The course will cover the philosophical underpinnings of social research, setting the scene for your work as a doctoral student. It starts with an introduction to the purposes of universities and academic work. In order to help you structure your approach to your own research work we will spend most of our time on explaining what is meant by the following concepts: research problem, research questions, the researcher’s posture, research strategies, and research paradigm. This course covers also questions of theory development and hypothesis generation, advances in management theory, an introduction of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methodologies, and ethical issues in management research.
The course will cover the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research, the various approaches and methodologies, as well as particular research methods. Although the course will place qualitative approaches and methods within the broader research design, mostly the course will give a practical experience to participants to help guide their progress in the formulation of their problem statement, their research design, qualitative data collection, and analysis of qualitative data and writing up of the findings.
This course focuses on the use of statistics in business research. In addition to mastery of common statistical tools, it discusses the design and execution of typical business research projects using such methods as surveys, archival data, and direct observation. It covers some important modeling and analysis tools which include Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA), multiple regression, logistic regression, forecasting, factor analysis, and structural equation modeling. Comprehensive statistical packages will be used to analyze the data, such as SPSS, and Minitab.
This course will demonstrate the “search to insert” process and also details the purpose and process of reviewing and critiquing (summarising and synthesising) source materials. It will involve a number of applied elements so as to ensure all candidates are familiar with locating materials relevant to their area of research and how to catalogue and use reference data (EndNote bibliographic, "Cite While Your Write" software) and also, how to summarise and synthesise source materials.
This course illustrates and discusses research issues and research methods across the functional business areas of Human Resources Management, Accounting, Finance, Marketing Management, Supply Chain Management and Operations, Information Systems and Technology Management, Business Economics, and SME’s, Strategy. The aim is to help the course participants to develop a cross-functional perspective in business research.
This course introduces the concept of business research and its usefulness for businesses to better understand products, processes, markets and competition. The course emphasizes how research outcomes assist in developing policies, strategies and tactics. The course also integrates complete research methodologies (both qualitative, quantitative and mixed research) at the doctoral level in example business researches that are related to improving business practice.
"Based on different conceptions of the institutional role of corporations in society, the course offers students a range of perspectives including different theoretical frameworks to increase their awareness of growing stakeholder demands for financial, environmental and social performance. Students will be encouraged to think about how to create sustainable business value, incorporating concepts such as externalities, accountability and transparency. A key concern of the course is to think critically about what responsible management means for modern organizations. Students will be introduced to the historical background and the contested terrain of business ethics and the emergence of CSR and sustainability debates. Students will be engaged to discuss the macro-level challenges for governments and businesses today and the resulting pressure waves. For instance, students will be asked to think about the ecological crisis and the emergence of sustainable development as a public policy and business goal. The shift of CSR and sustainability from the margins to the core of business strategy and the passage from public relations' CSR initiatives to sustainability strategies are discussed. Also, the link between workers’ rights, employment legislation, and CSR will be discussed (First and second sessions). The course will demand students to think critically about their organizations within the context of sustainable development. For that purpose, students are required to describe their organization’ current CSR and sustainability initiatives. Later, they will be required to write a roadmap on how to build a sustainability strategy for their (third session). Finally, students will be engaged to think about how to bring organizations to account for their social and environmental impacts. For instance, students are called to think about the role of the corporation and to whom managers are accountable? The limits of reporting systems are discussed and solutions towards achieving a strong conservation of financial, environmental and human capitals are considered (Fourth session)."
In depth research design,methodology, and research process discussion within a chosen area of specialization. The Research Elective course can also be a related graduate research course from an approved university discipline (external to FBE) .
The overall aim of this research course is to enable students to write a proposal, and defend it. Topics include planning, research and documentation, style and editing, document design, ethics, abstracts, and oral presentation of the proposal. Students will learn how to deal with basic research proposal components, such as literature review, research questions, aims and objectives, research paradigms and methodologies, the significance and feasibility of their study, as well as other relevant factors for their particular research projects.
The course goal is to help students apply their cumulative understanding and skills to their own research questions. This course does not aim to deliver to students additional substantive material or methodological teachings, as they have been delivered in the Course component of the program (DBA900 – DBA908A).
