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

Human Resource Management Specialization (Course-Based)

The Human Resource Management specialization integrates foundational study in management with specialized topics in human resource management that extend the research boundaries in areas such as strategic human resource management; the role of human resource management in organizational effectiveness and performance; human capital development and maintenance; the regulatory, ethical, and cultural environment of human resource management; conflict resolution; and labor relations and human resource metrics. Special emphasis on the global and multi-disciplinary aspects of human resource management is provided throughout the specialization, which is comprised of five research seminar courses in which learners seek to identify gaps in understanding in the field of human resource management, and where they explore specific topics for potential dissertation research.

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 linked to 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


Year 1: Qtr. 2

MGMT 8010 Management in Human and Societal Development


Year 1: Qtr. 3

RSCH 8100Z Research Theory, Design, and Methods


Year 1: Qtr. 4

MGMT 8020 Managing Organizational Systems and Complexity


Year 2: Qtr. 1

MGMT 8030 Management of Decision-Making


Year 2: Qtr. 2 (first half)

MGMT 8710 Organizational Behavior and Effective Human Resource Management


Year 2: Qtr. 2 (second half)

MGMT 8720 Strategic Thinking for Effective Human Resource Management


Year 2: Qtr 3

RSCH 8300Z Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis


Year 2: Qtr. 4 (first half)

MGMT 8730 The Development of Human Capital within Organizations

Year 2: Qtr. 4 (second half)

MGMT 8990 Developing a Prospectus
MGMT 8740 The Legal, Ethical, and Cultural Environment of Human Resource Management



Year 3: Qtr. 1

RSCH 8200Z Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis


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 8750 HRM and its Role in Labor Relations, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution


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: Qtrs 1-3

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 RSCH 8200Z Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis, students will be continuously registered in MGMT 8100 until the completion of MGMT 8600. 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 first Foundation Research Sequence course (Prerequisite: Completion of RSCH 8100Z.)
• Residency 3: Before writing the proposal after third 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.)