Ph.D. Global Systems

Ph.D. Global Systems  


This Doctoral Program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is designed to develop competent research scholars and professional practitioners within education, business, government and civil society, capable of contributing to the broad field of global systems and dynamics anywhere in the world. This requires ample knowledge and understanding of this new generation field and its literature, and more detailed comprehension of current research and practice in at least one specific area of application or discipline, e.g., management, communications, health, education, etc.

Its interdisciplinary academic curriculum was developed based on the premise that students enrolled will have diverse academic and professional backgrounds. The central theme of the program, globalization and sustainability, is presented through a broad systems framework, which includes key global dynamics, quantitative methods, international managerial leadership, organizational synchronization©, strategic resources optimization, communication, networked collaboration and E-technology components. It prepares students to think and act with creativity, innovation and futuristic vision on the important global issues and challenges of today, including government and corporate ethics, responsibility and competitiveness, risk and security, poverty, environmental quality, workforce dynamics and migration, aging of the world population, multiculturalism, the explosion of new knowledge, the proliferation of new information and communication technologies, and others. Students are required to develop and certify organizational synchronization© competency per the standards established by SDGKU.

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72 academic units, twenty four 3-unit modules

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  • PhDGS 601: 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.

  • PhDGS 602: Workforce Dynamics and Global Human Resources
    • 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.

  • PhDGS 603: Systems Thinking, Synchronization and Creativity
    • 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.

  • PhDGS 604: Strategic Visioning and Futurism
    • 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.

  • PhDGS 605: Global 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.

  • PhDGS 606: Technology, Networked Collaboration and OS
    • Human networks are the most important phenomenon of the New Millennium. Telecommunications and new information technologies have created a “global village” with virtual environments for collaboration and exchange like never before. To understand and navigate effectively this new world, we must be able to understand the principles behind communication satellites, cable and wireless systems, the Internet, the nature of networked organizations, strategies for organized change, and managing health and safety in a globalized environment, among other topics now essential for productivity and performance. Organizational Synchronization (OS) is essential here in order for us to be able to make the structural decisions that will permit the alignment of our resources with our aspirations.

  • PhDGS 607: Global Demographics and Generational Dynamics
    • Global demographics is a key dimension of our global system. The population explosion of the last fifty years has more than tripled the total population of the world, with unique characteristics and dynamics exhibited by the various living generations. To become better decision-makers and leaders in education, business, government and civil society we must study and understand concepts such as multi-culturalism, the impact of Generation "X", the influence and markets of Generation “N”, the “A” Generation and values, the Millennial Generation and global impact, and inter-generational dynamics.

  • PhDGS 608: Principles of Global Competitiveness and Productivity
    • Competitiveness is fast surpassing “globalization” as the most used term not only in business literature and practice, but also in society around the world. Individuals, organizations, communities and nations that do not invest in developing global competencies over and above their specific skills and industry or sector expertise will be gradually relegated in terms of their productivity and well-being. Countries with higher rates of penetration and absorption of new technologies and higher post high school enrollment rates will be increasingly the most competitive. This is made possible by global competencies such as distance learning and networked collaboration. China, India and other emerging nations will define their future by their policies and investment in these fields. The global competition issue has become the greatest challenge for industrialized economies today.
      Regardless of ideology, government or political system, religious beliefs, or cultural heritage, the people of all nations fundamentally aspire to higher standards of living and a future of hope and peace for our children. It is imperative that global competitiveness become the highest priority for all of us at all levels. We must learn its principles, its practice and its rewards. Key topics include globally-oriented leadership, global managerial strategy and innovation, attitudes, preferences and change to achieve success and happiness, visioning with performance and achievement, markets and productivity in the New Economy.

  • PhDGS 609: Excellence in the New Global Economy
    • The so-called New Economy has exploded with overwhelming impact. According to the World Trade Organization, international trade reached in 2007 a new high of $11.8 trillion USD, and it is not slowing down. The United States, the world’s largest importer, is a major driver of the trade boom, constituting 28% of global Gross Domestic Product. Other global and macro-regional interactions and interdependencies in education, business, government and civil society have also intensified, with the corresponding complexities and challenges that we all see today in our communities and nations. We have no choice but to learn to navigate and grow in this new environment, where new knowledge, technology and organizational re-invention are the driving forces for achievement and success.
      Global leaders recognize this new reality, and strive for excellence. Competitive individuals and organizations must now engage in developing strategies, tactics and logistics to synchronize all their operations and actions with the new global economy. Excellence will be increasingly measured by international standards of performance and competence, particularly in those areas that enhance and support global collaboration and market satisfaction. Global competencies will be the key to productivity. Key themes include leadership with results, critical thinking and foresight, strategies for organizational excellence, and satisfaction, happiness and organizational synchronization.

  • PhDGS 610: Global 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

  • PhDGS 611: Managerial Competence, Total Quality and ETK
    • 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.

  • PhDGS 612: Technology Transfer, Commercial Diplomacy 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).

  • PhDGS 613: The Global Electronic Highway I
    • 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.

  • PhDGS 614: The Global Electronic Highway II
    • The networked organization is a direct product of the global electronic highway. Successful decision-makers must be able to understand and manage its enabling technologies, modalities and development strategies. A key topic here is the increasing global convergence of the business and social organizational models, known as “Free Market Fusion”, as the world system tries to reconcile the need for increased productivity and social responsibility at all levels.

  • PhDGS 615: Business Continuity, 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.

  • PhDGS 616: 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.

  • PhDGS 617: Global Competitiveness I
    • 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.

  • PhDGS 618 Global Competitiveness II
    • Sustainability is a key concern for mankind as the world system evolves with imbalances and unexpected crises at accelerated rates. We must seek global competitiveness and learn to develop and achieve our goals without further damaging the planet and our divided global society. The concept of ETK and organizational synchronization (OS) is essential as it gives us a roadmap for global sustainability and harmony at all levels. We must learn to be OS leaders, educating and training others in recognizing ETK principles for achieving productive excellence with global responsibility.

  • PhDGS 619: OS Competence Preparation and Exam
    • During this course the student prepares for the general OS Competence Exam and takes it online. He or she must obtain a passing score of 80% or higher to continue with the OS certification process requirements established by SDGKU.

  • PhDGS 620: OS Action Plan Development
    • Develop and submit the OS Action Plan report according to the terms of reference given in this course

  • PhDGS 621: OS Practical Project
    • Formulate and present your OS Practical Project Report consistent with the proposal approved in Course 606 of this Doctorate Program and per the OS Manuals for Training and Certification of this Global Competency. This project should be a collaborative effort with 4 other students of this program. Instructional feedback is provided, and a course grade is assigned.
      If a passing grade is obtained, the student is recommended to receive the OS Global Competency Certification.
      The student has a minimum of one month and a maximum of two months to complete the curricular and learning requirements of this course. The minimum passing grade is B- . If these requirements are not met, the student is expelled from the Doctorate Ph.D. program.

  • PhDGS 622: Doctoral Comprehensive Preparation and Exam
    • During this module the student prepares and takes the comprehensive exam for the Doctorate Degree Program

  • PhDGS 623: Dissertation 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)

  • PhDGS 624: Final Dissertation 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.).