Strategic Thinking for Decision-Making – BUSI 770

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

The advanced study of the process of business strategy (for both profits and nonprofits), including the decision traps to avoid and the most effective ways to develop and implement strategy.


BUSI 700 and BUSI 710


BUSI 770, building upon the advanced concepts and techniques learned in the preceding courses, provides an advanced perspective on strategic thinking as applied to business strategy, and how to evaluate business strategies—in terms of effectiveness and efficiency—in for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental organizational environments.

The mission of the DBA program is to provide an opportunity for qualified students to attain academic,  professional,  and  practical  competence—within  the  Christian  worldview—which prepares students for opportunities, and corresponding additional responsibilities beyond the master's degree level. The DBA program emphasizes practical and real-world applications in both the course work and the major applied doctoral research project requirements. The vision of the DBA program is to produce graduates wit intellectual and professional competencies in the following areas: 

  • the ability to demonstrate the capacity for reflective and analytical business thinking;
  • the ability  to  draw  together  relevant  concepts  and  theories  from  different  business disciplines in order to gain a better understanding of the organizational context in which particular problems or opportunities arise;
  • the ability to analyze problems and issues arising in business and management contexts, utilizing relevant theories, concepts, and empirical findings;
  • the ability to identify and analyze questions and issues in business; and
  • the ability to design, implement, and successfully conclude empirical research

Each of the above will be considered in light of biblical principles, and be integrated within the Christian worldview.

The DBA program philosophy supports both the program mission and vision, and is as follows. PhD programs in business focus intensively on preparing candidates for academic careers and to conduct highly specialized academic research, i.e., the development of new theory in business and other related business fields. Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programs focus on the application of theory rather than on the development of new theory. While also intended to prepare graduates for academic careers, the DBA, by virtue of its focus on application of theory, has more practical application in managerial settings than the PhD.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Compare the differences and the similarities of strategic thinking business models as they apply to business strategy (Analysis, DBA PLO 2).
  2. Evaluate business strategies selected from any of the following: for-profit, nonprofit, or governmental organizational environments (Synthesis, DBA PLO 1).
  3. Integrate the strategic decision making process in business with a Biblical worldview (Synthesis, DBA PLO 4).
  4. Develop a doctoral-level literature review relating the key course concepts of decision making, strategic thinking, and business strategy (Synthesis, DBA PLO 2).

Course Assignment

Textbook readings

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module 1.

Discussion Board Forums (7)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences, and this course requires seven distinct discussion forums. The specific requirements, point weightings, and due dates are listed in the Course Content section of Blackboard.

Literature Review

This course requires a doctoral level literature review. The specific requirements, point weightings, and due dates are listed in the Course Content section of Blackboard.