Katz Executive DBA

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NOW RECRUITING FIRST CLASS – FALL 2022

APPLICATIONS DUE JUNE 30, 2022

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3 Year Hybrid Format

Cohort Learning Model

The path to innovative leadership requires a

Distinctive & Brilliant Approach

The Katz Executive Doctor of Business Administration degree will get you there.

Now accepting applications for
the Fall 2022 Cohort

The University of Pittsburgh, whose online MBA program is ranked #7 overall in the US by Fortune, is now offering an Executive DBA program that is offered in a “Hyflex” hybrid format, which can be taken in person, online, or any combination of the two. The 2020 calendar year has demonstrated the effectiveness of hybrid education.

Professors teaching in the program are research-active. They are highly recognized in their fields, and many are chaired professors.

This innovative and transformative 3-year program is targeted at individuals who wish to be intellectually challenged and to prepare themselves to excel in their careers at their current employer or to pivot to a new career in industry, government, consulting, or teaching. The University of Pittsburgh Executive DBA is attractive to those wishing to expand their education while interacting with world-class faculty and other motivated, intelligent EDBA students.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE JUNE 30, 2022. APPLY TODAY.

Executive DBA Program Overview

45 credits total, broken out as follows:*
* Assuming transfer of 27 credits from a qualifying master’s program

  • 10.5 credits of Methodology Core seminars
  • 22.5 credits of Disciplinary Core Seminars
  • 12 credits of Practicum Research Project (PRP)

Summer residency program (one week)

  • Students facing travel/visa restrictions can request to participate virtually.

Program Duration: 3 years

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Prospective Course of Study

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Cohort 1 Schedule

Preliminary Schedule for Cohort 1 Only 

Semester 1, September 2022

Course Credits
Quantitative Research Methods I 3
Behavioral Research Methods I 1.5
Organizational Science 1: Evidence-Based Management 3

 

Semester 2, January 2023

Course Credits
Quantitative Research Methods 2a 1.5
Strategic Research 1: Strategic Planning Systems 3
Applied Economics 3

 

Semester 3, September 2023

Course Credits
Managing in Uncertainty 1: Theory & Methods 1.5
Selective 1 3
Selective 2 3

 

Semester 4, January 2024

Course Credits
Managing in Uncertainty 2: Uncertain Contexts 1.5
Selective 3 3
Selective 4 3

 

Semester 5, September 2024

Course Credits
Practicum Research Project I 3
Quantitative Research Methods 2b 1.5
Behavioral Research Methods II 1.5

 

Semester 6, January 2025

Course Credits
Practicum Research Project II 6
Courses & Faculty
The curriculum includes the following courses (1.5 to 3 credits as offered)

Methodology Core (12 credits)

Quantitative Research Methods I (Topics: Hypothesis Testing and Analytical Modeling) (Pandu Tadikamalla and Luis Vargas)

Quantitative Research Methods II (Topics: Multivariate Analysis, Simulation, and Data Mining) (Jen Shang and Leon Valdes)

Behavioral Research Methods (Topics: Inquiry Strategies, Measurement, and Sampling) (Dennis Galletta)

Managing in Uncertainty 1 (Topics Methods) (1.5 credits) (Jeff Inman)

Managing in Uncertainty 2 (Topic: Managing in Uncertainty) (Sharon Alvarez) (1.5 credits)

Disciplinary Core Seminars (choose 21 cr. from the following)

Organizational Science 1 (Topic: Evidence-Based Management) (Carrie Leana)

Organizational Science 2 (Topic: Decision Making for Human Capital) (Gary Florkowski)

Organizational Science 3 (Topic: Managing the Triple Bottom Line) (CB Bhattacharya)

Strategic Research 1 (Topic: Strategic Planning Systems) (John Camillus)

Accounting 1 (Topic: Budgeting and Controls) (Karen Shastri)

Financial Management (Topic: Research and Strategies for Financial Policies, Capital Allocations, and Valuation) (Ahmed Elshahat)

Information Systems Research (Topic: Measurement and Evaluation of Information Systems) (Chris Kemerer)

