Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics
In today's challenging and complex business environment, managers are expected to react to emerging market opportunities; have the mental agility to execute new strategies; and possess a deep understanding of human behavioral dynamics and organizational design capacities so as to capitalize on emerging opportunities.
Students will learn state-of-the-art theoretical underpinnings of leadership and organizational dynamics, and also how to strategically implement leadership theories through simulated "real world" applications and exercises in the classroom and the online environment. The MS in Leadership will allow you to work effectively as a self-aware, reflective change agent, armed with a deeper understanding of organizational dynamics and the knowledge to improve outcomes, while employing leadership practices that will help you guide your organization to success.
The degree in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics has two distinct focuses. Organizational applications cover the macro environment of management which then allows for smooth intellectual integration with the organization’s microenvironment. Both are thoroughly explored domestically and internationally.
As you begin the program, the understanding of human behavior in organizations and how this contributes to the individual elements of motivation, personality, perception, and diversity is a basis for several classes. You will learn about organizational policies, how they affect human behavior and their influence on hiring new people, developing existing people into different roles, and transitioning people out of the organization. What motivates people and how does power, conflict and group dynamics affect leadership and decision making? You will also exam tools for managing and leading change while assessing current organizational practices and then analyze how leaders bring about change and how to become a more effective change agent.
You will be introduced to the processes vital to improving negotiation and organizational communication. Our professors will take you on a learning path from advanced theory to practice with an emphasis on preparation, motivation, process, and outcomes of negotiation. You will learn to focus on the complexities involved in multi-party negotiations, cross-cultural negotiation, mediation processes, and conflict management.
Ethics is central to great leadership. Be introduced to ethical issues that arise in managerial leadership situations and learn about major ethical leadership approaches. Then dive into the concepts of Innovation and why it is a valued component of leadership. Understand the reasons why innovation matters, how strategy is developed, and leading in an uncertain environment.
Throughout the program, you will continually learn about the challenges and opportunities for leaders/managers. How do current trends affect organization-wide change? You will explore cultural diversity, leadership issues and the importance of organization theory, design and overall strategy on an organization. As a leader, you must consider an organization’s issues in operating across national boundaries along with the macro and micro approaches to globalization and how to implement initiatives that align with the overall mission of the organization.