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Doctor of Business AdministrationCOURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Doctor of Business Administration Core Business Courses

DBA 800
DBA Colloquium I
1 Credit

The DBA 800 Colloquium I course is offered in April at NECB’s campus in Boston, Massachusetts. DBA 800 is one of two required residencies for DBA students. Students must attend the DBA 800 course during their first year at NECB and attend DBA 935 during their final year at NECB. This course is an opportunity for students to connect and collaborate with NECB’s faculty, other NECB DBA students and Doctoral Candidates. During this four-day residency DBA 800 students will learn the tenets of research and learn strategies for success in the Doctorate in Business Administration at NECB. Students will be paired with last year students who will provide guidance and mentorship throughout their time at NECB.

DBA 805
Research Methodologies and Scholarly Writing
3 Credits

This course is designed to increase doctoral students’ knowledge and skills in business through advanced research methodologies and scholarly writing. Students will enhance abilities to communicate in writing, think critically, conduct and synthesize scholarly research, write at collegiate levels; identify, locate, evaluate, effectively use information for problem solving, process improvement, and opportunity identification. After completing the course, the student should be able to identify, understand the components and requirements of scholarly research writing. In addition, the student should be able to write a draft research proposal.

DBA 820
Business Research and Application
3 Credits

This course builds student knowledge in key aspects of business research with an emphasis on evaluation of the overall quality system. Doctoral students build a foundation of knowledge on current societal, economic, legal, and ethical issues affecting quality systems in the Business Sector. Students will research and analyze best practice strategies adopted by business entities, learn to view organizations from a systems perspective and develop an understanding of how quality systems management can make a positive impact on organization. During class, students will learn to use key evaluation/ research methodologies to monitor and document systemic, operational, and financial performance within an organization. These methodologies include: the gathering of research data; the application of traditional statistical techniques (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed) to analyze and interpret the data; and, the depiction of the data to support the research conclusions and associated business decisions. DBA820 students develop an understanding of how business research knowledge can be applied to: (1) help organizations utilize the appropriate tools for understanding the correlations and cause-and-effect relationships existing in current state; (2) identify root causes of problems with the current state; (3) build statistical controls into the future state; and (4) design experiments to better understand the root causes of problems with the current state.

DBA 830
Organizational Leadership
3 Credits

This course provides a critical analysis of prominent theoretical lenses, frameworks and research in leadership development and practice from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Students explore the history of leadership thought, the current approaches, and the emerging trends in the field. Emphasis is also placed on the application of leadership theories and principles to personal leadership experiences.

QSM 825
Quality Systems and Project Management
3 Credits

This course explores the foundations of quality, the contemporary application of quality concepts, quality paradigms, tools for managing project quality, and quality in practice. Current best practices in quality management are examined as students create a literature review for a desired area of interest. This course also explores the core values and principles of agile project management as students create a plan to perform research and writing. Further, this course expands and drills down into one of the ten knowledge areas of project management and quality management. Attention is placed on designing quality into the project management process to result in deliverables that are more likely to satisfy all stakeholder requirements. The student will also learn how strong quality processes map to the project success criteria of on-time, within budget, within scope, broad organizational change adoption, and benefits realization.

DBA 835
Business Analytics and Strategic Decision Making
3 Credits

Business analytics is the application of data science, data mining, statistics, business intelligence, and machine learning as a method of gaining business insight. Business analytics focuses on using descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive methods for enhancing strategic and operational decision-making. The course presents an in-depth examination of the types of problems and opportunities that business analytics presents, along with how it relates to strategy and strategic decision making. Students will analyze and evaluate the tools, methodologies, and systems used in implementing business analytics, and make recommendations for improving data and analytics practices within the context of business. This course also includes hands-on work with Excel, and an open source data mining toolkit called Orange Data Mining.

DBA 840
Financial Management and Fiscal Leadership
3 Credits

This course examines financial management principles, concepts, and applications relevant to the completion of their doctoral education to include their dissertation research. Moreover, this course is structured to provide a doctoral Learner a broad and fuller understanding of the importance of financial theory (such as financial engineering of options or derivatives, and capital structure) to the fiscal leadership of the firm. This includes fiscal management for both short term financial viability as well as long term sustainability. In addition, a review will be made of new theoretical foundations currently being researched to ensure the Learner is up to date on financial concepts relevancy and application. Furthermore, this course provides a theoretical & practical working framework for understanding key financial perspectives for qualitative, quantitative, or mixed method research studies that may be undertaken by a Learner.

It is fully expected that this course will provide students with sufficient quantitative analyses and assessments to evaluate alternative solutions for tough fiscal leadership problems. These quantitative analyses and assessments, coupled with qualitative argumentation, should be the basis for decision-making on alternative fiscal strategies. Factors that should be included in such analyses and assessments include the importance of time, cost, performance, and value in any evaluative framework chosen by the Learner. Finally. this course should give the Learner a strong appreciation for how financial management fits in with the other learning disciplines they will be exposed to during their dissertation journey.

