EDB 9000 Leadership To Create Human Value
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Leadership is critical for creating and sustaining value in organizations. The academic investigation of leadership focuses on: 1) What is leadership 2) What are human values 3) What is the relation between leadership and human values The course examines these questions to help students untangle concepts of leadership, authority, and status; understand the competing human values in leadership theories; identify the boundary conditions that pertain to leadership theories; and strike an appropriate balance between learning about leadership and learning to lead. The course favors the practical over the theoretical and focuses on theories supported by evidence, including adaptive leadership, transformational leadership, transactional leadership, and competing values leadership.

EDB 9020 Philosophy and Practice of Engaged Scholarship
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course explores the different forms of engaged scholarship. It focuses on the research process that can enable students to generate both scholarly contributions and practical knowledge, which is at the core of Robinson’s Executive Doctorate program. The course is designed to enable students to develop a research focus and understand the research process. It examines the roles of theory and models in the research process and the differences between variance and process models. Students learn how to formulate a problem, motivate a research question, synthesize relevant literatures, draw on relevant theoretical perspectives, and develop variance and process models.

EDB 9030 Theory and Practice of Managing Organizations
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines the theory and practice of managing collaboration and change in organizations. The focus is on achieving coordination and cooperation among autonomous and self-interested, yet interdependent parties. Dominant management and organization theories are examined and applied to real-world issues within different industrial contexts. The course introduces the students to a select variety of theoretical frameworks, it investigates the possible roles of such frameworks in designing engaged scholarship research, and it engages all students in exploring specific management and organization theories that are relevant for their research interests.

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

This course examines how globalization impacts market intelligence analysis, organization design, and business operation with a focus on differences in business models and practices around the globe. The course is designed to help students appreciate and analyze how cultural, political, and economic systems in emerging markets impact international business activities. The course examines key players in emerging markets, makes comparisons to developed markets, and assesses the informational and institutional voids that exist. It explores how managers can develop strategic alliances that may be employed to create competitive advantage. Emerging markets in regions such as the Americas, Eastern and Central Europe, Asia, and Middle East-North Africa will be examined in more detail.

EDB 9050 Qualitative Research I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course introduces the student to qualitative research approaches, including action research, case study research, ethnographic research, and grounded theory. Relative strengths and weaknesses are discussed along with examples of how each approach has been used in practice. The course introduces several data collection techniques that are widely used in qualitative research, namely interviews, participant observation, fieldwork, and using documents. 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. In addition, students are introduced to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Process.

EDB 9060 Global Economic Systems & Issues
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides a framework to understand global macroeconomic developments and their effects on businesses. These global developments include: the growth process countries have followed and the various policies that have been implemented; interest rates, exchange rates in international settings, and asset prices in the global economy; causes and consequences of trade deficits and external imbalances; emerging market economys financial crises; causes of currency, banking and financial crises in emerging market and advanced economies; short- and long-term effects of monetary and fiscal policy; the drive to reform the international financial architecture; and, the role of international economic institutions like the IMF, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization.

EDB 9070 Qualitative Research II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides concepts and tools for qualitative data analysis. The course exposes students to a variety of approaches, including hermeneutics, semiotics, narrative analysis, and content analysis, with particular emphasis on grounded theory and case study research. Students are introduced to grounded theory coding, memo writing, theoretical sampling, saturation, sorting, and use of qualitative data analysis software. Various techniques for analyzing case study evidence are explored including pattern matching, explanation building, and within-case and cross-case analysis. Perspectives on what it means to draw conclusions and build theory from qualitative data are explored. The course concludes with guidance on how to write and publish qualitative research.

EDB 9080 Quantitative Research 1
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides students with a command of the core concepts and tools needed to design quantitative studies and to collect, evaluate and analyze quantitative data. The course covers empirical data collection methods, such as surveys. It also covers sampling techniques, various types of data and appropriate analytical techniques. These include an introduction to univariate and bivariate statistics (i.e., chi-square, t- and z- tests, the ANOVA family, correlation, and regression). In addition, the course helps students gain proficiency in using SPSS software to analyze and interpret empirical results.

EDB 9100 Quantitative Research II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course introduces students to quantitative methods such as experiments, field studies, and use of secondary data. It strengthens students ability to design and execute quantitative research with an emphasis on construct measurement (i.e., development of measurement scales associated with key variables of interest) and topics such as theoretical modeling, framing research questions, developing hypotheses, model refinement, reliability, scientific validity, and statistical conclusion validity. The course reinforces the knowledge base developed in Quantitative Research I (EDB 9080) with focus on univariate, bivariate and multivariate statistics (t-test, the ANOVA family, correlations, factor analysis, and OLS regression), nonparametric statistics, and structural equation modeling.

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 9120 Evidence-Based Management
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course develops the students knowledge and skills related to the role of scientific and organizational evidence in management thinking and decision making. Students will learn to recognize management practices based on habit, fads, convention and unrealistic levels of confidence and how to improve these practices with principles based on relevant scientific findings and unbiased organizational facts. Students will learn how to: identify, access, and use an organizations data challenges; create decision-making information from organizational facts; and find, appraise, interpret and apply scientific evidence as managers.

EDB 9130 Ethical Issues Confronting Contemporary Business Leaders This course examines ethical issues confronting contemporary business leaders on different levels, including the individual, the group, the organization, the industry, and society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Course content is applied to students experiences grounded in the assumption that ethics principally concerns cooperative behaviorabiding by rules, conventions and principles; acting in the interest of both self and others; and exploring and determining with others ends and appropriate means. Considering ethics as a potentially important dimension of every human activity, the course examines different types of cooperation and different forms of ethical inquiry that enable human flourishing. As such, this course strives toward developing comprehensive ethical expertise for business leaders.

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 Creating and Disseminating Research Knowledge
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course develops an understanding of the role of executive doctorates 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 practice; approaches to present, discuss, and defend the results of rigorous engaged scholarship; methods of knowledge dissemination including publication in internal (e.g. white papers) and external (e.g. practitioner or academic publications) outlets; and the process of crafting engaged scholarship research for dissemination through these various outlets.

EDB 9170 Dissertation
Credit Hours 3.0 - 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 - 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.