Supply Chain and Operations Management Research Methods (Prakash Mirchandani and Arian Aflaki)

Applied Economics (Advanced Topics) (Esther Gal-Or and Haimanti Banerjee)

Marketing Science (Topic: Marketing and Brand Strategy) (Vanitha Swaminathan)

Practicum Research (9 cr)

Practicum Research Project 1 (first semester, year 3) (Note that the other 3 cr in this term are comprised of 1.5 cr of Quantitative Methods and 1.5 cr of Behavioral methods)

Practicum Research Project 2 (second semester, year 3)

 

Course Descriptions

Methodology Core (12 credits)

Quantitative Research Methods I (Topics: Hypothesis Testing and Analytical Modeling) (Pandu Tadikamalla and Luis Vargas) and Quantitative Research Methods II (Topics: Multivariate Analysis, Simulation, and Data Mining) (BAO Group) (Jen Shang and Leon Valdes): Review Inferential Statistics:  Confidence Interval, Hypothesis Tests, and Regression. Multivariate Analysis (MVA): learn when and how to use MVA techniques, interpret outputs and extract knowledge to solve problems in a variety of disciplines. Management Science/Operations Research Techniques: Build analytical and modeling skills for both deterministic & stochastic optimization; Understand Simulation, Decision- and Queueing-Theory, to help students make better management decisions. We anticipate that most projects will entail some data analysis.  This course will help develop the concepts and skills needed for effective analysis of data and the interpretation of results for decision making. Possible software packages for the course are Excel, Tableau, SPSS, SAS-JMP. After a review of Inferential Analysis and Regression, potential topics for the course are Multivariate Analysis (Visualization, Cluster analysis, Binary & Multinomial Logistic Regression, Multiple Discriminant Analysis, Principal Components & Factor Analysis); Data Mining (Prediction, classifications, association rules), Optimization (LP review, DEA, Network Modeling, Integer Programming, Nonlinear programming, and Simulation), Stochastic Processes, Decision Analysis, Queuing Theory, Multiple Criteria Decision Making

Behavioral Research Methods (Topics: Inquiry Strategies, Measurement, and Sampling) (Dennis Galletta) Reviews options for performing quantitative and qualitative research studies in firms that focus on individuals’ attitudes, intentions, and behaviors. Firms can investigate research questions concerning employees, customers, and trading partners. For quantitative methods, the course will cover topics such as how to create a behavioral study strategy, formulate research questions based on theory, design questionnaires and surveys, design experiments, carry out the studies, and assess the results. Qualitative topics to be covered include methods for designing and conducting studies involving interviews, focus groups, and archival documents such as filings, news reports, and social network posts.  Methods for analyzing unstructured data will be covered, using software such as Dedoose, NVIVO, and/or LIWC. Machine learning concepts will also be discussed. Prerequisite: Quantitative Research Methods I.

Managing in Uncertainty I (Topics: Methods for Decision Making under uncertainty) (1.5 credits) (Jeff Inman) Covers utility theory, bounded rationality, risk, heuristics, biases (e.g., inertia), and social influences. We will cover methods used to assess utility (e.g., conjoint analysis, analytic hierarchy process) and how to frame and answer research questions in the context of decision making under uncertainty.

Managing in Uncertainty 2 (Topic: Managing Novel Products and Services, in Uncertain Contexts) (Sharon Alvarez) (1.5 credits) Organizational processes differ from standard practices and routines when they create new knowledge, engage in novel behaviors, and build innovative products and services that did not previously exist. Managing across the liminal space between what we do and do not know, and what we think we know but is no longer relevant, is fundamentally creative and different than managing with knowledge that is codified and routinized, clearly relevant, and where the likelihood of certain outcomes over others can be projected with confidence.  We know that managers tend to be creatures of habit, thriving on standard operating procedures, routines, and rational expectations of the future.  This side of managing has been well studied, and a robust conceptual vocabulary and toolkit exists in management theory to understand it.  But, the difficulties in managing when introducing new novel products and services are less understood. This class will focus on managing in uncertain contexts through a number of readings from different areas.

