2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (September 2017) 
    
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2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (September 2017) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Systems Management - PhD in Management


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In this specialization, students are provided with an integrative approach to managing information systems in today’s data-rich environment. Students can study ways to derive maximum value and innovation from investing in organizational systems and will help build the leadership skills that successful technology executives have found essential. Students take the opportunity to broaden their understanding of all aspects of e-commerce systems, security management and risk assessment, and system design. They study ways to develop expertise in leading and managing people, processes, and systems, and contribute to positive social change by helping to improve organizational performance through information systems management.

Curriculum


Foundation Research Sequence (15 cr.)


Courses comprising the Foundation Research Sequence are conducted online and require weekly readings, participation in discussions, and assignment completion. Course instructors guide discussions and evaluate discussion and application assignments. RSCH 8110 is a prerequisite for Residency 2 of the academic residencies.

Advanced Research Course (5 cr.)


PhD students are required to complete one advanced-level research course that mirrors the methodology of their intended dissertations. The university offers three advanced courses. Students should refer to their specific programs of study to determine program-specific requirements.

One of the following three courses is required:

Mentoring (0 cr.)


All course-based students will be enrolled in MGMT 8100 each term following the completion of MGMT 8990 until beginning the dissertation in MGMT 9000.

Dissertation (26 cr.[minimum requirement]-120 cr. [8-year maximum timeframe])*


  • MGMT 8990 - Developing a Prospectus
  • MGMT 8991 - Writing a Proposal
  • MGMT 9000 - Doctoral Dissertation *To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook. In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.

Residency Requirements


  • Residency 1 - Complete face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; no later than within 90 days of completing MGMT 8015.
  • Residency 2 - Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual at the beginning of your second year, around the time of second research course (RSCH 8210M/RSCH 8310M).
  • Residency 3 - Complete Residency 3 face-to-face near the end of your second year, around the time of your advanced research course or at the time of your data collection and analysis.
  • Residency 4 - Complete Residency 4 (after completion of MGMT 8991):
    • a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404)
      OR
    • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability)
      OR
    • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during MGMT 9000 in the dissertation writing phase to progress toward completion and defense of the dissertation. Contact Academic Advising to register.
  • Optional: Complete a dissertation intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during MGMT 9000. Contact Academic Advising to register.

Recommended Course Sequence


Quarter

Course

Course Length
(In weeks)

Credits

Year 1: Qtr. 1

MGMT 8015 - Gateway to Doctoral Studies♦  

11

5 cr.

 

Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; no later than within 90 days of completing MGMT 8015.

   

Year 1: Qtr. 2

MGMT 8025 - Perspectives on Organizations and Their Implications for Leaders♦  

11

5 cr.

MGMT 8035 - Complexity and Applied Systems Thinking♦  

11

5 cr.

Year 1: Qtr. 3

MGMT 8045 - Mechanics of Individual and Group Decision Making♦  

11

5 cr.

RSCH 8100 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods  OR RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  

11

5 cr.

Year 1: Qtr. 4

MGMT 8510 - Managing E-Commerce Management Information Systems♦ 

 

6

4 cr.

MGMT 8520 - Organizational Performance Improvement♦  

6

4 cr.

Year 2: Qtr. 1

MGMT 8530 - Managing Projects in Complex Environments♦  

6

4 cr.

RSCH 8200 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  or  

RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  

OR

RSCH 8300 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  or RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  

11

5 cr.

 

Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual at the beginning of your second year, around the time of second research course (RSCH 8210M/RSCH 8310M).

   

Year 2: Qtr. 2
(first half)

MGMT 8540 - Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation♦  

6

4 cr.

MGMT 8990 - Developing a Prospectus   6 2 cr.

Year 2: Qtr. 2
(second half)

MGMT 8550 - Security Management and Risk Assessment♦  

6

4 cr.

  Complete Residency 3 face-to-face near the end of your second year, around the time of your advanced research course or at the time of your data collection and analysis.    

Year 2: Qtr 3

RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   

OR

RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  

11

5 cr.

MGMT 8100 - Dissertation Mentoring  

11

0 cr.

Year 2: Qtr. 4
 

RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  

OR

RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  

OR

RSCH 8460 - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis  

11

5 cr.

MGMT 8100 - Dissertation Mentoring  

11

0 cr.

Year 3: Qtr. 1

MGMT 8991 - Writing a Proposal  

6

4 cr.

Complete Residency 4 (after completion of MGMT 8991).

   

MGMT 9000 - Doctoral Dissertation *

11

20 cr. (minimum requirement)–120 cr. (8-year maximum timeframe)*

  Optional: Complete a PhD Dissertation Intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during MGMT 9000. Contact Academic Advising to register.    

Year 3: Qtr. 2–4+

MGMT 9000 - Doctoral Dissertation *

11

20 cr. (minimum requirement)–120 cr. (8-year maximum timeframe)*

Note: Following the completion of MGMT 8990 - Developing a Prospectus , students will be continuously registered in MGMT 8100 until entering MGMT 8991 - Writing a Proposal . This course will be 0 credits and $0 per credit, and is designed to allow time for the student to work with their mentor through the early stages of the dissertation process.

*To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.