Anaheim University’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree program is comprised of 60 graduate credit hours beyond a completed MBA. The DBA program consists of 6 foundation courses in business administration and research, a qualifying exam which the student must pass at the end of the first year of study, 4 courses in the student’s chosen area of concentration, 2 elective courses, a comprehensive exam which the student must pass in order to advance to the dissertation phase, two dissertation studies courses, and a dissertation. Each course in the DBA program is three credit hours, with the exception of the final dissertation course.

Curriculum for the DBA with a concentration in International Business

Foundational Courses :

DBA 605 International and Multinational Marketing  
DBA 607 Global Management Consulting  
DBA 625 Applied Research Methods - Qualitative & Quantitative  
DBA 627 Business Analytics  
DBA 653 Leadership in Global and Multicultural Organizations  
DBA 617 International Supply Chain Management  

 

International Business courses:

DBA 610 International Financial Management  
DBA 633 Ethics in Business Management  
DBA 640 International Business Law and Practice  
DBA 710 Seminar in International Business  

 

Elective Courses (Choose 1 in each of 2 of the other 3 concentrations):

Management Elective Courses :
DBA 613 Organizational Development and Change Management  
DBA 623 Human Resource Management Science  
DBA 633 Ethics in Business and Management  
DBA 640 International Business Law and Practice  

 

Sustainable Management Elective Courses :
DBA 611 Sustainable Lifecycle Management  
DBA 621 Sustainable Project Management  
DBA 651 Sustainable Accounting Management  
DBA 711 Seminar in Global Business Sustainability  
Entrepreneurship Elective courses:
DBA 612 Creative Entrepreneurship  
DBA 622 Entrepreneurial Funding  
DBA 632 Social Entrepreneurship  
DBA 732 Organizational Change and Development  

 

Doctoral Dissertation Studies Courses :

DBA 810 Writing the Doctoral Dissertation Proposal  
DBA 820 Doctoral Dissertation Mentoring and Literature Search  
DBA 850 Doctoral Dissertation Completion  

 

Foundational Courses:

DBA 605 Introduction to Doctor of Business Administration Studies

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to Anaheim University’s requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum as well as ethical issues related to businesses which are covered in the course. The course provides a foundation for academic and professional success from a practitioner’s approach to current problems in the business world. Course assignments focus on practical application in writing and critical-thinking skills and promote professional practice and academic excellence. Major assignments include the preparation of a Professional Development Plan and the Program of Study the student will pursue.

DBA 607 Global Management Consulting

This course examines the international practice of management consulting. The course will cover a variety of industry structures and dynamics, the work of consultants and their lifestyles, and the consulting process. Students will develop their own consulting skills including managing team dynamics, framing client’s problems, gathering data, developing conclusions and effectively communicating recommendations to their clients.

DBA 625 Applied Research Methods — Qualitative and Quantitative

This course focuses on students’ acquisition of basic knowledge of the philosophy of science, including the review and critique of concepts and theories. Students learn about the qualitative and quantitative bases for inquiry and examine the ethical, social, and political components of conducting research. Quantitative based concepts include experimental, survey, and existing action research. The qualitative-based concepts include case study, grounded theory, and ethnography. Assignments consist of knowledge demonstration and problem-solving for professional practice. Course assignments will emphasize the practical application of writing and critical-thinking skills and the integration of professional application at the doctoral level.

DBA 627 Business Analytics

This course is the blending of four overlapping areas of study: Data Mining, Business Process Optimization, Applied Business Statistics, and Information Systems/Business Intelligence. It is designed to provide students with new insights into business performance as a result of using different methods of analysis. The ultimate outcome is to provide organizations with the tools necessary to make frequent, faster, smarter, and data-driven real-time decisions.

DBA 653 Leadership in Global and Multicultural Organizations

In the increasingly complex global environment, developing and creating strategic choices is necessary for success and is critical for long-term profitability. This course covers the major topics in managing multicultural organizations such as comparative management issues, the formation and implementation of appropriate strategies, building strategic alliances, negotiations, cross-culture communications, international human resource management, and business ethics.

DBA 617 International Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management involves the flows of materials and information among all of the firms that contribute value to a product, from the source of raw materials to end customer. The goal of this course will be to help students understand the strategic importance of good supply chain design, planning, and operations for every firm, to provide students with the use of key drivers on a conceptual and practical level to improve supply chain performance, and to give students a solid understanding of analytic methodologies for supply chain analysis necessary to achieve significant increase in performance.
 

