D.B.A in Global Management

DBA in Global Management


This Doctor of Business Administration (DBA.) in Global Management degree program at San Diego Global Knowledge University is an advanced professional and academic degree program preparing students for teaching and research positions within universities and/ or the pursuit of careers in global management or consulting at senior levels. The DBA degree program is designed to help students develop competencies in understanding and performing applied research, which can then be used to foster innovation and lead organizational change. The program requires students to develop applied research inquiry and analytical skills.

DBA program objective is to train scholars to develop and sharpen management theories to enhance their contribution to global management education and practice. Students acquire advanced knowledge of literature and theory in their major that provides a foundation for their area of concentration in global management. They are given theoretical and practical knowledge of advanced research skills, which is essential for publishing in leading academic journals.

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63 academic units, including 36 required core courses' credit, 18 concentration courses' credit, and 9 semester units' credit for dissertation.

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  • GSYS 601: Systems Approach Methodology
    • The global system is evolving with intense dynamics at all levels, from the geophysical and ecological, to the economic, organizational, cultural and even individual dimensions. To understand and synchronize with this complex environment, we must study and review key themes such as the power of wisdom and human values, the protocols of our globalized markets, fund-raising competence, creativity and change, and the new multi-cultural knowledge manager. Systems thinking allows us to visualize and analyze these topics individually and as interdependent concepts within our new global reality.

  • GSYS 602: Strategic Vision and Planning
    • The intense dynamics of the global system mandates that we all become more competent strategic visionaries of the future, preparing for the most likely future scenarios that our volatile environment will generate. We must learn to transform visions into productive outcomes, with intuitive adaptation, foresight and a global mindset. The art and science of anticipating the future has now become a global competence we must all acquire.

  • MGMT 601: Leadership and Human Competence
    • The global system needs a renewed leadership and human competence at all levels to reverse the growing gaps of poverty, technology access and new knowledge in the world today. International managerial leadership (IML) involves understanding and implementing key concepts and strategies such as the nature and practice of productive leadership, decision-making with mind, heart and ethics, performance and achievement leadership, and new generation leadership. As our society evolves with more robots and intelligent machines doing repetitive tasks and jobs, we must now develop the competencies and skills that will protect the balance of productivity, human values and respect for our planet.

  • MGMT 602: Responsible Management of Environmental Resources
    • Environmental responsibility is increasingly a key competitive advantage for organizations and communities around the world. Managerial theory and practice today cannot be sound without recognizing environmental quality as a strategic resource to be protected and enhanced. This Module presents the concept and strategies of implementing quality systems and standards, such as ISO 9000 and ISO 14000, the costs and training challenges involved, outlooks on certification norms, procedures and benefits, and the growing workplace toxicology, viral agents and other risks caused by globalization and world inequities.

  • MGMT 603: Productivity and Health Management
    • Effective managerial leadership requires the formulation and implementation of appropriate strategies to protect and enhance the health and well being of our human resources and minimize associated productivity risks. Health is increasingly the most precious asset we have at the individual, organizational and community levels. This Module presents the inter-relationships between work, health and the environment, strategies to improve productivity in the workplace, the influence of “stress” and other growing global disease, the value of organizational “spirituality”, and the concept of integrated risk management and planning.

  • GSYS 603: Networked Organizations and Distance Activity
    • Organizations and communities are increasingly networked and geographically disperse. Managers at all levels must now face the challenges of collaborating at a distance and in networks. Telecommunications and e-technologies are enabling us to operate increasingly effectively within this new modality of interaction and performance. This Module introduces the competence of distance activity and networked collaboration, its international professional standards and certification, the sequential use of technologies as a strategy to optimize work in human networks, the e-organization, and the realities of managing virtual teams.

  • FINA 601: Advanced Corporate Finance
    • This course addresses the basic financial problems facing a global company. Themes include the structure and operations of the international financing system, foreign exchange rates and their risk management, international funding sources and basic instruments of international financing.

  • GBUS 601: Benchmarking and Client Service
    • The strategy and techniques of studying the best practices of the most successful industry leaders to benchmark our performance and client service must now have a global scope. All decision-makers and organizations must be able to master the methodology of benchmarking and its practice. Key topics are client-oriented performance management, client service across borders, the new competitive-cooperative economy, and quality and value in this New Millennium

  • MGMT 604: Managerial Excellence and Total Quality
    • The New Economy mandates managerial competence to optimize the use of resources, total quality for client satisfaction, and ETK (Emotional, Technology and Knowledge) excellence to achieve success. These are essential competencies for sustainability and global leadership. Key topics are quality standards for global competitiveness, global intelligence and performance, productive leadership and ETK competencies.

