Doctor of Business Admin (DBA)

DBA 9010. Introduction to Scholarship. (3 Credits)

This course will provide an introduction to academic scholarship and doctoral studies for doctoral of business administration students. Students will become acquainted with university resources, technologies, policies, the dissertation research process and scholarly writing.

DBA 9015. Quantitative Business, Quality Management and Productivity. (3 Credits)

DBA 9100. Doctoral Research and Writing (Chapter 2). (3 Credits)

This course will provide guidance for doctoral of business administration students in writing Chapter 2, the Literature Review, of the dissertation. Students will engage in the writing process as a foundation for preparing their Literature Review and will become acquainted with identifying, organizing, and synthesizing resources to engage in scholarly writing.
Prerequisites: DBA 9010, 9180, 9115, 9210, 9020, 9120 and 9215.

DBA 9110. Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics. (3 Credits)

This course is the application of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and statistical algorithms to uncover hidden patterns in Big Data. It is widely used to solve real-world problems in business, government, economics, and even science. This course provides students with an insight into how predictive analytics can be used to help organizations make better decisions. Through analyzing real datasets, students learn how to identify situations where predictive analytics in business intelligence could be used, as well as learn tools and acquire skills for data definition, extraction, transformation, analytical modeling, and exploiting patterns found in historical, transactional, structured, and unstructured data for identifying risks and opportunities.

DBA 9115. Statistics for Research. (3 Credits)

Survey of quantitative data analytics methodologies and tools to aide in complex problem solving across large variety of industries and business settings. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to, descriptive and inferential statistics, tools such as SPSS or R, data visualization, and case studies, applying methods and tools to real world problems.

DBA 9120. Scholarship Inquiry. (3 Credits)

The objective of the course is to provide an introduction to research inquiry for applied research. This course offers an overview of paradigms and techniques used in social science by examining their essential core elements. Students will utilize common research lenses to shape and view their research topic.

DBA 9200. Doctoral Research and Writing (Chapter 1). (3 Credits)

DBA 9200 Doctoral Research and Writing Chapter 1 is the second part of a series of courses designed to guide students through the development of their research and dissertation. The course will provide a foundation for writing Chapter One in the student’s Doctor of Business Administration dissertation. The major key elements that will be included are the background, problem statement, research purpose, significance of the student, research questions, hypotheses (if applicable), definition of terms, delimitations of the study, limitations and assumptions of the study, and the researcher’s perspective. Upon completion of the course, a draft of Chapter One will be completed for students to review with their dissertation advisors/research chairs.

DBA 9210. Quantitative Research Design. (3 Credits)

Students in this course apply their knowledge of statistics as they analyze and interpret quantitative data within a research design related to business administration. Students develop and evaluate a quantitative research design, use SPSS to complete various types of analyses, and develop the skills to write the methods and results sections of a quantitative research article.
Prerequisite: DBA 9115.

DBA 9215. Qualitative Research Design. (3 Credits)

This course will provide guidance for Doctoral of Business Administration students in understanding Qualitative Research Design. Students will engage in qualitative research. Students will develop a core foundation from the beginning to end of the process on how to conduct a qualitative research study, how to write up a study for a dissertation, as well as discover the five most common qualitative research study approaches.
Prerequisites: DBA 9010, 9180, 9115, 9210, 9020 and 9120.

DBA 9220. Doctoral Research and Writing (Chapter 3). (3 Credits)

This course requires doctoral students to demonstrate they have developed all the components of a professional dissertation research methodology from conceptualization to analysis. DBA 9220 Methodology: Doctoral Research and Writing is the third part of a series of courses designed to guide students through the development of their research and dissertation. The methodology development process includes selecting the most appropriate research methods to address specific research questions; quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches to research; designing the data collection; identifying and applying ethical considerations to research; preparing to conduct quantitative and qualitative empirical analyses; developing a plan to report and disseminate the results; and preparing to deliver a formal research proposal to the dissertation committee.

DBA 9310. Managing Human Capital in Healthcare. (3 Credits)

This course is required for the Healthcare Administration concentration for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree and will focus on healthcare strategy, employment law and employee relations, healthcare professionals, credentialing, diversity, job analysis and design, recruitment, retention, performance management, compensation, benefits, organized labor, workforce planning, nursing workforce, quality and patient safety, workplace vitality, and human resource metrics. Throughout this course, students will utilize university resources, technologies, policies, dissertation research process, and scholarly writing presented in previous coursework.
Prerequisite: DBA 9010.

