DANIEL L. GOODWIN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
DANIEL L. GOODWIN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
The Goodwin College of Business Doctoral program is dedicated to better understanding the work of professionals within the context of global trends and emerging problems.
This program prepares advanced professionals with a state-of-the-art doctoral education that offers a unique combination of research, theory, practice, and action-based learning to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to lead strategically within organizations and at the intersection of business and society.
This program prepares advanced professionals with a state-of-the-art doctoral education that offers a unique combination of research, theory, practice, and action-based learning to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to lead strategically within organizations and at the intersection of business and society. A unique program feature includes hosting distinguished visiting scholars from leading institutions from around the globe, who present side-by-side with the program’s core faculty. This exposes students to the latest research and theories in global leadership, strategic change, and corporate sustainability from the people who write them.
PhD (doctor of philosophy) in Values-Driven Leadership
DBA (doctor of business administration) in Values-Driven Leadership
These degrees place research emphasis on values-driven leadership – the theory and practice of leading profitable, sustainable, and responsible companies in today’s global economy.
PhD in Organization Development
This degree places research emphasis on organization development within management and the strategic role of human resources.
Students take a common core of coursework during the first two years that prepare them for their dissertation research which then allows them to choose one of three degree options.
The first-year courses concentrate on setting the tone and developing sensitivity to the role of organization development and leadership within the applied behavioral sciences. Coursework topics focus on the empirical research that helps us understand behavior at all levels – self, interpersonal, teams, organizations, inter-organizational, and society. Heavy emphasis is placed on the philosophy of science, the development of research skills, and organization research and theory.
The second-year courses extend the depth of study in leadership and change and also develop further research skills in preparation for a student’s dissertation research. At the end of the second-year students choose their degree and then embark on a yearlong dissertation research.
The third-year: students work with Goodwin College of Business faculty and their dissertation committees to tailor their research and writing to help advance the student’s career and individual goals. This results in a defended dissertation based on original research. Additionally, students receive credit for an international experience by attending an international academic conference or other international experience with a faculty member.
Students who begin the doctoral program may earn a Master’s of Science in Values-Driven Leadership en route to their doctorate if they are interested. The master’s degree can be awarded after the student has earned at minimum 30 semester credit hours of qualifying courses within the doctoral program and must be awarded within the six year graduate program limit; it cannot be awarded after the Ph.D. or D.B.A. is complete.
The program is built on a 50-year history of successful graduate-level OD education and this is intended for those persons with extensive experience, who currently hold responsible positions either in the field of organization development or human resource management.
VDL is the theory and practice of leading profitable, sustainable, and responsible companies in today’s global economy. The program equips students to become thought leaders who have a transformative impact on business and society by leading boldly at four levels: personal, interpersonal, organizational, and globally.
As a minority, I know that it is not always easy to aspire to an advanced degree due to the availability of resources. It has not been an easy journey having to overcome some of the stereotypes. (But with a Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine), you earn the reputation for having a higher level of credibility to do this work.
Rosa Colon-Kolacko, Ph.D., Organization Development ’02
Senior Vice President Learning Institute and Chief Diversity Officer
Christiana Care Health System