Disciplinary Core Courses (choose 21 credits)

Organizational Science 1 (Topic: Evidence-Based Management) (Carrie Leana) Evidence-based management means making organizational decisions through the conscientious and explicit use of the best available evidence to increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome for stakeholders. Evidence-based management requires a set of skills and knowledge whereby practitioners translate an issue or problem into an answerable question; systematically search the evidence and critically assess its quality; and incorporate that evidence into the decision making process.  It blends science with practice with the goal of ensuring that organizational decisions are based on quality social science research. In this seminar our focus will be on topics in organization science.  These topics include leadership, motivation, job design, incentives, and other foundational topics in organizational science.  Students will use this information, as well as the principals of evidence-based management, to develop a proposal for addressing a relevant issue or problem to address within their own organizations or industries.

Organizational Science 2 (Topic: Decision Making for Human Capital) (Gary Florkowski) This course assesses evolving patterns of practice to configure and leverage globalized talent pools in pursuit of competitive advantage.  Topics will include fundamental choices between internal- versus external labor markets, traditional staffing models versus the alternative gig-economy paradigm for work relationships (temps, freelancers, crowd workers), firm- versus network-based talent structures (e.g., foreign supplier workers in global supply chains, BPO vendor staff), globally integrated versus differentiated talent management practices, and their managerial implications throughout the employment lifecycle.  Readings will be drawn from the fields of labor economics, comparative industrial relations, and strategic HRM to (1) highlight the state of existing research and (2) identify the opportunities that researchers have to develop and implement better designs

Organizational Science 3 (Topic: Managing the Triple Bottom Line) (CB Bhattacharya) This seminar-style course will focus on theories and concepts that we can use to understand the role of the firm in the 21st century and develop strategies that enable businesses to transition from a singular focus on profits to managing the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit.  There will be particular emphasis on current societal challenges – as articulated in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – and their implications for business sustainability. The course will be interdisciplinary, drawing on literature in strategy, marketing, organizational behavior, and operations, to understand the conditions under which creating social and environmental value can drive business value.

Strategic Research 1 (Topic: Strategic Planning Systems) (John Camillus) Analyzes the strategic planning process in terms of the varying combinations of subsystems that may be required for different organizational purposes.  Research regarding both the design and evaluation of planning systems will be studied with the objective of developing improved models of the underlying processes.

Accounting 1 (Topic: Budgeting and Controls) (Karen Shastri) The purpose of this course is to provide students with the theory and concepts underlying budgeting practices (i.e.,  what has existed, is currently in use, and has been proposed for contemporary purposes). It will focus on research related to budgeting and controls, how these topics relate to a firm’s strategy, management motivation, performance measures and risk management.  Topics will include budgeting in uncertain times, the balanced scorecard, and “beyond budgeting” approaches, as well as others. The pedagogical approach is to address these topics through case studies and to introduce and apply relevant research findings.

Financial Management (Topics: Research and Strategies for Financial Policies, Capital Allocations, and Valuation) (Ahmed Elshahat) Evaluation and execution of financial policies; Valuation. Students act as members of the capital committee and are tasked to allocate capital, during the course of the semester, from the senior-management perspective. The course gives the students the opportunity to evaluate and execute a set of high level financial polices to enhance efficiency, innovation, and overall performance. This is a case-based, hands-on, data-driven course with two capital budgeting & data analytics simulations at the end of the course. Each class, students evaluate a diverse set of competing investment proposals that cover a wide range of projects including replacement decisions, expansions, mergers/acquisition, and projects with real options. The course covers the impact of capital rationing on capital investment, integration of real options to emphasize how they can change a negative value to a positive value, integration of uncertainty in capital budgeting using stochastic analysis versus risk-adjusted discount rates, integration of the impact of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, understand how capital budgeting rules set a firm’s market position and highlighting the impact of Foreign exchange theories and applications on capital budgeting.”

Information Systems Research (Topic: Measurement and Evaluation of Information Systems) (Chris Kemerer) This seminar-style course provides an overview of approaches to measuring and evaluating both the demand for, and the supply of, information systems and their related information technologies.  Given the critical role played by information technology in organizations, students require an exposure to these topics in order to help management make informed decisions about investing in IT.  This course will draw on both research materials and case studies.  Students will be required to develop a research proposal.

