Organizational Behavior and Leadership - GR (OBLD)


OBLD 500  Leadership Foundations in Research  3 Credits (3,0)

Foundational concepts for the Master of Science in Leadership Program. Discovery of critical thinking framework, fallacies, digital literacy tools, library research, and writing using the APA style manual. Application of intellectual elements, standards, virtues, and barriers within different leadership contexts, such as coaching, mentoring, sense-making, storytelling, communication, and global citizenry.

OBLD 511  Organizational Leadership  3 Credits (3,0)

Exploration of leadership in organizations. Evaluation of organizational leadership theory and research. Examination of internal and external organizational factors impacting leadership effectiveness. Analysis of leadership requisite for equitably and strategically leading a diverse workforce in a variety of workplaces.
Prerequisites: OBLD 500

OBLD 519  Organizational and Employee Behavior  1.5 Credit (1.5,0)

Organizational and employee behavior intervention strategies for managers. Equitable organizational design, recovery, and renewal for global workforce. Challenges and subjectivity in human behaviors and cultural, social, and ethical value formation and implementation.

OBLD 520  Organizational Behavior  3 Credits (3,0)

Focus on current theoretical and practical organizational issues through a managerial lens; human development; effective work elements; professional and personal leadership.

OBLD 521  Leadership Communication  3 Credits (3,0)

This course explores the impact of communication in leading contemporary technical organizations and provides a broad survey of the technical aspects of communications. Emphasis is placed on the application of theory to practice to develop students' managerial and strategic communication skills so that they may grasp not only how, but also what, why, when, and by what means leaders effectively communicate. Students will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of why good communication skills are important in business, how communications today is affected by technology, why effective communication can be difficult, how communication is used in teams, and what issues exist in overcoming intercultural communication barriers. Students will practice communicating conclusions to problems in concise and persuasive writing and speaking. Written assignments involve preparing technical reports and use of APA style manual.
Prerequisites: OBLD 500

OBLD 535  Leadership & Organizational Design  3 Credits (3,0)

Learn the various ways organizations structure and adapt to their environment. How leaders and followers participate in designing and developing effective organizations of all types. Organization design and accompanying theories focus on macro level. Examine the whole organization and relationship to its environment. Topics include: organization design factors and theories; how organizations adapt to environments to survive and thrive; role of organizational culture; principles of organizational development; leadership skills in planning organizing, and supporting organizational activities for different sizes and types of organizations.
Prerequisites: OBLD 500

OBLD 632  Strategic Decision-Making for Leaders  3 Credits (3,0)

Leading a team, board, or organization involves making critical decisions and evaluating the decisions of others. With fast-changing environments, decisions are made under severe time constraints and with insufficient information. Data literacy is essential for leaders and decision-driven data analytics are necessary for organizational effectiveness. Topics include approaches to the decision-making process, application of data in decision making, using analytics to make decisions, and organizational decision-making.
Prerequisites: OBLD 500

OBLD 633  Adaptive Leadership in Complex Environments  3 Credits (3,0)

In constantly changing environments, leaders routinely create and revise strategies. This course explores the role of leaders in developing unity, focus, credibility, and direction within organizations. Students will be exposed to several strategic frameworks and develop an understanding of which models might be useful in certain situations. Students also learn how to scan the environment; develop and deploy coalitions; identify critical success factors and barriers to implementation, and create viable actions plans.
Prerequisites: OBLD 500

OBLD 634  Leadership Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility  3 Credits (3,0)

Students are introduced to several topics that form the foundation for Leadership Ethics and Corporate Responsibility. Topics include: personal dilemmas, morals, virtues, organizational dilemmas, and societal issues. The course focuses on the role of ethics in decision-making on three levels: the individual, the organization, and society.
Prerequisites: OBLD 500

OBLD 635  Organizational Change  3 Credits (3,0)

Use of leadership system and strategies to advance organizational objectives. Theories and concepts of planned change. Anticipate the need for change; champion change agendas; diagnose organizational issues and spot opportunities; develop change action plans, strategies, and techniques; and assess, monitor, and stabilize changed organizations.
Prerequisites: OBLD 500

OBLD 641  Resonant Leadership: Leading Change  3 Credits (3,0)

The objectives of this course are to broaden and deepen the student's self-awareness and prepare them to be a life-long learner. Success in today's organizations depends on your ability to learn and adapt quickly to new and changing situations. The course is based on a model of self-directed learning and development. Gaining self-awareness and being mindful of oneself is extremely valuable in understanding and formulating your own career and life vision, in assessing your skills and abilities and in designing plans to reach your objectives. From mastery of this basic process comes the ability to manage change and lead others effectively.
Prerequisites: OBLD 500

OBLD 671  Entrepreneurship and Leadership  3 Credits (3,0)

In this course, students explore the roles and interrelationships of leadership and entrepreneurship in successful enterprises in a global environment. The primary focus is on analyzing the leadership skills and entrepreneurship that enhance organizational success. Topics to be explored are the approaches and models of leadership, entrepreneurship, organization change, implementing an entrepreneurial strategy inside existing organizations, product innovation and technology, and developing new ventures. In addition, students gain insight to the important elements required for a supportive environment needed to sustain the corporate entrepreneurship process. Lastly, the entrepreneurship orientation of organizations for the future is discussed.

OBLD 690  Graduate Leadership Capstone  3 Credits (3,0)

Communicate vision and values through leadership storytelling. Pre-Requisite: Completion of all Leadership Program Courses.