Graduate Students

The Organizational Leader

You’ll study the relationship between threat analysis and organizational failure… become competent in conflict management, team-building, and interpersonal dynamics … learn project management, including budgeting and resource allocation … explore creative entrepreneurial thinking, including innovative positioning strategies for an organization … and understand of the role of leadership in shaping organizational culture and social responsibility.

You’ll be equipped to contribute innovative strategies and new perspectives to your organization, whether it’s a for-profit company, an entrepreneurial endeavor, a government agency, a not-for-profit organization or a military unit.

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Organizational Leader Course Offerings

Evidence-Based Practice
3 credits
This course focuses on the analysis of evidence for application to the students’ professional practice setting. This course will provide a foundation for students to explore the strengths and limitations of various research designs and develop critical skills essential to the interpretation and application of evidence. This course will equip the students with the skills that will be needed throughout the program as well as for the students’ capstone experience.

Leadership and Decision Making
3 credits
This course will examine leadership and decision making in its organizational context. The emphasis will be on exploring the role of cognitive processes, developing problem diagnostic skills and developing an understanding of the challenges involved in implementing decisions. The course will continually emphasize the acquisition of the skills necessary to apply concepts from decision making theory to areas of professional practice.

Interpersonal Workplace Dynamics
3 credits
This course will examine roles, role expectations, and social systems in the workplace. Human motivation theories, group dynamics, and strategies for building community and a shared vision will be studied. Students will learn how to connect theory and practice, identify system components for best practice, mobilize resources, apply knowledge in diverse and authentic work settings, and manage conflict. How to act with integrity and fairness to create efficient, effective, and healthy work environments will be emphasized.

Innovation and Change
3 credits
Learn to create organizational processes that foster creativity and innovation. Topics include idea generation, risk management associated with evaluating and implementing new ideas, and identifying and working through barriers to innovation.

Theory and Practice of Organizational Leaders
3 credits
Provides an introduction to historical and emergent research perspectives on leadership. You'll compare and contrast various leadership theories and models and identify their strengths and weaknesses for potential application in organizational settings.

Leadership - Applied Systems Thinking
3 credits
This course is designed to study the various interrelated systems and functions within the organization and to gain an understanding of the impact decisions in one system have on other systems within the organization, as well as the impact on overall organizational effectiveness. The course will use case analysis and best practices to look at various departments and functional areas of the organization and use evidence-based practice to identify innovations within these areas, such as balanced scoreboard, concurrent engineering, among others to improve efficiencies and achieve organizational success.

3 credits
This course examines contemporary approaches to motivation and employee satisfaction. There is a strong emphasis in the course on the student developing the skill set necessary to move from theoretical knowledge to implementation of motivation practices and programs in the actual work setting. The course will also focus on the need to develop cultural awareness when developing motivation programs and the emerging issue of job burnout will be examined.

Resource Management
3 credits
This course examines the role of financial resource management as a tool to organizational success. Focus will be on budgeting, short-term and long-term planning, financial resources, allocation of resources, as well as general understanding of the role of financial statements in decision making. Students will use financial tools to plan and evaluate decisions through case analyses as well as hands-on projects

Team Building and Conflict Management
3 credits
This course will focus on developing the conceptual base and skill set that are used in building effective work teams. There will be particular focus on developing an understanding of the challenges and opportunities encountered in building effective culturally diverse teams. The course will explore the conceptual tools that team leaders find useful in managing work place conflict and ways to direct conflict to creative, constructive outcomes.

Leadership: Accountability and Social Responsibility
3 credits
This course focuses on the role of organizational leadership in developing an ethical organizational culture and climate for accountability and social responsibility. The focus will be on classical ethical theories and their relevance to diverse contemporary organizational issues, both within and outside the organization. Topics will include value focused enterprise risk management, codes of conduct, the responsibilities of the organization to the numerous and diverse stakeholders, both internal and external as well as other issues of social responsibility.

Strategic Thinking and Sustainability
3 credits
This course will examine conceptual and operational models of strategic thinking in detail, as well as the leadership of organizational change. Emphasis is on strategy formulation, implementation, enterprise risk management, and control of organizations of all types.

Communication Seminars
Two seminars at one credit per seminar

Capstone Seminar
3 credits
Students will complete an in-depth research project or application project. Project should center upon a research project or development of a case study integrating work applications, core coursework, as well as literature reviews completed in Project Readings.

Organizational Leader Comparisons

Graduate study in business
Which path is right for you?

When considering a graduate program in business, you have several options that may fit your career goals and personal aspirations. This chart will help you compare GV's Organizational Leader to choices in advanced business education available at other institutions.

MS in Organizational Leadership

Offered at Grand View
Masters in Business
Administration (MBA)

Offered at many other universities
Masters in Public Administration

Offered at some other universities
The MSOL  prepares graduates for mid-level managerial roles or organizational leader roles in private as well as public organizations. The MBA prepares graduates for mid-level managerial roles within a private organization. The MPA prepares graduates for mid-level managerial roles within public and non-profit organizations.
Program of study emphasizes leadership, decision-making, evidence-based management, practice of managing and changing people and organizations, and promoting positive growth in the context of dynamic organizations. Curriculum blends theory and application via casework, professional articles and team projects. Program of study includes significant quantitative components, including economics and finance, as well as exposure to multiple functions within business. Frequently case driven, MBA programs blend the various functions of business through discussion and decision-making simulations. Program of study includes management and operations within the context of governmental or nonprofit organizations. Greater emphasis on diversity, ethics, policy making and influencing societal goals.


Course Schedule

You can complete this 38-credit program in two years in an evening/weekend, face-to-face format.  A specific course schedule for fall, 2014 will be posted when available.