Organizational Design and Innovation

In an environment of disruptive and agile innovation, artificial intelligence, and autonomous systems, business leaders need to employ strategies to deal with the reality of these forces. In the Organizational Design and Innovation specialization, you will explore the changes in organizational innovation agility and develop leadership strategies informed by design thinking.

Specialization Learning Outcomes

In addition to the core program learning outcomes, graduates in this specialization will be prepared to:

  1. Analyze the consequences of innovative and disruptive forces on society.
  2. Analyze ethical considerations related to implementation of artificial intelligence, management agility, and ambidexterity.
  3. Assess how environmental, societal, and ideological concepts impact design thinking.
  4. Examine the effects of the implementation of organizational theories on the health and well-being of organizational structures.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
  • Core courses (20 cr.)
  • Foundation research course sequence (15 cr.)
  • Advanced research course sequence (5 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation Preparation courses (9 cr.)
    • Dissertation writing courses (5 credits per quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
  • Four PhD residencies

Walden students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation course shell.

Please refer to Walden’s catalog for more information about degree requirements.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment specialist at 844-398-6089.


Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8880G Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code MGMT 4990M Course Business Essentials Credits (0 cr.)
Course Code MGMT 8003M Course Gateway to Doctoral Management Studies Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code MGMT 8005M Course Organizational Perspectives and Implications for Leaders Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code MGMT 8007M Course Complexity and Systems Thinking Dynamics Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code MGMT 8009M Course Organizational Decision Making and Judgment Credits (5 cr.)

Specialization Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code MGMT 8805M Course Agile and Disruptive Innovation Management Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code MGMT 8815M Course Managing by Design Theory Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code MGMT 8825M Course Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Credits (5 cr.)

Foundation Research Sequence

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8310 Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)

Advanced Research Course

One of the following three courses is required:
Course Code Course Credits
Course Code RSCH 8260
or
RSCH 8360
or
RSCH 8460
Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone

Dissertation Preparation Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code MGMT 8900M Course Prospectus Development and Alignment Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code MGMT 8910M Course Dissertation Development Process Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code MGMT 8920M Course Developing the Content Literature Review and Research Method and Design Credits (3 cr.)

Dissertation Writing Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code MGMT 9000M* Course Doctoral Dissertation Credits (continuous enrollment in 5 credits per quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)

*Students are continuously enrolled in MGMT 9000M for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion of their dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe
Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements. See the policy in the Walden University Student Handbook. Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, health issues, leaves of absence, or other personal circumstances.

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