Earn Your EdD in Organizational Leadership
The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Organizational Development degree from GCU helps graduates lead and transform organizations. Those seeking a doctorate in organizational leadership learn how to help organizations achieve success through growth. This EdD in organizational leadership is ideal for leaders and rising executives looking to advance their professional skills through academic learning.
Graduates can complete the doctorate of organizational leadership online or in evening courses with a small cohort. Future organizational leaders work with faculty and business professionals to learn about the science of leadership and determine how to inspire change and growth.
Six domains have been highlighted in the EdD program offered by the College of Doctoral Studies:
- Learn about leadership in theory and practice
- Study and develop strategic approaches to organizational change
- Assess and create dynamic organizational cultures
- Scholarship and Research
- Analyze, design and conduct future-focused research
- Globalization and World View
- Develop a leadership style and communications strategies to work with a diverse population
- Organizational Development Emphasis
- Evaluate organizational structures to determine a path to success
Learners in the doctorate of organizational leadership degree program work in Doctoral Residencies and dissertation milestones. They apply the work they do in the program to research and practice. To complete the program, you must write and defend a dissertation.
Increase Your Knowledge of Effective Leadership
Graduates of the Doctor of Education in organizational leadership program study both for-profit and nonprofit organizational structures. They explore how culture, change, communications, diversity and strategy impact the success of organizations.
Corporate social responsibility, ethical decision-making, and the evolution of leadership theories are at the core of this organizational leadership doctorate program. Graduates learn to apply what they have studied and practiced to traditional structures to determine how to sustain and grow the best aspects of an organization.
The doctorate in organizational development program covers many topics relevant to top-notch leadership including:
- Individual differences versus organizational outcomes
- Ethical dilemmas
- Corporate social responsibility
- Opportunities and challenges faced by leaders
- Leading global and diverse workforces
- Leadership behaviors
- Strategy execution within an organization
Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership Careers
Spearheading change is the goal of the Doctor of Education in organizational leadership program. Graduates act as agents of change across many types of organizations. They may pursue advanced positions or find work where they lead operations in a meaningful way.
GCU EdD organizational development graduates may find work as:
- Education administrators in preschool and childcare centers
- Education administrators in elementary and secondary schools
- Education administrators in postsecondary environments
- Distance learning coordinators
- Fitness and wellness coordinators
- Operational leaders at the district level
Helping organization analyze and assess their current practices is the job of a real leader. Take charge with the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Organizational Development degree program at GCU.
Program Core Courses
This course introduces students to the principal elements of research and scholarly writing. Learners explore approaches to synthesizing literature and the application of the major components of APA form and style, and learn to coordinate literature searches. Furthermore, they learn how to discern principal arguments, analyze research questions, and clearly identify the key scholarly attributes to journal articles and other sources of scholarly data. This course also introduces learners to the University’s overarching values and beliefs regarding research and the responsibility scholars have in continuing a tradition of contributing to an ever-growing body of knowledge.
This course provides an overview of seminal leadership theories and models. Learners focus on understanding the development and evolution of leadership theories and the range and emphasis of leadership research. Prerequisite: RES-811.
This course examines multiple ethical frameworks, principles, and theories as they apply to the study and practice of leadership. Corporate social responsibility will be addressed from the perspective of ethical decision making. Prerequisite: RES-811.
This course provides a broad overview of foundational elements for conducting independent, original research. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods are introduced and applied. The template for developing a research prospectus is also introduced, with emphasis on identifying a researchable topic related to the learners’ degree specialization. Prerequisite: RES-811.
This course examines the roles of stakeholders in a variety of organizational structures and discusses how the type of organization may affect the role of the stakeholder. Learners explore the stakeholder’s role in sustaining organizational effectiveness. Prerequisite: RES-850.
This residency allows students to begin developing their skills as academic researchers. Residency sessions address topics such as research question development, design, item generation, subscale development and analysis, and basic hypothesis testing. Students have hands-on experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis software.
This course examines organizational structure and its influence on organizational effectiveness and success. Learners evaluate organizational structure and explore methods for modifying structures. Open-systems theory is discussed. Research skills from RES-850 and ethical considerations are applied in the context of the course topics. Prerequisite: RES-850.
This course is designed to train learners in the conduct of a systematic literature review related to their research topic. Emphasis is placed on creating structure for reading, analyzing, synthesizing, and organizing prior research necessary for drafting the first iteration (draft) of Chapter 2 of the dissertation. Learners use the research prospectus template to guide the development of their Chapter 2. Prerequisite: RES-850 or MGT-810 or RES-825.
This course examines the shift from a traditional organizational structure to a learning organization. It looks at the unintended consequences of leadership decisions in the context of leading innovation. Prerequisite: RES-861.
This course explores the use of aggregated data to study the relationship between individual differences and organizational outcomes. Role differences in decision-making teams are examined to determine how to best leverage these differences for overall organizational effectiveness. Prerequisite: RES-861.
This course provides learners with an overview of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches with emphasis on conceptual and practical aspects of data collection, management, and analysis. Learners use their research prospectus to align the research question(s) and variables of interest with the appropriate data collection and analytical techniques. Prerequisite: RES-861.
This residency prepares students to present their scholarly work and to thoughtfully critique the work of others. Students orally present papers developed in their own classes and respond to questions from colleagues. Students are further prepared to become active members in academic communities by learning how to review papers and provide comments.
This course provides an overview of the impact of leadership and the effects of behaviors on the formulation and execution of strategy within an organization. Topics include the increasing importance of resilience and change in today’s global and turbulent economy. Prerequisite: RES-861 or RES-866.
This course explores the opportunities and challenges facing leaders in the global environment. The course topics focus on aspects of leading global and diverse workforces, and on theories of leadership and leadership development in diverse and global cultures. Prerequisite: RES-861 or RES-866.
Learners complete a cogent research prospectus as the foundation for their dissertation research proposal. Emphasis is placed on fully articulating a study design and methodology that is aligned with the research questions and developing the first iteration (draft) of Chapter 3 of the dissertation. Prerequisite: RES-855 or RES-866.
The course analyzes decision-making paradigms and strategies through the lens of critical incident analysis, cross-cultural decision making, and collective leadership. Alignment of strategy, vision, and decisions is discussed.
In this course, learners formalize their research proposal specific to their topic. Emphasis is placed on fully developing Chapter 1 and incorporating Chapters 2 and 3 (drafts) from previous research courses. This proposal becomes the first three chapters of the dissertation upon approval of the final draft by the College of Doctoral Studies. Prerequisite: RES-880.
This course provides learners with individualized support in their dissertation journey. Learners work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members to continue their research endeavors as aligned with their individual progress plan. Prerequisite: RES-871 or RES-885.
This course continues to provide learners with individualized support in their dissertation journey. Learners work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members to continue their research endeavors as aligned with their individual progress plan. Prerequisite: DIS-955.
This course continues to provide learners with individualized support in their dissertation journey. Learners work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members to continue their research endeavors as aligned with their individual progress plan. Prerequisite: DIS-960.
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Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.
* Please note that this list may contain programs that are not presently offered as program availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability of the program.