"The aim of this research course is to enable the students to finalize the writing up and defense of their dissertation, to proceed to graduation. This course deals with both the theoretical and practical aspects of writing a dissertation and successfully defending it in front of an examination panel. The purpose of the course is to assist the students through the writing up and following through from the previous research courses. In this course participants are expected to apply the state of the art research methodologies that have been acquired in previous taught courses in the DBA as well as from their respective Advisors , to study some managerial and business issues pertaining to their organizations or the wider professional field in which they operate. The course requires that a dissertation is written by the end of it, which will make an important contribution and/or provide innovative insights to the practice of the participant’s profession. The course overall goal is to help students apply their cumulative understanding and skills to their own research questions. Upon completion of the course the students should be able to defend their dissertation successfully."
At every level of an organization, effective leadership and teamwork are required for organizational success. This course will engage students in a variety of activities designed to enhance their understanding, knowledge, and competency of the leadership challenges which confront today's business professionals. Throughout the course, students will demonstrate knowledge of leadership traits and behaviors, how leaders motivate and form relationships with followers, and how leaders inspire followers to pursue higher goals, to behave ethically and authentically, and to work effectively in teams. Students taking this course will be open to reflecting and developing their own independence and ethical leadership skills as a Personal Case Study. A Personal Case Study approach will help students maximize the relevance of course material making it a meaningful experience. The competencies developed in the course include leadership, self-management, project collaboration, inclusion.
The emergence of the digital economy has opened new opportunities for businesses and other organizations. Meanwhile, it has created new modes of competition in both the traditional and new sectors of the economy. Digitalization enables reducing costs, improving performance, capturing of value from innovations, and providing new services. The identification of multiple technologies that can be integrated within companies, together with the development of new digital strategies, is essential for corporate success, although it can often be a complicated task. This course provides the background knowledge on the emergence of digital organizations, key concepts, technologies, and their applications. The course presents the different challenges that organizations face as they seek to capitalize on digital technology. Students will gain the skills to appreciate, examine, and capitalize on the capabilities of digital technologies, while understanding and adapting to the organizational context in the digitalization process. They will be able to distinguish between alternative digital channels and channel partners, as well as analyze the role of transparency in the digital economy.
The aim of the course is to supply students with an understanding of the issues and problems of conducting research in business or economics, and the tools available to them. The course will enable students to develop skills necessary to conduct applied research. Methodological aspects of scientific research are examined in more detail, such as the translation of a problem into a research question, the elaboration of a conceptual model, the choice of a research design, the operationalization, the various data collection and data analysis techniques, and the standards around academic writing. During the course, students will develop original research question(s) and hypotheses, conduct a literature review and use bibliographic software to manage their citations and references, analyze the problem(s) using appropriate research methods (quantitative/qualitative) according to ethical standards, test their analysis or model of the problem, interpret their results, and write up findings using appropriate academic language.
The aim of this course is to make the students aware of the challenges of the professional workplace and enhance their career-readiness. The course will assist students in the various aspects of their career planning. These aspects include the assessment of their strengths, abilities, aptitudes, and priorities, creation of curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter, preparation for interviews, and systematic job searching. Through a comprehensive understanding of self, industries, and the paths available to them, students can match their personal and professional aspirations with their planned career choices. The course will also provide students with the career-related knowledge and skills for problem-solving, communication, teamwork, leadership, and adaptation to the professional workplace.
The course aims to bring together theory and practice to students through their participation in practical training. The objectives of such practical training are to better understand work environments, gain on-job practical training and enhance students’ work ethics and communication skills. The student will be given the opportunity to perform real work and actively participate in the operations of different business institutions during their actual working hours. Written reports and oral presentation are required from the students at the end (and during) the term training program. (The internship is conducted over 12 Weeks in the last semester (after a four week preparation session). No courses are allowed to be registered during the internship)
The aim of this course is to make students recognize the importance of good and ethical corporate governance and corporate social responsibility when doing business. This course covers a wide range of subjects related to corporate governance systems, mechanisms, fundamental theories, and practices. Through developing a critical understanding of corporate governance practices in a national and international context, the student will be exposed to ethical reasoning and moral decision-making dilemmas embedded throughout the course.
