Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership

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Social Media and Technology 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 6900 Technology, Communication, & Media in Organizations
This course explores the history and scholarship of technology, communications, and media, and how these fields intersect with Organizational Development and Leadership. The broader role that technological innovation plays in the historical development of organizations and work processes will also be explored. Topics will include the role of social media in the construction of identity, the effects of telecommunications and media on organizational culture and collaboration, the role of communications and media in globalization, and the role the internet has played in the development and leadership of organizations.

ORG 6902 Effects of Technology Projects in Organizations
People don’t often think about how technological responsibilities and skillsets are spread throughout the organization, and at the same time, the project affects those on the team and others throughout the organization. This course will look at the integration of change, culture, emotions, decision-making, risk, organizational structure, and project management from a technological perspective.

ORG 6905 Emerging Media & Social Networking in Organizations
The main focus of this course is on the role that media forms like “social media” (or computer-mediated social networking sites like Facebook or LinkedIn) play in large companies and organizations. Topics include emerging media and internet technologies, the ethical questions surrounding social media, personal identity, and the workplace, the role that the internet, blogs and email have on group decision-making and the effectiveness of leaders, the utilization of social media for promotion and public relations, and how content communities and virtual social worlds are utilized in organizations.

ORG 6907 Technology Innovation in Organizations
Innovation is the buzzword, but does technology equate to being innovative? This course studies innovation theories, the subsequent disruptions, and ethics within and upon organizations and society.

ORG 6910 Intro to Organizational Development Facilitation Using Technology
Facilitating components of organizational work with technology-based tools can be a valuable skillset. This course teaches you facilitation, tools, and success factors for implementation.

ORG 6912 Current Trends: How Media & Communication Technologies are Transforming Leadership in Organizations
This course will be based on the analysis of case studies and current trends in organizations. The main focus of this course will be to examine the most current research into how information, communication, and media technologies (ICMT’s) can be used to increase the effectiveness of managers and leaders. Students will analyze case studies and formulate plans for how to solve problems and create solutions for organizations that use media and technology for development, communication, organization, and innovation.

Comprehensive Exam

Total Credits 39

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