Doctor of Management (or Doctor of Business Administration) in Organizational Leadership - Information Systems programs may be available entirely through remote learning, but they differ slightly between schools. Some programs emphasize business and management principles, while other programs stress IS theories and strategies. At their core, however, all programs teach students both management and information systems skills.
While online-only programs are available, some programs may include an annual on-site residency that typically lasts 3-8 days. These on-campus periods can allow students to receive assistance on their dissertation with faculty. Graduates may go on to serve as technology managers and executives. Some programs require applicants to have a master's degree.
D.M. in Organizational Leadership in Information Systems
Information systems managers assess and administer the computer and technology needs of organizations. A Doctor of Management (D.M.) in Organizational Leadership program with a specialization in information systems (IS) prepares those who already possess a background in computer and information science for management or IS research roles in the information technology divisions of corporations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and government agencies.
Program Information and Requirements
Usually, it takes roughly three years to complete the coursework for IS doctoral degree programs, but students should plan for the additional time it will take to complete their dissertation. In addition to business and computer systems courses, the curriculum of an IS doctoral degree program prepares students for the research and writing necessary to complete a dissertation. Prospective students need to have completed a master's degree in order to enroll in an IS doctoral degree program.
Online IS doctoral degree programs generally have no prerequisite courses and no general education requirements. Common IS core courses are outlined below.
Foundations of Information Systems Management
Students study the theory, development and history of information systems. This course provides students with a knowledge base of the leaders and mavericks in the field in order to train students in strategies for solving organizational IS issues.
Global Information Systems Management
Students analyze the standards of global IS systems, utilizing that information to begin developing strategies for integrating systems across national borders while taking into account compliance issues associated with each particular locale. They learn how these systems relate to international business.
Information Systems and Global Supply Chain Management
This course explores how materials and services are delivered globally. This provides students with the ability to assess how local systems are influenced, mediated and utilized as they interface with other systems along the supply chain.
Quantitative and Qualitative Research
Students study research methodologies of both quantitative and qualitative research in preparation for dissertation research. They develop skills in critical thinking and the scientific method as these topics relate to the design and development of their dissertation and future research.
IS doctoral degree recipients can work as computer and information systems managers. Those graduates with 5-10 years of prior IS management experience may seek work as chief technology officers (CTO) or chief information officers (CIO). As of May 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the top-paying states in this field are New York, California, New Jersey, Virginia, and Delaware. During the same reporting period, the BLS indicated that the 341,250 computer and information systems managers working nationally earned a median annual wage of $131,600. Lastly, the BLS anticipated a 15% increase in jobs in this field between 2014 and 2024 (www.bls.gov).
To summarize, DM in Organizational Leadership programs that focus on information systems provide advanced coursework in management and business strategy development. They also give students the opportunity to conduct independent research and write a dissertation in a particular area of interest.