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Organizational Leadership Concentration

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Concentration Description

The Organizational Leadership concentration helps students understand organization design and dynamics and learn strategies to manage the performance of employees and the organization as a whole. It will help them understand and enhance their own leadership potential and lead and manage change in organizations.

Learning Outcomes

In addition to tthe broad management skills and current practices gained from the degree program, students will:

  • Enhance their ability to lead within an organization
  • Be able to apply strategies used to develop employees
  • Gain an understanding of organizational design and dynamics
  • Understand and be able to apply a variety of practical tools used in organization development
  • Acquire strategies to help organizations better adapt to new technologies, markets and challenges


Graduates are trained for advancement into supervisory and management positions in business, non-profit and government organizations.

Management career opportunities include jobs in:

  • Organization development
  • Consulting
  • Training and development


Required Courses
Managing a Diverse Workforce
MMG 560 3 credit(s)
Current business conditions are surveyed, and participants are introduced to the link between the business agenda and human capital. Since the workforce is critical to the success of the American business agenda, much of this course is dedicated to the development of competencies necessary to manage a diverse workforce. This course is for professionals dealing with issues of differences and diversity in contemporary organizations.
Human Resource Management
MMG 740 3 credit(s)
Changes in the social and legal environment, and the workforce, make it increasingly difficult for organizations to manage relations with employees. The Human Resources Manager needs to be able to formulate organization-wide human resource policies which result in competitive strategy, efficiency and effectiveness, and which are consistent with the organization’s culture and environment. The interests of many stakeholders have to be reflected in such policies — employees, unions, communities and government. The course helps students identify and understand Human Resources Management issues, develop skills in diagnosing situations, discuss effective approaches to problems and assess the comparative effects of immediate action and long-term policies.
Models of Leadership
MMG 743 3 credit(s)
An essential component of a successful career is an effective personal leadership style that fits appropriately within one's professional setting. Students explore the elements of individual style with the goal of increasing effectiveness. The course also examines the content of the professional setting and looks at the different strategies for achieving the most congruent fit possible. This course will be experiential, and there will be guest speakers.
Organization Development and Change Management
MMG 755 3 credit(s)
Prerequisitie: MMG512. The theory and practice of organization development are introduced. Skills are developed in identifying how organizational systems operate together, including organization culture, leadership, structure, human resources, rewards, and technology. Students learn how to make effective change through dealing with an organization as a whole. Strategies are developed to help organizations adapt to new technologies, markets, and challenges, including the rate of change itself. Case studies and simulations are used throughout the class work.
Elective Course - choose one
Communication Strategies for Organizational Effectiveness
MMG 535 3 credit(s)
Organizational Effectiveness is a process, not an event. This course will look at the assessment, analysis and evaluation of present organizational strategies and provide opportunities to design and implement more effective communication within the organization. By measuring the functions of (1) purpose, (2) strategy, (3) feedback, (4) processes and procedures, and (5) leadership/membership.
Management Training and Development
MMG 744 3 credit(s)
This course will explore many of the tools and techniques that are available to organizations for the use of upgrading staff. Some of those tools and techniques will include needs assessment, alternative methodologies for presenting material and evaluation techniques. Students will develop a total system for training and development within their organization or sub-unit. The course is aimed at corporate training staffs and human resource managers. The focus will be on actual situations and case analyses.
The Manager as Negotiator
MMG 746 3 credit(s)
Effective managers must be able to deal successfully with limited resources, divergent interests of people, and organizational conflict. This course improves skills in negotiation and joint decision-making that students can apply immediately. Emphasis is on integrative bargaining and problem-solving. Students learn the theory and tactics for understanding and diagnosing a conflict, planning for negotiations, and implementing an effective conflict resolution strategy.
Consulting Skills for Managers
MMG 757 3 credit(s)
This course explores the essentials of the consulting relationship and the skills critical to the consulting process. Managers develop ability to apply consulting skills and processes in a variety of situations from working with international personnel to getting the most from cross-functional teams to dealing with external clients and vendors. Tools for assessment, analysis and implementation will be reviewed. Topics include negotiating scope, influencing expectations, overcoming resistance and giving clients feedback.
Grant Writing and ResourceDevelopment
MMG 770 3 credit(s)
This course covers the preparation of proposals to state, federal and local agencies, corporations and private foundations. Students will learn how to prepare successful, competitive grant proposals and realistic, effective project-based budgets. The course will take students step-by-step through each stage of the proposal presentation process from research techniques to polishing the finished product. Best practices in funding research, planning and presentation will be covered. By the end of the course, students will have a prorotype suitable for submission to a funder.
1-Credit Course - choose one
Performance Management
DMG 614 1 credit(s)
This course helps managers learn a more holistic approach to performance management and communicate more effectively with their employees regarding performance. It helps them understand that performance management is not just a "once-a-year" phenomenon connected to compensation, but is an ongoing process that includes a clear understanding of work goals and expectations, development of skills, knowledge and abilities, and ongoing communication. The learning methodology includes a transfer of content and knowledge that includes a performance management system as well as the use of simulations, role-plays and case studies.
Introduction to Organizational Coaching
DMG 753 1 credit(s)
This course gives students the opportunity to develop and improve skills in organizational coaching. The course emphasizes performance assessment and performance management. Learners practice conducting coaching sessions and acquire critical coaching skills in active listening; giving and receiving feedback; and developing and managing performance improvement action plans. Special attention is given to cross cultural coaching, motivation, and the assessment of personal coaching styles.