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Doctor of Business Administration

 

 

Course Descriptions

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The following courses are offered through the DBA program at St. Ambrose University:

DBA 901 Research Methodology 3 credit hours
This course is designed to prepare the doctoral student for the performing of significant organization science research. This includes identifying important research questions, critiquing research ideas and designs, planning substantive research investigations, and communicating research ideas and results.

DBA 902 Statistical Techniques I 3 credit hours
This course is designed to prepare the doctoral student for statistical techniques utilized in organization science research. Students will learn how to choose among competing analytical techniques and execute analyses using statistical software. Major topic areas to be covered include sampling and measurement, descriptive statistics, correlation, significance tests, comparison of two groups, and linear regression.

DBA 903 Statistical Techniques II 3 credit hours
This course is designed to prepare the doctoral student for advanced statistical techniques utilized in organization science research. Students will learn how to choose among competing analytic techniques and execute analyses using statistical software. Major topic areas to be covered include multivariate relationships, multiple regression, analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, logistic regression, and other advanced topics. Prerequisite: DBA 902.

DBA 910 Readings Seminar: Organizational Behavior 3 credit hours
This course is designed to introduce doctoral students to theory and research in Organizational Behavior. Major topic areas to be covered include individual differences, motivation, work attitudes, and individual performance.

DBA 911 Readings Seminar: Human Resources 3 credit hours
This course is designed to introduce doctoral students to theory and research in Human Resource Management. Major topic areas to be covered include job analysis, selection, training, performance management, and compensation.

DBA 912 Readings Seminar: Organization Theory 3 credit hours
This course is designed to introduce doctoral students to theory and research in Organization Theory. Major topic areas to be covered include the organizational environment, organizational structure, decision-making, power, and change.

DBA 913 Readings Seminar: Strategic Management 3 credit hours
This course is designed to introduce doctoral students to theory and research in Strategic Management. Major topic areas to be covered include industry structure and strategy, firm performance, corporate governance, acquisitions and divestitures, and innovation.

DBA 925 Case Research In Management 3 credit hours
This course is designed to introduce doctoral students to the methods used in design, data collection, analysis, and writing of cases in the field of management.

DBA 930-961 Special Topics Courses 3 credit hours each
These courses are intended to channel student interest into specific research modalities. These courses will be driven in part by professional specialties and student interest.

To date, we have offered Special Topics courses in:

  • Organizational Change
  • Leadership
  • Conflict & Negotiation
  • Careers
  • Teams
  • Organizational Culture
  • Management Consulting

Written and Oral Comprehensive Exams
All students will be required to take, and pass, both written and oral comprehensive exams. The purpose of the comprehensive exams is to examine the student's command of the management literature and his or her ability to integrate this literature into models that have theoretical significance and practical utility.

Students are generally required to complete all of their course work before sitting for written exams. Comprehensive exams shall be given only twice during an academic year, once in March and once in October. The written examination takes place on two separate days, and consists of a 4-hour testing period each day.

Upon successful completion of the written examination, students complete the oral portion of their comprehensive exams. The time limit for the oral examination varies depending on the questions asked by the faculty and the performance of the student.

Students will continue on to the dissertation stage after the successful completion of written and oral comprehensive exams.

DBA 990 Dissertation 12 credit hours
The dissertation is the culmination of the student's academic achievements, and represents an original contribution by the student to the field of management. The dissertation is the student's major research project.