This manuscript reviews the effectiveness of online education, pointing out the weaknesses and the more recent positive outcomes. Regardless of the positive reviews, employers view online education negatively and will hire students from campus programs over online or blended (hybrid) programs. What characteristics can make one online program better than others? These programs are reviewed, but the exploration found that even the reviews for traditional programs are negative. Because of our economic-driven culture, many are calling for a drastic change in traditional doctoral education, saying that PhDs that choose only the academic arena are no longer needed because they serve too few, are infrequently applied, and are too expensive. Rather, a modification of online education, possibly a hybrid program, may answer the call. This article concludes with a brief description of a hybrid Doctor of Management program that might address the serious challenges to traditional programs.
Preston, Joanne C.
"Online Doctoral Programs: Can They Produce the Business Scientists and Leaders Needed for the 21st Century?,"
International Journal of Leadership and Change:
1, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijlc/vol2/iss1/5