Curriculum

The MBA in Leadership and Change curriculum consists of 10 three-credit classes and a six-credit practicum or global capstone experience emphasizing leadership, effecting change and strategy implementation in a diverse, global economy. Learning outcomes include:

  • Exercise critical thinking and high level reasoning through effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Identify competing values, behaviors, and assumptions that are relevant to the effective implementation of proposed change initiatives.
  • Analyze, design, and deliver effective change-based interventions and strategies in an ever-changing global environment.
  • Describe and explain to the client system the cultural context that affects a proposed change initiative.

Courses

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Expand and Collapse Required Courses

Expand and Collapse MGT 6201 - Consultation Theory and Practice

Designed as a practicum experience that explores the role of consultants and leaders in bringing about organizational change. The course will describe and illustrate the three basic philosophies of consultation, as identified by Edgar Schein: Expert consultation, the physician model, and process consultation. The pros and cons of each approach will be examined, and students will apply course lessons in consulting with an actual client group and/or in case studies.

Expand and Collapse MGT 6220 - Design and Scale in Organizational Change Interventions

Examines the issues that leaders and practitioners must consider when designing change initiatives and interventions. Design questions will consider both the size of the organization and whether the intervention focuses on the whole system or just parts of it. Among the topics that will be considered are: organizational culture, systems theory, large group interventions, and working with groups.

Expand and Collapse MGT 6310 - Conflict, Negotiating, and Coaching the Client Group

Prepares students to guide subordinates or clients through the conflicts that often emerge during periods of organizational change. Topics covered in the course will include: sources of conflict, resistance to change, conflict resolution style preferences, negotiating (interest-based vs. positional), and providing coaching and feedback.

Expand and Collapse MGT 6320 - Contemporary Approaches to Change

Explores contemporary approaches to organizational change that emphasize the influences of postmodernism and social constructionism. The course surveys several models of change that have evolved or emerged from the decades-old practice of organization development (OD) and provides students with a repertoire of choices for managing change in the 21st Century.

Expand and Collapse MGT 6405 - Ethical Issues and Wholeness in Change Leadership

Explores the ethical responsibilities of organizational leaders and practitioners who design, guide, and implement change interventions or initiatives. It also considers the issue of practitioner wholeness and how living a divided life can contribute to ethical conflicts during times of rapid organizational change. Topics that will be covered include: Values, “use of self,” conscious vs. unconscious choice, ethical decision-making, and wholeness at the individual, group, and organizational levels.

Expand and Collapse MGT 6413 - Communication Across Cultural Boundaries

Examines the methods that leaders and change practitioners utilize in helping employees and client groups develop the awareness and skills necessary to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries. The course explores culture in its broadest sense, which includes cultural differences across/or within organizations, demographic categories, and nations. Particular attention will be paid to the roles of diversity and inclusivity in modern change initiatives and interventions.

Expand and Collapse MGT 6420 - Organizational Behavior

Explores the behavior of people within organizations in terms of the factors that most influence it. Those include factors related to individuals, groups, and the larger organization system. The course utilizes an experiential learning process that helps students understand their strengths and weaknesses as learners.

Expand and Collapse MGT 6430 - Organization Development

Serves as an introduction to the theory and practice of organization development (OD), also referred to as “planned change.” It emphasizes the historic evolution of OD, models of planned change, the dynamics of resistance to change, organizational culture, and the role of the OD consultant. The course also seeks to compare and contrast OD with other approaches to “change management” and to assess their relevance in organizations today. This course relies heavily on a philosophy of consultation (developed by Edgar Schein) known as process consultation (PC). PC seeks to develop effective helping relationships with clients, and the instructor attempts to model this philosophy in his teaching of the course.

Expand and Collapse MGT 6431 - Research Skills for Practitioners

Explores the research skills utilized by organization development practitioners and leaders who are responsible for organizational change. This course utilizes appropriate research methods to explore how often behaviors occur as well as why and how behaviors occur in our social world. It also prepares students to use writing as a means of engaging in critical thinking and high-level reasoning in presenting their research.

Expand and Collapse MGT 6455 - Strategic Leadership for Change

Explores the complex connections among strategy, leadership, and change management. Set in a global environment characterized by rapid technological change, it emphasizes the importance of a leader's capacity to anticipate, envision, and work collaboratively toward a viable organizational future. The course requires students to synthesize and integrate lessons learned in their previous courses.

Expand and Collapse Elective Courses

Expand and Collapse MGT 6210 - Seminar on the Cape

An annual seminar opportunity for students to study with a nationally or internationally known scholar-practitioner in the disciplines of organization development and leadership. This CSS course is wrapped around a week of summer study at the Cape Cod Institute (CCI) in Eastham, MA, known throughout the world for the quality of its seminars and the thought leaders who deliver them. The course includes pre- and post-trip classroom sessions conducted by the CSS Instructor who guides students while they study at CCI.

Practicum and capstone options

Students may choose from three capstone options, including:

  • Global capstone: Travel abroad with faculty for an experiential learning opportunity
  • Group practicum: Apply theory to practice through a small group project with your peers
  • Traditional thesis: Conduct original research and compose an academic paper

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