Doctor of Management in Strategic Leadership

Course Descriptions

DSL 700:  Strategic leadership frameworks, concepts and methodologies. This course introduces theories, models and practices of strategic leadership.  We will examine and discuss our and others’ epistemologies, models and theories of leadership, organizational thinking, and practice using analytic, systemic, cultural, religious, and value-based lenses. 

DSL 701: Systems and design thinking implications for leadership: This course is designed to challenge the traditional thinking of basic management strategy and practice and to show why organizations and the people within them must learn to think differently when confronted with complex challenges. We review and apply a variety of systems methods and practices derived from social systems thinking.

DSL 702: Applied research methods I. This course focuses on (1) basic academic skills needed to competently evaluate and conduct research – quantitative, qualitative, laboratory and field; (2) basic academic understanding to effectively evaluate research and knowledge; and (3) guidance toward helping you develop a professional niche and embark on your own research projects.

DSL 703: Juxtaposition of military and civilian strategic leadership. This course examines psychological, emotional and cognitive elements within various military and civilian leadership models since both leadership and followership have at their core individual, group and organizational psychology interactions. We also review the evolution of leadership theory as a generic discipline but focus specifically on the military model of leadership development and practice and how that model relates currently to Western business practices to attain, train, maintain and retain a corps of highly effective leaders

DSL 704: Complex project leadership and management. This course covers a range of competencies drawn from fundamental to complex project management and project leadership. The objective is to introduce and reinforce the traditional approach, principles, tools and techniques of planning for, managing and leading projects, as well as to provide a systems framework and methodologies for planning for, managing and leading complex projects.

DSL 705: Enabling information technologies and tools. This project-based, team oriented course provides a methodology for implementing enabling information technologies and tools that add value to organizations. It addresses the application of crowd sourcing, social computing, cloud computing and analytics to make better leadership decisions and to improve organizational performance.

DSL 706: Applied research methods II. This course provides an understanding of the various research methods by which knowledge is created and propounded to identify and critically evaluate prevailing leadership and organizational understandings, claims and counter-claims; and to develop skill and proficiency with one research method in order that you can make a significant contribution to addressing a problem in your field.

DSL: 707: Strategic leadership perspectives: Theory of constraints. The purpose of this course is to introduce and enable students to apply to their organizational challenges the Theory of Constraints, a systems thinking methodology based on the idea that the apparent complexity of a situation can be resolved if the constraint or rate limiting step to improved performance can be identified.

DSL 708: Management and leadership of organization development and change. This course introduces theories, models and practices of strategic organization development and change.  We will review the research on successful organizational change and its link to organization strategy through the lens of organizational systems.  We will also explore our own beliefs and experiences about organizational change, how it happens, what makes for success, and what leadership practices contribute to it.

DSL 709: Special topics. To be announced.

DSL 710: Advanced independent study. This course supports the student’s independent exploration of a topic related to strategic leadership, theory, organization development, practice, and/or evaluation. Students will augment their knowledge and skills by appropriate methods such as exploring the literature, interviewing experts, and/or engaging in research and/or development activities. The actual content and method(s) used will be approved by a faculty supervisor and/or mentor and directed by the student. Students will demonstrate a series of competencies in an area of interest as the primary outcome of this course.

DSL 800: Strategic consulting. The purpose of this process consulting-focused project-based course is for students to learn how to help organizations address their complex consulting problems. Organizations establish an educational partnership with expectations that their project will be mostly completed by the end of the semester although some continue longer. Students participate in all consulting activities include organizational system diagnosis/situation awareness, planning, designing, and implementation.

DSL 801: Leadership research project. In this project-based course students will engage in an applied leadership research project. The actual content and method(s) used will be approved by a faculty supervisor and/or mentor but directed by the student. Students will demonstrate a series of research competencies in an area of interest as the primary outcome of this course.

DSL 802: Executive education project. In this project-based course students will engage in an executive education leadership research project with an external host/sponsor. The actual content and method(s) used will be approved by a faculty supervisor and/or mentor but directed by the student. Students will demonstrate a series of executive education competencies in an area of interest as the primary outcome of this course.

DSL 900: Dissertation I. Doctoral candidates, under supervision of an advisor and with an advising committee, will propose their dissertation which involves: (1) determining appropriate parameters for their topic; (2) developing exclusion/inclusion criteria; (3) conducting a comprehensive information search; (4) assessing and evaluating the quality of information; and (5) synthesizing the information to yield aggregate conclusions and recommendations.

DSL 901:  Dissertation II. Doctoral candidates will complete and deliver their dissertation.

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