Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

The Doctoral of Business Administration (D.B.A.) degree prepares leaders to serve in today’s dynamic organizations. Students will gain the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to lead their organizations through complex changes in our global society by continually transforming their organizations through developing people and processes, and implementing strategic initiatives in order to maintain a competitive advantage.

The Doctoral Degree program incorporates a protocol of dissertation work, a research proposal and a dissertation thesis. Progress through the program will be developed by connections between learning and planned career tasks, applying theories to leadership challenges at the students’ organization. Dissertation work will identify a specific organizational challenge. Once data is gathered related to your identified problem, student will analyze the data, considering related literature on the topic. Student will identify solutions to address the core issue of research based on new insights and ideas. Through this process, student will demonstrate the ability to generate, and transform organizational leadership knowledge.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss and contrast business issues and trends and analyze how to conduct business research in the new global contexts
  • Analyze, compare and evaluate advanced knowledge and competencies considering the latest academic business theories, new technological tools, financial analysis, and the use of operations research in the global field of business administration.
  • Explain and apply effective research skills including formulation of research problem; integration of previous publications into an appropriate literature review; design of a research study; data analysis; ability to summarize and present the results.
  • Generate, and assess the ethical and social obligations and responsibilities of business for the purpose of responsible management
  • Disscuss and combine the integration of business and non-business disciplines to generate novel ideas, strategies and practical approaches to address the business problems faced by senior management in organizations.
  • Analyze and evaluate an ability to address complex industry challenges using the frameworks of industry rules and regulations that build prescriptive conclusions in the the real world environment.
  • Analyze and develop techniques and ethical methods of business intelligence to overcome competitive barriers and change the rules of the economic game
  • Analyze and develop knowledge management principles and human capital with the application of research methods in leading organizations in the world market.
  • Complete dissertation final thesis such the a research study, presenting detailed results and analyses. Present a careful synthesis and evaluation of the work done and the findings obtained and project the future investigations lines

Program Breakdown by Course

Course Number Course Name Semester Credits
HIU 1002

HIU 1002 Mastering eLearning (Non-credit)

This course is non-credit and a prerequisite to starting any degree at HIU. This course helps students to get acquainted with the university and to acquire the essential academic skills related to the online platform and course organization such as online behavior, time management, evaluation process and online ethics that will allow them to enhance their academic integration and success at HIU.

Mastering eLearning – (Pre-requisite for Distance Education Programs) Non-credit
Core Courses (18 credits)
DBA 8000

Issues and Trends

This course affords the opportunity to perform research on international, multicultural, multidiscipline, and multigenerational organizations. Several aspects will be examined ; culturally leadership skills, styles, practices, and trends will be reviewed . Applications of theory and conversion to practice will be examined using case studies, demonstration, and practice. The latest o rganizational theories will be reviewed as well as team leadership, collaboration, facilitation, and ethical considerations.

Issues and Trends 3.0
DBA 8001

Leadership to Shape the Future

This course allows students to explore and examine the role of leadership in shaping learning organizations in the 21st century. Leadership is examined as the capacity of individuals and groups to generate and sustain significant organizational purposes and processes needed to shape the organization's future. It is presented as a m ultifaceted discipline of diverse roles and responsibilities. Major themes of study are: theoretical frames of organizational leadership, personal frames of leadership learning, and futuristic frames of organizational leadership.

Leadership to Shape the Future 3.0
DBA 8002

Creating and Leading in Effective Organization

This course explores the development of organizations with a purpose from the leader's perspective. Various leadership theories and research related to both leadership and organizational cultures are examined. St udents will discuss the particular challenges and responsibilities encountered in shaping and creating an intentional organization. Major topics of study include leadership theories; leader - related skills and styles including team building; the role of eth ics and ethical decision making in organizational settings; and managing organizational diversity.

Creating and leading in Effective Organization 3.0
DBA 8003

Knowledge Management and Intellectual Capital

This course introduces the students to some of the critical issues and debates in knowle dge management. The course stresses the human and business aspects of knowledge management. It will be taught from the perspective of the user of technical tools and method. Currently , a company who does not care for its human capital, not motivating it 51 a nd not training it is determined to failure. Following the philosophy of the HIU learning model this course combines knowledge management and human capital with the application of research methods. The course introduces students to the ways in which organi zations create, identify, capture, and distribute knowledge, i.e., knowledge management (KM). Topics include knowledge management principles; new organizations and human capital; integration of intellectual capital, and how to measurement it.

