2020-21 Catalogs

PhD in Leadership

The Ph.D. in Leadership seeks to prepare leaders capable of effectively addressing various challenges that cross disciplinary boundaries and sectors in a global context. Graduates of the Ph.D. in Leadership will be equipped with the expertise to lead within diverse contexts, from business and non-profit to government and community organizations, with knowledge and skills to work across disciplinary and sectoral boundaries, to facilitate productive dialogue towards consensus, to conduct research and evaluate research done by others, and to foster resilience and sustainability within the environment they lead.

The Ph.D. in Leadership builds upon the strong legacy of one of the first academic programs in Leadership in the world. It is a post-master’s degree 72 credit hour program designed for experienced leaders who are employed throughout the duration of the program. (Students with master’s degrees in applicable areas may be allowed to utilize some of their master’s degree work to fulfill the requirements of the doctoral program.) Although the program is designed to be very low residency, with a maximum required attendance in person of three days a year, courses in leadership, group dynamics, communication, cultural contexts, and creativity are available in both blended and fully online formats.

Program Highlights:

The primary focus of the doctoral program is to develop thought leaders who are committed to exploring leading-edge issues in innovative ways, combining scholarship, creativity, and self-inquiry. The core knowledge and skills required to explore these issues requires a transdisciplinary understanding of local, regional, national, and global organizational contexts and challenges and includes:

  1. Knowledge and skills to lead diverse people and organizations
  2. Professional integrity and reflective, ethical practice
  3. Ability to lead change and innovation
  4. Systems, complexity, adaptive, and associated theories and models of leadership
  5. Practice-based research
  6. Research methods

Ph.D. in Leadership (72 credits)

Leadership Core (24 credits):

Students will complete 24 credit hours in foundational leadership and organizational theory courses, including seminars in ethics, global leadership, and organization development, and three one-credit weekend-intensive residencies (orientation, research, and pre-dissertation).

  • LOS 700 Foundations of Leadership Studies I: Theory and Practice (3 cr.)
  • LOS 701 Foundations of Leadership Studies II: Theory and Practice (3 cr.)
  • LOS 702 Leading Organization Development (3 cr.)
  • LOS 740 Leadership & Applied Ethics (3 cr.)
  • LOS 751 Global Leadership (3 cr.)
  • LOS 770 The Learning Organization (3 cr.)
  • LOS 790 Residency I: Orientation to Doctoral Studies in Leadership (1 cr.)
  • LOS 791 Residency II: Focusing on Leadership Research (1 cr.)
  • LOS 792 Residency III: Preparing the Leadership Dissertation (1 cr.)
  • Global Immersion: LOS 571 International Leadership Association Global Conference (3 cr.) or LOS 670 Leadership Study Abroad (3 cr.)

Note: Students will attend three required one-credit Fri-Sun intensives at the beginning of each pre-dissertation year of study, in late August (3 cr. total).

Program Concentrations (18 credits)

Students will develop their Program of Study by taking 18 credits of coursework in either Leadership Studies or Organization Development.

  • Leadership Studies Concentration (18 credits):
    • LOS 512 Deliberate Creativity and Innovation (3 cr.)
    • LOS 611 Communication and Relationship Building (3 cr.)
    • LOS 661 Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions of Leadership (3 cr.)
    • LOS 703 Comparative Leadership Theory (3 cr.)
    • LOS 752 Global Leadership Theory (3 cr.)
    • LOS 771 Comparative Organizational Theory (3 cr.)
  • Organization Development Concentration (18 credits):
    • LOS 512 Deliberate Creativity and Innovation (3 cr.)
    • LOS 611 Communication and Relationship Building (3 cr.)
    • LOS 625 Training and Development (3 cr.)
    • LOS 665 Organizational Consulting: A Perspective on Leadership (3 cr.)
    • LOS 772 Strategic Planning, Visioning, & Design (3 cr.)
    • LOS 775 Leading for Financial Performance & Accounting (3 cr.)

Approved Electives (6 credits)

  • Any graduate-level LOS course not otherwise required by your degree plan (pre-approved by your faculty advisor) (3-6 cr.)
  • Any graduate-level course applicable to the study of leadership (pre-approved by your faculty advisor) (3-6 cr.)

Research Methods (15 credits)

  • LOS 710 Foundations of Leadership Research (3 cr.)
  • LOS 713 Quantitative Methods for Leadership Studies I (3 cr.)
  • LOS 715 Qualitative Methods for Leadership Studies I (3 cr.)
  • LOS 810 Leadership – Research Design / Proposal Seminar (3 cr.)      
       
    Choose one of the following:

    • LOS 714 Quantitative Methods for Leadership Studies II (3 cr.)
    • LOS 716 Qualitative Methods for Leadership Studies II (3 cr.)
    • LOS 719 Organizational Analysis (3 cr.)

