Doctoral Level Courses

LA 800 Personal and Professional Growth Plan

3 Credits

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.

LA801 Management of Transformation and Innovation

9 Credit

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 manage change.

LA802 Futures Research: Forecasting Methodologies and Models

9 Credit

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.

LA803 Future Leaders, Managers, and Workers

9 Credit

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.


LA804 Futures Research Agenda

9 Credit

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.

LA810 Communication and Information Systems

9 Credit

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 Web.

LA812 Organizational Structures and Behaviors

9 Credit

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.

LA818 Globality

9 Credit

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.

LA820 The Environment and Sustainable Development

9 Credit

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.

LA830 Technology

9 Credit

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.

LA831 Systems Theory

9 Credit

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 studies.

LA880 Orals

1 Credit

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.

LA883 Dissertation Research Proposal

3 Credits

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 recommendations.

LA898 Residencies

9 Credits

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 University community.

LA899 Dissertation

12 Credits

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.