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Part-Time MBA in Leadership and Managing Organizational Change

The mission of the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School is to develop values-centered leaders and advance responsible business practice. This is carried out through an 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. (This and while of course, being true to the other parts of the mission).

A concentration in Leadership and Managing Organizational Change prepares our MBA students to lead and implement successful change in a dynamic business environment. This specific 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. They are listed accordingly:

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

Elective Courses

Eight units are to be selected from the following courses:

Course No. Course Title Units
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
OTMT 676 Talent Management 4
OTMT 680 Leadership: Great Leaders, Great Literature 4

About the Courses

The required course (OTMT 670) for this concentration highlights the necessary mindsets and diagnostic frameworks. This enables you 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 - pertinent to their choosing - 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 not exhibit strengths in substantive course offering course work on creativity. However, the Leadership and Managing Organizational Change concentration includes an optional course (OTMT 678). In this vital and dynamic area of study, it addresses what is 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 (PGBS 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.

Note: Up to 4 units of electives may be completed by PGBS 693 Global Business Intensive 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.