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Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies

Course Descriptions

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LDST 201
Survey of Leadership
Leadership, Professional Studies Core
3

Exploration of expectancy leader-member exchange (LMX) transactional transformational servant leadership and other theories affords students an opportunity to apply theory to organizations and leaders of today.

LDST 305
The Leader as Organizational
Leadership
3

Investigation of the nature requirements and beneficial role of entrepreneurial thinking for the leader as innovator in the organization and in society. Topics include innovations in products and service quality knowledge needed for effective innovation intellectual property discontinuous innovation characteristics of successful entrepreneurs organizational requirements for innovative thinking the process of adoption and diffusion of innovation and role of the Christian leader as a global leader and social entrepreneur.

Prerequisites: LDST 201

LDST 310
Systems Thinking
Leadership
3

Introduction to the vocabulary and methodologies associated with the discipline of systems thinking. Students apply the tools processes and principles that aid in understanding the relationship between the parts of any system particularly human systems exploring how organizations operate and how various leadership styles and decisions can affect those operations.

Prerequisites: LDST 201

LDST 315
Knowledge Management
Leadership
3

Focus on the interactive dynamics of building sharing retaining and utilizing individual and collaborative expertise and knowledge. Students learn to apply these concepts to help the organization set and achieve organizational objectives through developing the knowledge capacity of their members by putting systems and procedures in place to maximize the flow and assimilation of critical information. Students gain an understanding of the value of building commitment among employees to the change process as a tool for transforming people and organizations. Additionally they begin to build a change management skills toolkit applicable to real world environments.

Prerequisites: LDST 201

LDST 325
Teams and Virtual Teams
Leadership, Professional Studies Core
3

Study of how virtual teams influence leadership effectiveness with emphasis on how to develop interactive and dynamic groups working in the virtual or face-to-face environment. Topics include the various means of sharing information when working in any team environment and the strategy of conducting environmental scanning to identify communication issues and formulate solutions.

Prerequisites: LDST 201

LDST 330
Ethics
Leadership, Accounting, Cybersecurity
3

Study of the nature of ethical leadership through a consideration of the ethical foundations of leadership principles evident in the lives of great leaders. Attention to how the leader�s values and beliefs affect decision-making along with the key factors involved in ethical decision-making. Students assess and apply the concepts of organizational and social responsibility by looking at real world problems. Cross-listed with MGMT 330.

LDST 340
Organizational Behavior
Leadership, Professional Studies Core
3

Examination of the concepts theories and current practice regarding organizational structures and their development the dynamics of individual and collective behavior within organizations and how people interact within organizations to foster and manage change. Emphasis on the role of leadership and cultural values considered from a Christian worldview.

Prerequisites: LDST 201

LDST 350
The Leader as Communicator
Leadership
3

Examination of how the leader�s behaviors and decisions send messages to people throughout the organization. Students analyze the concept of organizational culture how it develops and the effect it has on the leader and people in the organization with attention to how leaders can bring about change in organizations with care and responsibility for the people being led.

Prerequisites: LDST 201

LDST 390
Independent Study
Leadership
3

An approved independent study option supervised by faculty in a directed area of scholarship. Study is conducted according to a learning contract between a chosen faculty member and the student.

Prerequisites: LDST 201

LDST 410
Human Resource Management
Leadership
3

Human resource management as a vehicle for creating and implementing organizational mission and vision. Attention to strategies for recruiting interviewing selecting and training employees along with the potential areas of employee disputes and how to prevent and handle these disputes. Course includes treatment of various legal concepts such as Equal Employment Opportunity Worker�s Compensation OSHA the Family Leave Act Affirmative Action Sexual Harassment and ADA with existing legislation.

Prerequisites: LDST 201 or MGMT 280.

LDST 412
Global Leadership and Cross-Cultural Issues
Leadership
3

Investigation of the cross-cultural understanding required by leaders in diverse environments with multi-cultural workforces in multinational and U.S. organizations. Specific issues addressed include cultural context for international management approaches for learning and adapting to a different culture leadership and motivation across cultures international teams and group dynamics cross-cultural negotiation and conflict resolution skills; intercultural communication and ethics in international organizations.

Prerequisites: LDST 201.

LDST 415
Organizational Development
Leadership
3

Students explore the concepts of organization theory and design including the major organization forms the idea of culture as structure and the impact of environment on structure and leadership all in the context of how organizations work and how best to approach an organizational assessment.

Prerequisites: LDST 201

LDST 428
Moral Character of Leaders
Leadership
3

Differing views of the competitive and ethical importance of moral character for the leader of a contemporary organization. Leader styles and behavioral approaches organizational culture and identity the mission of the organization in the market economy and their interrelationships are all examined from the perspective of leader character with attention to how moral character can be applied most effectively and developed in the organizational context.

Prerequisites: LDST 201 and 330

LDST 430
Leadership: Creating a Shared Vision
Leadership
3

Students apply key leadership and management theories to specific situations within organizations and examine leadership behaviors that illustrate the importance of people as the most valuable organizational asset. In the process of developing a personal leadership philosophy students analyze the relationship between vision personal values and corporate values while they learn the process of creating shared vision within an organization and energizing collective commitment to its realization.

Prerequisites: LDST 201

LDST 435
Strategic Planning
Leadership
3

Study of the process and nature of strategic planning including the constraints and opportunities leaders face in strategic planning the leader�s task in accommodating and minimizing these limitations and the impact of these constraints on strategic choices.

Prerequisites: LDST 201

LDST 455
Servant Leadership
Leadership
3

Investigation of what it means to be an effective and ethical servant leader through analysis of the writings of Christian and secular authors such as Robert Greenleaf. The strengths and weaknesses of various leadership approaches (including Great Man behavioral situational contingency transformational and postmodern) are compared in light of the theories of servant leadership with students applying their findings to their own personal leadership styles and approaches.

Prerequisites: LDST 201

LDST 485
Special Topics in Leadership
Leadership
1-3

Intensive examination of a selected area of study in the field of leadership studies. Topics vary and are announced in advance. This course may be repeated for credit. Lecture seminar and/or team study.

Prerequisites: LDST 201

LDST 487
Senior Leadership Research
Leadership
3

Students survey the applicable literature conduct original research and develop an individual research project involving investigation of a leadership issue approved by the instructor. Each student writes a report suitable for publication presentation to a potential employer or submission with an application to a graduate school. Prerequisites: LDST 201330 and senior standing.

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