Doctoral Programs

From the Interim Director of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership

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.

Our rigorous and fully-accredited Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership is designed for this type of visionary executive who combines character and competence to drive extraordinary performance.

Curriculum: The program draws from evidence-based research, tested academic theory, and proven practitioner experience to integrate the fields of global leadership, strategic change, and corporate sustainability and responsibility. Students also learn research methods, so they develop the advanced skills needed to research and write at the doctoral level and complete the dissertation with excellence.

Format: Our three-year, cohort-based program accommodates the busy schedules of executives. For the first two years of the program, classes are held once a month on weekends and once a year in an 8-day intensive, to allow students to fly in from across the globe. In the third year, you work with your dissertation committee to conduct original research on a topic of your choice.

Ideal students: We’re looking for values-driven senior business leaders with a track record of success who want to grow in their capacity to build flourishing businesses and communities.

Learn more: Find more about our award-winning program through these resources:

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We look forward to hearing from you,


From the Director of Ph.D. in Organization Development:

Several years ago, in the throes of the economic recession, the canned food manufacturer Del Monte Foods reported a 14 percent increase in profits after taking a new approach to its market drivers, use of data and realignment and positioning of systems and processes. Identifying, planning and implementing this kind of strategic and comprehensive change is what students in Benedictine University's Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior and Ph.D. in Organization Development (OD) programs learn in order to increase an organization's effectiveness and viability.

Benedictine University's OD programs are recognized locally, nationally and internationally as a leader in providing education toward managing the human side of enterprise, which includes global interdependence, workforce diversity and the management of change – the hallmarks of excellent managers and leading-edge companies. These programs have also received more than 200 professional awards and special recognitions nationally and internationally, and boast one of the largest alumni networks involving executive leadership at major organizations around the world.

Graduates work in some of the largest Chicago-based global organizations such as Abbott Laboratories, Boeing, Kraft Food Groups Inc., Motorola, McDonald's Corp., and other Fortune 500 organizations such as Texas Instruments, General Electric Co., and General Motors. Students learn from the foremost thinkers and practitioners in the industry and through advanced experiential learning classes, internships and special lecture series that convey some of the most current research and trends in the field.

If you're shaping the world of business, we invite you to learn more about the program. Please reach out to our Admission Counselor for Graduate Business Programs, Jenny Jeschke or 630.829.6309 for more information.


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