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The Organizational Leader

If you've been thinking about pursuing an MBA but it just doesn't seem right for you, take a look at the MS in Organizational Leadership. You’ll study the relationship between threat analysis and organizational failure… become competent in conflict management, team-building, and interpersonal dynamics … learnResponsive image 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.

For a summary of the differences among the MBA, the MS in Organizational Leadership, and the MPA (Master's in Public Administation), see the comparison chart below.

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

Theory and Practice of Leadership
3 credits
Academic Term: Fall #1

This course provides an introduction to historical and emergent research perspectives on leadership.  Students will compare and contrast various leadership theories and models and identify their strengths and weaknesses for potential application in organizational settings.  An integral component of this course is students’ personal reflections about their leadership abilities and style and completion of various leadership assessments.

Leadership and Decision Making
3 credits  
Academic Term: Fall #1

This course will examine leadership 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 making and implementing decisions.  The course will continually emphasize the skills necessary to apply concepts from decision making theory to areas of professional practice.

Leadership Communication I
1 credit
Academic Term: Fall #1

This course is designed to enhance students’ written communication skills with an emphasis on developing and practicing the skill sets required for effective communication in an organizational context.

Evidence Based Practice
3 credits
Academic Term: Spring #1

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.

Interpersonal Workplace Dynamics
3 credits
Academic Term: Spring #1

This course will examine various aspects of interpersonal workplace and dynamics.  Emphasis will be on the role of leaders in various organizational settings and identifying strategies and tactics for creating high performance workplaces.  Students will engage in connection theory to their workplaces and critically evaluating various aspects of their organizational dynamics.

Leadership Communication II
1 credit  
Academic Term: Spring #1

This course is designed to equip students with effective oral communication skills with an emphasis on making persuasive presentations to internal and external stakeholders.  In addition, students will gain negotiation and persuasion skills.

Teams and Conflict Management
3 credits
Academic Term: Summer #1

This course will focus on developing the conceptual base and skill sets that are used in building effective work teams.  There will be a particular focus on developing and understanding of the challenges and opportunities encountered in building effective diverse teams.  The course will explore the conceptual tools that team leaders find useful in managing workplace conflict and ways to direct conflict towards creative, constructive outcomes.

Leadership:  Applied Systems Thinking
3 credits
Academic Term: Summer #1

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.  The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop the skill sets help generate overall organizational effectiveness.

Innovation and Change
3 credits
Academic Term: Summer #1

This course provides an introduction to innovation and organizational change.  The focus is on creating organization processes to foster creativity and innovation.  Topics include idea generation, analysis of the processes of implementing organizational changes, and the identification of and working through barriers to innovation.  Students will study the role of creativity and innovation as organizational strategic core competencies.

Motivation
3 credits
Academic Term: Fall #2

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.

Resource Management
3 credits
Academic Term: Fall #2

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 and hand—on projects.

Leadership:  Accountability and Social Responsibility
3 credits  
Academic Term: Spring #2

This course focuses on the role of organizational leadership in developing an ethical organizational culture.  The focus will be on classical ethical theories and their relevance to diverse 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 its various stakeholders and other issues of social responsibility.

Strategic Thinking
3 credits
Academic Term: Spring #2

This course will examine aspects of strategic thinking in organizations.  Emphasis will be placed on strategy formulation and implementation.  Students will explore various conceptual and operational models of strategic decision making with a focus on the role of strategic leadership in organizational performance.

Leadership Capstone Seminar
3 credits  
Academic Term: Summer #2

This is the final course in students’ program of study and is designed to synthesize students learning in the program.  The course has three components.  Students will prepare a portfolio that will compile and document students’ leadership competencies and their understanding of the leadership principles covered in the program’s coursework.  In addition, they will participate in the analysis and discussion of various leadership scenarios and cases and will work in groups to research and make presentations on emergent leadership topics.

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
(MPA)

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.  You may begin the program in the fall or the spring semester.  Click here for a current schedule.

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