Leadership Doctorate in Organizational Development – Qualitative

Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership: Organizational Development (Qualitative Research)

Offered By: College of Doctoral Studies

Earn Your EdD in Organizational Leadership

The online 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 doctorate 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:

  • Leadership
    Learn about leadership in theory and practice
  • Change
    Study and develop strategic approaches to organizational change
  • Culture
    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.

What Is a Qualitative Organizational Development EdD?

Qualitative doctoral programs allow candidates to contribute to the wealth of knowledge in their field by drawing upon the work of past researchers and performing an original qualitative research study. This study will allow the learner to dial into a specific aspect of their field they take interest in and draw out insights based on themes, patterns, interviews and other forms of qualitative study.

What You’ll Learn

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 online doctorate in organizational leadership apply what they have studied and practiced to traditional structures to determine how to sustain program. Graduates learn to 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
  • Stewardship
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Opportunities and challenges faced by leaders
  • Leading global and diverse workforces
  • Leadership behaviors
  • Strategy execution within an organization

Careers With A Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership

 

Spearheading change is the goal of the doctorate 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.

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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 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.

Course Description

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.

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. Prerequisite: RES-850, RES-825, RES-831, or RCS-831.

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 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.

Course Description

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.

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 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.

Course Description

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.

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

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.

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. Prerequisite: RES-871, RES-885, RSD-883, or RSD-884.

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: DIS-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: DIS-960.

Program Locations

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Program Domains

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