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DBA in Strategy and Innovation, FlexPath option

School of Business, Technology, and Health Care Adminsitration

The DBA Strategy and Innovation specialization analyzes the scholarly and practitioner literature and emerging trends in the fields of strategy and innovation. Learners design projects which consider how visionary leaders use strategic and innovative methods to transform their organizational landscapes. The specialization helps learners critically examine how company leaders increase their organizational agility, adaptability, identification of opportunities, and competitive advantages. Current and relevant topics surrounding strategy and innovation will be central to the work done in the specialization, including theorizing, crafting, and executing strategy and innovation; strategic digital transformation; and managing innovation, design, and creativity. Learners who pursue this specialization through the FlexPath option earn a DBA through self-paced demonstrations of competencies.

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Seventeen Required Courses

 

 

At least 45 program points

Core courses:

DB-FPX8400
Your DBA Journey

In this first course, learners analyze the components of a business problem. Learners use critical thinking models and practices, including the role of assumptions, to identify business problem scenarios. Learners practice professional- and business-writing, acquire library skills, network with peers and doctoral support services, and learn new technological and reflective tools for further development and independent thought.  Must be taken during the learner's first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 program points
DB-FPX8405
Effective Organizational Leadership

Learners in this course investigate business problems in information systems, management, and marketing experienced by leaders. Learners examine models and theories found in current scholarly and practitioner literature. Additionally learners analyze project-based problem solving.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 program points
DB-FPX8410
Addressing Problems in Human Resources and Compliance

In this course, learners analyze project-based concepts in human resources, business law, business ethics, and re-skilling of talent pools in the  global environment. Learners examine business ethical compliance using value- and rule-based argumentation. Learners evaluate secondary data sources to perform due diligence when creating objective, fact-based, unbiased analyses.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 program points
DB-FPX8415
Strategic Decision Making

In this course, learners identify strategic decision-making models and theories to assist in solving business financial problems. Learners apply economic and managerial accounting data and management theories to business strategy decisions. Learners cultivate skills using decision and visualization tools, logic frameworks, and intuitive knowledge. Additionally, learners gain an understanding of gap analysis within the project perspective.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 program points
DB-FPX8420
Teaching Business in Higher Education

In this course, learners develop a personal teaching philosophy regarding teaching practices, methods, models, and strategies within the fields of business and supply chain management. Learners create instructional plans and measurable assessments for higher business education within adult-learning frameworks. Additionally, learners write portions of business courses and assess curriculumCannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 program points
RSCH-FPX7860
Survey of Research Methods

Learners in this course critically evaluate research in order to gain an understanding of the scientific methods of inquiry and the ethical considerations of research. Learners develop and apply skills needed to become educated consumers and creators of research. Learners also use their research design skills to analyze and apply research methodologies, validity, reliability and other components of scientific research related to their field of interest.  Learners may only earn credit for PSY-FP7860 or RSCH-FPX7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

2 program points
RSCH-FPX7864
Quantitative Design and Analysis

In this course, learners investigate the fundamental concepts needed to conduct quantitative research. Learners examine and apply quantitative research techniques; appropriate applications of quantitative research; research design, measurement, and analysis, and their associated interdependencies; variable types and levels of measurement; sampling; descriptive and inferential statistics; and hypothesis testing. Learners define the strengths and limitations of descriptive statistics, analyze the quantitative scales of measurement, review the logic of probability and null hypothesis testing, and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations.  Learners may only earn credit for PSY-FP7864 or RSCH-FPX7864.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

2 program points
RSCH-FPX7868
Qualitative Design and Analysis

Learners in this course assess the fundamental concepts needed to conduct qualitative research. Learners practice qualitative research techniques; appropriate applications of qualitative research; the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research design, sampling, and analysis and their associated interdependencies; and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

2 program points

Specialization courses:

DB-FPX8710 *
Strategy and Innovation - Theorizing, Crafting, Executing

In this course, learners  analyze the literature on strategy and innovation theories, as well as more practical aspects of creative thinking. Throughout the course, learners cultivate  their literature knowledge with scholarly and practical content from completed research studies. Learners identify gaps in practice using established methods of gap analysis to consider specific actionable responses to the gaps. Learners investigate an array of strategy and innovation project ideas and current industrial, product-based, or market-based scenarios.  Prerequisite(s): DB-FPX8420. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

