, students investigate this advantage through the evaluation of the frontier of IT in business and new ways of applying IT to cut costs, increase customer satisfaction, and open new business opportunities. Students explore social networking tools and Internet recognition strategies for potential business uses. 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. Students also identify additional resources and disseminate their conclusions to their peers.