Phd EdD OL Course Descriptions


LDR‐7000: Leadership Theories and Professional Practice (3 hours) Contemporary and classical leadership theories and their application to a variety of professional settings; examine and assess organization’s leadership platform and practices. 

EDL‐7141: Organizational Change Non K-12 (3 hours) This course is designed to address the importance of organizational change. The need for change, planning for change, implementing change and evaluating change will be addressed from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives.

RES‐7700: Qualitative Research (3 hours) An examination of qualitative research approaches with a focus on research design, the role of the researcher, data collection and analysis, and writing from a qualitative perspective.

EDL‐7120: Research‐Based Decision Making (3 hours) The analysis of the methodological and statistical components of existing research data to enhance and facilitate the educational decision‐making process is the topic of this course. Particular attention is given to application of research to issues of educational policy and reform.

OLDR-7030: Applied Ethics and Organizational Leadership (3 hours) Students are offered an opportunity to explore and examine critical ethical issues in organizational leadership such as power, politics, influence and ethical responsibility. Students will examine their personal and professional ethical positions and the impact of their moral compass in decision making.

RES‐7605: Quantitative Analysis (3 hours) An introduction to the quantitative analysis of data; including data coding and entry of data. SPSS will be used to explore descriptive and inferential statistics: using both non‐parametric and initial parametric techniques.

EDL‐7211: Policy Analysis Non K-12 (3 hours) This course is designed for doctoral students seeking a degree program specializing in higher education leadership, organizational leadership, sports management leadership, health and human performance, and gerontology. Students examine the policy process of analysis, formation and implementation, and the ways in which politics shape these processes.

FPR‐7011: Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership (3 hours) Study of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of education and leadership, including analysis of the aims and goals of education, processes of attainment, content and curriculum, and the socialization function of education, schooling and complex organizations. Develop an understanding of the intersections between theory/philosophy, ethical perspectives and the development of policy, practice and institutions.

LDR‐7010: Developing the Organization’s Human Capital (3 hours) In this course, students examine and explore human resources policies and practices; administrative supervision strategies and effective communication techniques; job performance, employee development and deployment, diverse work force, employment law, training and development, harassment and health issues, and disabilities and discrimination. LDR‐7020: Leading the Knowledge Enterprise (3 hours) Leading the Knowledge Enterprise is a course that introduces students to the exciting and sometimes hard to‐define field of knowledge management. The role of the leader is emphasized, especially as it relates to identifying and leveraging the intellectual capital of an organization; promoting and facilitating knowledge sharing and innovation; intellectual assets, knowledge management strategy, knowledge management cycle and knowledge taxonomies. 

LDR‐7030: Promoting and Leading Change (3 hours) Effective change leadership requires an understanding of the basic principles and practices underlying innovation, change processes and sustainability in organizations. The focus of LDR‐7030 is initiating, implementing and ensuring continuation of change as a key leadership challenge. Various change theories and principles are examined with an emphasis on the leader’s role in capacity building, creativity, organizational strengths and style. Participants are encouraged to develop a more situated and experienced informed approach to change in the organizational front lines. 

OLDR-7050: Advanced Seminar in Leadership and Strategy (3 hours) The course is designed to advance students’ understanding, perspectives, frameworks and mindsets for integrating leadership and strategy within their organizations. Students explore and examine various organizational issues impacting strategy, strategic decision making and innovative opportunities for leading and planning change initiatives. 

OLDR-7040: Inclusive Leadership (3 hours) Differences in gender, race and ethnicity have a significant impact on leadership style and practice in both overt and covert ways in all aspects of life, including within the workplace. This course provides students with an analytic framework for understanding the role that inclusions play in defining and determining access to leadership and power in organizations.

OLDR-7020: Change Innovation and Transformative Leadership (3 hours) Students examine the various roles and processes in organizational change, innovation and transformation efforts in the context of globally responsible leadership. Organizational culture, climate, communication practices, mental models that acknowledge the need for socially and globally responsible leadership are explored. The necessity for moral integrity in the face of increasing ethical pluralism is also examined. 

OLDR-7010: Follower-Leader Relationship (3 hours) Students explore the often-understudied aspect of leadership—the role of the follower and the dynamics that drive the follower-leader relationship. Students examine the various theories and models of followership, the follower-leader mindsets, and shared leadership practices which promote organizational wellness. 

LDR‐7020: Leading the Knowledge Enterprise (3 hours) Leading the Knowledge Enterprise is a course that introduces students to the exciting and sometimes hard to‐define field of knowledge management. The role of the leader is emphasized, especially as it relates to identifying and leveraging the intellectual capital of an organization; promoting and facilitating knowledge sharing and innovation; intellectual assets, knowledge management strategy, knowledge management cycle and knowledge taxonomies.

LDR‐7040: Creating & Leading a Learning Organization (3 hours) In this course, students explore and examine the five disciplines of learning organizations; characteristics of learning organizations, growth cycles, building capacity and sustainability. LDR‐7050: Strategic Forecasting and Planning (3 hours) This course examines strategic planning models, forecasting methods, trend analysis, futuring, problem‐ based learning, return on investment, organizational health and effectiveness, cost/benefit analysis, and research and planning

RES‐7900: Research Design (4 hours) Principles of research theory, methods, inquiry, problem formulation, data collection, literature searches and ethical considerations. Emphasis on how to design a doctoral‐level research study. 

COMP‐7000 Comprehensive Exam (0 hours) The comprehensive exam is a written exam in two parts that is administered in Blackboard. The purpose of the exam is to evaluate a) the content knowledge and students’ ability to apply that knowledge to address a problem in the field, and b) students’ ability to formulate a scholarly argument based on a literature review on a topic of students’ choice. Successful completion of the comprehensive exam is a major step that leads to admission to doctoral candidacy in the Concordia University Chicago doctoral programs. DISS‐7010: Dissertation (3 hours) Scholarly work on a dissertation as approved by the dissertation committee. Pass/Fail. DISS‐7020: Dissertation (3 hours) Scholarly work on a dissertation as approved by the dissertation committee. Pass/Fail. DISS‐7030: Dissertation (3 hours) Scholarly work on a dissertation as approved by the dissertation committee. Pass/Fail. 

DISS‐7010: Dissertation (3 hours) Scholarly work on a dissertation as approved by the dissertation committee. Pass/Fail. 

DISS‐7020: Dissertation (3 hours) Scholarly work on a dissertation as approved by the dissertation committee. Pass/Fail. 

DISS‐7030: Dissertation (3 hours) Scholarly work on a dissertation as approved by the dissertation committee. Pass/Fail. DISS‐8000: Dissertation Supervision (0 hours) This course will be taken by doctoral candidates who have completed the required semester hours of Dissertation. Doctoral candidates must use this course to maintain continuous enrollment while working on their dissertation. Pass/Fail.

DISS‐8000: Dissertation Supervision (0 hours) This course will be taken by doctoral candidates who have completed the required semester hours of Dissertation. Doctoral candidates must use this course to maintain continuous enrollment while working on their dissertation. Pass/Fail. Go back to PhD/EdD, Leadership: Organizational Leadership program.

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