  • GSYS 604: Technology Transfer and Knowledge Management
    • The explosion of knowledge and innovation are leading driving forces for the New Economy and the global system. Technology transfer and knowledge management are now essential competencies for any successful individual, organization, community or nation. We must master these concepts and their implementation with a global perspective. Key topics are technology integration, commerce and trade, transforming knowledge into commercial value, knowledge management and protection, and the global competitive chain. All these topics can be visualized and framed as crucial dimensions for Organizational Synchronization (OS).

  • STAT 601: Applied Statistics
    • This course provides an overview of statistical applications to global business and other fields with the fundamental concepts of probability distribution, mathematical models relating to dependent and independent variables, hypothesis testing and experimental design, as well as analysis of variance and various other distributions and methods of regression.

  • GBUS 602: Risk Management and Conflict Resolution
    • The intense dynamics of the world system in recent years has produced conflict and change at unprecedented levels. The diversity of the globe is its strength, given the many complementarities between regions and countries. But tapping this potential requires managing differences, risk and conflict. International negotiation and alternative resolution techniques are now key competencies for success, as well as business continuity planning and management in the short, medium and long-term.



  • DBAM 601: Workforce Dynamics and Global Competitiveness
    • The global financial crisis of 2008 has shown us the importance of understanding workforce dynamics and global human resources, including labor markets and productivity, workforce re-invention, job trends and competencies to become more globally competitive. We cannot aspire to success and excellence without effective talent acquisition and development of human resources with a global scope. New technologies will bring to the workplace new methods and skills which must be integrated to our training and continuing education efforts at all levels.

  • DBAM 602: Globalization, Sustainability and the New Economy
    • The world system has experienced in recent years a process of accelerated globalization with unprecedented characteristics, fueled by a global demographic explosion and a New Economy driven by the proliferation of telecommunications and information technologies, the explosion of new knowledge and innovation, and the re-invention of governments and governed across the globe. In this context sustainability requires that individuals, organizations, communities and nations take immediate steps to synchronize or harmonize with this new reality by acquiring strategic global knowledge such as the new concepts of value, time management, organizational change, quality, security and excellence.

  • DBAM 603: The Global Electronic Highway
    • Telecommunications and new information technologies have shaped an incredible global electronic highway in recent decades, with “E” resources for networking and collaboration that have enhanced productivity and performance in education, business, government and civil society like never before. Key topics are distance activity and human networks, decision-making and technology, the birth and evolution of the Internet, videoconferencing and interactive telecommunications.

  • DBAM 604: Foundations for Generational and Global Success
    • In this era of intense change and turnover, it is important for decision-makers and managers at all levels to understand why many leading long-term organizations are able to endure the challenges of time and generational characteristics, developing insights for new and creative ways to become more successful over longer periods of time. Without doubt all leading and successful organizations will now be global and long-term. Key topics to study are sustainable leadership, achieving and maintaining excellence, the wisdom of long-term organizations, and synchronizing organizations to 21st century global turbulence.

  • DBAM 605: Global Competitiveness
    • The first decade of the Third Millennium came to a close in 2010. It was a period of intense change, conflict and global turbulence, amidst incredible innovation and technological progress. The 9/11 terrorist attack in New York and the 2008-2009 financial crisis stand out as extreme events from which the world has adapted and evolved led by new global attitudes and collaboration which is still work in progress.
      The concept of competitiveness in this new global reality has emerged as the central issue for education, business, government and civil society as we move forward in forging a new future of shared and sustainable growth despite the dangerous and growing gaps or divides of income/wealth, knowledge and welfare between the few developed nations and the rest of the world. We must all contribute with our endeavors to mitigate these imbalances of our global system in order to aspire to a more equitable and just world for all. Key topics are leadership under chaos, key competencies to succeed in the new world, creativity, innovation and re-invention, and organizational synchronization, now that value is increasingly derived from the knowledge we acquire and generate rather than from the appreciation of the physical assets that we purchase and accumulate.

  • DBAM 606: International Economic Theory, Policy and Trade
    • This course provides an overview of the current status and development of U.S. and foreign trade policies and procedures. This includes several trading blocks such as NAFTA. The impact of trade and foreign operations caused by national and regional antitrust laws will be examined, as well as techniques for facilitating and overcoming difficulties and disputes of foreign trade. Government procedures for approval of importing or exporting will also be discussed.



  • DISS 601: Dissertation Process
    • During this module the student prepares and takes the comprehensive exam for the Doctorate Degree Program

  • DISS 602: Research Methods and Design, and Proposal Defense
    • During this Module the student develops his/her Dissertation Proposal and defends it orally (at a distance via an interactive video-link or face-to-face in San Diego)

  • DISS 603: Dissertation Completion and Defense
    • During this Module the student present his/her final Dissertation Document, including results and recommendations for follow-up. It is approved or rejected, with further recommendations. In case of approval, he or she is recommended as a candidate to obtain the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).