DBA 850
Innovation, Strategic Technologies and Sustainability
3 Credits

In this course, learners will examine the ways organizations build innovation strategies to drive long term sustainability and adaptation through strategic technologies. Learners will examine and analyze key market drivers, disruptors and ethical choices to optimize organizational sustainability. Attention is also paid to the processes and dynamics of implementing innovation strategies in the wake of globalization and the information revolution. The systems view of the supply chain used to examine sustainable design issues across the chain.

DBA 855
Business Operations and Supply Chain Management
3 Credits

DBA 855 explores operation and supply chain management best practices and theories within the context of designing, planning and executing sustainable systems to improve efficiencies and increase value for customers, while maximizing profits business. Students will examine; total quality management, process improvement, logistics, Strategic SCM initiatives, Supply Chain Integration, Supply Chain Maturity, Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCORÒ) Model , and quantitative tools (forecasting, decision theory, queueing/waiting lines, reliability and statistical process control).

DBA 860
Communication, Collaboration and Maximizing performance
3 Credits

This course examines the process of maximizing organizational performance using team and group dynamics as a context. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of group dynamics from a systems theory perspective and apply that understanding to generate strategies that foster commitment and produce high-performing teams. Attention will be given to employing collaborative approaches that are effective with both internal and external stakeholders.

DBA 865
Organizational Development and Change Management
3 Credits

This course focuses on developing the student’s knowledge to help organizations thrive in today’s complex, constantly changing world. Working within many different sectors, students will employ a systems view of organizational development and change to identify desired goals, respond to unexpected changes, and—through planned interventions—move from a current state to a desired state. A review of the history, development, and current status of theory, research and practice in organizational learning, performance, and change is provided. An emphasis will be placed on making a linkage between organizational culture, agility and organizational development.

DBA 870
Strategic Management and Globalization
3 Credits

This course brings together theories from strategic management, economics, organization theory, psychology and sociology. Students study the tools, processes and strategies, tactics and activities, and tasks and actions that top managers employ in strategic decision-making within an organization in a global context. Business-level strategy, competitive strategy and theories of the firm in a modern global economy are examined. An emphasis is placed on the design and application of solutions to strategic issues in different types of firms across a variety of industries.

QSM Concentration Courses

QSM 874
Lean, Six Sigma and Organizational Assessment
3 Credits

QSM 874 provides scholar-practitioners with a framework for the Baldridge Excellence Framework and Baldrige Criteria along with performance improvement using Lean and Six Sigma. Students will explore the key aspects of Organizational Assessment using the Baldrige Excellence Framework. Students will learn the Baldrige model from both the external and internal examiner perspective. Through application of the Baldrige Excellence Framework, students will learn how to examine all key organizational management systems and encourages students to implement Six Sigma to achieve the requirements of Baldrige criteria.

The course reinforces as a process improvement foundation the Lean Six Sigma approach of understanding a current state, designing a future state, developing and executing a plan to achieve the future state, and treating this cycle as iterative. Students learn to build statistical tools on top of this foundation, so that they are able to (1) help organizations utilize the appropriate statistical tools in understanding the correlations and cause-and-effect relationships existing in current state; (2) identify root causes of problems with the current state; (3) build statistical controls into the future state; and (4) design experiments to better understand the root causes of problems with the current state.

QSM 875
Ethics, Social Responsibility and Legal Issues in Business
3 Credits

This course explores the intersection of law, ethics, and social responsibility, focusing on the current ethical and legal issues that leaders in every industry confront during decision-making within an organization. A general overview of the nature of law and its relationship to ethics and business in society is provided. Application of theories and frameworks for investigating issues including corporate social responsibility, corporate moral agency, theories of values, and corporate governance is stressed.

QSM 878
Business and Government Quality Systems Management Research and Application
3 Credits

This course builds student knowledge in key aspects of Quality Systems Management (QSM). Drawing from the tenets of Quality Management System Standards, and the Malcom Baldrige Framework of Excellence, the student will gain a deeper understanding of Management Systems, Organizational Performance, and Continuous Improvement in government and business.

QSM comprises a large body of knowledge that is based in core systems of management and management principles that exist in most organizations today: Leadership, Strategy & Planning, Customers, Measurement, Analysis, Knowledge Management, Workforce & Support, and Operations. Also included are numerous Tools and Methodologies to drive continuous improvement and performance excellence. Quality Management Systems (QMS) are influenced and guided by many organizational standards and accrediting systems, e.g. ISO, Malcom Baldridge, and many others. In addition to researching and analyzing “best practice strategies” adopted by business entities, doctoral students will research and build a foundation of knowledge on current societal, economic, legal, and ethical issues affecting quality in the business sector. Students will learn to view organizations from a “systems perspective” and develop an understanding of how quality systems management can make a positive impact on each management system.

