Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Development and Leadership

Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Development and Leadership

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Courses

(All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted and are listed in the recommended sequence.)


ORG 5010 Survey of Organizational Development & Leadership I
This is the first of two survey courses designed to assist students with master's degrees in areas other than I/O psychology, organizational development, leadership, or a related field to prepare for the doctorate in organizational development and leadership. Survey I covers an introduction to the following topics: Industrial/Organizational Psychology, research methods, job analysis, employee selection, assessment, training and development, and performance appraisal. This course is the first of two survey courses in this preparation process.

ORG 5011 Survey of Organizational Development & Leadership II
This is the second of two survey courses in I/O Psychology designed to provide the foundation doctoral study in organizational development and leadership. Survey II covers an introduction to the following topics: motivation, learning, job satisfaction and commitment, stress management, organizational behaviors, groups and teams, and leadership.

ORG 7519 History & Systems of Industrial & Organizational Psychology
The course will provide an overview of the key events and accomplishments that have played an important role in the historical evolution of industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology and the systems that form the basis of the discipline. A review of the history of I/O psychology introduces several important distinctions that define the discipline and theoretical models and perspectives that trace the evolution of theory and practice. The learning activities emphasize the dichotomy between the science and applications of I/O psychology. The course will trace the development of the field from three different perspectives (1) objectives for research and practice in the field, (2) basic methodological orientation of practitioners and (3) the systems and research-based foundations that form the basis of professional practice in I/O psychology.

ORG 8530 Influence, Motivation & Persuasion in the Workplace
This advanced graduate seminar explores theories of motivating adult performance in the workplace. The exploration includes theories and application of methods for leaders to influence and persuade others in ways that motivate and engage them in their work and their organization's mission. 

ORG 7500 Diversity in the Workplace
This course is a systematic study of multi-cultural issues in the workplace, emphasizing respect for diversity of people and families, particularly with regard to matters of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. Specific ethnic groups are studied in regard to family relations and cultural impacts on workplace behaviors. Attention is given to ethnocentrism and racism in society and traditional culture-bound organizational human resources approaches. Through this course, students better understand themselves (including expectations and biases toward others based on their ethnic families of origin. Positive and negative feelings about ethnicity are also explored.

ORG 8511 Advanced Topics in Performance Management
This course takes a broad perspective on the theory and strategic application of performance management systems design and implementation, with an emphasis on the more complex issues and questions associated with these advanced systems. This advanced course explores strategic issues and best practices in employee engagement, leadership development, succession planning, evaluative performance feedback, and compensation models. The ways that the changing nature of work and changing demographics in the business world are influencing performance management systems are examined, including globalization, generational differences, multinational operations and cross-cultural issues. Based on current theories and applications for performance management systems, students explore current literature and case examples to implement and support organizational development and increased organizational effectiveness.

ORG 8510 Advanced Seminar: Leading Organizational Change
This seminar examines cutting edge trends in organizational change, the current global business climate, forces driving change, and issues related to positioning organizations for the future. The topics selected will connect change with culture, existing organizational strategies, and the process of change in future directions. Major case study examples of organizational change are included in the learning process.

ORG 8518 Professional & Business Ethics in Organizational Leadership*
This advanced seminar examines enduring issues in business and professional ethics, in addition to the application of proven approaches to ethical professional practice and organizational operations to contemporary organizational environments and issues.

ORG 7410 Research Design & Methods - Qualitative
Readings and exercises in this course emphasize design, analysis, and research concepts most appropriate to investigating intangibles and common data in psychological modeling. Techniques of methodological design related to observational, evaluative, systemic, psycho-historical, phenomenological, heuristic, mythic, and case methods are emphasized. Other course topics include data collection, reliability, validity, data summary and analysis, data reporting, influences on response rate, techniques of survey sampling (mail, questionnaire, and telephone surveys), and semi-structured interview schedules. Research issues of protection of human subjects, privacy, and confidentiality are also addressed. Students are supervised and share experiences gained while preparing to develop, administer, and analyze qualitative research projects. Emphasis is placed on the role that qualitative methodologies play in the world of research.