Supply Chain and Operations Management Research Methods (Prakash Mirchandani and Arian Aflaki) SC/OM involves the planning, designing, operating, controlling, and improving the processes that transform inputs into finished goods and services.  Only through effective and efficient utilization of resources can an organization be successful.  Significant competitive advantages can accrue to firms that manage their operations effectively. Thus, SC/OM is crucial for the long-term success and survival of a firm.   In this course, students will learn core OM concepts and techniques. Example topics include process and bottleneck analysis, forecasting, product/process design, Quality Management and Six Sigma, Process Strategy and Sustainability, Location/Layout Strategies, Capacity Planning, Inventory Management, Outsourcing Strategy, Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), Revenue Management, Lean and Agile Operations, Coordination and Restructuring, Transforming Operations through Blockchain, Supply chains: Challenges, Opportunities and Redesign.

Applied Economics (Advanced Topics) (Esther Gal-Or and Haimanti Banerjee) This course provides a comprehensive perspective of various microeconomic and macroeconomic topics, emphasizing their application in markets and the macroeconomy. The microeconomic topics include economics of strategy and game theory, designing organizational architecture, decision rights of firms, incentive compensation and individual performance evaluation. The macroeconomic topics will range from connections between labor markets and unemployment, consumption decisions by households, fiscal deficit, inflation and exchange rate systems to the role of the government in the macroeconomy. The course will draw on published research material, empirical data and statistical techniques and case studies.

Marketing Science (Topic: Marketing and Brand Strategy) (Vanitha Swaminathan) This seminar-style course provides an overview of various substantive topics in the context of applied marketing and brand strategy topics including measuring marketing performance, marketing partnerships, digital platforms and direct-to-consumer distribution strategy etc. This will also cover some branding topics in depth, including brand valuation, brand architecture, and global branding. Rather than theory development, this course will have a special focus on applications of existing theories. Readings will be drawn from various scholarly and applied journals including Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, among others.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why should I choose Katz?

Katz and the University of Pittsburgh are well-positioned to deliver a high-quality Executive DBA program.  Katz has been running a world-class PhD program for decades placing students at highly ranked global universities demonstrating our rigor in research and theory.  The University of Pittsburgh is classified as an R1 research institution, which is the top tier of the Carnegie classification.  The University of Pittsburgh is also a member of the AAU representing the top 60 universities across the country.  Katz is also accredited by the AACSB, the top accreditation body for business schools globally with only 5% of business schools reaching AACSB accreditation status.   

Who teaches in the Katz Executive DBA program?

We engage research-active, tenure track faculty. Most are tenured full professors and several are chaired professors. That status indicates both high quality and high quantity of research achievements. That is, the faculty members have engaged in high quality research and have produced a high quantity of that research. Those are the faculty members who can help you attain rigor in your own research. Most have received national or international awards and other recognitions for that research. This article, “Katz EDBA: Faculty Expertise and Mentorship,” has more details. 

Is there a thesis requirement? What is the Practicum Research Project?

As this is a professional doctorate, most students will have a management position in industry. We employ a Practicum Research Project (PRP) rather than a thesis that is focused on generating an article to be published in a journal. Instead, the PRP focuses on a situation or problem in your work that you want to address but may not wish to be published. If you desire to publish it, your advisor will guide you in that direction. 

The PRP requires the following: 

  • Identify a situation that cannot be addressed with intuition alone, and requires careful and rigorous analysis. 
  • Find some previous research that addresses problems in this realm. 
  • Use that research to inform your own approach and research expectations. 
  • Find a database or collect your own original data to address the problem. 
  • Analyze the data in an appropriate and rigorous way. 
  • Draw conclusions from that analysis. 
How do I obtain guidance for my Practicum Research Project?

During your first two years in the Katz DBA program, you will likely have conversations with your professors either inside or outside of class in conjunction with some of your class assignments. You can ask any of your professors to serve as your PRP Advisor, or you can ask if they can recommend others who specialize in the context of your PRP or the methods you choose for the project. The PRP Advisor can provide advice on any of the steps of the PRP (see the FAQ “Is there a thesis requirement” for details). 

