Organizational Leadership course descriptions

EIO-520: Economic Issues in Organization (3 credits)
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This course explores the complex relationship of strategic economic issues within an organization and the organization's interaction with other firms in the industry. The course begins with a brief overview of the basic economics of the firm and uses those principles to drive an analysis of the firm’s activities and interactions with other firms. The course examines different market structures to see how overall economic structure affects decision making and interactions; this basic structure will be used to analyze competition with other firms in obtaining resources, setting prices to maximize profits, and reacting to decisions of competitors. The course also examines methodologies for evaluating results and explores ways to use that analysis in making future decisions.
FAM-540: Finance and Accounting for Managers (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide the non-accountant and financial manager with the knowledge necessary to interact with professionals from those disciplines. The majority of the material draws from the theory and practice of financial management. Sufficient accounting background is provided to enable the student to understand and work with information provided by accounting and finance professionals. Emphasis is placed on understanding terms, concepts, and uses of information provided by these functions rather than on the actual performance of the calculations.
HRM-530: Human Resources Management (3 credits)
This course examines the role of the human resource professional as a strategic partner in managing today’s organizations. Key functions such as recruitment, selection, development, appraisal, retention, compensation, and labor relations are examined. Implications of legal and global environments are appraised and current issues such as diversity training, sexual harassment policies, and rising benefit costs are analyzed. Best practices of employers of choice are considered.
OML-610: Organizational Management and Leadership I (3 credits)
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This course presents a comprehensive, integrative, and practical focus on leadership and management. It is based upon a framework that analyzes leadership and management at different levels: individual leadership, team leadership, and organizational leadership.

The course presents leadership and management theories/concepts that have emerged over the past several decades. It provides students the opportunity to apply these theories through case analysis and to enhance personal skill development through self-assessment exercises. Included in the course are identification of current leaders and leadership as well as contemporary perspectives on ethics, networking, coaching, organizational culture, diversity, learning organizations, strategic leadership, and crisis leadership.
Note: This course builds upon ORG-502 (Leadership and Management), although that course is not a prerequisite to OML-610. While there is some overlap in content between the two, OML-610 has a far greater emphasis on application and skill development than ORG-502.
OML-620: Organizational Management and Leadership II (3 credits)
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This course focuses on how skills and abilities in leadership and management can be developed and applied by individuals in order to make a difference in organizations, communities, or societies.

The course looks first at exemplary leaders, both those who are well known and national or international in their scope (e.g., Robert Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Mohandas Gandhi) and those who are not well known (e.g., everyday people who have exercised moral leadership or community leadership), all with special consideration of the moral aspects of effective leadership in several different contexts. It then looks at how individuals can develop leadership and act with authenticity, integrity, and creativity, all with special consideration of exercising leadership as a "whole person" who must balance responsibilities to home, work, and community.

Ultimately, the course is intended to help students become more effective leaders in contexts where they currently serve or in contexts to which they aspire. The course is based in the belief that that leadership involves moral/ethical dimensions and that effective leadership equals good leadership; that is, that it includes service to others and to contexts beyond the self, as well as qualities such as authenticity and integrity.
Note: This course builds upon ORG-502 (Leadership and Management), although that course is not a prerequisite to OML-620. While there is some overlap in content between the two, OML-620 has a far greater emphasis on application and skill development than ORG-502.
ORG-502: Leadership & Management in the 21st Century (3 credits)
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This course offers students a comprehensive, relevant perspective on leadership and management. While the course provides grounding in important concepts, it also stresses application to professional and community settings. Students analyze concepts such as leading as an interactive process (involving the leader, the "followers", and the situation), managing with innovation and creativity, escaping from embedded practices, and embracing new managerial principles. This course provides students with contemporary empirical study of leadership and management as well as commentary, case histories, and multimedia presentations.
ORR-510: Organizational Research (3 credits)
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This course equips students to conduct the types of research and information-gathering projects that are a significant part of the organizational life of most managers and leaders. The course provides techniques and skills that students can apply in researching many types of questions and problems, including those encountered in other graduate-level courses as well as the degree capstone.