2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (December 2011) 
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2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (December 2011) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Leadership and Organizational Change Specialization (Course-Based)

Return to: Ph.D. in Management 

In this specialization, students will examine leading-edge as well as traditional models of leadership and organizational structures. Students will study ways to promote effective leadership development, strengthened interpersonal relationships, and successful group and organizational dynamics, all of which can lead to improved performance in organizations. Students will also explore ways to mobilize change and work effectively in cross-cultural environments.

Foundation Course (6 cr.)

All course-based Ph.D. in Management students are required to successfully complete this course and are automatically enrolled in it during their first quarter. In this course, students develop a Professional Development Plan and a Plan of Study as their guide to the rest of their program. 

Foundation Research Sequence (12 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 8100Z must be completed during the third term (second term for KAM-based and mixed-model students) and is a prerequisite for Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8200Z and RSCH 8300Z must be completed prior to registering for Residency 3 and for the dissertation.

Advanced Research Course (4 cr.)

Ph.D. 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.

Recommended Course Sequence

Recommended Timing Course Code and Title
Course Length
(In Weeks)
Year 1: Qtr. 1 MGMT 8000 Foundations for Ph.D. Study 12
Year 1: Qtr. 2 MGMT 8010 Management in Human and Societal Development 12
Year 1: Qtr. 3 RSCH 8100Z Research Theory, Design, and Methods 12
Year 1: Qtr. 4 MGMT 8020 Managing Operational Systems and Complexity 12
Year 2: Qtr. 1 MGMT 8030 Management of Decision-Making 12
Year 2: Qtr. 2 (first half) MGMT 8410 Leadership, Influence, and Power 6

Year 2: Qtr. 2 (second half)

MGMT 8420 Challenging Conventional Leadership 6
Year 2: Qtr 3 RSCH 8300Z Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis 12
Year 2: Qtr. 4 (first half) MGMT 8430 The Changing Face of Leadership—Diverse Perspectives 6
Year 2: Qtr. 4 (second half) MGMT 8990 Developing a Prospectus
MGMT 8440 The Socially Conscious Leader
Year 3: Qtr. 1 RSCH 8200Z Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis 12
Year 3: Qtr. 2

Student selects one Advanced Research course:
RSCH 8250Z Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
RSCH 8350Z Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
RSCH 8450Z Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis

Year 3: Qtr. 3 (first half) MGMT 8450 Crafting and Responding to Change
Year 3: Qtr. 3 (second half) MGMT 8600 Applications of Current Topics in Management
Year 3: Qtr. 4

MGMT 8991 Writing a Proposal (complete first half of course)

MGMT 9000 Dissertation
    (5 credits each quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters)

Year 4: Qtr. 1 MGMT 9000 Dissertation
(5 credits each quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters)
 12 (each quarter until complete)
2.75 years of courses + dissertation: Total

96 qtr. cr.

 Note: Following the completion of MGMT 8990 Developing a Prospectus, students will be continuously registered in MGMT 8100 until beginning MGMT 9000. 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. 

Residency Requirement: 16 units 

  • Residency 1: 90 days following Foundations for Ph.D. Study (Prerequisite: Completion of MGMT 8000.)
  • Residency 2: During 1st Research Sequence course (Prerequisite: Completion of RSCH 8100Z.)
  • Residency 3: Before writing the proposal after 3rd specialization course (Prerequisite: Completion of MGMT 8990, RSCH 8300Z, and RSCH 8200Z.)
  • Residency 4: During dissertation, to prepare completion and defense of dissertation and for facilitating future publications (Prerequisite: Completion of MGMT 8991.