DBA 9311. Legal and Ethical Issues for Healthcare Professionals. (3 Credits)

This course offers students an opportunity to explore and engage in a deeper learning of legal and ethical issues in healthcare. This course looks at topics like Diversity, Equity Inclusion, as well as more common themes like Fraud, Religious rights, Labor Law, Elder Abuse and in more recent time the impact of mandates balanced with how care can be delivered remotely.

DBA 9313. Healthcare Financial Management and Economics. (3 Credits)

This course offers scholarly practitioners the financial framework necessary to investigate, diagnose, and enhance organizational financial health in an evolving and changing economic landscape in the healthcare industry. The financial framework will explore the foundation of financial/managerial accounting and financial management for application in the current healthcare environment.

DBA 9315. Healthcare Technology and Analytics. (3 Credits)

This course is required for the Healthcare Administration concentration for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree and will focus on the health information technology (IT) and information systems (IS), healthcare data and analytics, healthcare IS, IS to support population health management, system acquisition, system implementation and support, achieving value in healthcare IS, organizing IT/IS services, privacy and security, performance standards and measures, system standards, alignment and strategic planning, governance and management, and healthcare IT/IS leadership.  Throughout this course, students will utilize university resources, technologies, policies, dissertation research process, and scholarly writing presented in previous coursework.

DBA 9317. The United States Healthcare Delivery System. (3 Credits)

DBA 9319. Population Health and Social Determinants. (3 Credits)

DBA 9320. Leading Transformation and Change. (3 Credits)

This course is required for the students in the Organizational Performance and Change concentration who are the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program. The course will focus on change initiatives that target strategy, culture, learning organizations, as well as change programs at various levels of an organization. We will study the processes of designing change interventions as practiced in Organization Development. In addition, we will consider many of the factors that affect the success of change interventions. Change continues to be a major dynamic in organization life. Organizations are looking for leaders who can understand, lead and support organizational transformation. We will strive to get at the heart of transformational change at the individual, team and organizational level. By learning to anticipate and plan for change, we can strategically build strong, flexible, capable organizations that achieve transformation and change.

DBA 9321. Scenario Planning. (3 Credits)

This course will prepare learners to develop an awareness of critical uncertainties in dynamic organizations. Learn how to model, predict, and prepare for alternative futures and their impact on organizations. Students will create and apply scenarios in a practical application through active learning, theory, and practice.

DBA 9323. Contemporary Topics in Organizational Performance and Change. (3 Credits)

This course will provide a foundation for contemporary performance and change as the content provides a dynamic array of current topics from human resource development, change management, organizational management, human resources management and more. Current topics, relevant organizations, must-read books and more will make up this ever-changing course as we stay current on the most relevant issues in organizational performance and change.
Prerequisites: DBA 9010, 9180, 9370, 9115, 9210, 9020, 9120, 9100, 9320 and 9321.

DBA 9325. Talent Management and Development. (3 Credits)

DBA 9327. Reframing Organizations. (3 Credits)

DBA 9330. Economic Theory and Business Effectiveness. (3 Credits)

This course will introduce students to the powerful and practical applications of micro and macroeconomic theory. This course will address the importance of understanding the framework of economics and how its tools can be used to develop solutions to the problems encountered in the management of complex organizations. Micro-level topics covered will include demand and consumer behavior, empirical cost analysis, pricing practices, and market structures. The macroeconomic environment in which a business operates will also be analyzed; including, aggregate income, unemployment, inflation, interest rates and exchange rates and how these factors effect organizational performance and strategy. The course will conclude with a capstone business environment plan which invites students to apply the empirical tools and economic theories they have become proficient with to create a comprehensive analysis of the microeconomic and macroeconomic environment for a business. Course assessments will include reviews of scholarly journal articles, case studies, quizzes and a capstone project.

DBA 9331. Financial Theory and Decision Making. (3 Credits)

This course develops students in management skills of decision-making and problem-solving of a business, using knowledge of ratios and financial statements. Using case studies of real-world circumstances, students are challenged to evaluate financial and managerial situations, recommend actions, and then evaluate decisions in light of the many issues faced in business organizations.

