Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership

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Risk Management 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 will 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 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.

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 analyze the behaviors and strategies leaders use to manage the risk management function in organizations. 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 implementation of risk management principles and models as they relate to organizational change management concepts and processes. Risk management processes will be integrated with change management initiatives throughout the organization. Students will develop skills in integrating change management 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 resources of organizations. Various operational aspects of human resource management such as selection, human motivation, labor demand and supply, basic human resource management strategies, diversity, training and development, and compensation and benefits will be analyzed as it relates to the management of risk. Ethical issues related to organizational risk will also be examined. Students will use case studies to examine and apply their knowledge on managing risk in organizations as it relates to human resource strategy.

ORG 6440 Risk Management in a Global Environment
This course examines organizational risk management processes as related to a global marketplace. Students will research and examine global organizations that have successfully applied risk management principles to their global business operations. This course will evaluate effective risk management practices as related to creating global business competitive advantage.

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. Prerequisite: completion of all required coursework.

Total Credits 39

*This course may not be transferred in.

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