Academic Catalog

Organizational Leadership (MOL)

MOL 520E  Organizational Leadership: Theory and Practice  (3 Credits)  

This course examines leadership and management in the context of effective organizational practices. Students will review how science and philosophy influenced early twentieth century perceptions of the management/leadership of organizations and examine historical theories of leadership up to the present day. Students will see where the “new” sciences have brought very different implications to new perspectives on organizational leadership. Students will analyze the difference between management and leadership and the necessary integration of these two activities for the success of any organization. The course will also examine various leadership theories, traits, competencies, and relationships, and compare and contrast the various external environments in which they are aligned. The study of servant leadership, which might be the overriding model for leadership in the 21st Century will be a major source of study. Leadership as an art will also be a major topic of discussion.

Department: Business, Management Leaders  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: 60  
MOL 520X  Organizational Leadership: Theory and Practice  (3 Credits)  

This course examines leadership and management in the context of effective organizational practices. Students will review how science and philosophy influenced early twentieth century perceptions of the management/leadership of organizations and examine historical theories of leadership up to the present day. Students will see where the “new” sciences have brought very different implications to new perspectives on organizational leadership. Students will analyze the difference between management and leadership and the necessary integration of these two activities for the success of any organization. The course will also examine various leadership theories, traits, competencies, and relationships, and compare and contrast the various external environments in which they are aligned. The study of servant leadership, which might be the overriding model for leadership in the 21st Century will be a major source of study. Leadership as an art will also be a major topic of discussion.

Department: Business, Management Leaders  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
MOL 545E  Executive Finance  (3 Credits)  

This course provides the leader with the critical financial interpretation skills needed to understand the impact of financial performance within their organization, as well as the impact of their decisions. Topics covered include: an overview of financial statements, financial vocabulary and concepts, financial forecasting, investment evaluation, and financial instruments and markets. This course will enable students to communicate more effectively with their financial counterparts and assume increasing levels of financial responsibility within their organizations.

Department: Business, Management Leaders  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: 60  
MOL 545X  Executive Finance  (3 Credits)  

This course provides the leader with the critical financial interpretation skills needed to understand the impact of financial performance within their organization, as well as the impact of their decisions. Topics covered include: an overview of financial statements, financial vocabulary and concepts, financial forecasting, investment evaluation, and financial instruments and markets. This course will enable students to communicate more effectively with their financial counterparts and assume increasing levels of financial responsibility within their organizations.

Department: Business, Management Leaders  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
MOL 643E  Systems Thinking  (3 Credits)  

This course examines systems thinking and complexity theory as they relate to the concept of a learning organization. Through the lens of systems thinking, students will examine organizational complexity, problems, and conflicts. The course will articulate the principles, applications, and practices of a learning organization and its competitive advantage in a dynamic, changing, global context.

Department: Business, Management Leaders  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
MOL 643X  Systems Thinking  (3 Credits)  

This course examines systems thinking and complexity theory as they relate to the concept of a learning organization. Through the lens of systems thinking, students will examine organizational complexity, problems, and conflicts. The course will articulate the principles, applications, and practices of a learning organization and its competitive advantage in a dynamic, changing, global context.

Department: Business, Management Leaders  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
MOL 644E  Mentoring, Coaching, and Team Leadership Competencies  (3 Credits)  

This course examines mentoring and coaching competencies as well as team leadership competencies. The roles of a mentor and coach will be explored as well as team leadership strategies for empowering and involving others. Effective communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, empowerment, and accountability will be the key focal points addressed during this course in order to lead effective mentoring and coaching relationships and teams. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to apply these competencies in individual and team relationships.

Department: Business, Management Leaders  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: 60  
MOL 644X  Mentoring, Coaching, and Team Leadership Competencies  (3 Credits)  

This course examines mentoring and coaching competencies as well as team leadership competencies. The roles of a mentor and coach will be explored as well as team leadership strategies for empowering and involving others. Effective communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, empowerment, and accountability will be the key focal points addressed during this course in order to lead effective mentoring and coaching relationships and teams. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to apply these competencies in individual and team relationships.

Department: Business, Management Leaders  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
MOL 646E  Critical Thinking for Decision Makers  (3 Credits)  

This course explores various contemporary theories and practices for effective decision making in organizations, relying heavily on the use of case study methodology. Various models and frameworks for analyzing critical decisions are examined in depth; significant focus is placed on the functions of the decision-making model, the role of values in decision making, and the techniques of creative and innovative decision making.

Department: Business, Management Leaders  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
MOL 646X  Critical Thinking for Decision Makers  (3 Credits)  

This course explores various contemporary theories and practices for effective decision making in organizations, relying heavily on the use of case study methodology. Various models and frameworks for analyzing critical decisions are examined in depth; significant focus is placed on the functions of the decision-making model, the role of values in decision making, and the techniques of creative and innovative decision making.