This course is designed to provide the MBA student with the required skills to develop and demonstrate competency in business research methodology and techniques. It includes the development of a clear and well structured research proposal. Topics covered include, but not limited to, the stages of research processes, primary data collection methods, data coding, and survey analysis and critique. At the end of this course, MBA students will be able to develop a research plan and conduct basic business research. They will understand and be able to apply both qualitative and quantitative research methods to a UAE-related business problem
The Field Application Project is the culmination of the UAEU MBA experience. In consultation with their employers, MBA students identify a significant business challenge or opportunity to which to apply their skill in Action Research toward actual problem solution or goal achievement. MBA students will be guided to frame unstructured business problems or goals, to identity the central issues, and to develop an effective investigative strategy, drawing on the tools and concepts developed during study for the UAEU MBA. Under UAEU MBA faculty supervision, MBA students will conduct the study and present their findings in a live defense with the objective of achieving approval from their employers for workplace implementation. Students will produce their Field Application Project in the form of a bound volume as a condition for graduation.
In today’s dynamic and rapidly changing business environment, the success of any organization depends on the ability of its members at all levels to work concertedly to achieve the strategic goals of the organization. This course covers basic analysis and applications of modern theories and techniques for understanding human behavior in organizational contexts. The course discusses the basic knowledge on the dynamics, determinants, and outcomes of individual and group behavior in organizations. Topics covered include determinants of motivation, individual and group decision making, organizational communication, team dynamics, leadership, power and politics in organizations, and conflict resolution.
This course provides a basic knowledge of the key aspects of managing human resources, emphasizing the link between human resource policies and practices and the organization's strategy. Topics covered in the course include HR planning, job (work) analysis, staffing, performance appraisal, employee compensation and benefits, orientation and training, and employee relations.
This course covers various activities and techniques used for effective human resource staffing in organizations. Students will conduct job analyses, develop HR plans, and develop recruitment and selection programs using human resource information systems to support these activities. Topics covered include an analysis of objectives, techniques, and procedures for forecasting manpower needs, recruiting candidates, and selecting employees. The course emphasizes understanding basic types of assessment tools and procedures for choosing new employees. Basic concepts in measurement and validity are discussed. Issues relating to organizational entry and socialization may also be covered.
This course provides and intensive discussion and application of concepts and tools used for appraising and enhancing human performance in organizations. Topics covered include designing, implementing, and evaluating programs to assess employee job performance, developing training and development programs to improve performance, and linking rewards to performance. The course addresses the ethical issues inherent in appraising and rewarding employees as well as the challenges of developing appropriate practices and techniques.
This course provides a systematic study of effective management of compensation and benefits in organizations. Topics covered include strategic compensation planning, components of the total pay mix, job evaluation systems, the compensation structure, governmental regulation of compensation, employee benefits and employee services programs, administering incentive plans, and other significant compensation issues such as variable pay plans, skill and knowledge based pay plans, and linking pay to performance.
This course provides students with basic management knowledge. It also improves students' ability to diagnose and solve managerial problems as well as gaining familiarity with new issues in the management area. Topics covered include an overview of the history of management science, ethics, organizational culture, organization structure, human resources and leadership theory. The four functions of management (Planning, Organizing, Leading and Controlling) are thoroughly examined.
This capstone course examines how organizations can analyze their environments and use the insights from this analysis to formulate and implement new strategies. Topics covered include: industry analysis, vertical and horizontal integration, SWOT analysis, strategy formulation at the corporate level, business level, and functional level, strategy implementation, and strategy evaluation and control. A minimum of 87 completed credit hours are required to register in the course.
This is a foundation pre-requisite course for those who do not have a first degree in accounting or business. It is aimed at providing an introduction to fundamental business concepts from a global managing perspective. Students will gain insights into key business activities during different stages of a firm's lifecycle. The course is based on an integrative framework that especially emphasizes the relationships, connections and dependencies among functional areas in different lifecycle situations. The course develops a critical understanding of the nature, behavior and outcomes associated with the economic, social, political and legal systems that govern corporations.
This course is designed to examine the strategic challenges faced by senior managers in formulating and administering human resources policies and procedures in different types of organizations. Contemporary issues related to strategic human resources management, human resource planning, job/work analysis, hiring, training, performance management, and compensation will be examined.
