Spring 2013


Instructors: Clawson, Behfar, Davidson


Course Description


This two-credit course presents students with multiple challenges of designing and implementing change at several levels including organizational, departmental, team, and individual. The course will build on topics introduced in leadership in organizations, management communications, strategy, and ethics. The course will stretch students with classes that are more complex and difficult than they encountered in the core of the GEMBA program and provide them with a clearly defined process for managing strategic change in organizations as they occur in international, global contexts. The course will include fifteen two-hour sessions, five of them in preresidential distance learning format and ten in face-to-face on-grounds residential sessions. The faculty has jointly designed the course and will be teaching in an interwoven structure based on pedagogical planning. One faculty member will lead each class, and others will attend and contribute from time to time. The final project will consist of a voice-over PowerPoint presentation of studentsí learnings from the course giving them another opportunity to practice integrating their learning and presenting it to a professional audience.


Course Objectives


         Learn proven change processes at the organizational, departmental, team, and individual levels

         Generate personal data to use in assessing personal needs for change and growth

         Make distinct links between students own perspectives and their ability to work with others to design and implement large-scale organizational change

         Integrate the lessons students have learned during the program into a personal change model

         Explore the challenges of leading change initiatives across international and cultural boundaries


Elements of the Course Grade


Class contribution (in-residence and online)†††††††††††††† 50%

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