The Doctor of Management (DM) and the PhD in Management: Designing sustainable systems programs are based on the expectation that you, the practitioner-scholar, will develop the ability to think intensely and critically about problems confronting an organization, a community, a nation, and the world. Through conceptually modeling these problems, assessing and modifying the assumptions underlying the models, testing assumptions empirically, and applying modes of thought drawn from many disciplines, you will draw conclusions and propose solutions based on the results your models produce.
Our curricula and coursework provide a foundation for conducting rigorous research and practicing evidence-based management. Courses are interrelated theoretically and methodologically and prepare you to bring academic, theoretical, and empirical perspectives to bear on problems that you face in your organization or in public policy advocacy.
- Systems Thinking and Complex Systems
- Structured Qualitative Research Methods I
- Theories of Decision of Making
- A Conceptual Paper (CP) which includes the student's research proposal is due in the second semester of Year One.
- 2-day workshop on Qualitative Research Methods
- Structured Qualitative Research Methods II
- Model Building and Validation I
- Business as a Dynamic System
- Leadership, Sustainability and the Global Agenda
- Model Building and Validation II
- Foundations of Quantitative Research
- 2-day workshop on Quantitative Research Methods
- Capstone exam on Quantitative Research Methods
The year three curriculum of the DM Program is also year one of the PhD in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems track.
- Technology and Social System Design
- Critical Mixed Method Research Issues
- Advanced Analytical Methods
- Deliverable: Quantitative Research Paper
- Research Dissemination
- Designing Sustainable Systems Project
- Theories of Organizing
DM Program Deliverables
- The DM dissertation is a DM degree requirement. It consists of the student's Qualitative research paper (QP), the student's quantitative research paper (QNTP), and the student's integrative paper (IP) which organizes the research into a coherent whole.
PhD in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems Track Deliverables
- Generate study plan and a reading list for comprehensive examination
- Write first version/draft of the PhD thesis proposal
PhD in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems
Weatherhead's Designing Sustainable Systems track in the PhD in Management program offers an extension to the Doctor of Management. This program is for DM students who wish to reorient their careers to formally pursue positions as academic researchers and scholars. DM students can apply for this degree program during their second year in the DM program.
- Comprehensive Exam
- Dissertation Proposal Defense
- Dissertation Research (Includes participating in two research workshops/seminars)
- Manuscript presented and defended in the research workshop
- Dissertation Research (Includes participating in two research workshops/seminars)
- Summary of the thesis or a specific paper presented and defended in a research workshop
- PhD Dissertation submitted and defended
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Research Requirements and Deliverables
The first research requirement is a qualitative research proposal that frames the student's research problem and question, and specifies a design for the fieldwork portion of the qualitative research project. A qualitative research proposal paper is developed that synthesizes a substantial body of scholarly literature (theoretical and empirical) in a fashion that creates a conceptual framework and model that provides insight into a significant problem of practice reflecting the lived worlds of a specified body of practitioners. The concept paper produces a "grand tour" research question to guide the qualitative research project, and specifies a design for the fieldwork to be carried out in the qualitative research project. Students develop individual skills of conceptualizing (including modeling), creating ethnographic/phenomenological interview protocols, conducting phenomenological interviews, and interpretively analyzing qualitative interview data.
Qualitative Research Report
The Qualitative Research Report presents findings and explanatory concepts from the qualitative fieldwork project. It identifies and frames a potent "phenomenological practice gap" wherein current practitioner and academic knowledge is lacking in guiding effective practice. The research synthesizes significant scholarly literature into a coherent conceptual framework and an understandable model of relationships among theoretical constructs. Students learn to frame effective questions for practitioner-scholarship research that embodies inquiry and openness, aligning the conceptual framework and research question to the chosen problem of practice, and to write scholarly papers that are clear and present a logical flow of well-supported arguments. By understanding the development of grounded theory and understanding ethnographic observation and field notes, students formally and rigorously analyze qualitative data in an interpretive fashion.
The Capstone integrates the analytical approaches the student has learned in EDMP 643 Foundations of Quantitative Research Design and EDMP 649 Model Building and Validation II. The Capstone exercise is intended to allow students to demonstrate their independent competence in quantitative inquiry skills and, based on a satisfactory assessment, to progress toward the completion of the quantitative inquiry project which is a requirement for both the DM and the PhD in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems track.
Quantitative Research Paper
During the Fall of the third year students need to complete a Quantitative Research Report. The objective of the quantitative inquiry project is to generate a rigorous and valid quantitative empirical study that is guided by a sound conceptual model of their phenomenon of interest. The study needs to be positioned with respect to the theoretical and research literature of the topic, utilize a robust research design to collect credible data that mitigates biases, reflect systematic and rigorous quantitative analysis indicative of material covered in the quantitative inquiry courses, and meet high scholarly standards to merit publication in top-rated journals and outlets.
The DM dissertation consists of the Qualitative Research Report (QRP) and Quantitative Research Report) QNTP and an Integrative Paper (INP) that organizes the study into a coherent thesis.
Integrative Paper (INP)
As a final requirement for the DM dissertation, each student in the DM Program writes an overview statement introducing their qualitative and quantitative research reports, making substantive observations and conclusions about each project, and presenting a personal reflective statement about its significance to the author. The conceptual paper is as a preliminary way to frame the dissertation overview and synthesis but based on the stud ent's experience by conducting the qualitative and quantitative study, the synthesis needs to be re-written, revised, and critically evaluated. The overview statement and the two approved research reports serve as the dissertation requirement of the DM Program.
Additional Deliverables for PhD in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems Track
Although trans-disciplinary research is the main focus of the Designing Sustainable Systems track in the PhD in Management program, candidates need to be grounded in a disciplinary field. Therefore, throughout their course of study, candidates read seminal works and acquire knowledge that leads to a grounding in their chosen discipline (marketing, strategy, accounting, information systems, organizational behavior, finance, or economics). Students are required to take a comprehensive exam demonstrating adequate knowledge of the field's theories, research methods, and results. Upon passing the comprehensive exam, students are advanced to candidacy for the PhD.
Doctoral candidates in the Designing Sustainable Systems track in the PhD in Management program undertake dissertation research during their fourth year to extend their contributions to managerial knowledge. Informed by courses in design thinking, sustainability thinking, and complex systems thinking, candidates will incorporate human values and appropriate methods of analysis into their research. An original and significant endeavor, the dissertation includes a detailed review of the topic, relevant research questions, methods of inquiry used, findings obtained, and their implications.
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