DBA in Management - Qualitative

Doctor of Business Administration: Management (Qualitative Research)

Offered By: College of Doctoral Studies

What Is a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) With an Emphasis in Management?

Grand Canyon University’s DBA with an Emphasis in Management prepares graduates to create and manage the deployment of organizational structures in a variety of industries with the intent to secure a competitive advantage. Students will apply theoretical foundations to address complex interconnected management issues, propose organizational structures to achieve optimal organizational performance, create change in management strategies, analyze the implications of law in business management and analyze complexities of management. Throughout this program, students will use qualitative methodology to design, collect and analyze information in alignment with conducting a scholarly dissertation.

Choosing a Qualitative Research Management Doctorate

Students pursuing their qualitative DBA in Management will use research studies to gain insight into how and why people think, believe and behave a certain way, whereas students pursuing their quantitative DBA will use statistical tools to clean, assess and analyze numeric data. In this program, students will create a sampling plan, design research tools, field test the tools, collect data and conduct a deep and careful analysis of the data using a systematic approach. The results of their study will be presented in a written report consistent with published academic standards.

Skills You Develop With a DBA with an Emphasis in Management

GCU’s qualitative DBA with an Emphasis in Management was created by the College of Doctoral Studies to help business-minded learners broaden their management skills and further their careers. This minimum 60-credit program explores the theories and frameworks that drive financial decision making in organizations, provides an overview of seminal management theories and their relevance, applicability and/or divergence from current business practices, introduces sampling, data collection and data analysis methods employed in qualitative research designs, provides every doctoral learner with the opportunity to manage a fictitious business entity and more.

Students in this program will participate in courses including:

  • Contemporary business law
  • Economics for business decisions
  • Emerging issues in financial management
  • Management of business complexity
  • Management theory in a global economy
  • Qualitative data analysis, results and findings
  • Qualitative data collection and management
  • The sustainable future

In addition to passing these courses, students must attend two or three five-day, on-campus residencies and complete an approved dissertation.

What Earning an Online Management DBA is Like

GCU specializes in online learning and offers over 175 online programs. GCU’s qualitative DBA with an Emphasis in Management can be completed on your terms from anywhere in the world, allowing you to continue working as you pursue your degree. Additionally, GCU provides the same benefits for their online students as they do for their on-campus students including fully-trained faculty members and valuable resources.

Job Outlook for a DBA With an Emphasis in Management

Earning your DBA in management is a great way to set yourself apart from the competition and advance your career. Students who graduate from GCU with a Doctor of Business Administration degree with an Emphasis in Management may go on to work for a domestic or international business, consulting firm or postsecondary education institute. Positions you can fill with your DBA with an Emphasis in Management include:

  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief innovation officer
  • Chief operating officer
  • Client executive
  • Entrepreneur
  • Market research analyst
  • Operations manager
  • Professor
  • Senior management consultant
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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS & COURSE LENGTH:
Total Program Credits: 60
Online: 8 weeks
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TRANSFER CREDITS:
Up to 9 doctoral credits
PROGRAM TUITION RATE:
Online: $695 per credit [More Info]

Course List

Major:
60 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
60 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course introduces doctoral learners to the principle elements of research, scholarly writing, and effective argumentation. Learners are made aware of the dispositions and expectations of doctoral researchers as well as the University’s overarching values and beliefs regarding research and the responsibility of scholars to contribute new knowledge to their respective fields of study. Learners begin the process of identifying a researchable dissertation topic and are acquainted with appropriate scholarly resources that support the development of the dissertation.

Course Description

In this course, learners are introduced to the critical reading of scholarly qualitative and quantitative literature at the doctoral level. Learners also explore the concept of synthesizing the scholarly literature to identify problems and problem spaces that emerge to form a researchable topic of study. The application of scholarly argumentation from the extant literature to defend the need for a research study is discussed.

Course Description

This course explores the theories and frameworks that drive financial decision making in organizations today. Students focus on issues facing administrators in the changing business environment.