ORG 7400 Research Design & Methods - Quantitative
This course extends a student's knowledge of the principles and procedures involved in complex behavioral sciences research. The goal is to provide the student with an educational experience that allows him or her to become an informed consumer of scholarly psychological research. The course also prepares the student to conduct advanced research. Topics include philosophy of science, advanced research methods, and analysis of variance.

ORG 7402 Advanced Tests & Measurements
This course involves the advanced study of the theory and practice of psychological measurement. Students review and apply the concepts of measurement (levels of measurement, variables, and validity and reliability of instruments and measurement procedures), and basic principles of statistics (descriptive statistics, univariate inferential statistics for comparisons of sample means, correlation, and regression), as a basis for exploring the proper use of tests and measurements in psychological research. Students will explore published research based on psychometric instruments and other measurement methodologies, and design a quantitative research proposal in an area of interest, which may include dissertation related research.

ORG 7101 Assessment Tools for Organizational Leadership*
This course involves the study of the theory and practice of objective personality assessment and its application to executive coaching and organizational leadership. The course focuses on how objective personality assessment is used to provide insights into readiness for leadership and management roles. Primary emphasis is on those published instruments and inventories commonly used in executive coaching, organizational leadership assessment and organizational development, including instruments such as: FIRO-B, Social Style Profile, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, CPI 260, Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode, Campbell Leadership Index, Workplace Big Five, Change Style Indicator, Campbell Organizational Survey, and Conflicts Dynamics Profile. (All of the above will not necessarily be included in each session of the course; instructors will select representative examples from classes of instruments.)

ORG 7415 Advanced Statistics
This course emphasizes inferential statistical concepts related to methods most appropriate to data and theories in psychology. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include hypothesis testing, probability, multiple correlation and regression, t-tests, nonparametric tests, Analysis of Variance, Analysis of Covariance, and Multivariate Analysis of Variance. Research design issues are addressed, with a focus on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and apply the concepts covered to various psychological problems and real life situations. Emphasis is on developing skills in interpreting statistical results presented in research articles.

ORG 8801 Organization Design for Innovation
This course focuses on developing an organization design that encourages innovation and enhances the success of entrepreneurial ventures. Various organization design techniques are discussed as a foundation, followed by application to various scenarios and business issues.

ORG 8805 Managing for Agility
Students in this course will learn the principles of managing for creativity and agility. This will include the role of management in encouraging and inhibiting creativity, as well as specific management techniques for managing staff in creative jobs. Specific management techniques will be compared and contrasted for their potential application to innovation and entrepreneurship. This seminar-based course will focus on the ability of organizations to rapidly respond to changing market conditions and emerging opportunities. Topics such as disruptive innovation, alternative organization models, the extended enterprise, and others will be discussed, with a focus on the latest thinking in this area.

ORG 8810 Social Entrepreneurship
This course will focus on the evolving practice of Social Entrepreneurship and its application. This will include a contrast with traditional entrepreneurial ventures and the potential for integration of social entrepreneurship into existing enterprises.

ORG 8803 Creating a Culture of Innovation*
This course focuses on the development of an organizational culture that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship. Principles of organizational culture are discussed as a foundation, as well as factors that increase innovation and entrepreneurship. Levers for driving culture and techniques of culture change will also be demonstrated. Students will develop an idea and business plan for an innovative venture within a corporation/agency or a new entrepreneurial venture. Students will demonstrate application of the program content in the creation of a business plan. The course will culminate in the presentation of the proposal to potential “investors” or executives. In-residence course.

ORG 8813 Advanced Market & Competitive Intelligence
This course will demonstrate quantitative and qualitative methods for conducting market and competitive intelligence. Specific focus will be placed on techniques most applicable to innovation and entrepreneurial ventures.

