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Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

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Curriculum

MSOL Program Modules with Course Descriptions

Module 1 Theme: Innovative Leadership

Term 1:

LDR501: Leading Complex Organizations: An Entrepreneurial Perspective
Organizations continuously evolve to effectively operate in an interdependent global social and economic environment. Today’s leader is called to be an integrative thinker who can envision the future, “think outside-of-the box,” and be willing to try alternative possibilities. With entrepreneurial leadership development as the focus, this course critically examines the networked nature and dynamics of contemporary organizations and the needed qualities and skills to innovatively lead them, manage their diverse workforces, orchestrate their inter-organizational partnerships, and establish vibrant community relationships.

LDR502: Professional Ethics: Organizational Integrity in an Age of Globalization
As explored in LDR508, organizational leaders face complex situations and make decisions that have long term effects for a wide range of local and global stakeholders, including the environment and future generations. Through examining current organizational issues and challenges, this course examines how to practically analyze situations and make decisions grounded in professional ethical principles and strategies, organizational integrity, socially responsible practices, sustainability principles, social justice perspectives, and being a contributing community partner. Central to this course is the refinement and articulation of one’s own professional code of ethics and the principles that guide it.

Term 2:

LDR503: Managing Talent: Engaging a Diverse Distributed Workforce
One of the greatest challenges for current leaders is to attract and retain highly talented and creative employees, as well as to manage them in a distributed work environment in a manner that engages them to fully utilize their expertise. With human resource management concepts and processes as the backdrop, this course discusses the essential collaborative managerial qualities, skills, strategies and practices needed to develop a dynamic, innovative and highly motivated workforce. Central to this discussion is the ethnically diverse nature of the workforce, how to lead across cultures, and ways to address the challenges posed by four generations with differing work styles working side-by-side.

LDR504: Capstone A: Organizational Development: Innovation, Change Management, and Design Thinking
To remain viable and resilient, organizations must continuously grow and, at times, even transform themselves into something new. Critical to this process is establishing a culture of innovation supported by entrepreneurial leadership that fosters on-going learning, ability to thoughtfully experiment, and a willingness to challenge the status quo. Integrating the organizational concepts, human resource management philosophies and leadership practices explored in the other Innovative Leadership Module courses, this course focuses on leading strategic organizational change and development, including utilizing design thinking principles in envisioning and creating change, formulating strategies, and implementing organizational initiatives.

Module 2 Theme: Networking Leadership

Term 3:

LDR505: Organizational Communication: Agile Organizational Structures, Social Networks and Partnerships
Leading organizations today involves facilitating a web of internal and external networks that form as needed. With social networking and organizational partnerships as the backdrop, this course explores the dynamics of organizational communication and the advantages and disadvantages of hierarchical, relational, networking and culture based approaches. Central to this exploration is enabling students to determine the appropriate organizational communication structures and communication processes needed for an organization to effectively function, be adaptive and innovative, and best serve its customers or clientele.

LDR506: Leveraging Technology: Strategic Information, Communication and Collaboration Systems
Organizations are collaborative information enterprises that utilize technology to communicate and network people and partner with other organizations. Leaders must leverage technology and information to improve organizational performance. Building upon LDR501 and LDR503, this course explores the vital role technology plays in daily organizational decision making, operations, teamwork, and supply chain management. Central to the discussion is how managers and information technology professionals can work together to design and implement effective information and collaboration systems that enable strategic business analysis and planning, increase workplace productivity, enhance worker performance, create dynamic knowledge management systems, and improve the quality of the work environment.

Term 4:

LDR507: Collaborative Work Environments: Telework, Teams and Conflict Management
Organizations are distributed enterprises with both human and technological infrastructures. With organizational collaboration as the backdrop, this course expands upon the distribute workforce concepts and issues examined LDR XXX, focusing on the challenges of managing a diverse distributed workforce utilizing various forms of technology. Central to this discussion is a critical examination of telework, the virtual office, distributed team configurations, group development in non co-located work environments, team conflict resolution processes, and outsourcing strategies.

LDR508: Capstone B: Leading Knowledge Workers: Establishing Organizational Knowledge Sharing Cultures and Systems
There has been a shift from an information age to a knowledge age. Innovative leaders create cultures that foster and reward knowledge sharing, generation and application. This course builds upon the Innovative Leadership Module and draws together the core concepts and competencies examined in the LDR503, LDR509 and LDR501 courses. Its primary focus is on enabling students to expand their skills as leaders of knowledge workers. Central to this leadership development process are students expanding their networking skills that enable knowledge sharing, on-going learning and the formation of communities of practice.

Module 3 Theme: Analytical Leadership

Term 5:

LDR509: Strategic Analysis and Operations in a Global Economy
Leaders, whether they manage for-profit, nonprofit or government organizations, must be business savvy while being socially responsible. In light of global economic strategies and world trends this course addresses complex issues pertaining to organizational operations, financial management and organizational performance. Central to this examination is the use of organizational research and statistics in forecasting, strategic planning, problem solving, decisive decision making and innovation.

LDR510: Organizational Research, Analytics and Innovative Solution Building
Organizational analytics that draws upon quantitative and qualitative data is critical for leading successfully, analyzing operations, making decisive decisions, and innovatively solving problems. This course synthesizes the learning about research methods done throughout the program, as well as further prepares students to develop and utilize various forms of data collection, statistical analysis, and reporting to make organizational decisions and the needed changes to organizational operations.

Term 6:

LDR511: Responsible Organizational Governance
Organizations, being legal entities and accountable civic members, must adhere to the regulations, laws, ordinances and policies that govern the society in which they reside. This is complex and challenging because organizations operate in a global arena with diverse standards. With current issues, laws and legal rulings as the backdrop, this course explores the principles of responsible organizational governance, discusses how organizational leaders can ensure that ethical governance processes and policies can be developed, communicated, and implemented, and how organizational decisions and operations can be properly monitored.

LDR512: Capstone C: Leading Strategically and Implementing Succession Planning Processes
Strategic leaders make decisions that are aligned with the organization’s mission. Each decision moves the organization towards its target goals and serves its clientele. This course builds upon the preceding Innovative Leadership and Networking Leadership Modules and draws together the core concepts and competencies examined in the LDR510, LDR506 and LDR504 courses. Its primary focus is on organizational strategic leadership models and practices fundamental to working in an interdependent global setting. Central to this concluding discussion is the exploration of sustainable strategic management principles, successful execution of strategic plans, and the value of grooming high potential candidates for future organizational leadership opportunities.