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Master of Organizational Leadership


MOL Course Descriptions

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MOL 501. Leadership Theory • 3 credits
Surveys contemporary theories of leadership. Students analyze and critically compare and contrast leadership theories for the purpose of identifying their relative strengths and weaknesses as practical leadership models and approaches. Course emphasizes connecting leadership theories and practices to leadership situations related to student experiences. This course should be the first class taken.

MOL 515. Decision-Making • 3 credits
Examines how leaders and organizations make decisions. Through the use of readings and case studies students develop an understanding of organizational processes of decision making in addition to a leader's personal decision-making ability. Critical skills as they pertain to decision making are closely examined.

MOL 529. Conflict Management • 3 credits
Seeks to uncover the theoretical understanding of the conflict process, the types of conflict, the conflict management styles and behaviors, the distinction between distributive and integrative conflict resolution attempts and types of intervention. The understanding of the theory is demonstrated through the construction of a personal case study of a significant work related conflict. Students will explore a different aspect of their conflict situation that is connected to the theoretical material under consideration.

MOL 540. Leadership Communication • 3 credits
Focus on communication issues in organizations. Examines theories and models of communication and the skills necessary for a leader to effectively communicate within the organization. Internal communication issues, strategies for effective communication, and issues surrounding new communication technologies are explored.

MOL 557. Building Effective Teams • 3 credits
Explores the theory and practice of group and team development. Participants will gain a basic understanding of team development within organizations and how and when to develop high-performance teams. Special emphasis will be on developing the knowledge, skills and abilities to facilitate groups and teams. A connection will be drawn between team building, communication and leadership.

MOL 621. Human Behavior in Organizations • 3 credits
Study of the organization (for profit and non-profit) as a complex system: line and staff functions, administration/leadership styles, motivation and group dynamics, and impact of each on the achievement of organization goals.

MOL 625. Leading Organizational Change • 3 credits
Blends background and learning from earlier courses on leadership with concepts and models of organizational change. The change process involves a series of steps that focus on vision, implementation, and change agents. Provides insight into types of change impacting organizations and possible strategies to address those changes. Prerequisites: MOL 501.

MOL 635. Servant Leadership • 3 credits
This course will take an interdisciplinary approach to the theories, principles, behaviors, skills, tools and leadership qualities needed to become a servant leader.

MOL 645. International Issues in Leadership • 3 credits
Research over the last quarter century has shown that leadership and management theories and practices are important variables in organizational success, but are also strongly related to the national cultures in which they are grounded. This course will explore how leadership and management vary across cultural boundaries.

MOL 655. Political and Civic Leadership • 3 credits
Addresses the essentials of political, civic, and community service as both a full-time and part-time endeavor. Topics include civic literacy, citizen power, running for elected office, organizing and managing political and charitable organizations. Examines community service as an essential part of successful leadership.

MOL 691. Dialogical Skills • 3 credits
To provide interpersonal communication skill building for typical management and leadership scenarios in order to facilitate gaining agreement on mutually beneficial solutions.

MOL 701. Strategic Leadership • 3 credits
Reviews the traditional organizational process and then examines the organization from a strategic perspective. Students will learn how to apply a variety of tools and techniques for decision-making and will develop strategic approaches to management decisions. Encourages students to think strategically about organizations in increasingly diverse environments. Prerequisites: MOL 501.

MOL 710. Ethics and Leadership • 3 credits
Examines ethical decision making as it relates to leadership. Theoretical and practical applications of ethical principles as they relate to the organizational environment are examined.

MOL 715. Leadership Work Action • 3 credits
The purpose of this course is for learners to put into practice the leadership knowledge and skills they have been mastering during their MOL studies. This will be done by researching, studying, planning, recommending and leading/executing a change project at their place of employment - we call this a Work-Based Action Project. The Action Project needs to be a concrete action activity, not simply planning or analysis although those activities can be included. Focus should be on either strategic problems or opportunities for the Learner's organization - meaning the Project needs to have a direct impact on the goals of the unit or organization. Projects should look to involve something that is never been done before at the organization, something that has/is being done but which is currently failing, something where the solutions are not immediately obvious or that there is controversy over likely solutions. The Project should specify challenging but attainable goals. This class meets 8 times over 16 weeks, generally four weekly meetings in a row and then four meetings spread out over the rest of the semester. Prerequisites: MOL 501; 24 credits from MOL.

MOL 716. Leadership Research Paper • 3 credits
This course, together with the leadership work action class (MOL 715),  functions as a capstone experience for the MOL program. Whereas the leadership work action class emphasis is on the practical application of what has been learned in the program, MOL 716 is designed to help learners consolidate their grasp over the abstract and theoretical material they have covered in previous courses. The consolidation occurs in the form of a formal academic paper that addresses a contemporary issue in leadership studies. Learners are guided through a process to help them envision and develop a research project appropriate to leadership issues. They then receive assistance in generating the research material necessary to write a formal paper. In the third phase of the class, learners work in learner groups under faculty guidance to write and re-write their formal paper until it achieves the necessary level of academic quality. Finally, learners will make a formal presentation explaining their findings. This class runs for 16 weeks. Prerequisites: MOL 501; 30 credits from MOL.

MOL 790. Independent Inquiry in Leadership • 3 credits
This course is an experiential and theoretical exploration in an area of focused study regarding organizational development. Incorporates case studies and experiential skill development. Focuses on integration of information leading to an action plan for effective organizational future positioning.

MOL 792. Special Topics • 3 credits
Deals with specific topics not covered in regular course offerings. Course content to be agreed upon between student and the Program Director.