800 Personal and Professional Growth Plan
Requires each student to begin the process of identifying potential
dissertation research topics and the resources that would be
necessary to accomplish that research. Because the Plan must
be updated annually, the developmental dimension will particularly
be apparent in the more mature discussion of the potential dissertation
topics and resources.
Management of Transformation and Innovation
An analysis of the management of change, the use of strategic
planning as a way of disciplining and monitoring change, and
the development of communication strategies to insure that the
innovations are known, valued and shared. Case studies will
be cited to demonstrate how different structures and organizations
Futures Research: Forecasting Methodologies and Models
An exploration of the principal forecasting and trending instruments
used to establish the parameters and simulations of future events
and behaviors, the use of risk analysis and risk assessment
to estimate impacts, and the capacity of Delphi and scenarios
to simulate future events.
Future Leaders, Managers, and Workers
A presentation of the future roles and relationships between
leaders, managers, and workers in both the public and private
sectors, nationally and globally. Particular attention will
be paid to the notion of the Servant Leaders of a Servant Institution.
Futures Research Agenda
A compilation of major futures research agenda items by field
and profession. It will be created by each student for his/her
profession and organization and combine those items drawn from
the bibliography as well as the student's own profession. Indeed,
it is highly likely that the student's own dissertation research
will involve one or more of these major research agenda items.
and Information Systems
An analysis of the art and science of knowledge management,
the current and future state of information systems, the use
of distance learning and training via internet and satellite,
and the long range projections of the future of the World Wide
Organizational Structures and Behaviors
An examination of the major international agencies, their structural
configurations, and their roles in promoting international stability
and national integrity. Particular emphasis will be placed on
multinational organizations especially those that have entered
into overseas partnerships and joint ventures.
A description and analysis of demographics, economics, and diversity
of the global economy and competition; the commitment of multinationals
to world quality standards such as ISO 9000; and the prospects
in the future for internal trade and joint ventures. Particular
attention will be paid to the characteristics and qualities
of the global leader and manager in all fields and sectors,
especially managing across cultures.
The Environment and Sustainable Development
An examination of the global environment and of environmental
organizations and groups; the linkage between environmental
protection and sustainable economic development; the limits
to growth, global simulation, and the prospect for environmental
stability in the 21st century.
An exploration of the major technological breakthroughs that
are likely to occur in the next 25 years; an estimate of the
various orders of impacts such technologies will have on world
commerce and productivity; the use of technology assessment
as a form of technology risk analysis; and the use of innovation
training as a spur to technology inventiveness.
A discussion of the nature of classic, current, and future theories
of systems and their capacity to explain and to some extent
predict the behaviors of large scale organizations, followed
by a series of typical systems theory applications via case
At the completion of all seven
modules and prior to undertaking work on the research proposal
of the dissertation, each student will participate in an orals
discussion with a number of faculty. The focus of the discussion
is to assess the integrated knowledge of the seven modules completed
by each student. The knowledge of each module already has been
separately evaluated. Here the emphasis is on the integration
and synthesis of the knowledge of the total program as selected
by the student. The linkage process has been prepared for by
building into the format of each module its relationship to
other modules and the total program.
Dissertation Research Proposal
Before the dissertation can
be undertaken, a research proposal must be developed and approved
by the student's Dissertation Committee. The research proposal
minimally consists of three sections or chapters. These address
the statement of the research questions and hypotheses; a literature
review; discussion of the research design and methodology; and
the prognosis or plan for data presentation, conclusions, and
All residencies feature workshops
on research design, qualitative and quantitative research, statistical
analysis, the design of survey and questionnaire instruments,
etc. Although a residency is not required, residencies serve
as a critical linkage between learner, faculty, and the Greenleaf
After successful completion
of the Capstone Integration Orals, each learner will undertake
a doctoral project, or a dissertation. The dissertation is expected
to meet the highest standards of scholarship and inquiry. The
project must have practical, as well as theoretical, application
and must be generalizable to fields beyond the local professional
practice of the learner. A global application is highly desirable.
All forms of doctoral inquiry are acceptable as doctoral projects.
However, all projects must result in significant new knowledge
for the professional fields beyond the local or specific situation.