Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership

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Risk Management 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.

PSY 5610 Psychometrics: 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.

PSY 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.

ORG 6420 Fundamentals of Risk Management & Organizational Strategy
The history and theoretical principles of Risk Management and organizational strategy form the foundation of this specialization overview course. From that foundation, the course explores the inter-dependence of all phases of risk management and organizational strategy. Students will develop an understanding of these principles and potential application to organizational development and leadership.

ORG 6423 Leadership’s Impact on Organizational Risk Management
In this course students will examine their own their personality styles and behaviors in relation to how they manage and process risk. They will analyze the behaviors and strategies leaders use to manage the risk management function in organizations. Leadership areas such as effective decision making, ethical judgment, strategic thinking, planning and organizing, communication strategies and skills, influence and consensus building as they relate to managing organizational risk, will be analyzed. Through case studies, and the examination of related theories, students will develop support for a set of best practices for organizational leaders who are responsible for managing risk in organizations.

ORG 6425 Fundamentals of Risk Management Tools and Terminology
This course focuses on the study of the various instruments, assessment tools, and financial models that are used by executives and leaders in their business planning, risk management and decision making processes. This will span tools commonly used in organizational leadership assessment, risk assessment, business planning, and financial models and tools to measure ROI (return on investment), and perform cost/benefit analyses. From this foundation, the course will explore the inter-dependence of ROI, risk and cost/benefit analysis in the executive strategic planning and decision-making processes. Students will review theories and develop executive decision process models based upon quantitative risk, financial and strategy analysis tools and models.

ORG 6430 Managing Risk in Organizational Change Management
This course focuses on the theoretical principles and models of organizational change management as they relate to the implementation of risk management processes throughout the organization. Concepts and processes associated with the discovery and development of new paradigms will be integrated with change management and risk management activities throughout the organization. Students will develop skills in integrating change management and paradigm discoveries with effective risk management practices and organizational development and leadership.

ORG 6434 Human Resources and Risk Management
This course examines the process of risk management as it relates to the human capital of organizations. People impact all areas within organizations; therefore the focus on Human Capital risk is a very important part of an effective organizational risk management program. Topics such as talent management, human motivation, basic human resource management strategies, labor demand and supply, reorganization strategies, diversity management, training and development, organizational global re-positioning, and compensation and benefits will be analyzed as they relate to the management of risk and human capital. Ethical and diversity issues related to organizational risk will also be examined. Students will use case studies to examine theories and apply their knowledge on managing risk in organizations as it relates to human capital.

ORG 6440 Risk Management in a Global Environment
This course involves examining the theories and application of risk management processes to organizational operations in the global marketplace. Students will learn how to effectively use risk management tools and processes to identify, evaluate, and prioritize global strategic and operational objectives and opportunities. Students will research organizations that have successfully applied risk management principles to their global business operations and use that research to create a risk management strategy for a global organization. Risk management as a source of global business competitive advantage will be explored.

Total Credits 39

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