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Department of Business Administration: Ph.D. Course Descriptions    
MGT 601 Organizational Behavior Theory and Research    
A review of the classic works in the Organizational Behavior (OB) literature, this course examines the main issues and questions addressed by OB since its inception in the late 1930s, including motivation, small group behavior, leadership, power, and organizational culture and change. Students will develop hypotheses for how expansion of consciousness influences organizational behavior. (4 credits)


MGT 606 Socially and Environmentally Responsible Management    
Developing Inner Intelligence to Promote Socially Responsible Action
An increasing number of organizations are concerned about social and environmental responsibilities in the context of sustainable development, and are interested in developing tools to improve their performance and accountability in these areas. This course introduces students to these issues with emphasis on current research in these fields. The key to sustainable progress is to align individual and collective consciousness with total Natural Law available in the Self of everyone. Topics include business ethics, stakeholder influences, corporate social responsibility, environmental management, natural capitalism, triple bottom line reporting. (2-4 credits)


MGT 607 Assessing Human Development    
Measuring Growth of the Sustainable Mind
Scientific measurement of individual characteristics provides a research framework for assessing individual and organization development toward higher states of consciousness. Development of the mind toward higher states of consciousness provides the natural foundation for enhancing employee performance, growth of enlightened leadership, and organization transformation toward sustainability. Topics include the construction and use of valid and reliable assessment instruments. (4 credits)


MGT 628 Introduction to Multivariate Data Analysis    
Gaining More Comprehensive Knowledge through Expanded Awareness
This course provides a conceptual introduction to the multivariate statistical methods most commonly used in management research in order to prepare students to critically read the quantitative management research literature and begin preparation of their own dissertation research proposal. Topics include review of simple linear regression and correlation, multiple regression, logistic regression, discriminant function analysis, univariate comparison of means (analysis of variance), multivariate analysis of variance, principal components and factor analysis, path analysis and structural equation modeling, and multilevel modeling. (4 credits) Prerequisite: MGT 5170.


MGT 631 Multiple Regression Analysis    
Discovering the Order and Precision of Nature’s Intelligence
This course examines contemporary procedures of applied multiple regression analysis for business data. Topics include review of simple regression, hypothesis tests and confidence intervals, modeling nonlinear regression relationships, model specification strategies, diagnostic testing of model adequacy, robust regression, categorical explanatory variables, outliers and influential observations, path analysis, and logistic regression. (4 credits) Prerequisites: MGT 628.


MGT 634 Applied Multivariate Data Analysis    
Gaining Holistic Knowledge through Broader Comprehension
This course provides a hands-on introduction to applied multivariate analysis in management research. Students analyze real data sets using state-of-the-art software. Particular attention will be devoted to the selection of appropriate method, interpretation and description of results, and checking of assumptions. Topics include univariate analysis of variance and covariance, multivariate analysis of variance and covariance, principal components and factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and discriminant analysis. (4 credits) Prerequisite: MGT 628.


MGT 635 Quantitative Research Design    
Unified Knowledge through Subjective and Objective Approaches
This introductory course begins with the logic of causation and correlation in social science. We review the steps of scientific inquiry: literature review, theory development, operationalization and measurement of variables, data collection and analysis, interpretation, and write-up. Experimental and quasi-experimental research designs are treated specifically. Topics include the types of validity, the “control” of extraneous influences by design or by statistical methods, and the relationship between research design and statistical testing. (4 credits)


MGT 636 Qualitative Research Methods    
Researching from the Field of Pure Subjectivity
Qualitative research is often used in research on complex behavioral systems and in the exploration of a new field of study. Using methods such as participant observation, unstructured interviewing, and the examination of documents, a scholar can form theories that may be later tested by quantitative methods or validated on other samples. Particular attention is given in this course to the methodology of grounded theorizing in multiple case studies and problems of data analysis, interpretation, and generalization. (4 credits)


MGT 676 Implementing Sustainability    
Creating an Ideal Society
What are the findings of behavioral sciences regarding effective practices for the transformation of organizations and communities toward sustainable strategies and practices? This course will examine selected research on topics such as the role of human resource management in achieving a firm’s environmental goals, transformational leadership, change management, creativity, cross-boundary collaboration, motivation for performance improvement, individual and team behavior. As individual, organizational, and societal consciousness become more established in the unified field of natural law, sustainable solutions will gain more frictionless implementation. (4 credits) Prerequisite: MGT 601.


MGT 678 Outcomes Measurement for Sustainable Business    
Attention Enlivens Action in Accord with Natural Law
A cutting edge of research in sustainable management is the development, adoption and validation of systems for measuring and reporting sustainability outcomes. This course reviews current research regarding measures used in “triple bottom line” reporting: financial performance, employee health and wellness, social responsibility, and environmental impact. The course also covers the processes for creating and institutionalizing new standards for performance at the level of the product, plant, firm, and society. (4 credits)


MGT 679 Research Seminar in Sustainable Management    
Perceiving Subtler Knowledge Through Refined Awareness
Topics in sustainable management will be chosen according to current research interests of students and faculty. (2-4 credits)


MGT 689 Preparation for the Comprehensive Examination    
From Broad Comprehension to Sharp Focus — Calling upon the Brain’s Total Potential
The comprehensive examination assesses the student’s ability to express and apply the knowledge from the courses in the Ph.D. program. Students are registered for this course while preparing for and writing the comprehensive examination. (4 credits)


MGT 690 Preparation for the Qualifying Examination    
Effective Planning from the Field of All Possibilities
This course provides the time necessary to prepare for the qualifying examination, which demonstrates research competence. It may be in the form of a research proposal, or in another form at the discretion of the program faculty. After successful completion of this examination, students advance to the status of Ph.D. Candidate. (2–4 credits — may be repeated for credit) Prerequisites: completion of all core curriculum and consent of the graduate faculty


MGT 692 Seminar on Writing    
Communicating Knowledge in Terms of Wholeness
This course prepares doctoral students to be competent in the conception, organization, writing, and presentation of scholarly works. (2-4 credits)


MGT 693 Seminar on Teaching    
Creating a Frictionless Flow of Knowledge
This course prepares doctoral students to be competent teachers. Topics include curriculum design; effective use of lecture, questioning, class discussion, and team-based learning; appropriate and effective use of supporting materials; and construction of effective means to assess student learning outcomes. (2-4 credits)


MGT 698 Research Practicum    
Stabilizing Knowledge through Practical Action
Students develop research skills through hands-on experience in research activities such as literature review, instrumentation, data collection, data analysis, and report writing. (2-4 credits)


MGT 699 Directed Study    
(variable credits) Prerequisite: consent of the Ph.D. program director


MGT 700 Preparing the Dissertation Proposal    
Elaborating the Seed Idea from Wholeness to Point Using Nature’s Sequential Steps of Progress
Having gained doctoral candidacy by completing the comprehensive and qualifying examinations, students prepare a proposal for a doctoral dissertation that is acceptable to their major professor and dissertation committee. (2–4 credits — may be repeated for credit) Prerequisites: Ph.D. candidate status and consent of the dissertation advisor


MGT 701 Dissertation Research    
Research into the Transcendental Field of Consciousness as the Basis of Personal, Business, and Academic Success
Students conduct original research and prepare their dissertations. (2–4 credits — may be repeated for credit) Prerequisites: approved dissertation proposal and permission of the dissertation committee

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