Course Offerings for Summer and Fall 2019, and Spring and Summer 2020
OLS 560 Leadership Seminar (3 SH)
(July 9-Aug. 24, hybrid course)
This course provides students with exposure to writings (both contemporary and classical) that address a wide variety of issues in leadership. The primary aim of the course is to offer students opportunities to engage in thought provoking and critical discussion of leadership issues.
OLS 510 Leadership & Management for the Common Good (3 SH)
Students will study contemporary and forecasted societal stresses—from community level to global—and learn of the critical role of organizations in both contributing toward, and helping to mitigate, these stresses broadly classified as ecological, social, and economic. Students will then learn a broad range of organizational leadership and management theories, styles, and practices to identify approaches to leading people, systems, and organizations in ways that bring restoration, that offer hope, and that work toward promoting the common good.
OLS 515 Introduction to Leadership Studies (3 SH)
The course is an overview of various leadership theories, examining models of leadership, philosophies of leadership and different leadership styles. The advantages and disadvantages of various approaches will be studied.
MBA 640 Managerial Finance and Accounting II (3 SH)
This course is a continuation of OLS 540 – Managerial Finance and Accounting I. From the Finance discipline, this course covers the investment decisions managers make. Furthermore, the course examines the contributions of Activity Based Costing and Value Chain Analysis for decision making. The course digs deeper into financial statement analysis, including a thorough analysis of cash flows. We also examine the impact of time value of money on financial evaluations and capital budgeting decisions. Lectures, textbook and other readings, course management software, and cases help bring the relevant topics to life. The overall aim of the course is to continue to improve organizational decision-making based on financial, social, and ecological metrics.
OLS 665/670 Project Management and Grant Writing/Intrapreneurship (3 SH)
Most organizations manage their work and accomplish their missions through a multitude of projects. Organizational success takes effective management skills to not only manage individual projects but also direct the web of complex programs of multiple, interrelated projects, skillfully working with diverse stakeholders, demanding deadlines, and available resources. Focusing on the promotion of leadership for the common good as a project manager adds another level of complexity.
Course participants will improve their capacity to balance the art and science of managing projects by building technical competencies, adopting practices of leadership and self-management, and focusing on leadership for the common good competencies.
OLS 530 Organizational Behavior (3 SH)
All organizations are organic, interconnected systems that take on a life of their own regardless of the individuals that occupy various roles in the system. Leaders need to understand their organizational systems and the behavior of those systems if they hope to effectively lead or change them. This course will explore organizational behavior and organizational development from a systems perspective, including concepts of change and conflict. It will rely heavily on case studies and student participation. (Year 1 Spring Course) Course syllabus
OLS 540 Managerial Finance and Accounting I (3 SH)
Managers, executives and boards carry fiduciary responsibility for their organizations. It is therefore imperative that they know how to read financial statements, analyze financial health, and communicate this knowledge effectively to others. This course teaches how financial data is generated and reported, as well as how it is used at the managerial level for decision-making, analysis and valuation. Topics include: understanding and reading financial statements, financial statement analysis, ratio analysis – what the numbers really mean, budgeting, and organizational governance.
MBA 625 Strategic Marketing Management (3 SH)
Provides an introduction to the principles and practices of marketing. Topics include marketing structure, channels of distribution, consumer behavior, pricing, advertising, industrial marketing, telemarketing and marketing research. Aspects of international marketing and service marketing are included. Consumer behavior topics include psychological, sociological and anthropological variables that influence consumer motivation and actions.
MBA 629 Data Analytics (3 SH)
Course description under construction.
MBA 555 Human Resource Management (3 SH)
Properly managing human resources should be a critical part of any organization’s overall strategy for success. This course will provide the student with a comprehensive introduction to Human Resource Management (HRM) by exploring today’s Human Resource (HR) environment including current trends in HRM. The course examines the principles of employee recruitment and selection, job design and job analysis, employment law, employee compensation, training and development, and safety and health.
The goal of this HRM course is to provide current and emerging managers with a deeper insight into their crucial role in the management of people and with an understanding of current best practices in the field of human resources. (Dates TBA)
MBA 650 Sustainable Organizations for the Common Good (Costa Rica Capstone Course) (3 SH)
This course integrates the three pillars of the MBA program; management, leadership and stewardship for organizational effectiveness and serving the common good. It includes an eight-day international residency designed to engage students as reflective practitioners and invite them to develop an openness to new ways of experiencing and thinking about the world through interactions and learning in a different country and culture. A core value of the program is global citizenship, recognizing that organizations are interdependent and mutually accountable to local, national, and global communities; this suggests that a global perspective is important for today’s business and organizational leaders. (Dates TBA)
OLS 560: Leadership Seminar (3 SH)
This course provides students with exposure to writings (both contemporary and classical) that address a wide variety of issues in leadership. The primary aim of the course is to offer students opportunities to engage in thought provoking and critical discussion of leadership issues. (Dates TBA)