2 program points
DB-FPX8720 *
Strategic Digital Transformation

Learners in this course analyze the literature within the strategic concepts surrounding digital transformation. Learners investigate unique frameworks and tools proven to assist in creating a strategic, competitive plan for successfully leading in the digital business marketplace. Learners create abbreviated proposals based on problems found within a variety of digital ecosystems to conceptualize valid and meaningful project ideas. Learners identify how research techniques fit into project planning and managing for digital change.  Prerequisite(s): DB-FPX8710. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

2 program points
DB-FPX8730 *
Managing Innovation, Design, and Creativity

In this course, learners identify how leaders use creativity to design strategies, and examine innovative practices that drive companies to success. Learners investigate unique frameworks and tools proven to assist in creating a project about corporate model innovation, strategies for leveraging ecosystems, innovative workspaces, design thinking and creativity, customer focused innovation, and other relevant and current topics in strategy and innovation. Learners gain the knowledge and skills necessary to collect and analyze data using various techniques, while also acquiring certification to ethically conduct human subject research.  Prerequisite(s): DB-FPX8720. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

2 program points
DB-FPX8740 *
Seminar: Strategy and Innovation Topic Development

Learners in this course create an individualized project topic within the specialization of strategy and innovation using the capstone template. Learners write the initial portion of their project proposal, including their problem of practice, topic background, project justification and framework, and a preliminary project plan. Learners identify how research is disseminated, including through the use of presentations within their industry and professional communities of practice. Completion of a signature assignment (topic approval) is required for successful completion of this course.  Prerequisite(s): DB-FPX8730, RSCH-FPX7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 program points
DB-FPX8750 *
Seminar: Strategy and Innovation Literature Review

In this course, learners write the literature review for their individual projects. Learners create synthetic reviews of the literature supporting their topic, their planned technique for collecting data, and their applied framework, theory, concept, or model which grounds their project. Completion of a signature assignment (capstone literature review approval) is required for successful completion of this course.  Prerequisite(s): DB-FPX8740. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 program points

Upon completion of all required core and specialization coursework:

DB-FPX9801 *
Proposal Writing

In this course, learners select their project method, data analysis technique, scholarly framework, and participant pool for their project. Learners utilize previous course learning, artifacts, and tools to create an individualized project proposal, including an appropriate data collection plan and Institutional Review Board (IRB) screening form, while conducting tests and reviews of data collection instruments.  Prerequisite(s): DB-FPX8650 or DB-FPX8750 or DB-FPX8850. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 program points
DB-FPX9802 *
Data Analysis Practice and IRB Approval

Learners gain the knowledge and skills necessary to collect data using appropriate, ethical, and structured processes as described in an approved project proposal (collection may occur if IRB approval is received). Throughout the course, learners analyze datasets and writing results. Learners seek and identify potential communities of interest for project result dissemination.  Prerequisite: DB-FPX9801. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 program points
DB-FPX9803 *
Project Results

Learners complete data collection and analyze and write the results, findings, implications, and conclusions of their projects. Learners finalize their overall project template and submit for committee review and approval. Additionally, learners build a plan for presenting the results of their project.  Prerequisite: DB-FPX9802. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 program points
DB-FPX9804 *
Final Reviews and Presentation

Learners integrate feedback from multiple reviewers to improve and enhance their project into a final, school-approved study. Learners asses the artifacts and items included in the required e-portfolio. Additionally, learners write an executive summary for dean approval and present a poster session to practice the dissemination of research findings.  Prerequisite: DB-FPX9803. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 program points

 

 

Total

 

 

At least 45 program points

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

Learners who do not complete all program requirements within quarter credit/program point minimums will be required to accrue such additional quarter credits/program points as are associated with any additional or repeat coursework necessary for successful completion of program requirements.

GuidedPath courses and FlexPath courses fulfill the program requirements and prerequisites for each delivery model.