Course Description

This course provides an overview of seminal management theories and their relevance, applicability, and/or divergence from current business practice. Students focus on understanding the application of management theories to support organizational sustainability in a global economy.

Course Description

In this course, learners are introduced to key components of qualitative and quantitative research designs and the means to critically appraise the application of research designs as observed in the scholarly literature. The University's core research designs are presented. Consideration is given to the initial selection and defense of a research design to address a problem that emerged from the extant literature.

Course Description

This residency allows learners to continue developing their skills as academic researchers. Learners will have hands-on experience applying quantitative and qualitative design principals to develop the foundational elements for their potential dissertation studies.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the sampling, data collection, and data analysis methods employed in qualitative and quantitative research designs. Learners explore the alignment of sampling, data collection, and data analysis methods to the research topic, research questions, and research design. The course positions learners to select qualitative or quantitative designs for their dissertation studies. Prerequisite: RES-831.

Course Description

This course examines the foundational considerations of organizational design and the relationship between design and structures. It presents the key considerations relevant in designing and structuring the optimal organization. The theoretical foundations for such decisions are also presented.

Course Description

Learners explore the legal aspects of business management in a global integrated enterprise. Emphasis is placed on ethically limiting organizational liability in a complex business environment by extending the perspective of business beyond profit.

Course Description

This course provides the student with the skills and competencies needed to be able to apply microeconomic principles to the solution of business problems. Specifically, the course examines the four market structures focusing on competition and utilizes microeconomic theory to provide solutions to business problems.

Course Description

In this course, learners explore the basic components of GCU qualitative core research designs including descriptive, case study, and phenomenology. The nature of epistemological foundations and the structure of problem statements, purpose statements, research questions, data sources, collection and analysis approaches are discussed in the context of each design.

Course Description

In this course, learners differentiate the epistemological foundations and explore the data trustworthiness, research ethics, and potential for bias in descriptive, case study, and phenomenology research designs. The process of building a rationale for design choice and aligning the research questions, interview questions, problem statement, and purpose statement is addressed. Sources of qualitative data are introduced for each design, and ethical aspects of research are discussed. Prerequisite: RES-841.

Course Description

This course examines organizational sustainability through the lenses of competitive advantage and innovation. It addresses the leadership skills and capabilities required to foster, lead, and sustain innovation in organizations, and it explores how these ideas can be applied to create competitive advantage leading to a sustainable organization.

Course Description

In this residency, learners orally present and defend an expanded design of their preliminary dissertation research from RSD-851. Emphasis is placed on developing the qualitative dissertation. Prerequisite: RES-843.

Course Description

This course provides the doctoral learner the opportunity to manage a fictitious business entity in which they balance conflicting resource requests. The doctoral learner applies the management, financial, marketing, technology, and economic skills acquired during the program of study to recommend policy decisions with the intent to increase stakeholder value, competitive advantage, and long term sustainability.

Course Description

In this course, learners apply the skills of the practitioner-scholar. They are self-motivated and committed to reflective practice. They actively seek input from other scholars while continuing to design independent research under the guidance of the dissertation committee.

Course Description

In this course, learners explore qualitative data collection techniques and sources of qualitative data in the context of answering the research questions posed by a study. Consideration is given to the recognition of data saturation and the management of data. Learners continue to work with their respective dissertation chairs to prepare a written statement of data collection, and management activities. Prerequisite: RES-843.

Course Description

In this course, learners apply the skills of the practitioner-scholar. They are self-motivated and committed to reflective practice. They actively seek input from other scholars while continuing to design and/or conduct independent research under the guidance of the dissertation committee. Prerequisite: DBA-955.

Course Description

In this course, learners focus on the interpretation of qualitative data to produce written research findings, results, and implications. Learners continue to work with their respective dissertation chairs and apply information from this course to move ahead in the dissertation process. Prerequisite: RES-873.

Course Description

In this course, learners apply the skills of the practitioner-scholar. They are self-motivated and committed to reflective practice. They actively seek input from other scholars while continuing to design and/or conduct independent research under the guidance of the dissertation committee. Prerequisite: DBA-960.

Program Locations

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Program Domains

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