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Organizational Leadership Course Descriptions

Required Courses

CLDR 370W - Principles of Organizational Leadership

This course serves as an introduction to the historical concepts, principles and theories of leadership emphasizing self-assessment, contemporary views and issues, basic skills and competencies.  Particular attention will be given to differentiating the interdisciplinary nature of leadership from the traditional discipline of management and providing application opportunities within the classroom and/or workplace setting.

CLDR 412W  - Critical Thinking/Decision Making

This course is designed to provide students with a broad-based, multi-disciplinary knowledge of decision making and the kind of well thought-out reasoning that informs good decision making.  The ability to make good decisions is not only an essential life skill, it is an important element in leading within organizations and in society. Students will be expected to analyze, critique, and apply good reasoning and thinking skills to decision-making processes.

COMM 456W - Organizational Communication

This course investigates the scope and function of communication processes in organizations.  Topics covered include: organizational theory, Japanese management styles, supervisor/ subordinate communication patterns, managerial styles, informal communication, network analysis, organizational climate and culture, motivation and satisfaction, and communication audits.

CLDR 499W - Leadership Capstone

The capstone seminar is the integrating experience for the organizational leadership concentration.  Students will pull together their leadership philosophy and significant experiences from this past year, read and discuss case studies in leadership, prepare a summary of their significant leadership learning, and learn to make an effective group presentation regarding their accomplishments in the leadership curricula.

Electives - Choose eight of the following

CLDR 406W - Corporate and Community Relations

This course will sharpen students' knowledge of the business benefits of good corporate citizenship. Time will be spent discussing operational integrity and how the triple bottom line of financial/environmental/social performance can be measured. The value of linking corporate community relations with long-term shareholder value and profitability will also be discussed, as will multiple stakeholder relationships and effective outreach using concepts such as corporate philanthropy, sponsorships, cause-related marketing, and employee volunteerism.

CLDR 410W - Entrepreneurial Leadership

 This course will survey the history, theory, and practice of entrepreneurship. Specifically, we will explore the person engaged in and the process of entrepreneurship in an effort to understand the entrepreneur as a unique type of leader. Topics covered include what it means to be an entrepreneur, sources of innovation, product development, the start-up process and leading entrepreneur teams.

CLDR 414W - Mediating Organizational Disputes

This course is an exploration of the theories, methods, skills and practices associated with successful approaches to managing and ultimately, mediating disputes within organizations. Students will learn current concepts and models, identify a variety of approaches to conflict and its management, review the distribution of organizational power and develop their own skill and ability to manage and mediate organizational conflict.

CLDR 416W - Creating a High Performance Success Path

Naturally, being smart is an advantage. However, research supports that the most successful people and organizations approach their endeavors and deal with variables differently than those who are not as successful. A few prominent social scientists and consultants have found that "secrets" practiced by these highly successful "Star Performers" focus more on how they approach life and work, rather than cognitive ability alone. For this reason, this course explores such research completed by Stephen Covey, Robert E. Kelley, and other experts in the field of “success”. Students will have an opportunity to benchmark their work strategies with star performers. As a result, students will create their own high performance success path that can have a significant application to their lives.

CLDR 474W - Building Effective Teams

 This course will examine the a) genesis of the work team approach in organizations, b) potential benefits and pitfalls of the work team approach, c) role of effective leadership in work-teams, d) most effective approaches to building a team based organization, and e) the necessity of evaluating work-teams on outcome measures. This course will also provide the student with significant team experiences in the classroom.

CLDR 478W - Careers in Organizations

This course focuses on the changing role of career development in organizations, the leader's role as a mentor, and career development strategies for individuals. Students will experience self-exploration and self-awareness to help make career decisions and forge a career plan. Since the role of mentoring is becoming increasingly important to organizational career development strategies and the career success of individuals, the mentor/protégé relationship and techniques to manage careers in organizations is examined.

CLDR 480W- Leadership and Ethics

In addition to learning more about the content of business and ethics and leadership, as examples of human behavior, this course will also emphasize and exercise critical thinking skills. These skills, once sharpened, can be used in every area of one's personal and professional life; they are the basis of rational thought itself.

