Students take five foundational (F) and five methods (M) courses during the first two years of the program. The foundational courses cover business research theory and domain knowledge in the areas of globalization and emerging markets, leadership, executive decision-making, research ethics, societal implications, and creation and dissemination of knowledge. The methods courses cover the philosophy of science, the foundations of applied research, building and testing theory, and quantitative and qualitative research methods.There are also three research projects (R) during the first two years under the guidance of an Executive DBA faculty mentor.

You can learn more about each course by selecting its title below.

First Year

Course Number and Title Credits
Fall Term
BA9801: Understanding The Firm through Management and Organizational Theory

Professor: Robert Hamilton

Understanding the shifts in business and their implications for organizations is essential to identifying new areas of study for the modern organization. Firms must adapt to changing environments by adopting new strategies through analysis and understanding of internal and external contexts. This enhances organizational capability, which is required in order to maintain effectiveness and competitiveness in national, regional and global markets. This course examines the dynamics of complex, global organizations through the lens of foundational theory in management and organizational behavior, including: strategic management; theory of organizations and industries; and behavior of individuals, groups, and organizations in global settings. Students will learn to build on this foundational research by formulating new research questions that address emerging issues and challenges for the modern organization.

3
BA9813: Problem Solving using Quantitative Research Methods

Professor: Pallavi Chitturi

Quantitative research applies statistical techniques to test new theory and hypotheses. This course teaches students how to investigate problems through the design and execution of quantitative research as it applies to experiments, surveys and the analysis of secondary data. Students will learn to apply and evaluate these methods through examples of theoretical and applied research papers that employ quantitative methods. Students will learn the fundamental statistical techniques to develop and test research hypotheses, such as the t-test, correlation analysis and regression. Students will prepare data for analysis and understand how to interpret the results.

3
BA9802: Scientific Inquiry through Applied Research

Professor: David Schuff

What is research and how is it done? What is theory? What makes a study both practically relevant and of high-quality? This course addresses these questions through an exploration of the philosophy of science and applied scholarly research. It introduces the philosophy of scientific inquiry, common research approaches (e.g., quantitative and qualitative) and common perspectives (e.g., positivistic, interpretative, and critical). Students will learn the basic principles of theory development and testing as well as how to build a conceptual research model. This course also introduces students to the unique and practical issues of applied research, such as balancing relevance and rigor. Topics include identifying a research topic, forming theoreticallygrounded research questions, conducting a literature review and developing a plan for field work and data collection. This course will enable students to identify and develop their personal research interests that choice has for their approach to their work during the doctoral program.

3
Spring Term
BA9806: Integrative Perspectives on Business Knowledge

Professor: Susan Mudambi

Conceptualizing the organization as a system of integrated, co-dependent elements facilitates new solutions that help an organization achieve its goals. To do this, business leaders must view issues from multiple disciplinary and functional perspectives. Through an integrated, systemsthinking approach, students will learn to address unstructured problems, decision-making under complexity, and organizational change management and strategy. This course integrates contemporary research across the major functional areas of business, including: accounting, finance, human resources, international business, marketing, management information systems, risk and actual science, strategic management, and operations and supply chain management. Students will learn how to approach organizational issues in new ways and discover novel research opportunities by making connections across multiple disciplines.

3
BA9815: Problem Solving using Qualitative Research Methods

Professor: Lynne Andersson

Qualitative research is the exploration of phenomena in their natural setting that seeks to make sense of underlying mechanisms and processes. This course compares a variety of qualitative techniques, such as case studies, ethnography, action research, grounded theory building and content analysis. Students will review contemporary and classic studies that employ quantitative methods in both theoretical and applied contexts, providing examples of how to use each approach in practice. It will also cover interviewing and observation techniques, coding semistructured and structured interview data, and building hypotheses based on qualitative data. The course weighs the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches to qualitative research, including positivist, interpretivist, and critical methods.

3
BA9803: Navigating the Global Marketplace

Professor: Ram Mudambi

Global market structures and their institutions drive the economic behavior underlying business decisions and strategy. This course explores the business issues surrounding contemporary industrial organization and serves as the foundation for applied research into firm, industry and economic sector performance. Topics include major economic systems (e.g., capitalism, socialism, communism), global economic institutions (e.g., the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization) and international trade pacts (e.g., NAFTA, European Union) as they impact domestic firm performance. The course also examines the effects of U.S. and other national economic policies on national development, reducing international conflict, and facilitating global market function, and how executives can achieve economic growth in international markets. Students will review key studies in each of these areas and learn to recognize new areas of research.

3
Summer Term
BA9883: Research Project I 3

Second Year

Course Number and Title Credits
Fall Term
BA9814: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

Professor: Detmar Straub

This course explores advanced concepts and topics in quantitative research methods. Students will learn to select and apply statistical techniques to new problems and data. It will cover analysis of variance and the design of experiments, multivariate regression, confirmatory factor analysis and logistic regression. It will also enable students to identify and address problems in real-world data sets, including: normality violations, multi-collinearity and missing data.

3
BA9883: Research Project II 3
BA9816: Creation and Dissemination of Business Knowledge

Professor: Anthony DiBenedetto

A fundamental tenet of evidence-based management is that firms will function more effectively if they adopt a theoretically-driven, methodologically-sound approach to decision-making. Building on the basic tenets of theory and knowledge development, this course explores the tools and techniques needed for creating and disseminating knowledge. Drawing on business research literature, students learn advanced issues in theory building, model validation and empirical testing. The course provides practical guidelines for building new theories that are informed by managerial practice and also extend current theoretical models. Participants are challenged to develop cross-disciplinary, evidence-based management practices through applied research that will effectively influence future management practice. Also covered is the process of preparing one’s work for publication and successfully navigating the peer review process. Students will study journal selection and how to craft a response to reviewers. These include hands-on application to each student’s individual program of research.

3
Spring Term
BA9812: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the New Economy

Professor: MB Sarkar

In an increasingly competitive global market, leaders must develop new business models and approaches. However, building this competency within an organization can be challenging. This course examines how executives can apply best practices in innovation and entrepreneurship by designing novel products, services, processes, organizational structures, business models, and industry ecosystems. Special emphasis is placed on how executives can anticipate and shape global technological, economic, social, and political factors that facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship within an organizational context.

3
Special Topics in Business Research 3
BA9883: Research Project III 3
Summer Term
BA9883: Research Project IV 3

Third Year

Course Number and Title Credits
Fall Term
BA9999: Dissertation Research (Proposal Defense) 6
Spring Term
BA9999: Dissertation Research (Dissertation Defense) 6