Course Catalog

Golden Gate University offers degree and certificate programs at three teaching centers and online.

DBA 800
Doctoral Writing and Research Methods

Covers the basic principles and techniques of doctoral scholarship. Students will study the principles of scientific method and techniques of research design common to both qualitative and quantitative research methods, including sampling methods and data collection techniques. Students will learn how to critically read research papers and articles. Students will be introduced to the techniques of writing necessary to produce expository and analytical papers in a style that meets the standards of publishable work. Literature research methods will acquaint students with both traditional library research and the recent developments in electronic search and retrieval methods.

Units: 4 , Offered: Fall 2020

DBA 801
Quantitative Research Methods

Topics include survey design; experimental design; statistical analysis of survey and experimental data; multivariate statistical analysis including analysis of variance, multiple regression, the general linear model, factor analysis, and other methods; time series analysis; and other topics. Students will learn how to interpret the statistical results contained in scholarly papers and articles. Students will learn how to apply these methods using statistical software through hands-on analysis of research data sets . Prerequisite: MATH 240, or MATH 40 and MATH 104.

Units: 4 , Offered: Spring 2021

DBA 802
Qualitative Research Methods

Examines contemporary approaches to qualitative analysis in business. Students will learn about and practice using such qualitative research techniques as open-ended interviewing, focus groups and the case-study approach. Other topics include the use of qualitative research software, the philosophic foundations of knowledge and the effective display of data. (formerly DBA 802A)

Units: 4

DBA 803
Economic Theory and Policy

Explores the theory of prices and markets and examines macroeconomics policies of government that affect the management decisions of business. Explores the theoretical roots of competing policy options in areas such as taxation, fiscal and monetary policy, international trade and antitrust regulation. Also assesses the implications for business decisions of various government regulations as they affect the productivity and overall performance of the private sector.

Units: 4 , Offered: Fall 2020

DBA 804
Management and Organizational Theory

Examines theories of organizations and individual behavior in organizations with attention to both historical context and current approaches. Topics include how organizations are structured and designed, and the behaviors and motivations of workers and managers in organizations, organizational culture, diversity in organizations, and individuals in teams and teamwork. Students take an active role in presenting and critiquing early and current theory and practice as well as relating theory and research to their own experience.

Units: 4 , Offered: Spring 2021

DBA 806
Operations and Technology Systems

Integrates the theory, research and practice from the fields of operations and technology management with a focus on the deployment of technology systems into manufacturing and service-related processes. Students will explore the fundamental issues and recent developments in the field of operations management, along with theories of technology adoption and information transfer. These theories will be used in the examination of the research and application of evolving operations concepts and techniques, productivity and competitiveness programs, and planning and implementation of operations and technology-based systems in redefining the organization of work.

Units: 4

DBA 807
Business, Government and Society

Examines the complex interface between the public and private sectors within contemporary American society as well as in a comparative context, both historical and global. A review of the extensive scholarly literature in the field includes widely varying visions of the "public interest" with regard to business. At the same time, real-world case studies provide students with a practical understanding of and techniques for managing business-government relations at the local, state, federal, and multinational level. Students will learn advanced problem defining, analytical and communication skills in dealing with "messy" problems faced by businesses involving government regulation, politics, ethics and corporate social responsibility.

Units: 4

DBA 820
Corporate Finance

Examines financial processes as they relate to corporate financial decision making and the types of near-term and long-term financial decisions which must be made by managers. Topics include capital structure, credit policies, financial operation, capital budgeting and transaction financing.

Units: 4 , Offered: Spring 2021

DBA 821
Marketing Management

Covers the full range of the principles, theories, and practice of the management of the marketing function. Students will learn the theories of the field including both key seminal literature and current published research. Students will explore problem-solving techniques for practical application through cases and modeling techniques, and will study current developments in marketing from both academic and practitioner perspectives.

Units: 4 , Offered: Spring 2021

DBA 822
Strategy and International Business

Covers the theory and practice of developing and implementing strategies for gaining competitive advantage in the global business environment. Students will master the theoretical body of knowledge in the fields of strategic management and international business. In the process of the study of this theoretical work, they will also consider a variety of empirical approaches used to research the international competitive strategy process. They will explore the accelerating globalization of industries, regionalization of competition, and the institutional contexts that both facilitate and impede the formation and implementation of strategies globally. They will also consider such emerging topics as organizational change; competitive dynamics; development of firm resources and capabilities; sustainable competitive advantage; regional approaches to competitive strategy; and the formation of new organizational forms such as strategic alliances and inter-firm networks.