International Business Courses:

DBA 610 International Financial Management

This course has two distinctive parts. The first part focuses on basic financial functions while the second part emphasizes the management of financial functions. As international capital markets have become more complex, it is essential to have a solid understanding of international finance for astute corporate decision-making.

DBA 633 Ethics in Business and Management

This course will prepare students to understand and apply ethical decision-making models within an organizational management model. These models will introduce students to ethical skills, vocabulary, and other tools necessary to behave in an ethical manner, not only within organizations but in society at large.

DBA 640 International Business Law and Practice

This course provides a comprehensive coverage of the legal, cultural, political, economic and ethical issues faced by global business managers. An understanding of these issues is enhanced through the use of real world examples, cutting edge cases, managerial problems, and ethical issues.

DBA 710 Seminar in International Business

Successful managers in a world of global competition must have an array of skills, talents and abilities at their disposal. This course uses extensive examples to illustrate the vibrancy and challenge of international business. Coverage of relevant topics includes the degree of geographical literacy necessary to succeed in international markets, which is frequently overlooked in more traditional courses.

 

Management Elective Courses :

DBA 613 Organizational Development and Change Management

In this course, students will gain an understanding of the development of organizational structure, strategies and processes through a comprehensive blending of organizational theory and concepts in the behavioral sciences and their application to organizational development and change.

DBA 623 Management Science

This course will provide students with a conceptually sound understanding of the role of management science in the decision-making process within organizations. An applications approach to understanding a quantitative approach to decision will be used along with powerful examples to illustrate the applications.

DBA 633 Ethics in Business and Management

This course will prepare students to understand and apply ethical decision-making models within an organizational management model. These models will introduce students to ethical skills, vocabulary, and other tools necessary to behave in an ethical manner, not only within organizations but in society at large.

DBA 640 International Business Law and Practice

This course provides a comprehensive coverage of the legal, cultural, political, economic and ethical issues faced by global business managers. An understanding of these issues is enhanced through the use of real world examples, cutting edge cases, managerial problems, and ethical issues.

 

Sustainable Management Elective Courses :

DBA 611 Sustainable Lifecycle Management

The field of industrial ecology is playing an instrumental role in the redesign and realignment of industrial systems and activities to be more ecologically and socially responsible. Critical to the field of industrial ecology is life cycle assessment (LCA), which involves methods, techniques, and process and procedures analysis of the full range of environmental impacts, product or service life cycles, and supply chains. This course enables participants to develop a hands-on, in-depth understanding of the frameworks, principles, advanced tools, and applications of life cycle assessment. As part of the course, students learn to address both social and environmental impacts from cradle-to-grave. Students will also review the state of life cycle practice and current initiatives involving companies, governments, and NGOs. Student will create a manual that details the step-by-step process for managing a sustainable lifecycle from cradle-to-grave

DBA 621 Sustainable Project Management

Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship are playing a more important role, both in how consumers, stakeholders, employees, and competitors view organizations, and in the demand for skilled project managers who can manage a project from a triple bottom line. Organizations need to know that the individuals managing their projects can integrate methods to achieve corporate responsibility goals and still achieve project specific objectives. Project Managers need credentials that demonstrate these specialized qualities. As part of the course, students learn how to develop a project plan that accomplishes the purpose and need of the project, while factoring in the impacts that the project will have on the environment and society. Student will create a manual that details the step-by-step process of sustainable project management, including the challenges, sustainable solutions and impacts to the project budget.

DBA 651 Sustainable Accounting Management

Accounting for sustainability involves linking sustainability initiatives to company strategy, evaluating risks and opportunities, and providing measurement, accounting and performance management skills to ensure that sustainability is embedded into the day-to-day operations of the company. Sustainability accounting is the term used to describe new information management and accounting methods that attempt to create and provide high quality, relevant information to support corporations in relation to their sustainable development. As part of the course, students learn how to manage sustainability accounting with activities, methods and systems that analyze and report environmentally and socially induced financial impacts. Student will create a manual that details the step-by-step process of managing sustainable marketing, including strategy, risks and opportunities.

