Leadership Doctorate in Organizational Development – Quantitative

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

Offered By: College of Doctoral Studies

What Is an EdD In Organizational Leadership?

Make an impact on your educational community by earning an online education doctorate in organizational leadership at Grand Canyon University. Equip yourself with the skills needed to inspire, influence and lead your educational organization or community.

The EdD in Organizational Leadership program helps students to develop the skillset needed to work from both a business and education perspective to create an effective organization functional for both external and internal stakeholders. Courses evaluate specific methods of responding to external entities while maintaining an environment for internal members to succeed, excel and improve learning for their students.

Choosing to Specialize in a Quantitative EdD in Organizational Leadership

Quantitative doctoral degrees give learners the opportunity to design, collect and analyze their own original research in order to advance the knowledge in their field. GCU’s leadership doctorate involves candidates completing their own research and drawing impactful conclusions through statistical analysis of data. This differs from GCU’s qualitative EdD, which will draw themes from existing and original research.

What You’ll Learn

Learners in this program will employ quantitative methodology to design, collect and analyze information in a scholarly dissertation. The program is designed to provide support throughout the dissertation process, starting at the very beginning of the program. Courses incorporate consideration and preparation for the dissertation into every course in the degree program, allowing you to work on it steadily throughout the program.

The program aims to equip students with actionable skills in six primary domains of leadership, globalization and world view, culture scholarship and research, change and organizational development. Courses will give you the opportunity advance in your knowledge of leadership dynamics through in-depth research that will allow you to facilitate your abilities as a leader and evolve into a highly strategic professional. Through coursework and your own research, you will identify and analyze prevailing social, cultural and political conditions surrounding modern education in order to move your organization forward.

The EdD in Organizational Leadership program’s classes equip candidates with the skills to:

  • Assess behavior and implement behavioral theory to manage employees
  • Encourage creativity inside learning organizations
  • Motivate innovative behavior to increase educational effectiveness
  • Evaluate organizational structure and employ methods to modify these structures
  • Apply research to explain events, dynamics and behaviors in an organization

By developing these skills, graduates will be able to formulate their own personal philosophy of leadership by examining the various ethical and moral frameworks concerning leadership. The program allows learners to examine leadership and organizational structure through different perspectives and theories in order to extract their own actionable methods of leadership and organization.

Careers With An EdD in Organizational Leadership

After completing this doctoral education degree, graduates are prepared for a wide variety of education jobs, including:

  • Preschool and childcare administrator
  • Elementary or secondary school administrator
  • Administrator in postsecondary environments such as a university or college
  • Distance learning coordinator
  • Fitness and wellness coordinator
  • Operational leader at the district level
  • District administrator
  • Dean of an academic program

By completing your quantitative Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Organizational Development, you will be prepared to make a significant impact on the field of education and help your organization thrive.

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS & COURSE LENGTH:
Total Credits: 60
Online: 8 weeks
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TRANSFER CREDITS:
Up to 9 doctoral credits
PROGRAM TUITION RATE:
Online: $702 per credit [More Info]

Course List

Major:
60 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
60 credits

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-815 or 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

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

In this course, learners explore the basic components of quantitative research design. Attention is given to variables, instrumentation, and sources of data. Reliability and validity of instrumentation is discussed in the context of GCU core quantitative research designs.

Course Description

In this course, learners interact with statistical tests and statistical analysis software in the context of designing a quantitative research study. Alignment of statistical tests to research questions, hypotheses and design is stressed as is determining the feasibility of a quantitative research study. Ethical aspects of research are discussed. Prerequisite: RES-842.

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 quantitative dissertation. Practicum/field experience hours: None. RES-844.

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 focus on data collection, data preparation and management, and the analysis of quantitative 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-844.

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 quantitative 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-874.

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.

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