Units: 4 , Offered: Fall 2020

DBA 830
Financial Theory and Applications

Explores contemporary financial theories and investigates their applications, particularly in the field of corporate finance and risk management. Topics include portfolio theory, asset pricing models, option theory, agency theory and corporate governance, and behavioral economics. The latest developments and research work in financial risk management are also discussed.

Units: 4

DBA 862
Project and Systems Management

Covers the latest principles, tools and techniques of planning, executing and controlling activities and resources for a project established for the accomplishment of specific goals and objectives. Through extensive review of scholarly and research work published in the field, students will explore the relationship between contemporary project management and systems theory with emphasis placed on the role of projects within an organization's overall strategic governance. Other topics covered include scope management, scheduling, estimating and budgeting, earned value analysis, change control, risk management, procurement, and the manager's role in leadership, motivation, communication, stakeholder management and conflict resolution. Computer software packages and literature research are used in developing a comprehensive term project.

Units: 4

DBA 871
Buyer Behavior

Covers both the consumer and industrial perspectives with regard to the buyer decision processes in reference to need recognition and search; pre-purchase alternative evaluation; buyer purchase; and consumption, satisfaction and divestment. Students will examine individual differences along with buyer knowledge, attitudes, motivation and self-concept, personality, values and lifestyle. Students will study psychological processes, information processing, learning and influencing attitudes and behavior - as well as environmental influences with emphasis on culture, ethnicity, social class and status, personal influence, family and household influences and, finally, situational influences. A treatment of marketing issues and ethics is provided. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on both theoretical and applied research.

Units: 4

DBA 880
Leadership Theory, Research and Application

Covers the history and evolution of leadership theories and practice, from classical times to the present, with an emphasis and focus on business leadership. Through class discussions, reading and in-depth research proposal and presentation, students will compare and contrast different approaches to leadership, review current literature and recent empirical research, and analyze practical applications. Students will choose an in-depth focus on one of many specialized areas including neuroscience and leadership, women and leadership, global leadership, competency-based leadership, leadership and power, complexity and leadership, managing change and innovation, emotional intelligence, strengths-based leadership, leadership and culture, or conflict resolution. Students may also choose to focus on the fields of coaching, executive development or strategic management. Students will leave the course with an overview of leadership studies, knowledge of important scholarly and practitioner works, and the skills to apply what they have learned in the business world.

Units: 4 , Offered: Fall 2020

DBA 891
Special Topics in Business Administration

Covers areas and subjects that are not offered in the regular curriculum. Special topics is a mechanism that facilitates the development of new courses and encourages experimentation and curriculum development in the different business administration fields.

Units: 1 - 4

DBA 891E
Advanced Issues in Consumer Behavior Research

Focuses on helping more advanced students learn how to apply experimental methodologies to their own behavioral research in psychology applied to business. Stress will be placed on learning how to design experiments to test hypotheses. We will discuss papers, research presentations and methodological issues. Weekly readings will be required and students will be expected to participate in class discussions as well as occasionally lead discussions about the assigned material. Final project includes both a final presentation and a written paper. The focus will be on a literature review and a detailed proposal of each student?s original research ideas in the areas of psychology applied to business. Prerequisite: successful completion of DBA 871, or prior substantial graduate level training in either psychology or marketing. Interested students should contact Professor Strahilevitz for more information about the course.

Units: 4

DBA 895
Directed Study

Provides individual study of selected topics under the supervision of a faculty member. Directed study topics are based on seminars in the doctoral program. Directed study may be substituted for seminars under certain conditions, with the approval of the DBA program director.

Units: 4 , Offered: Fall 2020

DBA 897
Independent Study

Provides the opportunity for you to conduct research based upon a formal proposal, approved by the DBA program director, that results in a research product. Independent Study projects are not substituted for required seminars.

Units: 4 , Offered: Spring 2021

DBA 899
Dissertation Research

May be applied for only after completion of all required coursework and passing the Qualifying examination. See the DBA Policies and Procedures Manual for specifics.

Units: 0 - 12 , Offered: Spring 2021 , Fall 2020