Leadership and Change Theory and Practice (GLC 710)
The course focuses on global leadership and change theory and knowledge that is relevant to leadership practice. The course presents leadership and management theories/concepts that have emerged over the past several decades within the global environment. It provides students the opportunity to apply these theories through case analysis and to enhance personal skill development through self-assessment exercises. Included in the course are identification of current leaders and leadership as well as contemporary global perspectives on change, ethics, networking, coaching, organizational culture, diversity, learning organizations, strategic leadership and crisis leadership. Theories and applications of knowledge of cross-cultural behaviors in the organizational setting include individual, group and institution processes.
Academic Writing (RES 710)
This course will develop the skills needed to successfully write in the academic environment. The student will learn to do research and develop ideas that are supported by the existing academic literature. The purpose will be for the student to learn how to convey evidence-based meaning concerning complex ideas or concepts in the areas of global leadership and change. Emphasis will be in the format of academic writing, including use of the third-person perspective, a clear focus on the research problem under investigation and precise word choice. It will also emphasize the application of APA format to the academic writing process.
Qualitative Research Methods (RES 720)
The purpose of this course is to compare qualitative research methods to quantitative research. The student will demonstrate how qualitative research must and can be conducted with the same intellectual and methodological rigor as is quantitative research. Qualitative research content will feature solid epistemological and theoretical foundations in philosophy (phenomenology, hermeneutics) composed of various schools of thought, notably grounded theory and ethnomethodology. It leads to very concrete research methods, such as various forms of interviews, participant observation methods, case studies, focus groups and more. Actual case studies will be used in the course.
Quantitative Research Methods (RES 722)
This course requires students to become familiar with the characteristics, language and logic of qualitative research. The emphasis will be on the appropriate selection, application and interpretation of both parametric and non-parametric hypothesis tests while understanding the nature of the basic linear regression model and its statistical underpinnings. Basic assumptions will be developed. A component of this course is to understand the available techniques for quantitative data analysis by the reading and evaluation of research methods of articles within the students’ areas of interest and to recognize and assess quality and rigor in evaluating a quantitative research study. Actual case studies will be part of this course and the challenge of reliability and validity in cross-cultural research will be discussed.
Change, Innovation, and Entrepreneurial Motivation (GLC 660)
Students examine change processes, innovation, entrepreneurship, barriers to change, successful structures and strategies aimed at improving the total organization. Theoretical and practical orientation to the strategies organizations use to create and sustain industry-changing innovations are examined. Elements of the course explore global perspectives of strategic organizational change and innovation opportunities. This course explores how the multinational organizational depends critically on its technological and related skills to achieve strategic innovation and change objectives. Students become familiar with theories and models which focus on effective change. Students have the opportunity to examine and apply practical tools for individual and organizational change through case studies and class projects. Key elements of the course include globalization, individual and group behaviors, organizational culture and change, systems thinking, innovation, entrepreneurial motivations and social responsibility.