Curriculum: PhD & DBA in Organizational Leadership

The Ph.D./D.B.A. in Values-Driven Leadership is based on the premise that business is the most powerful institution on the planet.

Leadership decisions made in the workplace shape the lives of individuals, economies, and the world more than any other single institution. Increasingly, smart business leaders are leveraging social, ethical, and environmental performance to drive innovation and profitable growth.

The Ph.D./D.B.A. curriculum integrates psychological, sociological, organizational and economic perspectives on responsible leadership in today’s global context. Students draw from their experience, action-learning initiatives, the latest research, and spirited dialogue with faculty and distinguished visiting scholars and executives.

Courses within the program explore three areas of study:

Global Leadership

Strategic Change

Corporate Sustainability

In addition to these three areas of study, students learn the research methods they need to complete their dissertation research. All courses challenge our executive students to expand their capacity to lead boldly at four levels:

  1. Personally: grow as a values-driven leader
  2. Interpersonally: develop others and build great teams
  3. Organizationally: build flourishing companies
  4. Globally: make a transformative impact on business and society

The program is fully-accredited and offered by the Center for Values-Driven Leadership (CVDL) in the Chicago-area, through the Goodwin College of Business at Benedictine University.

Find detailed descriptions of each course below. 

If you are a person interested in values and you are convinced that values are meaningful not only for your personal life but also for your business, living this program is going to be an amazing experience in every single moment. Every minute of a class, every instructor you meet, any paragraph of any reading is going to be a total treasure. It seems to me that there is no other place in the world where there has been deployed so much academic effort with so many talented people and so much experience in order to create a process designed not only to enhance your leadership but your whole life."- Enrique Lopez, President & Founder, Humanum

I was told the Ph.D. in Values-Driven Leadership was very "student-centered," unlike other Ph.D. programs, and that was one of the draws for me. What really sold me is they truly means this. The staff and faculty of the Ph.D. in Values-Driven Leadership are incredibly supportive and are there to see the student succeed in every aspect. The authenticity of this is of great value to me and to the program."- Nancy Sayer, Ph.D., Director, Samaritan Center for Congregations

Entering the program has definitely given me an opportunity to move forward more quickly, in terms of personal development. I think that comes from feeling like I can be part of a community of people with similar perspectives…that I can have meaningful conversations with and from which I get a sense of belonging that doesn’t exist for me elsewhere." - Dan O'Connor, Director of Research, C5T Corporation