EDB 9000 Leadership To Create Human Value
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

All organizations require leadership in order to move forward. Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective. This course examines leadership from different perspectives with an aim toward understanding what good leadership is and how individuals can develop their leadership skills. The course will delve into questions such as: What are the qualities most often associated with great leaders. How do effective business leaders inspire people to work together for the good of the organization. Are great leaders born that way or can leadership skills be developed and learned. Different leadership styles and concepts will be examined and each student will use the material covered in the course to conduct two case studies: (1) a CEO; and (2) him/herself.

EDB 9020 Philosophy & Practice of Science & Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course explores the philosophy of science, different modes of inquiry that exist, and various epistemological perspectives including positivist, interpretativist, and critical research. Concepts of rigor and relevance are discussed along with implications for conducting research that can inform practice. The course also serves to provide an overview and roadmap of the EDB research process. Understanding the research process and identifying a personal research domain is a critical first step toward transforming oneself from a practitioner to a practitioner-scholar. Within that context, one of the chief aims of the course is helping students to identify and develop a personal research domain that will sustain their interest through the duration of the EDB program. Students will gain the skills needed to conduct a literature review and to conceptualize an issue or research question that resonates with practitioners. Inductive, interpretive modes of research will be introduced.

EDB 9030 Theory and Practice of Collective Action
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

All organizations and societies face the challenge of achieving cooperation among self-interested individuals and factions. This course examines both the theory and practice of collective action. The central focus is on achieving coordination and cooperation among autonomous and self-interested, yet interdependent, parties. Dominant theories of collective action are examined and applied to real world issues such as social and economic development, globalization, environmental management, and political governance.

EDB 9040 Emerging Markets and Global Models for Business
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The increasing push toward globalization of business has been enabled by major advances in transportation and communication technologies. It implies that issues of religion, ethnicity, and nationalism more directly affect the way in which organizations are designed and structured. Technological innovations and their implications for business models are hence discussed within the broader context of social values, political structures, and economics. Particular emphasis will be given to the evolution of different business models and practices around the globe, including the rise of outsourcing and off-shoring. The course will emphasize global business practices, the interdependence between markets, and emerging markets such as China, India, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.

EDB 9050 Designing Qualitative Research Studies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course introduces the student to qualitative research methods including ethnography, action research, case research, and content analysis. The strengths and weaknesses of various methods are discussed along with examples of how each approach has been used in practice. Research design issues associated with qualitative or small sample studies are discussed. Issues such as reliability and validity are explored. The differences between positivist, interpretivist, and critical perspectives are discussed. Techniques for data collection such as interviewing and observation are covered.

EDB 9060 Global Economic Systems & Issues
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides a framework for understanding globalization and international trade. Issues such as market entry, legal and regulatory requirements, and funding are discussed, along with the different economic systems that are in play around the globe. The role of international economic institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization are discussed along with evolving forms of regional governance such as the European Union. The course also covers national and international policies for development.

EDB 9070 Analyzing Qualitative Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides the tools needed to analyze qualitative data that students have gathered during the summer between their 1st and 2nd year in the EDB program. The studentÂ’s conceptual model of the topic or problem of interest is refined and revised as needed. Emphasis is placed on learning some of the tools associated with analyzing qualitative data, especially inductive coding of semi-structured interview data. Students are introduced to the grounded theory approach, including content analysis of qualitative data through open, axial, and selective coding. Hypotheses for third year quantitative analysis are developed. Completed projects are reviewed and assessed for quality.

EDB 9080 Designing Quantitative Research Studies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course introduces the student to quantitative research design (including simulation, experiments, surveys, and use of secondary data sets) and develops the basic foundation for designing and executing quantitative research studies. Issues associated with experimental design and survey design are elaborated. Examples of studies using these approaches are introduced and explored. Tradeoffs between experiments and surveys are discussed within the context of issues such as internal and external validity. Construct measurement (i.e., development of measurement scales associated with key variables of interest) is emphasized throughout the course along with such topics as reliability, validity, framing research questions, developing hypotheses, model building, and statistical analysis.

EDB 9100 Analyzing Quantitative Research Data
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course begins with a review of univariate and bivariate statistics (T test, ANOVA, correlation, and simple regression). The student is introduced to multivariate regression analysis including issues of collinearity, mediation and moderation effects (using interaction terms and dummy variables). Advanced techniques such as structural equation modeling and partial least squares are introduced. The goals of the course are to: (1) generate a conceptual understanding of the assumptions underlying the use of regression-based techniques, (2) provide guidelines for when particular techniques would be applicable or inapplicable, and (3) develop the knowledge of how to conduct the analysis and interpret the results.

EDB 9110 Influences and Limitations on Executive Decision Making
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Although executives make decisions continually, many are unaware of the hidden, yet substantial influences that cognitive and organizational factors have on the processes they follow and the outcomes that result. This course examines the human factors that influence and guide executive decision making. It also explores organizational influences on executive decisions, including organizational structure, and social and political forces. It investigates the actions executives can take if they seek to address their human limitations and organizational limitations affecting their executive responsibilities.

EDB 9130 Ethical Issues Confronting Contemporary Business Leaders
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Executives and business leaders continually confront ethical dilemmas that force them to make difficult choices where it appears that the interests of one group might outweigh the others. These dilemmas include delivering strong financial results for investors as well as superior goods/services to customers, and providing attractive work environments for employees, all without violating laws and ethical standards of countries where they operate. This course examines the nature of these dilemmas in the context of personal and professional value systems and their role in shaping the courage of business leaders to act in responsible ways. In addition, it examines the interconnection between corporations, nongovernmental organizations, and the United Nations.

EDB 9140 Laboratory for Business Driven Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is a workshop-oriented forum in which students will meet with their peers and the faculty to discuss obstacles encountered in their research as well as solutions for how to overcome them.

EDB 9150 Institutional Research and Knowledge Dissemination
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course focuses on developing an understanding of the role of organizations and the executive in the creation and dissemination of new knowledge. Among the topics to be covered are how to develop a program of research to create knowledge within particular domains of theory and/or practice; methods of knowledge dissemination including publication in internal (e.g. white papers) and external (e.g. practitioner or academic publications) outlets; the process of crafting research for dissemination through these various outlets; and corporate and institutional responsibility for funding research.

EDB 9170 Dissertation
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 6.0
Description

During the last three semesters students will register for a total of 12 hours of independent dissertation work aimed at addressing a contemporary business problem. During this period, students will be expected to develop and defend a proposal, organize an independent research project, and write and defend a coherent dissertation. This course may be taken multiple times for credit.

EDB 9171 Dissertation Seminar
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 9.0
Description

Completed all other EDB course work, permission of the academic program director.
The seminar is intended for students who have not finalized their Executive Doctorate dissertation within the designated three years of the program. The objective is to facilitate the participants’ dissertation work. During the seminar, the students will meet on a regular basis to present status of dissertation work, to receive critique and guidance on their dissertation, to review relevant research methodology, and, to review key challenges and approaches in dissertation writing. A grade of IP (satisfactory progress was made on the dissertation) or U (satisfactory progress) is assigned each term. At the end of the term during which the dissertation is completed/defended, a grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) is assigned. May be repeated once for credit.