Department: Business, Management Leaders  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
MOL 647E  Leading Diversity In Organizations  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the theoretical, practical and experiential aspects of diversity in organizations and how leaders initiate these initiatives. In addition, focus will be made on working in a diverse environment and expanding leadership and business initiatives successfully. The course is divided into several parts: 1) the foundations of diversity; 2) the different types of diversities; 3) diversity as it relates to leadership ethics; and 4) organizational issues and policies to increase and lead diversity in organizations.

Department: Business, Management Leaders  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: 60  
MOL 647X  Leading Diversity In Organizations  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the theoretical, practical and experiential aspects of diversity in organizations and how leaders initiate these initiatives. In addition, focus will be made on working in a diverse environment and expanding leadership and business initiatives successfully. The course is divided into several parts: 1) the foundations of diversity; 2) the different types of diversities; 3) diversity as it relates to leadership ethics; and 4) organizational issues and policies to increase and lead diversity in organizations.

Department: Business, Management Leaders  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
MOL 648E  Leading Successful Organizational Change  (3 Credits)  

This course identifies, analyzes, and synthesizes how leaders set strategy, change behavior, and create an agile and change-cognizant culture in a 21st century organization. This will be the collective theme of this course. This course will examine and will try to answer this fundamental question: Can the greatest preventable cost to business, i.e. failed change, be avoided in an era of accelerated change, which successfully pursued may be an organization’s only sustainable competitive advantage? The course will present discussions on the move from change fragility to change agility, strategic change coherence, the psychology of risk, decision making in complex and ambiguous environments, cognitive biases and failed strategies, misunderstandings of human behavior, the science of changing behaviors, the science of changing hearts and minds, and leading with science. All of these discussions will be in the context of what characterizes a 21st Century organization.

Department: Business, Management Leaders  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: 60  
MOL 648X  Leading Successful Organizational Change  (3 Credits)  

This course identifies, analyzes, and synthesizes how leaders set strategy, change behavior, and create an agile and change-cognizant culture in a 21st century organization. This will be the collective theme of this course. This course will examine and will try to answer this fundamental question: Can the greatest preventable cost to business, i.e. failed change, be avoided in an era of accelerated change, which successfully pursued may be an organization’s only sustainable competitive advantage? The course will present discussions on the move from change fragility to change agility, strategic change coherence, the psychology of risk, decision making in complex and ambiguous environments, cognitive biases and failed strategies, misunderstandings of human behavior, the science of changing behaviors, the science of changing hearts and minds, and leading with science. All of these discussions will be in the context of what characterizes a 21st Century organization.

Department: Business, Management Leaders  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
MOL 649E  Leadership and Technology  (3 Credits)  

This course provides an in-depth look at how large companies in traditional industries - from finance to manufacturing to pharmaceuticals - are using digital tools and strategies to gain strategic advantage in the marketplace. The course will illuminate the principles and practices that lead to successful digital transformation. The course will analyze digital transformation in two parts: where to invest in digital capabilities, and how to lead the transformation. The course will focus on 1) building digital capabilities to address organizations’ core operations and business models; 2) internal vision, organizational engagement, and technology leadership; and 3) digital transformation from the moment of strategic planning for change through implementation and sustaining a change program.

Department: Business, Management Leaders  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: 60  
MOL 649X  Leadership and Technology  (3 Credits)  

This course provides an in-depth look at how large companies in traditional industries - from finance to manufacturing to pharmaceuticals - are using digital tools and strategies to gain strategic advantage in the marketplace. The course will illuminate the principles and practices that lead to successful digital transformation. The course will analyze digital transformation in two parts: where to invest in digital capabilities, and how to lead the transformation. The course will focus on 1) building digital capabilities to address organizations’ core operations and business models; 2) internal vision, organizational engagement, and technology leadership; and 3) digital transformation from the moment of strategic planning for change through implementation and sustaining a change program.

Department: Business, Management Leaders  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
MOL 650E  Leadership Capstone  (3 Credits)  

This course integrates key leadership components into the creation of a leadership portfolio or e-portfolio, comprehensive leadership project, and research paper and assessment to meet their needs as future leadership professionals. Students will demonstrate an understanding of key organizational leadership theories and will apply these directly to these projects. They will deepen their leadership philosophy, reflect on their coursework learning, and reflect upon their own skills as leaders.

Department: Business, Management Leaders  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: 60  
MOL 650X  Leadership Capstone  (3 Credits)  

This course integrates key leadership components into the creation of a leadership portfolio or e-portfolio, comprehensive leadership project, and research paper and assessment to meet their needs as future leadership professionals. Students will demonstrate an understanding of key organizational leadership theories and will apply these directly to these projects. They will deepen their leadership philosophy, reflect on their coursework learning, and reflect upon their own skills as leaders.

Department: Business, Management Leaders  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None