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Part-Time MBA in Leadership and Managing Organizational Change

Part-Time Leadership and Managing Organizational Change MBA

The mission of the Graziadio School of Business and Management is to develop values-centered leaders and advance responsible business practice through education that is entrepreneurial in spirit, ethical in focus, and global in orientation. The MBA concentration in Leadership and Managing Organizational Change focuses on the development of values-centered leaders (while of course being true to the other parts of the mission).

A concentration in Leadership and Managing Organizational Change prepares MBA students to lead and implement successful change in a dynamic business environment. The concentration consists of 12 units – six core units and six elective units.

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Required Courses

MBA students pursuing a concentration in Leadership and Managing Organizational Change must complete the following core courses:

Course No.Course TitleUnits
OTMT 670 Advanced Principles of Organizations and Leadership 4

Elective Courses

Eight units are to be selected from the following courses:

Course No.Course TitleUnits
BSCI 617 Creating and Leading Effective Teams 2
BSCI 635 Leadership and Ethics 2
LEGL 684 Business Negotiation and the Resolution of Conflict 4
OTMT 617 Leadership Theory and Practice 2
OTMT 671 Cross-Cultural Management 2
OTMT 672 Organizational Dynamics and Managing Change 4
OTMT 678 Managerial Creativity and Innovation for Leadership 4


About the Courses

The required course (OTMT 670) for this concentration highlights the necessary mindsets and diagnostic frameworks to more clearly understand organizational functioning. In order to lead people and manage change, one first must gain the insights of the organizational system one hopes to influence. From there, the student is free to select eight units to complete this emphasis.

OTMT 672 allows you to experience your own leadership style and skills, and hones your consulting knowledge by having students form teams and work with an actual organization on some change or leadership initiative.

A major study by the Institute of Business Management in 2010 indicated that CEOs valued creativity as the leadership competency that they value most highly. MBA programs tend to be weak in offering substantive course work in creativity, but the Leadership and Managing Organizational Change concentration includes an optional course (OTMT 678) in this vital and dynamic area of study, so urgently needed in the fast-changing and complex arena of global business.

If negotiation and dispute resolution are more your interest areas, another optional class (LEGL 684) may be the one to challenge your own negotiating skills. A series of role plays and simulations will test your use of frameworks in issues of managerial importance.

And finally, there is a 2-unit course in Cross-Cultural Management (OTMT 671) which will help you navigate the complexity of leading people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and doing business in a global context, by better understanding how to learn cultural frameworks. A global trip can also be included in this emphasis (GSBM 693).

On occasion, there may be other classes that qualify for this concentration, such as BSCI 617, a class on managing teams. The program office will have the information on these courses.

On occasion, there may be other classes that qualify for this concentration, such as BSCI 617, a class on managing teams. The program office will have the information on these courses.

Note: Up to 4 units of electives may be completed by GSBM 693A Global Business Intensive Pre-Departure and GSBM 693B Global Business IntensiveOTMT 671 will also satisfy the global content requirement for the program.

Faculty who teach in this program have had actual managerial and leadership experience, are consultants, or are highly regarded researchers in the field.