QSM 888
Benchmarking, Reengineering and Cost of Quality
3 Credits

In QSM 888 students will further examine the Baldrige Criteria, Performance Excellence and benchmarking principles. Topics include process redesign, process mapping, performance benchmarking, process flow comparisons, and contemporary applications such High Reliability Organizations (HRO) and performance outcomes. Students will also explore the application of financial business theories and assessments of cost elements of implementing systems and processes that promote the highest standards of quality. There is a focus is on cost accounting and understanding the hidden cost of inefficiency, internal and external failure. Also focused are the financial implications of Lean operations, as well as assessing and calculating the cost benefit analysis resulting from process improvements and reducing costs due to substandard service, failure of products or defects.

QSM 892
Quality System Design and International Quality Standards
3 Credits

This course is designed to improve students' knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes in quality systems design and international quality standards through advanced research and practical application. The course provides scholar-practitioners with a framework for designing quality systems in their organizations. The course reinforces as a quality systems design foundation the international quality standard ISO 9001:2015. Students learn to design quality systems in their organizations or another organization where they can volunteer during the course. Sector-specific quality standards will be reviewed including IATF 16949:2016 (For automotive industry), AS 9100D:2016 (For aviation, space, and defense industries), and TL 9000:2016 (For telecommunications industry).

Dissertation Courses

DSS 930
DBA Colloquium II
1 Credit

The DSS 930 Colloquium II course is an opportunity for students to work with a faculty member to prepare a journal article for publication. Students may enroll in this online course at any time during the DBA program. The online course materials are designed to provide students with the opportunity to work with a faculty member to research and write a journal publication. It does not need to be on the same topic as the student’s dissertation. It could be a precursor to a dissertation topic or a result of the student’s dissertation research. This course helps students write a journal article and select a journal to submit their publication. The student’s article is not required to be published.

DSS 935
DBA Colloquium III
1 Credit

The DSS 935 Colloquium III course is offered in April at NECB’s campus in Boston, Massachusetts. During this four-day residency DSS 935 students will attend (and present) their research at the American Society for Quality (BOSCON). DSS 935 is the second of two required residencies for DBA students. DSS 935 students will be encouraged to provide mentorship to the first year DBA students to help them navigate the path toward completion at NECB.

DSS 905
Doctoral Dissertation Project I – Prospectus/Concept Development (Chapter 1 and 2)
3 Credits

Students enrolled in 905 are expected to complete 3 of the 9 dissertation milestones at NECB. Each of these milestones are carefully constructed with supporting online materials that will aid them in their research and writing of the required dissertation. In this first course, students will write a Preliminary Proposal paper, find an appropriate dissertation Chairperson, and write a draft of chapters one and two of their dissertation. Upon completion of the three milestones, students are automatically enrolled in DSS 910.

COURSE MILESTONES: Preliminary Proposal Paper, Chapter One (draft), and Chapter Two (draft)

DSS 910
Doctoral Dissertation Project II – Proposal Development (Chapter 3)
3 Credits

DSS 910 is a continuation of DSS 905. Students are expected to continue working on their dissertation with the chosen Dissertation Chairperson. In 910, students will complete dissertation milestones 4,5 and 6. They will write a draft of Chapter 3 of their dissertation, defend their proposed research, submit their IRB application and data collection. Upon completion of the three milestones, students are automatically enrolled in DSS 920.

COURSE MILESTONES: Chapter 3 (draft), Oral Proposal Defense, IRB application approval, and Data Collection.

DSS 920
Doctoral Dissertation Project III – Final Report/Oral Defense (Chapter 4 and 5)
3 Credits

DSS 920 is a continuation of DSS 910. Students are expected to continue working on their dissertation with the chosen Dissertation Chairperson. In 920, students will complete dissertation milestones 7, 8 and 9. They will write chapters 4 and 5 of their dissertation, conduct a final defense and finalize their dissertation for submission to the ProQuest Database and the NECB eLibrary. Upon completion of these final three milestones, students will complete the requirements for the dissertation.

COURSE MILESTONES: Chapter 4 (draft), Chapter 5 (draft), Final defense and Submit dissertation to the ProQuest Database and the NECB eLibrary.

Residencies

There are two required DBA residency courses (DBA 800 and DSS 935). Students are required to attend each residency course in full. If there are very extenuating circumstance, Academic Affairs must be notified in writing two to three weeks prior to the residency start date.

DBA 800 is designed for first year students entering the program to meet NECB faculty, staff and other DBA students. During the four-day residency, DBA 800 students will have the opportunity to align with DBA mentors who will help guide them through their experience at NECB. In addition, student specializing in QSM will attend the American Society for Quality BOSCON conference where they will attend the ‘Student Track’ and learn about other research projects in Quality DSS 935 is a three-day residency designed for last year students who have completed their course work and are in their final stages of completing their dissertation. Students will present their research to NECB faculty, staff and other DBA students. In addition, students who have chosen to specialize in QSM, will have the opportunity to present their research at the ASQ BOSCON conference.

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