Organizational Leadership

Leadership word cloudStudents who complete the concentration in Organizational Leadership will complete 12 credit hours in addition to the Business Administration core of 42 hours.

BU 224 Organizational Communication – Students examine how the leader’s behaviors and decisions send messages to people throughout their organization. They analyze the concept of organizational culture, how it develops, and the effect it has on the leader and people in the organization. Students learn the best practices in organizational communication and they learn how leaders can bring about change in organizations with care and responsibility for the people being led.

1. Explain the theory (or theories) that drive the behavior of a given organization as it seeks to resolve its communication problems.
2. Explain the assimilation processes that a given organization uses to assimilate its new entry employees.
3. Express a new appreciation of the principles of organizational communication in light of our changing world.
4. Point out linkages between biblical principles of communication and the needs, theories, and processes of today’s organizations.
5. Diagnose communication issues that may be behind problems of a given organization.
6. Envision creative solutions to an organization’s communication problems.

BU 331 Project Management – The purpose of this course is to enable students to design a project plan, from start to completion, enabling them to lead a team through the process of project management. The course will provide practical tools for leading such a team in a real-world workplace environment.

1. Design a project plan that includes the five stages of project management: initiation, planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating.
2. Utilize a select set of templates to solve project management issues.
3. Identify the management skills needed during each phase of the project management process.

BU 311 Conflict Management for Business Managers – This course is designed to enhance the student’s ability to deal with individual, intragroup, and intergroup conflicts. The course examines ways to prevent escalation while minimizing harmful consequences and improving group relations.

1. Analyze individual reactions, habits and approaches to conflict.
2. Describe root causes that lead to conflict and cures.
3. Identify conflict prevention models used to promote constructive work environment while reducing conflict resolution.
4. Analyze employee turnover derived by organizational conflict management techniques.
5. Identify conflict prevention models used to promote a constructive work environment while reducing conflict resolution.
6. Examine managerial soft skills necessary for conflict negotiation and communication.
7. Evaluate the role effective mangers play in creating a work environment that is conducive for managing workplace conflict.

LE 401 Leadership Development – This course will cover how to develop leaders in organizations. The development of future leaders is paramount to the long-term success of any organization. Students will learn how to recruit, develop, and maintain appropriate leadership for organizations.

1. Understand organizational theory and behavior as it relates to leadership and management development.
2. Develop a plan for leadership and management development in organizations.
3. Build confidence and abilities in best practices in leadership development.
4. Evaluate the need for leadership development in an organizational setting.
5. Persuade others to develop their leadership and management understanding, passions, and behavior.
6. Understand key variables in leadership development.