Declaration of Candidacy

  1. To declare candidacy for the Ph.D. in Leadership, students must successfully complete the fifth Research Methods course in the sequence, LOS 810 Research Design / ProSeminar, and proposal for their dissertation. The dissertation proposal defense process is embedded in LOS 850 Dissertation Proposal.
  2. A passing score on Comprehensive Exams are required and will include:
    1. Part 1: Completion of three out of five essay questions related to curricular content, with at least one question related to the student’s program concentration.
    2. Part 2: Intensive/Integrated case study analysis in small groups.
    3. Part 3: Students are assigned an additional intensive/integrated case to analyze as if they were the leader of an organization or consulting an organization on the issues in the case. Three weeks after the completion of parts one and two, the student must meet with the program faculty who will play the roles of members of the fictitious organization, and give a presentation / facilitate a conversation, i.e., here’s your problem and what are you going to do?

Dissertation (9 credits)

The doctor of philosophy degree is a research degree awarded in recognition of demonstrated mastery of subject matter in a chosen field of study and demonstrated competence in the conduct of an individual research investigation that represents a significant contribution to the cumulative knowledge of the field. This program of study and research will be supervised by an advisory committee. In the end, the candidate’s research must be approved by the advisory committee as meeting the standards generally associated with a successful doctoral dissertation.

  • LOS 850 Leadership – Dissertation Proposal (3 cr.)
  • LOS 851 Leadership – Dissertation Continuation (3 or more cr.)
  • LOS 852 Leadership – Dissertation Completion (3 cr.)

Statute of Limitations

The Department expects students to complete all requirements in the Ph.D. Program within a period of 10 years from the student's initial registration.

Program Schedule:

Students will generally take two courses each semester (September - May) and two courses during the summer. A personalized course schedule will be developed after students have been admitted to the program so that it may be best designed to fit the students’ needs.

Residency:

At the beginning of each pre-dissertation year of study, students will participate in a mandatory in-person three-day residency on our Portland campus.

Year 1: Fall

  •     LOS 790 Residency I: Orientation to Doctoral Studies in Leadership (1 cr.)  
  •     LOS 700 Foundations of Leadership Studies I: Theory and Practice (3 cr.)
  •     LOS 710 Foundations of Leadership Research (3 cr.)

Year 1: Spring

  •     LOS 701 Foundations of Leadership Studies II: Theory and Practice (3 cr.)
  •     LOS 713 Quantitative Methods for Leadership Studies I (3 cr.)

Year 1: Summer

  •     LOS 751 Leadership in a Global Society (3 cr.)
  •     First Summer Concentration Course (3 cr.)

Year 2: Fall

  •     LOS 791 Residency II: Focusing on Leadership Research (1 cr.)
  •     LOS 702 Leading Organization Development (3 cr.)
  •     LOS 715 Qualitative Methods for Leadership Studies I (3 cr.)

Year 2: Spring

  •     LOS 740 Leadership & Applied Ethics (3 cr.)
  •     LOS 770 The Learning Organization (3 cr.)

Year 2: Summer

  •     Methods Elective (LOS 714, LOS 716, or LOS 719) (3 cr.)
  •     Second Summer Concentration Course (3 cr.)

Year 3: Fall

  •     LOS 792 Residency III: Preparing the Leadership Dissertation (1 cr.)
  •     LOS 611 Communication & Relationship Building (3 cr.)
  •     Global Immersion: LOS 571 International Leadership Association Global Conference (3 cr.) or Elective One (3 cr.)

Year 3: Spring

  •     LOS 810 Leadership Research Design / Pro Seminar (3 cr.)
  •     LOS 512 Deliberate Creativity & Innovation (3 cr.)

Year 3: Summer

  •     LOS 670 Leadership Study Abroad (3cr.) or Elective One (3 cr.)
  •     LOS 850 Leadership Dissertation Proposal (3 cr.)

Year 4: Fall

  •     LOS 851 Leadership Dissertation Continuation (3 or more cr.)
  •     Second Fall Concentration Course (3 cr.)

Year 4: Spring

  •     LOS 852 Leadership Dissertation Completion (3 cr.)
  •     Second Spring Concentration Course (3 cr.)

Year 4: Summer

  •     Elective Two (3 cr.)

 

Concentration Course Rotations

Leadership Studies

Fall Course One: LOS 611 Communication and Relationship Building

Fall Course Two: LOS 703 Comparative Leadership Theory

Spring Course One: LOS 512 Deliberate Creativity and Innovation

Spring Course Two: LOS 752 Global Leadership Theory

Summer Course One: LOS 661 Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions of Leadership

Summer Course Two: LOS 771 Comparative Organizational Theory

Organization Development

Fall Course One: LOS 611 Communication and Relationship Building

Fall Course Two: LOS 775 Organizational Finance & Budgeting

Spring Course One: LOS 512 Deliberate Creativity and Innovation

Spring Course Two: LOS 625 Training and Development

Summer Course One: LOS 665 Organizational Consulting: A Perspective on Leadership

Summer Course Two: LOS 772 Strategic Planning, Visioning, & Design