DBA 711 Seminar in Global Business Sustainability

International economic development is the biggest challenge that global businesses face today. Companies are increasingly being held responsible for impacts of their products, processes and services on society and the environment. These impacts concern environmental effects and social effects in balance with the economic aspects of the company. This responsibility is called Corporate Responsibility or Corporate Citizenship and can include, but is not limited to, climate change, clean water, child labor, biodiversity, human rights, occupational health and safety, and poverty. As part of the course, students learn how global companies interpret their responsibility and try to manage and improve these issues in balance with their daily operations. Students will learn how sustainable companies publish sustainability reports and use management systems and sustainability programs to implement this Corporate Responsibility in their organization. Student will create a manual that details the step-by-step process for managing global business sustainability.

 

Entrepreneurship Elective Courses:

DBA 612 Creative Entrepreneurship

Creative Entrepreneurship is a course that provides a comprehensive and practical analysis of creativity and innovation and their roles in entrepreneurship. The course explores the factors and issues involved in creative problem solving; developing a creative mindset; thinking creatively; finding, developing and evaluating ideas; and building a creative climate within an organization. Finally, the course looks at the entrepreneurial economy, the practice of innovation, entrepreneurial strategies, and the practice of entrepreneurship.

DBA 622 Entrepreneurial Funding

Entrepreneurial Funding is a course that applies the theory and methods of finance and economics to the rapidly evolving field of entrepreneurial finance. The course explores how entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and outside investors can rely on academic foundations as a framework to guide decision making. It focuses on value creation as the objective of each strategic and financial choice that an entrepreneur or investor makes. The course explores the influences of risk and uncertainty on new venture success, and presents a comprehensive survey of approaches to venture valuation.

DBA 632 Social Entrepreneurship

Social Entrepreneurship examines how entrepreneurs creatively solve social problems. The course explores theories of social change and investigates how personality impacts the decision to become a social entrepreneur. The course continues with a study on the process of creating a sustainable social enterprise and achieving maximum impact through social entrepreneurship. Finally, the course explores the distinctive characteristics of the social enterprise context.

DBA 732 Organizational Change and Development

Organizational Change and Development is a course that explores leaders and leadership, with an emphasis on how to becomes a leader. The course examines how leaders are responsible for organizational effectiveness, providing organizational stability and establishing organizational integrity. It also explores the ingredients that encompass leadership, including the development of a guiding vision, passion and integrity. Students will learn the importance of building trust, which requires consistency, congruity, reliability and integrity, and they will explore the issues of personality typologies and the importance of learning to deal with different personalities.

 

Dissertation Studies Courses

DBA 810 Writing the Doctoral Dissertation Proposal

In this course, students focus on writing in their discipline. Students should expect to spend a significant amount of time writing, including weekly writing assignments, several short writing projects, one long writing project, and a final portfolio. Students will develop a research topic related to their dissertation topic, conduct and write a short literature review, develop an argumentative essay of significant length concerning their dissertation proposal, and document sources appropriately while focusing on the critical thinking and writing skills established in DBA 605. Students will select their major professor from their functional area. This selection must be approved by the Dean of the Business School. They also select their dissertation committee members and the chair of their dissertation committee with whom they establish and maintain strong working relationships and on whom they rely to mentor and approve their proposal and final study.

DBA 820 Doctoral Dissertation Mentoring and Literature Search

The purpose of this course is to assist doctoral students in making steady progress toward the completion of the dissertation. Students use this course as a forum for the ongoing exchange of ideas, input, and feedback with peers and their major professor. They engage in a variety of activities, gathering the tools needed to complete the dissertation successfully. Students gain practice with various research methods and data-gathering techniques; determine best practices; explore the various resources available; and prepare a draft and final version of their doctoral study prospectus. This course is required to proceed with the final doctoral study.

DBA 850 Doctoral Dissertation Completion

The final doctoral study demonstrates students’ scholarly ability to examine, critique, and synthesize knowledge, theory, and experience, so that new ideas can be tested; best practices identified, established, and verified; and theoretical, practice, or policy constructs evaluated and advanced. In all cases, students engage in rigorous inquiry that results in new knowledge, insight, or practice, demonstrating efficacy in the world of business and management. This course assists students in working through the process of the doctoral study. Students design personal best practices for completing their study within a designated context. They will also work with their major professor and their dissertation committee members, with whom they establish and maintain strong working relationships and on whom they rely to mentor and approve their proposal and final study. Ultimately, students completing the doctoral study make a fresh contribution to the field of practice in the professional business environment.