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Leadership Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management

School of Business and Technology

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Residency Requirement(s):

Three ten-week courses with a four-day embedded residency experience (BMGT-R8925, BMGT-R8926, BMGT-R8927). See university policy 3.04.05 Attendance at Residencies and the Residencies page on Campus for more information. Also see each graduate school’s residency courses.

 

 

Twenty-Four Required Courses

 

 

90 quarter credits

Core courses:

BMGT8002
Research Processes, Theory and Practice in Global Business

Learners in this course explore business theories, research, and practice. In particular, learners study the challenges of conducting scholarly research and the practice of leading and managing a business enterprise. Learners explore the depth and breadth of business research, the research methodologies used to conduct it, and potential business research topic areas. Learners are also immersed in a culture of inquiry to focus on strengthening criticalthinking and scholarly writing skills. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
BMGT8006
Business Principles and Practices

Learners in this course apply theories of organization to critically analyze the organization as an arrangement of systems to develop a holistic understanding of its interrelated, interdependent functions. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8008
Ethics and Leadership in Global Environments

In this course, learners examine ethics theory and practice, ethical decision making, and the leader’s role in creating an ethical environment in global business. Learners also explore the ways cultural intelligence fosters multicultural and ethical thinking.  

4 quarter credits
BMGT8010
Economics in Global Environments

Learners in this course examine micro- and macroeconomics from local and global perspectives; evaluate the operation of global markets in using a systems approach in the allocation of scarce resources; and explore current literature in applying economic theory to financial decision making at the individual and organizational level.

4 quarter credits
-or-
BMGT8014
Accounting and Finance Principles and Practice

In this course, learners study the principles and practices of accounting and financial management and the ways they inform business decision making. Learners also explore the impacts of various accounting and financial decisions on organizations.

4 quarter credits

BMGT-R8925 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to initiate the development of a dissertation research plan. Throughout the course, learners focus on identifying a theory, topic, and research problem appropriate for their specialization. Track 1 learners must also complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 1 (Research Ethics Education). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 1 learning outcomes. For PhD in Business Management and PhD in Information Technology learners only. Prerequisite(s): PhD in Business Management learners must have completed BMGT8019. PhD in Information Technology learners must have completed BMGT8028 or BMGT8030. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
BMGT-R8926 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to develop a research question and to select an appropriate dissertation topic. In Track 2, learners complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 2 (Topic Approval). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 2 learning outcomes. For PhD in Business Management and PhD in Information Technology learners only. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8034, BMGT-R8925. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
BMGT-R8927 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Seminar Track 3 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to detail a methodological design, sampling plan, and strategy for data analysis. In Track 3, learners complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 5 (Research Plan Approval). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 3 learning outcomes. For PhD in Business Management and PhD in Information Technology learners only. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8040 or BMGT8042; BMGT-R8926. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
BMGT8012
Marketing Principles and Practice

This course presents marketing principles and best practices. Learners analyze the factors influencing marketing strategy and explore ways to use marketing theory to identify market opportunities and segments. Learners then formulate appropriate marketing strategies to pursue those opportunities and markets from cultural, virtual, and global perspectives.

4 quarter credits
-or-
BMGT8016
Strategic Management and Practice

Learners in this course examine theories associated with effective strategy development, integration, and implementation across all functional areas of business operations. Learners study the skills required of strategic thinkers and leaders in today’s complex global business environment and practice applying them to solve contemporary business issues.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8019
Business Dissertation Specialization Literature

This course provides a guided review of the literature in the learner's specialization for the purpose of identifying a study topic. Learners research and evaluate associated major threads of research and theory in the literature. The course prepares learners for the development of an appropriate topic during Residency Track 1. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8028. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8028
Foundations of Research, Scholarly Literature, and Theory in Management

Learners in this course examine the structure and process of the scholarly literature in peer reviewed journals and explore the role of the scholar as social and behavioral scientist. Learners critically evaluate scholarly literature, including seminal work, relevant theory, and data-based research studies from both the qualitative and quantitative traditions. Learners also explore the meaning of content and process gaps, problems, and research opportunities uncovered during the literature review. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8032 *
Survey of Applied Research Methods

This course focuses on qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods, and applied business management and information technology research designs. Learners move beyond conducting literature reviews at the methodological level and focus on research design specific to reliability and threats to validity and on developing their own research proposal. Learners explore the meaning of content and process gaps, problems, and opportunities uncovered during the literature review process. Learners also develop an understanding of research ethics and the role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Prerequisite(s): BMGT8028. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8034 *
Quantitative Research Techniques