CLDR 484W - Leadership: Starting from the Self

This course will explore the essentials of emotional intelligence as they relate to narrative nature of human being and the practical effects of this understanding for effective leadership. Emotional intelligence, via attention to one's personal narrative and individual identity, can be nurtured and strengthened in each of us—it is an ongoing process of discovery. Through thoughtful self-assessment and self-reflection, students will identify their strengths as well as their opportunities for personal growth by becoming skillfully engaged in his or her individual identity as the basis for expanded emotional intelligence.

CLDR 486W - Gender Perspectives in Leadership

Do men and women lead differently? Many of us answer this question based on our own limited experience with male and female leaders. However, a growing body of work on this topic is helping us to separate myth from reality. This course will examine some of the recent work on male and female leaders and will explore if, in fact, we are asking the correct question(s). That is, perhaps we should refocus away from the differences between male and female leaders and move toward a search for the best qualities of both.

CLDR 487W - Leading Organizational Change

The people who lead today’s organizations must be purposeful in promoting and supporting organizational change. Leadership does not necessarily produce change; that may occur due to external or internal processes beyond the control of any leader. However, leaders must understand the change process, articulate the change(s), and act to facilitate change effectively. In order to lead change, one must first understand it. We intend in this course to introduce students to the structure of change, its implications for organizations, and some models and assumptions about leading change. You will have opportunity to analyze specific kinds of change and begin to understand the leader's role.

COBS 320 - Management & Leadership

Are leadership and management the same thing?  How are they similar?  How are they different?  Why is it important to be both an effective leader as well as an effective manager?  The course will introduce students to principles of management and leadership in today’s complex organizations.  We will review the basics of both leadership and management with an emphasis on those topics that are important today:  ethics, social and emotional intelligence, sustainability and working in a virtual world.  This course will draw attention to how these concepts apply to each student currently as well as how it may later in life.

COBS 352 - Principles of Organizational Behavior

This course introduces students to the theories, concepts, and terminology of the discipline of organizational behavior. The course takes a three tiered perspective to studying the human side of management by looking at individual, group, and organizational level behavior.

COBS 330 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology

This course focuses on the study of people and social processes in organizations. Students will have the opportunity to consider, for example, questions such as: What motivates people at work (or not!). Why do some work teams perform beautifully and others flop? How can I as an employee better understand the complex dynamics of the social system that is my organization and learn to navigate it while keeping (sort of) my sanity? Through readings and discussion we will begin to develop a new "lens" through which to view the behavior and attitudes of individuals and groups within an organizational culture.

COBS 440 - Organizational Socialization

We will explore the inter-dependant dynamics of the interplay between the individual, the organization, and the environment through the lens of social-psychology. Specific topics include values, norms, culture, and social processes. . This course will focus on the process by which organizations and individuals can and do change each other.

COBS 442 - Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management

The purpose of this course is to examine individual, group, and organizational learning processes in the workplace. We will discuss adult learning theories and best instructional practices as well as strategies for becoming a learning organization.

COBS 370 - Power and Politics in Organizations

We will explore the processes of power, politics, and persuasion. Specifically, we will address types and sources of power; learn the application of politics to getting things done within organizations. Finally, we will also improve our powers of persuasion by understanding the process and practicing the skill.

COBS 400 - Best Practices in Organizations

This course will integrate classic management theories with current day practices. The student will integrate multiple perspectives on leading organizations through classic articles, biographies, and current periodicals and or case studies. This course will explore selected topics and themes that vary by instructor and semester.

COBS 361 - Organizational Research

This course provides students with an understanding of the critical role of research, systematic assessment, and evaluation to identify and solve organization problems and to improve organization performance. The primary focus is on the practical application of research methods to improving organizational programs, services, policies, and performance.

COBS 350 - World Class Organizations

Do you want to help your organization become a World Class Organization, capable of competing successfully in the global marketplace? Then you must understand the processes and underlying structures that contribute to sustaining organizational performance. This online course will introduce you to the key "pillars" in building a World Class Organization.

COBS 360 - Organizational Design and Development

Leaders search for methods to fashion more effective and efficient ways to operate companies, tap human potential, and create hospitable work environments. The fundamental fact that businesses are made up of people and not machines, computers or any other mechanical equipment is often over looked. This course will consider organizational design and development in the paradigm shifting light of the ingenious workplace. Organizations will be studied as identity-based coalitions, bound together in common narrative, engaged in entrepreneurial innovation.