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Prepare to help developing regions build modern, sustainable communities with a specialization in Global Leadership. Coursework explores the intricate relationships among strategic planning, management, and leadership from an international perspective. Review effective sustainability frameworks and models and gain strategies for building capacity for community change. You also will study the nature and methods of driving profound change in modern public organizations and gain tools for making effective and timely leadership decisions in complex and uncertain conditions.
The majority of our students take over 2 years to complete their doctoral study or dissertation.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will 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.
This course introduces students to Walden University and the requirements for successful participation in a doctoral program in an online learning environment. It also provides a foundation for academic and professional success as a scholar-practitioner and social change agent. Course assignments focus on the practical application of critical reading and thinking, scholarly writing, and academic integrity. Students also become familiar with Walden's library, scholarly resources, and APA style rules.
Successful participation in a doctoral program in an online learning environment. It also provides a foundation for academic and professional success as a scholar-practitioner and social change agent, from an international student perspective. Course assignments focus on the practical application of critical reading and thinking, scholarly writing, and academic integrity, addressing themes and issues that are most relevant to international students or students who live and work outside the United States. Students also become familiar with Walden's library, scholarly resources, and APA style rules.
Ethics is a foundational element of leadership. In this course, students examine the philosophy of ethics as well as responsibility and social justice—basic tenets of public service. Students explore the complex social, political, and related ethical challenges leaders face as they seek to meet the needs of diverse constituents. They examine ethics and social justice related to economic disparity, power, and privilege. Students also assess demographic data and current social trends and themes to understand, analyze, and address ethical and social justice issues that impact service delivery in a global community. Applying concepts presented in the course, students engage in an in-depth assessment of an emerging or persistent ethical or social justice issue, through which they demonstrate their ability to make recommendations for improvement or change.
In an increasingly complex world, leaders and managers in public and nonprofit organizations plan strategies to fulfill the organizational mission and enhance stakeholder satisfaction. Students in this course explore the role and process of strategic planning, including collaboration, cooperation, and coordination. They also examine the benefits, challenges, and pitfalls of strategic planning, in addition to the impact of globalization. Students apply these concepts to real-life scenarios and develop a strategic plan for a nonprofit or public organization.
Sound financial practices are crucial to managing scarce funds in both public and nonprofit operations. Students in this course examine finance and budgeting concepts, policies, and practices related to organizations as well as the fiscal climate within which they operate. They assess theories for motivating major fiscal-policy debates, and they explore and discuss auditing practices, tax systems, financial management, budgetary reform, financial technology systems, the use of dashboards for financial reporting, and the impact of globalization on finance and budget. Students read and analyze budgets, financial statements, and reports. They contextualize their learning as they apply knowledge gained from their analysis to develop a new budget and financial plan for either a public or private organization.
Successful organizations in a rapidly changing and complex world require leaders who embrace change and are able to engage others in change. In this course, students use traditional literature, current articles, and interactive media to explore the qualities, characteristics, and skills of effective leaders as well as the theories, models, and relationships between leadership and organizational change. They assess the ethical issues and standards as well as the opportunities and challenges related to leading diverse organizations through change. Students also examine how current leaders employ leadership and organizational change to contribute to social change, and they consider how to use these lessons to make further positive changes within an organization or their own community.
Democracy is the foundation of modern life. The course provides students with an overview of democratic governance in public administration, public policy, and nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations in modern society. Students explain the theoretical underpinnings of democratic governance and public policy in their chosen area of specialization necessary for doctoral-level research. They describe the context in which public and nonprofit leaders function and the social institutions that influence public policy and guide administrative decision making. Students also review fundamental theories of governance, research current literature on a specialized topic, and apply best practices as they relate concepts to complete practical application assignments and a final case scenario project.
Public policy implementation can take place in various types of organizations. Students engage in a collaborative study of strategic planning, management, and leadership in the context of public and nonprofit organizations. Students in this course identify, analyze and evaluate the intricate relationships between strategic planning, management, and leaderships, from an international perspective. This course covers three key institutional elements: "Thinking-Acting-and Leading" strategically. Students apply a management systems approach as they develop, adopt, manage, and lead a strategic plan for an international public or nonprofit organization or with an international focus. Students will understand the strategic context for practical decision making for international public and nonprofit organizations; emphasizing the central role of the environment in the strategic planning process. The course offers a hands-on approach that tests students' ability to make effective and timely management and leadership decisions in complex and uncertain conditions.