Knowledge Management and Intellectual Capital 3.0
DBA 8004

Organizational Theories and Processes

This course analyzes the interactive process and functions between leaders and groups utilizing concepts, generalizations, theories and frames of reference to analyze organizations and requisite leadership for improving organizational operations.

Organizational Theories and Processes 3.0
DBA 8005

Economics and Competitive Intelligence

This course introduces participants to Economic and Competitive Intelligence (CI) as a management tool, contributing to developing skills and abilities to solve organizations' problems by the students. Economic and Competitive Intelligence pays fundamental attention to the understanding of CI, its resources, and scope. Particular attention is given to the identification of the kind of problems that CI can s olve, the methods to do it and the ethical constraints of this discipline. This course has a practical approach, with a particular focus on the utilization of CI resources by any organization.

Economic and Competitive Intelligence 3.0
Research Courses (24 credits)
DBR 9008

Information Search for Research

This course i ntroduces participants to the concepts and techniques of information search for scientific researchers. It also contributes to creat ing skills for conducting information searches in a proper way as well as to report correctly the results, based on li terature search. The course puts the main focus on abilities for locating information sources, and on the evaluation and selection of those information sources appropriate in specific science fields. Attention is given as well to bibliographic formats and reference management systems to allow researchers create their own bibliographies.

Information Search for Research 6.0
DBR 9009

Design and Research Methodologies

This course is centered in offering the opportunity to survey the different alternatives to conducting a research in the business environments. The participant should gain a solid understanding of conducting and evaluating research. A set of activities is established to get the desired learning outcomes to successfully conduct a study to solve or look for possible answe rs to investigation questions. In this arena, the scientific method is widely accepted as an approach to systemically collect, analyze and report data to increase the understanding of a specific topic .

Design and Research Methodologies 6.0
DBR 9010

Applied Statistics in Research

This course emphasizes the use of statistics in the context of research in the field of business administration. It is oriented to the development of competences in the use of descriptive, experimental and correlational research methods with the corresp onding support of associated statistical techniques, such as descriptive measures, inferential statistical techniques and simple and multiple correlation / regression measures. Students participate in the data collection and analysis processes with the sup port of appropriate statistical software and perform the interpretation of the results which are integrated in APA - style research reports.

Applied Statistics in Research 6.0
DBR 9011

Collection and Analysis of Research Data

This course offers commonly used statistical analys is for evaluating research data, selection of appropriate analysis procedures, evaluation and reporting of information, and application to problems. The phrase "field data collection & analysis" reflects the course's broad concern with the principles and p roblems related to designing (including proposal writing), planning, and implementing surveys; data analysis; and reporting research results.

Collection and Analysis of Research Data 6.0
Dissertation (18 credits)

Dissertation Project

This course focuses on formulating, the problem of research, the purpose, literature review and research questions before this work is evaluated by the committee chair and member. The dissertation pre - project paper represents the first stage in the dissertation process that ultimately will allow the student to demo nstrate mastery of a chosen field of study and make an original contribution to that field. Usually 10 - 15 pages in length, a paper may differ slightly depending upon the topic and the expectations of instructor. The dissertation pre - project paper consists of the following two chapters: Chapter 1 (e.g., introduction, problem statement, purpose and definition of terms) and Chapter 2 (preliminary literature review and research questions).

Dissertation Project 3.0
DBD 9013

Dissertation Proposal

Dissertation Proposal emphasizes the formulation and writing of the dissertation proposal and the process for IRB approval. Methodology and content for each of the proposal chapters are defined, including a thorough discussion of the role of the literature review to support or refute the dissertation topic.

Dissertation Proposal 6.0
DBD 9014

Dissertation Applied Research

This stage presents, in sufficient detail, the research findings and data analyses, and describes the systematic and careful application of the research methods. Additionally this stage discusses the findings and expounds on their importance, meaning, and significance. Dissertation Applied Research involves the dissertation final report approval.

Dissertation Applied Research 6.0
DBD 9015

Doctoral Dissertation Defense

Doctoral dissertation oral defense involves the final approval process (oral defense) by the dissertation designated committee.

Dissertation Oral Defense 3.0



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