Gateway to Doctoral Studies
The journey for a doctoral student to the domains of the scholar-practitioner begins with this course. No organization can succeed without being managed, and students will be exposed to a unique perspective on organizational success. Students have the opportunity to develop a personal navigational tool—the Skills Development and Assessment Plan (SDAP)—to identify goals and how the program will unfold to help students meet those goals. In this course, students are prepared for the journey that will take them from absorbing knowledge to becoming creators of knowledge. During this orientation, students grapple with some of the biggest questions facing the management profession: How have the demands on management and leadership shifted with the digital age? What are the implications of a global 24/7 world? How will the student, as a scholar-practitioner, contribute to positive social change after graduation? While engaging them in these and other questions regarding the future of management, students will be guided through the full spectrum of Walden resources and become familiar with those academic support systems designed to help students become better critical thinkers and scholarly writers: the Writing Center, the Library, the Academic Skills Center, and the Center for Research Quality.