This research course provides students with the opportunity to develop core knowledge and skills for designing quantitative research at the doctoral level, including understanding data analysis and applying statistical concepts. Students explore classical quantitative research designs and common statistical tests, the importance of quality assurance, and ethical and social change implications of conducting quantitative research and producing knowledge. They approach statistics from a problem-solving perspective with emphasis on selecting appropriate statistical tests for a research design. Students use statistical software to calculate statistics data and interpret and present results. Students apply their knowledge and skills by developing a quantitative research plan. (Prerequisites: RSCH 8100P.)
Effective community leaders must be familiar with a wide range of tools, strategies, and skills to create sustainable communities. In this course, students examine these elements to learn how leaders build capacity for community change; assess community needs and resources; create community visions; promote stakeholder interest and participation; analyze community problems; and carry out practices and interventions to improve sustainability in communities. They also explore sustainability frameworks and models. They apply these and other concepts presented in the course to develop a proposal for sustainable community development, focusing on community assessment, stakeholder involvement, and development planning.
Students in this research course are provided with the opportunity to develop core knowledge and skills for designing qualitative research at the doctoral level, including understanding data analysis. Students explore the nature of qualitative inquiry; fieldwork strategies and the nature of observation; theoretical approaches to qualitative research; the importance of quality assurance; and the ethical, legal, and social change implications of conducting qualitative research and producing knowledge. They use software to code data and interpret and present results. Students apply their knowledge and skills by developing a qualitative research plan. (Prerequisites: RSCH 8100P.)
Students in this course are engaged in a collaborative study of the nature and methods of transformative change in the complex human systems of contemporary public organizations. Students explore and employ a pragmatic-action-learning process for studying the experience of transformative change in complex systems. They examine the dynamics of complex adaptive systems to gain an understanding of how large-scale and highly interrelated human systems change through self-organization. Students explore and apply appreciative.
This research course builds upon knowledge and skills acquired in RSCH 8200P Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis and provides experience applying them. It provides students with more specialized knowledge and skills for designing quantitative research at the doctoral level, including understanding multivariate data analysis and applying more advanced statistical concepts. Students explore comprehensive quantitative research designs and suitable statistical tests; the importance of quality assurance; and ethical considerations and social change implications of conducting quantitative research and producing knowledge. This course approaches statistics from a problem-solving perspective with emphasis on selecting the appropriate research design and statistical tests for more complex research questions or problems. Students use statistical software to perform analyses and interpret and present results. Students will apply and synthesize their knowledge and skills by developing a quantitative research plan. (Prerequisites: RSCH 8200P.)
Students in this research course build upon their established qualitative research proficiencies and provides them with practical experience in application. Students are also provided with the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge and skills within each of the common qualitative traditions for designing qualitative research at the doctoral level. Students explore more complex qualitative research designs and analyses; multiple approaches to coding and organizing data; core components of a qualitative write up; the importance of quality assurance; and the ethical considerations and social change implications of conducting qualitative research and producing knowledge. They apply their knowledge and skills by developing a qualitative research plan. (Prerequisites: RSCH 8300P)
This course prepares students for the Dissertation phase of their doctoral education. It focuses on increasing students’ understanding of the Dissertation process, including how the research must fit within the context of public policy and administration, the alignment required among all components of the Dissertation, and the role of the Prospectus. To pass the course, students must complete the first draft of their Prospectus. In this course, students identify a Dissertation topic and potential Dissertation committee members; begin to conduct a literature review; identify a theoretical framework appropriate to public policy and administration; develop a problem statement and research questions; and evaluate research designs, methods, and types of analyses to use for their Dissertation research. Students also complete their initial Premise and an annotated outline of their Prospectus. Following successful completion of this course, the students will work with their Dissertation committee chairs and committee members to refine their problem statement and carry out the other work necessary to develop a final Dissertation Prospectus. When this process has been completed, the chair and committee member must approve the Prospectus, using the Prospectus Rubric, at which point students have a “blueprint” to begin work on their three-chapter Dissertation Proposals.
The final dissertation demonstrates students’ scholarly ability to examine, critique, and synthesize knowledge and experience, so that new ideas can be tested; best practices identified, established, and verified; and theoretical, practice, or policy constructs evaluated and advanced. Doctoral students have the opportunity to integrate their program of study into an in-depth exploration of an interest area, culminating in the completion their dissertation research study in this course. Students complete the dissertation independently, with the guidance of a supervisory committee chair and committee members. Students complete a prospectus, proposal, Institutional Review Board application, and a final oral presentation and written dissertation. Ultimately, every dissertation should make a fresh contribution to the field of public policy and administration. (Prerequisites: Core KAMs, RSCH 8100P, RSCH 8200P, and RSCH 8300P.)
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