Business Leadership

Business Leadership core curriculum components focus on concepts, skills and perspectives that are key to playing leadership roles in business organizations. This includes developing strategic, global perspectives in decision-making that build sustainable organizations and take into account the role of business in society. It also focuses on self-leadership: strengthening your personal abilities to understand, communicate with, and motivate yourself and others to perform in ethical and value-creating ways. 9 required core credits, a required elective, and one required milestone.

Motivating Individuals and Teams

This course focuses on the development and improvement of “people skills” as they relate to managing individuals and teams in organizations. It prepares students to understand how to best organize and motivate the human capital of the firm, how to solve problems effectively, influence the actions of individuals and lead successful teams. Topics include personality, perceptions and perceptual distortions, decision making, developing a motivational climate and effective incentive systems, creative problem solving, managing conflict and negotiations, designing and managing diverse teams and team processes. Through the use of experiential exercises and role playing, participants are given a “hands-on” opportunity to practice and refine their management skills as well as to gain significant insight into their own strengths and weaknesses as a manager. (MGMT 5182, 1.5 credits)

Communicating for Impact, Modules A and B

Creating value for an organization depends on the ability to effectively translate expertise into business results. This requires the ability to connect with and communicate with others across the organization, to gather information to identify challenges and opportunities, to frame these in ways that build momentum for change, to work with people across functional and geographic lines to develop solutions, to gain buy-in for those solutions in a form that resonates with stakeholders, and to implement solutions in ways that are sustainable for the people they touch. This course focuses on understanding this consultative process and improving student performance in the integrative skills on which it depends. These skills include oral and written communications, effective collaboration in a variety of environments, adapting communications and implementation approaches to different audiences, and improving the ability to perceive, evaluate, and manage emotions. (BADM 5182, 1.5 credits,  BADM 5183, 1.5 credits)

Organizational Behavior in Context

This course builds upon the individual and team managerial skills developed in MGMT 5182 (Motivating Individuals and Teams) by focusing on “people skills” as they relate to managing oneself and others within an organizational context. It prepares students to navigate and succeed in a complex organizational environment. Topics include organizational design, culture, managing diversity, understanding and managing social networks, power, politics, and organizational communications. Through the use of cases, experiential exercises and role playing, participants are given a “hands-on” opportunity to practice and gain insight into their managerial skills as they pertain to the larger organizational context. (MGMT 5183, 1.5 credits)

Sustainability in the Global Business Environment

Increasingly business leaders worldwide are recognizing the importance of organizations and broader business systems that enable stewardship of long-term value creation for all their stakeholders. This course examines approaches to meeting complementary and competing needs of shareholders, customers, employees and communities through the design and maintenance of global value chains. Students will assess alternative business models and management practices designed to enhance sustainability for an increasingly global array of stakeholders. Specific topics may include social enterprise management, environmental strategy, corporate social responsibility, serving “Base of the Pyramid” markets, socially responsible investing alongside issues relating to social, environmental and economic ecosystems. (BADM 5190, 1.5 credits)

Strategy, Policy, and Planning

Capstone course dealing with the two major aspects of strategy: formulation and implementation. Strategy formulation examines such issues as environmental threats and opportunities, the values and priorities of management and societal stakeholders, and the strengths of company resources and competencies relative to principal competitors. Strategy implementation covers such topics as strategic leadership, organizational structure, resource allocation, and building a strategy-supportive culture. Uses cases and readings to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare students to deal with strategic issues. The student must have completed basic courses in the functional areas of business in order to be ready to assume the holistic perspective required of those who address this important topic. (MGMT 5800, 3 credits)