In this course, learners explore the fundamental concepts needed to conduct doctoral-level quantitative research. Learners develop skills related to quantitative research techniques including understanding variables and relationships, selecting quantitative instruments and evaluating their reliability and validity, developing research questions and associated hypotheses, developing ethical sampling approaches and data collection plans, choosing appropriate statistical tests, analyzing data, interpreting results, and drawing conclusions. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8032. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8040 *
Advanced Qualitative Research

Learners in this course investigate qualitative inquiry and qualitative research designs based on social constructivist and interpretive traditions appropriate for conducting business management research. Learners explore research problems, questions and design considerations, data collection and analysis, reporting and presentation of findings, and verification of data conclusions. Learners also evaluate qualitative data management software options. This course is recommended for learners who intend to conduct qualitative dissertation research. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8034. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
-or-
BMGT8043 *
Quantitative Research Techniques 2

In this course, learners define a quantitative research question by demonstrating the understanding of the relationship between hypothesis and theory. Learners develop a research design using research questions and the appropriate sample, control variables, and statistical technique, and identify the logical connection between the hypothesis and theory. Other course topics include sample design, exploratory data analysis, multiple regression, logistic regression, factorial ANOVA, and multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA). This course requires the use of analytical software. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8034. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8055 *
Business Special Topics: Literature Review

This course guides learners in the development of a comprehensive literature review. Learners build on their approved Dissertation Research Plan from Residency Track 3 as the foundation for drafting Chapter 2 of their dissertation. Learners document and synthesize key seminal theoretical works, conceptual studies, and methodologies underpinning the gap in the scholarly knowledge that their proposed study addresses. While developing Chapter 2 of their dissertation, learners review and apply School of Business dissertation guidelines. Prerequisite(s): BMGT-R8927. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Specialization courses:

BMGT8610
Leadership Theory and Practice in a Global Environment

Learners in this course evaluate leadership theories and practices in diverse cultures from a historical and theoretical basis using a multi-disciplinary lens. Learners also develop expanded leadership perspectives and practices, enabling them to assure the viability of their organizations in a dynamic global business environment. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8612
Leadership as Personal Practice

Learners in this course focus on analyzing scholarly literature and emerging research trends in relational leadership. The course also emphasizes theories and models of leadership, which support a shift from hierarchical leadership to inclusive and collaborative leadership. Finally, learners assess personal barriers and facilitators to inclusionary leadership and apply theories and models to personal practice. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8614
Leading the Organizational System

In this course, learners explore leadership practice in complex and dynamic environments. Learners use systems thinking and organizational theory to analyze leadership practice within the framework of organizational systems and evaluate the role of systems thinking in organizations to develop innovation in complex environments. Finally, learners apply these concepts to leadership practice. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8616
Leading Dynamic Systems with Multi-Dimensional Thinking

Learners in this course synthesize multiple ways of thinking to support effective leadership decision making. By integrating critical, creative, reflective, systems, and statistical thinking, learners develop leadership qualities that allow them to apply their insights to current models and perspectives in order to envision a future with improved organizational patterns and outcomes. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Upon completion of all required coursework:

GBUS9919 *
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

This course includes an overview of the comprehensive examination process, the university’s expectations of academic honesty and integrity, the three core themes of the examination, and the evaluation criteria. The courseroom mentor provides three questions addressing the core themes. Learners write answers to the comprehensive examination questions. Answers are evaluated by faculty readers using point-scale scoring rubrics. Upon passing the comprehensive examination, learners are eligible to register for the first dissertation course. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required and elective coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Completion of practicum courses, if applicable. Fulfillment of all residency requirements. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

Learners must register for GBUS9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements.

GBUS9960 *
Dissertation Courseroom

This course provides learners with resources, guidance, and peer and mentor support during each dissertation course as they complete the required milestones. Grading for this course is S/NS. Learners must register for this course a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements. Prerequisite(s): BMGT9919 or OM9919 or GBUS9919. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits each

 

 

One Elective Course

 

 

4 quarter credits

Choose any business management course(s).

 

 

Total

 

 

90 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Dissertation Research Seminar with Residency

To support your academic and professional success, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day residencies as part of the dissertation research seminars (BMGT-R8925, BMGT-R8926, BMGT-R8927).

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