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 855-646-5286.
|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 8521||Course||Seminar in Change Management||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||DDBA 8522||Course||Seminar in Sustainability||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||DDBA 8523||Course||Seminar in Law and Compliance||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
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 responses; these include laws, such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as whistleblower protection programs. Independent scholars 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 business law and compliance. They formulate an original research topic and assess the potential impact of their findings on the fields of business law and compliance. They also give and receive feedback through critiques for and by peers. Independent scholars accomplish course objectives by examining current information, such as foundational literature and theories, seminal works, and established models in the fields of business law and compliance.