ORG 8815 Global Issues in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
This course will focus on the emerging practice of innovation and entrepreneurship around the globe, with a particular focus on developing and lesser-developed countries. As countries such as India and China emerge as sources of innovation and entrepreneurship, it presents new challenges for countries that have traditionally held positions of economic leadership – how can innovators and entrepreneurs capitalize on this trend and counter these threats? Innovation and micro-enterprise in lesser-developed countries and the opportunities that it presents will also be discussed.

ORG 8770 Doctoral Capstone Seminar (4 credits)
This seminar provides students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in their curriculum to highly realistic case studies related to their fields of specialization for the doctorate. Through discussions among students and the instructor, students will review, analyze and evaluate case studies emphasizing the practice of the content in their curriculum. The course will involve the analysis and evaluation of one or more case studies. Students will contemplate complex ques-tions posed by their instructor, reply to those questions, respond to other students’ analyses and evaluations, and receive faculty feedback. Each student will submit a final assignment on each case, involving his or her critical thinking on the core issues presented in the case and the presentation and defense of an approach to addressing those core issues. Prerequisite: completion (including approved credits trans¬ferred) of all coursework required in the student’s doctoral curriculum.

ORG 8910 Dissertation Planning I (1 credit)
In this course students begin the drafting of their dissertation under the supervision of the instructor. Students working individually on their own dissertation drafts focus on the description of their topic, refinement of their research questions, and outlining their review of the literature with feedback and recommendations for revisions from their instructor. (Final approval of these drafts of portions of the dissertation rests with the student’s individual dissertation committees, as described in the current University of the Rockies Dissertation Handbook, as revised from time to time. Following the procedures outlined in the Handbook, students may form their committees before, during or after their enrollment and completion of Dissertation Planning I and II.) Prerequisite: Doctoral Capstone Seminar.

ORG 8912 Dissertation Planning II (1 credit)
In this course students continue the drafting of their dissertation begun in Dissertation Planning I under the supervision of the instructor. Students working individually on their own dissertation drafts focus on further refinement of the description of their topic, the final draft wording of their research questions, and beginning to write their review of the literature and research methodology with feedback and recommendations for revisions from their instructor. Students will exchange research concepts and proposed approaches about their research methodology with other students proposing similar methods (qualitative, quantitative, mixed, etc.). (Final approval of these drafts of portions of the dissertation rests with the student’s individual dissertation committees, as described in the current University of the Rockies Dissertation Handbook, as revised from time to time. Following the procedures outlined in the Handbook, students may form their committees before, during or after their enrollment and completion of Dissertation Planning I and II.) Prerequisite: completion of all required coursework and Dissertation Planning I.

ORG 8990 Dissertation (1 credit per term, 5 terms)**
Students writing a dissertation must complete a total of 5 credits by registering for five consecutive terms of dissertation credit, one credit per term. Dissertations are written per the policies, practices, and procedures in the Dissertation Handbook.

Total Credits 68

* This course may not be transferred in as it contains a weekend in-residence requirement in Denver (Friday midday to Sunday midday). Dates will be published in advance. Travel and related expenses are the responsibility of the student. However, these costs are included within the Federal Financial Aid Cost of Attendance.

** As a requirement for graduation from University of the Rockies with a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), each student must complete and successfully defend a dissertation. The purpose of the Dissertation is to ensure that the student has mastered the ability to pursue a systematic investigation, which examines significant issues or problems in applied psychology. The Dissertation requirement is also designed to contribute to the student's knowledge, skills, and research expertise in psychology. Students choose a topic that addresses carefully chosen research questions that the student then investigates with quantitative or qualitative research, with a meta-analysis, or with a program design or program evaluation. Time lines for completion of the Dissertation as well as a detailed explanation of each step and requirements in the process are described in the University of the Rockies Dissertation Handbook.

Student Use of Data for Research
The University prohibits students from conducting formal research using institution-related data at University of the Rockies, Ashford University, or Bridgepoint Education, including conducting retrospective or prospective research, with the intent to disseminate or publish, unless otherwise authorized by the University.

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