DBA 9333. Applied Economics. (3 Credits)

DBA 9335. Corporate Finance. (3 Credits)

DBA 9337. Investment Portfolio Analysis. (3 Credits)

DBA 9339. Free Enterprise Principals. (3 Credits)

DBA 9340. Environmental Risks and Sustainable Solutions. (3 Credits)

The Environmental Risks and Sustainable Solutions course examines multiple methods to assess environmental risks and develop sustainable solutions for business. It uses dynamic systems-thinking to analyze complex problems of supply chain risks, resource scarcity, energy security, and new patterns of production and consumption. It serves as the foundation for the DBA Concentration in Business Sustainability by exploring transformative business practices and strategies to generate value through sustainability. The course analyzes innovative practices in commodity tracking, disaster risk reduction, carbon trajectories, comparative advantages, and the triple bottom-line in corporate responsibility. It also establishes the guiding framework for engaging science and social science to address ecological challenges, increase competitiveness, and promote innovation. The course concludes by evaluating and applying multiple methods of using evidence-based information to support complex decision-making and sustainable business practices.

DBA 9341. Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development. (3 Credits)

The Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development course applies the foundations of ecological economics to address environmental challenges facing businesses in the competitive global market. It uses multiple methods of cost-benefit analysis and impact analysis to evaluate the incentives and constraints driving sustainable business practices. The course explores the newest strategies in decision sciences, ESG, EEE/PPP triple bottom line, circular economies, stewardship planning, and changing patterns of production and consumption. Ecological micro economics topics for this course include supply chain management, energy supply management, supply v. demand-side change, consumer behavior, and regional market structures. Ecological macro economics topics for this course include foreign investment, global development, strategies to finance green infrastructure and up-scale green initiatives, natural resource capital, and commodity tracking systems. In a culminating project-based experience, the main tenants of ecological economics are applied to actual corporate cases to generate growth strategies that support corporate responsibility and finance transitions to sustainable development practices.

DBA 9343. Engaging Science to Promote Innovation. (3 Credits)

The Engaging Science to Promote Innovation course engages science to assess ecological challenges, analyze data, and design solutions to support sustainable business practices. The course examines multiple strategies to transition business to a low carbon trajectory, high water efficiency, circularity and sustainability in production and consumption. Multiple methods and models are explored, and the main emphasis is on case studies of scientifically sound and successful innovations from the Great Lakes region. The course also analyzes failed initiatives and uses the lessons learned to prompt new ideas and improve sustainability practices. The final project analyzes ecological data to conceptualize a new transformative business practice or solve an environmental problem for a regional business, and uses multiple methods to communicate scientific information to support complex decision-making and sustainable development.

DBA 9345. Environmental Stewardship Plan Development. (3 Credits)

The Environmental Stewardship Plan Development course is an applied experience in strategic leadership and environmental management. Advanced students develop environmental stewardship plans with corporate partners or conduct environmental consultancy practicum projects. The development process includes using multiple methods to assess environmental risks, conduct stakeholder outreach, understand ESG context, collect and analyze ecological and operational data, and measure progress and impact. Students learn how to align environmental stewardship plans with businesses’ master strategic plans, ESG/EEE/PPP goals, and SDG corporate responsibility goals. Through the project-based learning experiences, students gain applied knowledge in sustaining vital ecosystem services, generating value, and supporting corporate responsibility through environmental stewardship.

DBA 9350. Scholar Practitioner Approach to Mentorship. (3 Credits)

In this course, DBA students will learn to both find and maintain healthy mentors for their career while simultaneously serving as a mentor for others. They will examine the importance of a mentor/mentors in their personal and professional lives, develop trusting relationships amongst one another, and learn the transformational process of mentorship.

DBA 9360. Organizational Consulting. (3 Credits)

DBA 9365. DBA Special Topics. (3 Credits)

This course provides specialized topics within the ever-changing business field. The content will vary from class to class, allowing for flexibility in learning about current and future trends in business.

DBA 9370. Dissertation Seminar and Advising. (1 Credit)

This course will provide students a structured opportunity to work with their Research Advisor every semester. In DBA 9370, students will find resources and be required to submit all major steps in the dissertation writing process from beginning to dissertation completion. At the end of this continual, self-paced, pass/fail course, students will have completed and submitted their proposal, preliminary examination, dissertation, IRB approval, as well as their peer reviewed journal article or approved conference proceedings, in addition to all required forms needed for graduation. DBA 9319, 9327, 9335, 9339, 9360 were all cut when we did the specialization consolidation.

DBA 9380. Dissertation DBA Capstone. (3 Credits)