What will be my degree title on my transcript and diploma?

The official degree title is “Doctor of Business Administration.” Your transcript will display the University of Pittsburgh in large Old English type at the top, then “Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business” below. Below that will be the official degree title “Doctor of Business Administration.” The transcript will have the same wording. 

What is the cost of the Executive DBA program?

The tuition for the part-time program is $45,000 per year for three years. A limited amount of merit and diversity financial aid is available, as described below in a separate question. 

Is financial aid available in the Executive DBA program?

Many of our admitted students are funded directly through their employer. We encourage you to talk with your employer about available funding for your Executive DBA.   

If significant funding is not available through your employer, there is a limited amount of merit and diversity financial aid. If you are accepted into the program, you will receive a “Financial Support Plan” form to complete and submit. The admissions committee will review your plan and determine if and how much financial support is available and applicable.  You will also be given additional resources about external financial support including Federal loans and external grants. 

When are classes held?

Katz DBA courses will be held on weeknights in the fall and spring. These courses will be offered in a “Hyflex” hybrid format, which can be taken in person, online, or any combination of the two. This means that you can take courses from anywhere: for example, live in Pittsburgh, live from Hong Kong, or live from Sydney, Australia. You must, however, be in attendance while each class is held (three evenings per week during each semester). We have found that the weeknight “Hyflex”approach is more effective and conducive for learning than the rushed weekend-a-month format that some programs hold. Those sessions tend to overload and fatigue students. Our approach will enable you to acquire the knowledge in smaller chunks and to complete assignments along the way. You will have your weekends free from scheduled DBA courses throughout the program. 

There will be no courses during the summer, but during each summer we will hold a Summer DBA Research Symposium that will be scheduled in advance. 

What will the Summer 2023 DBA Research Symposium focus on?

The DBA Research Symposium, to be held in-person on Pitt’s campus during the summer of 2023,, will focus on workshops dedicated to helping you with your research in general and the capstone Practicum Research Project (PRP), in particular. You will also have the opportunity to meet with your PRP faculty Advisor and share your work with other DBA students. Specific dates will be forthcoming. 

How many course credits need to be taken?

Students are required to complete 42 credits for graduation.  This assumes a transfer of 30 credits from a qualifying master’s program.  The course credits include:  

10.5 credits of Methodology Core seminars 

22.5 credits of Disciplinary Core Seminars 

9 credits of Practicum Research Project (PRP) 

Completion of in-person Summer Residency program (one week).  Students facing travel/visa restrictions can request to participate virtually. 

How many hours per week will the program require?

The DBA program is designed for students to spend about 7.5 hours in-class or watching material in preparation for class.  Additionally, students can expect 2 hours of additional time outside of class hours to complete course work.  The total estimated time per week for the DBA program is 15 hours for the fall and spring semester.  There are no courses in the summer, but there is the one-week required summer residency. 

What is the mix of courses in the DBA Program? What do the courses look like?

About one-fourth of the courses focus on methodology making sure students can complete the analysis and data collection they need to complete to solve real-world business problems. The rest of the courses focus on disciplinary courses and practicum courses. 

What is the difference between a DBA and a PhD?

Both degrees represent the highest level of academic achievement, but also have differences.  The DBA is considered a professional doctorate, while the PhD is considered an academic doctorate.  The DBA program is a part-time program to be completed in 3 years allowing for students to continue to work while they complete their doctoral studies.  The DBA program is designed to engage and synthesize research with the real-world practice of business and the student’s executive management experience.  The PhD is a full-time 4-to-5-year program, in which you would have to leave your employer, and go to graduate school full time and complete 20 hours of graduate assistantship per week.   The PhD emphasizes the development of theories and addressing gaps in knowledge.    

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Individuals pursuing the Executive DBA program should have 8+ years of professional management experience and currently work in a middle-to-top management position. A baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited college or university is required for admission. Applicants with a master’s degree from an approved institution can transfer up to 30 credits into the Executive DBA program. Candidates must submit an application, resume, professional essay, official transcripts, and the names of two references.

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