The course will expose the student's minds to the vagaries of the journey of being an Entrepreneur in a simulated setting. They will learn that Innovators are creative and capable of changing existing business models. Team practice is linked to real-world entrepreneurial projects, which balances theory and practice through business case studies. The students will be tasked to come up with an innovative idea that they will commercialize in a theoretical setting. This will involve developing a business model, a business plan, funding, commercialization and managing growth, via the creation of a comprehensive business pan. This course appeals to individuals who have a desire to start-up new for-profit ventures (mainstream entrepreneurship), corporate employees interested in initiating new projects within organizations (intra-preneurship), and philanthropists with civic innovative mindsets (social entrepreneurship).
This course discusses individual and group behavior within organizations and its relation to the social and economics roles of modern organizations. The course covers contemporary issues related to individual and group motivation and performance, organizational culture, the role of leadership, power and politics in organizations, managing organizational change, organizational restructuring, and workforce diversity.
This course covers the basic conceptual and practical issues in the areas of recruitment, selection, and retention of staff in modern organizations. Topics covered include developing a staffing strategy, recruiting candidates, and selecting employees. The course emphasizes understanding basic staffing support systems including legal compliance, HR planning, job analysis, and various types of assessment tools used in employee selection
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic issues in managing and rewarding employee performance. The course provides an in-depth understanding of performance management and the various tools and techniques that can be used to enhance an employee's contribution to the organization. This course also discusses the role that employee total reward systems play in organizational success and emphasizes the importance of linking rewards to performance.
This course provides an overview of major challenges and issues in developing human resources within the UAE and the regional contexts. Issues of cross-cultural HRM will be discussed. The course then provides an in-depth discussion of themes and trends in training and development, individual and adult learning principles, training needs assessment, training evaluation, and management development.
The key to improve productivity in the service sector lies in the effective management of service operations. This course focuses on analyzing and improving service operations in organizations. Topics covered include: service strategy, service quality, service operations, service process design and facility location, service process flow management, managing supply and demand, managing waiting lines, and service capacity planning. The topics will be taught through a mix of quantitative models and qualitative frameworks and concepts.
This course explores why effective strategic management leads to quality business performance. The basic concepts and tools of strategic analysis, developing the craft of a well-conceived strategy, and the execution of a strategic plan are covered. Students will be called upon to probe, question and evaluate all aspects of a company's external and internal situation thereby sizing up a company's standing in the marketplace and its ability to compete with rivals.
This course covers the basic skills and competencies required to enhance managerial effectiveness. The course introduces students to the main functions and responsibilities of managers and leaders in modern organizations. Topics covered include the major challenges facing managers in today’s organizations, employee behavior and motivation, team dynamics, distinction between management and leadership, effective leadership in today’s organizations, determinants of individual and group decision making, power and politics in organizations, and conflict resolution in organizations.
This course emphasizes the importance of quality and excellence in today's organizations. It reviews the history of quality and examines the wide variety of concepts, tools and techniques for managing, controlling and improving, quality. Topics covered include the philosophy and practice of Total Quality Management (TQM), quality certificates such as ISO, Six Sigma, quality awards, quality costs, quality tools and quality assurance.
This course emphasizes the importance of organizational excellence (OE) in today's organizations. Topics examined include origins of OE, a variety of frameworks for understanding organizational excellence, current models of organizational excellence such as European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) excellence model, and different pillars of OE.
This course aims to help participants to develop basic decision-making skills required to successfully manage different aspects of international business in global markets. Among the topics to be covered are the national differences in political economy, culture, and ethics, international business strategies (i.e., localization strategy, global strategy, etc.), headquarter-subsidiary relationships, entry strategies into international markets, global marketing and R&D, global production, outsourcing, and logistics, and global human resource management.
This course emphasizes the importance of organizational performance management. Topics examined include concepts of performance measurement and management, principles of performance management, current approaches of performance management such as balanced scorecard and business process engineering (BPE). It also addresses how to use benchmarking in measuring and improving organizational performance; and provides an updated methodology for benchmarking in order to enable organizations to adopt best practices and excel.
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