Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership

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Organizational Diversity Courses

(All courses are 3 credits)


ORG 6499 Cultural Diversity & Individual Differences
This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors.

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.

RES 5240 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.

PSY 5420 Principles of Social Psychology
This course provides an introduction and overview of the principles and theories of social psychology. The course includes exploration of behavior in groups, group impacts on individual behavior and the ways in which organizational rules and norms impact behavior. Constructs of social thinking, and attitude formation are covered and related to sociological and psychological research.

ORG 6701 Emotional Intelligence & Diversity
Students will learn a variety of skills, both insight- and action-based, with a core focus on understanding oneself and others in order to have productive interactions. The course builds upon research in emotional intelligence, and upon the work of diversity scholars who have developed integrative competency models for emotional intelligence and diversity. The four key-competencies include affirmative introspection, self-governance, intercultural literacy, and social architecting. Students will gain an understanding of the role of emotional intelligence as an aspect of personal empowerment and professional effectiveness, learn methods to manage emotions triggered by differences, develop strategies for building harmonious and productive relationships, and gain tools and activities to help others develop emotional intelligence and diversity.

ORG 6705 Cross-Cultural Communications
Students will explore the dimensions of culture as well as the theories of culture and the impact that it has on intrapersonal and interpersonal communication inclusive of basic negotiation techniques. The course will explore cultures around the world from various viewpoints. Students will further develop an understanding for the depth of complexity behind ethnocentrism, and the notion of acculturation and enculturation as understood in different nations and then applied to global organizations.

ORG 6522 Fundamentals of Coaching
This course will examine and analyze essential constructs and practices of effective executive coaching. It will focus on cutting edge executive coaching models, various coaching orientations, tools, and techniques of effective coaching. Students will get practice in basic skills in coaching such as establishing rapport and purpose, effective listening skills, giving effective feedback, and goal setting. The course also explores legal and ethical issues in the application and practice of executive coaching.

ORG 6710 Strategic Diversity Management
In this course, students will learn to create the infrastructure to support diversity in the organization, learn about measuring programmatic diversity outcomes, setting up diversity councils and taskforces as well as working with leadership to assure that the concept of heterogeneity is imbedded into the culture of the organization. Special emphasis will be focused on the building a business case to support diversity work in a multitude of different business environments from healthcare to higher education to technology companies.

ORG 6655 Intercultural, Societal & Global Conflict Resolution & Mediation*
Conflicts in cultural interaction often result from ethnocentrism. This course addresses conflict resolution in the context of ethnocentrism through the application of cultural relativity approach, evaluating conflict in various global cultures based upon the values held closely within diverse cultures. Students are challenged to think beyond cultural awareness and accepting diversity to celebrating diversity among cultures as a means to enrich best practices in mediation and conflict resolution. Prerequisite: completion of all required coursework.

Total Credits 39

*This course may not be transferred in.

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