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Doctor of Business Administration

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Course Descriptions

GRAD 800 - WRITING FOUNDATIONS

This course will orient students to Franklin University, its learning environments and support systems. Students will develop essential skills needed to be successful in a doctoral program. Foundations of theory and practice in doctoral studies will be taught. Students will gain scholarly and professional writing skills in the context of their discipline. Dissertation structure and process will be introduced. Students will also complete their first colloquia as part of the course requirements.

GRAD 805 - RESEARCH METHODOLOGY & DESIGN

Students will learn about research methodology, related methods, and how to apply them in valid and reliable research designs. Students will be taught how to construct new theories, connect research theory and design to application and practice in the organization. This course will begin to prepare students to identify a research problem, conduct a literature review, and select appropriate research methodology for their dissertation. Issues of research ethics will be discussed.

GRAD 810 - APPLIED STATISTICS

Application of statistical techniques and methods will be explored including, a review of statistics and probability, exploratory data analysis and descriptive statistics, fundamental statistical tests, regression analysis, selection of adequate analytical methods as well as interpretation and reporting of results. The course is designed to provide numerous opportunities to apply various statistical methods into research hypothesis and problems.

GRAD 820 - ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN & ANALYSIS

This is an advanced course in statistics that covers complex analyses used in education and data-driven decision making. The course is designed to broaden and deepen student understanding of advanced statistics in multivariate techniques. The emphasis of the course is on practical application of concepts learnt. To this end, the course is developed to balance theory and application and provides numerous opportunities for application to practical problems. Students will also complete their second colloquia.

GRAD 822 - ADVANCED QUALITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN & ANALYSIS

The advanced qualitative research course builds on the knowledge and skills students acquire in GRAD 810. This course leads students on an in depth treatment of qualitative research methodology, exploring its theoretical underpinnings and associated methods for design, data collection, interpretation, and reporting of results. Ethics are emphasized for each stage of research. This course will guide students to develop the methodology and data analysis for their dissertation proposal and research. Students will also complete their second colloquia if they had not enrolled in GRAD 820.

GRAD 888 - COLLOQUIUM I

The doctoral colloquium is designed to build a community and ensure that learners have the support, motivation and guidance necessary to succeed in their doctoral programs. This first colloquia will also provide students with an overview of the doctoral program expectations, coursework sequence, doctoral student support services, as well as comprehensive exam and dissertation requirements. The first colloquium is designed to establish a learning community and graduate culture for the doctoral students at Franklin University. The doctoral colloquium will be held at the University's main campus in facilities that provide appropriate online interaction for out-of-state and international students.

GRAD 889 - COLLOQUIUM II

The doctoral colloquium is designed to build a community and ensure that learners have the support, motivation and guidance necessary to succeed in their doctoral programs. The second colloquia will aid students in their transition from coursework to doctoral candidacy. Students will be oriented to the process and requirements for the upcoming comprehensive exam. In addition, they will begin to plan how to navigate and fulfill the requirements of the dissertation process. In addition, students will continue to build their learning network and community through this experience. The doctoral colloquium will be held at the University's main campus in facilities that provide appropriate online interaction for out-of-state and international students.

GRAD 901 - COMPREHENSIVE EXAM

This course is designed for students to prepare and complete their comprehensive exam. Remedial strategies and actions will also be provided for students who do not successfully pass their comprehensive exam on the first attempt.

GRAD 902 - DISSERTATION I

In Dissertation I, doctoral candidates will complete their dissertation prospectus for approval from their dissertation committee and prepare IRB documentation for their dissertation research. The emphasis in this course is to complete drafts of chapters one, two, and three of the dissertation, with chapter three advanced to point of sufficient detail for the IRB submission.

GRAD 903 - DISSERTATION II

In Dissertation II, doctoral candidates will finalize chapters one and two of the dissertation. Candidates will also collect data upon receiving IRB approval.

GRAD 904 - DISSERTATION III

In Dissertation III, doctoral candidates will complete chapters four and five and of the dissertation and make any revision necessary to the first three chapters. Students are required to defend their dissertation orally by the end of this course.

GRAD 999 - STUDY CONTINUATION

This course is for the doctoral student to remain continuously registered once he or she has begun the course study. This may be while the student needs to take a one-term break from studies, time for the remainder of the term to prepare for a re-take of the comprehensive exam or a continuation of dissertation work beyond the program's scheduled three semesters of study.

MGMT 840 - DEVELOPMENT OF MANAGEMENT THEORY & PRACTICE

The primary objective of this course is to provide a substantive overview of the development of management theory and its applications through the 20th century to date. Managerial concepts and constructs will be researched and applied in a scholar to practitioner modality. The course will focus on the evolution of management thought and the implications of its development for modern managers and leaders.

MGMT 845 - ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR, CULTURE & EFFECTIVENESS

This course is an advanced research seminar in the field of organizational culture and behavior. The seminar allows you to begin the process of substantive academic research and formal inquiry into these important theories and the implications of these for managers. The seminar will require the synthesis of critical thinking, analysis, research writing and evaluation. Students will develop a key deliverable that involves a research proposal in the fields of organizational culture and behavior and then conduct substantive research into the literature developed by others. The final project in the seminar is the development of a research ready proposal utilizing at minimum one research methodology.

MGMT 850 - ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP

This course addresses historical and current leadership concepts, theories and constructs. An emphasis will be on the application and assessment of transformational, servant and authentic leadership theories for us by both leaders and followers in 21st century business and academic settings. The course will challenge students to assess their own leadership strengths and weaknesses and produce an in-depth plan of action to develop and refine leadership competencies. Students will conduct substantive scholarly research to address and capture relevant and cutting edge leadership theoretical work for application in course assignments.

MGMT 855 - ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEMS PERSPECTIVES THEORY & APPLICATION

This course focuses on the theory and practice of organizations as open and adaptive systems. Students will address the implications of systems theory for organizational sense-making, learning, innovation and transformation. The complexity of organizations as integrated participants in while systems will be addressed through research and presentations.

MGMT 860 - STRATEGIC THINKING, DECISION MAKING & INNOVATION

This course focuses on advanced research in the fields of organizational strategy and performance. The literature on these disciplines is abundant. A focus of this course is to enable students to develop their own mental map of systems theories and concepts for application in real-world managerial and leadership settings. The course outcomes will add increased depth and breadth to the synthesis of critical thinking, analysis, research writing and evaluation regarding strategy, leadership decision-making and related organizational innovations and competitive advantages. Students will develop a key deliverable that involves a research proposal in these fields by conducting substantive research into the literature developed by others.

MGMT 865 - ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS

This course addresses a multi-prong approach to manage, lead and assess overall organizational performance in achieving tactical and strategic goals. Metrics including: shareholder value, the balanced scorecard, risk management, system alignment, human resource management, and organizational learning are addressed in this course. Also the application of research on organizational performance theories are incorporated in the course.

MGMT 870 - ETHICS & SOCIAL RESPONSBILITY

This course focuses on the evaluation and analysis of key ethical decision-making theories and constructs and their direct application and integration in 21st century organizational practices. The role of corporate social responsibility will be explored by assessing the role of organizational leaders and stakeholders with improving the quality of life for individuals and the community.

MGMT 875 - CHANGE MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

This course focuses on research and evaluation of the key theoretical concepts and practices central to the leading of organizational change initiatives. Students will evaluate real-world situations, cases and scenarios in order to recommend and justify theoretically-based change management practices to ensure ongoing organizational acceptance and effectiveness of these programs. Students will conduct scholarly research to explore, evaluate and interpret

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