DBA 711 Organizational Research Perspectives
The course focuses on the philosophical, ethical, methodological, and analytic issues encountered in various approaches to research in organization. Particular emphasis will be paid to the critical reading of research and exploration of research design possibilities in order to help students articulate a research topic and a defensible research plan. The course will involve extensive reading of research across methodologies as well as intensive writing and peer review.
DBA 712 Quantitative Research Methods
This Doctoral-level course covers all aspects of quantitative techniques and their applications in business. This is a methodological course, developed to equip students with skills necessary for the development and implementation of their own research dissertation based on quantitative methods. The course examines theoretical and practical aspects of quantitative methods in business research and enable students to better appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative research strategies. Students will have the opportunity to use statistical software and apply established quantitative methods, thus gaining some experience in data analysis techniques. Moreover, the course will discuss theory and hypothesis testing, measurement of constructs, publication strategies, and various special topics in empirical research.
DBA 713 Global Management Models
The course will focus on how globalization affects firms’ management practices, through a combination of theoretical models and practical business cases. The course aims at giving the students a deep understanding of the theories behind firms’ internationalization strategies and the challenges faced by firms engaged in international business. The subject explores key issues facing managers operating in today’s globalized world. The course further investigates how managers can respond positively to the challenges of motivating and leading a multi-cultural workforce, including expatriates and global teams. Informed strategic decision-making and the issue of ethics and corporate social responsibility in a global context are also examined.
DBA 721 Contemporary Business Issues in GCC
In today's rapidly changing global business environment, managers need to be aware of emerging trends and issues and develop an understanding of how these changes may influence current practice. This course gives you the opportunity to examine a number of contemporary and emerging business issues, the vehicle for advancing the development of professional values, in order to familiarize you with the business environment you are likely to be operating in as a business manager. The course will enable you to consider the complexity of these issues, explore the available literature and apply concepts to real world scenarios.
The course also will give students a better understanding of the business environment in the GCC countries and the challenges and opportunities for companies operating within its borders. Whether a small enterprise or a global business, every commercial endeavor is influenced by GCC political and economic developments. The GCC will play a major role in the efforts toward a global economic recovery; and for this reason, its strategies for sustainable development and increased competitiveness will be carefully analyzed.
Pre-requisite: DBA 711
DBA 722 Qualitative Research Methods
This course examines theoretical and methodological aspects of qualitative strategy in business research and provides students with deep understanding and appreciation to the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research strategies. This course covers all aspects of qualitative strategy, techniques and relevant applications in research in business. This methodological course developed to equip students with necessary skills for development and implementation of their own research dissertation based on qualitative approach. Students will have the opportunity to apply qualitative strategy and use the recently introduced sophisticated software to analyze the results of the research. Therefore, they will be acquainted with some experience in data analysis techniques. In addition, the course explains theory and new developed concepts added to the body of knowledge, and other topics relevant to empirical work of carrying out qualitative research.
DBA 723 Seminar in Organizational Ethics
The course is designed to study ethics and social responsibility practiced in organizations around the world. The seminar will focus on different ethical and social responsibility models and their effects on the organization and organizational stakeholders. By combining the works of both classic and contemporary philosophers with contemporary applied global issues, students will be able to critically reflect on fundamental normative questions from an interdisciplinary perspective and reflect on the rights, responsibilities and challenges of ‘good global citizenship’.
DBA 731 Organizational Development
Organizational Development is a theory and application course at the doctoral level. With a thorough preparation and grounding in organization and management theories, the student is being trained to diagnose and prepare a planned change effort. The planned process of developing organizations’ capabilities to attain and sustain optimum performance levels, measured by efficiency, effectiveness, and health is the overarching objective of the learner. OD processes bring about successful change efforts in individuals, groups/teams, inter-groups, and organizations.
DBA 732 Seminar in Business Strategies
The course focuses on key concepts, theories and interconnected research streams in Business Strategy. It examines basic factors affecting the development and execution of business strategy, policy, and organizations as well as, examining the integration of the strategy in the areas of marketing, finance, economics, distribution, and organization theory. The course will apply the analytical techniques of management and business using case studies. How management intends to grow the business, how they will build a loyal clientele and outperform their rivals is the essence of creating a strategy. The strategic plan must be implemented and executed in a manner that is superior to competitors and allows the firm to sustain a strategic competitive advantage.
Pre-requisite: DBA 723
DBA 733 Leadership and Culture
This course is designed to examine the role of culture and cultural dynamics in the selection/emergence and functioning of leadership. The course will demonstrate the importance of understanding culture, leadership, and the interaction between them in different context. The underlying theme of this course is that the skills and behaviors that are perceived as effective leadership characteristics in one culture are not necessarily those that will be effective in a different culture. By exploring the ways in which specific characteristics are valued differently by different cultures, the students acquire frameworks for assessing how to approach a work assignment in a culture that is not their own. The goal of the course is to help prepare students for business assignments outside of their home countries.
DBA 734 Seminar in Finance and Investment
This is a finance for the DBA program. The course is ambitious in that in addition to studying some of the seminal work in finance, the course will also survey many current issues in finance academic research. The intent is to give the students grounding in some of the classic issues in finance, but also introduce them early into the concept of what research is, and more explicitly, where it is.
The course reviews basic finance tools and develops the basic finance theory. It defines and demonstrates “asset pricing intelligence” and studies core asset pricing, investment, information, incentives, and corporate finance topics. Topics will include portfolio theory, arbitrage pricing, equilibrium pricing, and security prices’ informational efficiency, the term structure of interest rates, derivatives, performance measurement and capital structure. In addition to the application of the financial theory to the corporate policy.
