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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.

Executive DBA Program Overview

42 credits total, broken out as follows:*
* Assuming transfer of 30 credits from a qualifying master’s program

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

Summer residency program (one week)

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

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Prospective Course of Study

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Cohort 1 Schedule

Preliminary Schedule for Cohort 1 Only January 2022 – December 2024

Semester 1, January 2022

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

 

Semester 2, September 2022

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

 

Semester 3, January 2023

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

 

Semester 4, September 2023

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

 

Semester 5, January 2024

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

 

Semester 6, September 2024

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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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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