Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership

Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Courses

(All courses are 3 credits and are listed in the recommended sequence.)

ORG 6504 Leadership & Management
This course is an overview of essential principles and current issues in leadership and management theory and practice. Students explore the evolutionary progress of leadership and management theories and practices from early in the industrial age to the present. Students learn to distinguish effective management and leadership practices for different organizations and operating environments. This class will examine systematic approaches to leadership in the context of organizational culture and interpersonal factors such as leadership ethics, organizational mission, individual motivation, leadership power, organizational strategy, and team performance.

ORG 6523 Teams in Organizations
In this course students explore the dynamics of highly functioning teams and their role in improving performance and increasing cross-functional collaboration in organizations. Students analyze the fundamental building blocks of effective teams in organizations, including behaviors of effective team members, factors that distinguish effective problem solving by teams, how organizational cultures influence team effectiveness, and the vital dimensions of team leadership. The course explores the life cycle of a team, including how leaders effectively form teams and optimize performance at different stages of the life cycle.

ORG 6503 Organizational Theories & Systems
This course explores the theories of human organizations and how they function and the factors that influence the structure, design, operation, and performance of individuals in complex organizations. The emphasis is on integrating theory and concepts from the behavioral and social sciences as a basis for understanding human behavior within organizations.

ORG 6506 Leading Organizational Change
This course focuses on the principles and techniques associated with leading organizations through the change process. Included is a discussion of why organizations need to change in the current business and organizational environment. In addition, a process model of how best to bring about change serves as the core schema for the class sessions. To complement the "macro" or organizational approach to creating change, we also examine a "micro" viewpoint, addressing how to encourage individuals to change. Along these lines, we spend some time exploring the parallels between the organizational change process and how this discipline might inform how we change ourselves, and perhaps individuals. Finally, we draw some connections between the function of change and the role of leadership.

ORG 6534 Human Resources Management
This course will focus on the evolving role of human resource management (HRM), which emphasizes its strategic importance to organizational effectiveness. The course also explores the systems-oriented view of HRM integral current best practices. Students will examine the impact of trends and changes in the external environment on the design and implementation of organizational HRM strategies and practices. Topics include recruitment, selection, retention, compensation, benefits, training, development, employee engagement, and succession planning.

ORG 5100 Assessment - Tests & Measurements
This course involves the study of the theory and practice of psychological measurement. The focus is on the process of measuring and differentiating variables of psychological interest. Students explore basic concepts of measurement and the principles of test construction. The course familiarizes the prospective professional psychologist with the common tests used in psychological and educational practice. These include intellectual, aptitude, and achievement tests; interest inventories; personality tests; and social measures.

ORG 6405 Applied Research Methods
This course involves the study of research design, and the quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. Students will be introduced to social scientific inquiry and the research design process, as well as some of the most common quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Through the process of critiquing research articles, students will learn how to determine the appropriate use of research design, recognize errors and biases in conducting research, and communicate the methods and results of particular studies.

ORG 6800 Foundations of Entrepreneurship
This course presents the foundations of entrepreneurship and the development and management of entrepreneurial ventures. Includes the structure, legal / compliance issues, management processes, strategic planning and foundational skills required for entrepreneurial ventures. Contrasts entrepreneurial ventures with traditional enterprises.

ORG 6802 Product & Service Development & Management
This course gives students an understanding of the principles and practices associated with the development of new products and services, and the management of these through their lifecycle.

ORG 6805 Financing Development, Innovation, & Growth
This course presents approaches to financing the development and growth of innovations within corporations and in entrepreneurial ventures. Different forms of financing are discussed and compared, as well as their application to different types of ventures. The financing process and associated considerations are also discussed.

ORG 6807 Marketing & Managing Innovation
This course will explain principles, strategies, and techniques for identifying market needs and feasibility. In addition, it will cover the importance of brand in innovation marketing and the fundamentals of brand marketing and management. These are contrasted with traditional marketing techniques and discussed in the context of both innovations within existing organizations and new ventures. The use and evolution of social media as a marketing tool will also be discussed.

ORG 6810 Measuring & Managing Innovation
This course provides students with an understanding of the principles and practices associated with managing innovation. This includes different approaches that organizations take to managing innovation and factors that contribute to innovation. It will also discuss control techniques such as stage gate processes, funnel measurements, and other metrics for tracking innovation.

ORG 6812 Managing Through Growth Stages
This course will bring together the various principles and practices and show how they are applied at various stages of growth. Conceptual models for growth stages are presented and discussed, and the evolution of principles and practices at each stage will be demonstrated.

Comprehensive Exam

Total Credits 39

* This course may not be transferred in.

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