DBA 735 Social Entrepreneurship
This course examines the strategies for the implementation of social innovations to help students students to gain knowledge of how they can operationalize and implement social change initiatives; and how they can develop a dynamic strategy going forward that exploits these efforts, and different social forces for the advancement of their causes. The student will gain enough knowledge of the theory, leadership, and management of social entrepreneurship, from evaluating the opportunity through implementation. It includes assessment of start-up strategies, raising funds, assessing risks, legal aspects, marketing ideas, managing resources and growth, and creation of socially responsible models. This course provides an open, immersive, and welcoming environment for critical dialogue and focuses on highly interactive applied learning and discussion. Each student will enter the course with their own social enterprise or innovation idea to develop; or have had prior work experience with a non-profit, NGO, government entity or other social enterprise that can serve as their own case study for analysis.
DBA 736 Advanced Quantitative Methods
This course is to expose students to an intense guided tour of several managerial research questions and of the corresponding tools made available by the management sciences to address them. The course concentrates on theoretical and practical business models and enable students to better appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative research models. Researchers make an increasing use of simulations, data mining, and forecasting methods to formulate and solve managerial problems of increasing complexity. In this context, acquiring model building as well as model interrogation skills becomes crucial for academic researchers. This course will cover in particular, data mining with neural networks, decision analysis, simulation and optimization methods. Students will also be exposed to the fundamentals of sensitivity analysis for guiding the crucial phase of exacting managerial insights from a simulation code. Special attention will be given to critical thinking about the assumptions and limitations of the different scientific models.
Pre-requisite: DBA 711, DBA 712
DBA 737 Teaching Seminar/Practicum
Teaching practicum course is designed for Graduate students interested in teaching at the University level. Specifically, the course surveys cognitive research on teaching (e.g., memory, attention, and motivation) and practical teaching issues (e.g., construction of syllabi, practice delivering effective lectures, teaching formats, test construction, and grading practices). The course will be organized and run as a practicum/seminar, not as a lecture. Consequently, both the instructor and students will be responsible for presenting information and discussing the readings. At the end of this course, students are expected to be prepared to teach their first undergraduate course with confidence.
DBA 738 Research Seminar/Practicum
The student and faculty supervisor arrange the practicum well in advance so that the student can prepare by undertaking background reading. The student and faculty preceptor identify the learning outcomes, primary activities toward achieving these, and meeting schedule within which training and supervision by the faculty preceptor will take place. The student and faculty supervisor are expected to provide a detailed written practicum. The primary objective of the practicum is to strengthen a student’s ability to synthesize various aspects of business research prior to undertaking dissertation research. The key to this is the ability to articulate linkages between the research questions, the data gathered to address these questions, the techniques selected for manipulating and analyzing the data, and the interpretation of findings and implications in terms relevant to the original research questions. While the research practicum may not expose students to the specific population or problem of greatest interest to them, the skills and competencies mastered should help prepare students methodologically to carry out their dissertation research.
Pre-requisite: DBA 712, DBA 722
DBA 740 Research Design and Analysis in Business
This Doctoral-level course covers all aspects of research design and business analysis. It is developed to equip students with the knowledge of the core concepts of research design and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative research. In addition, the course explains various ways of analysis of different research strategies according to ontological position of a research and the epistemology each philosophical stands may generate. Also, students will have the opportunity to master a wide range of skills to choose the appropriate research design and skills to analyze data of both qualitative and quantitate approach and use the appropriate software such as (SPSS) and (CAQDAS). Therefore, they will be acquainted with some experience to carry out research and to be familiar with the techniques of analysis for empirical work as a practical-based approach to research as craftwork.
DBA 741 Organizational Theory
This Doctoral-level course covers all aspects of Organization Theory as a multidisciplinary field woven from multiple perspectives. It is developed to equip students with core concepts and theories for example, organization and environment, organizational structure, technology, organization culture and organization power, control and conflict. In addition, the course explains and compares different perspectives; challenges, paradigm debate and other topics relevant to current trends in Organization theory. In addition, students will have the opportunity to master a wide range of skills to analyze and manage organization complexity. Therefore, they will be acquainted with some experience in case- analysis techniques as a practical-based approach to organization theory, projects and presentation.
DBA 742 Seminar in Innovation Management
The course covers contemporary topics and cases related to management of change, innovation and entrepreneurship to explore the intertwined and triggering relationship between the three areas of study. Any change in the organizational, technological, policy, regulatory, environmental, competitive, and socio-cultural domains create a potential gap, which could be perceived differently by different stakeholders and competitive players – some may view it as a threat and others may see it as an opportunity to further explore and exploit. This ongoing continuous change and the resulting gap could potentially be turned into an opportunity for those entrepreneurial individuals, firms and organizations who are ready to embrace the ongoing change through offering creative solutions to existing or emerging problems by devising new innovative methods, processes, products, services and business models.
DBA 800 Dissertation
As a final requirement, all DBA students develop a dissertation proposal to investigate an important business problem that is of strategic importance to their own organization, industry or market. Students should apply the relevant domain-specific and interdisciplinary knowledge to inform their research and select appropriate research methods for their study, including data collection and analysis. The student’s dissertation is expected to make a significant contribution to the understanding of a business phenomenon.
Each student will prepare a written proposal for the dissertation. The student’s supervisor, with assistance from other faculty, will evaluate the proposal in terms of significance of the problem being investigated, the suitability of theories being applied, the research design and the expected data collection and analysis. Successfully defended proposals will satisfy the Dissertation Research requirement in the fall semester of the third year. Based on the research produced and feedback obtained by the student’s dissertation committee, they will prepare the final dissertation and submit it for review by their supervisor.
Pre-requisite: 36 credit hours