Course Descriptions

MSL 6600 Leadership Fundamentals: Ethical Leadership & Values Driven Organizations
This course focuses on differentiating the conceptual and theoretical aspects and models of leadership and leadership studies in order for students to apply leadership skills and principles in their places of business.  The fundamentals of leadership are taught with an emphasis on how to live out these fundamentals in an ethical manner. 3 credits.

MSL 6610 Information Systems Strategy
Students develop the ability to analyze and identify opportunities to improve effectiveness of organizations through the use of appropriate information technologies.  Technologies that influence organizational strategies, structures, risks and processes are emphasized.  Ethical global and security issues are also covered. 3 credits.

MSL 6625 Organizational Psychology and Behavior
Organizational Psychology and Behavior concentrate on employee behavior and processes in organizations.  The focus of this course is on individual, group, inter-group and organizational wide behavior and its impact on employee satisfaction and productivity.  The course attempts to add to each student’s understanding of life in complex organizations by covering topics which span the micro or individual level of analysis (motivation, decision making) and the macro or organizational level of analysis (culture, structure).  Attention is given to group dynamics, change and development. 3 credits.

MSL 6630 Power and Politics of Communication
This course focuses on the persuasive communication techniques and strategies that can be used when one does not have or does not want to resort to the use of direct authority.  The role of ethics is considered throughout.  Situations include how to overcome resistance, and how to effectively manage conflict.  Students will use their organizations, as cases employing communication technologies as appropriate. 3 credits.

MSL 6640 Ethics, Integrity and Social Responsibility
This course will engage learners in the discussion of ethics, studying how personal values, ethical models and reflective processes shape our ethical decision making in a leadership context.  Discussions and study will be grounded in western philosophical thought, organizational and societal moral realities including social responsibility.  Research will focus on ethical leadership, its importance and how leaders/learners can continue to integrate ethics into their own leadership stance. 3 credits.

MSL 6653 Economics in the Workplace
This course provides students with a broad perspective of the important issues in the 21st century global marketplace. Students will engage in readings and discussions on issues related to global markets, interrelated global economies, the impact of government mandates, and the shift to a knowledge based economy. An examination of analysis of demand, cost and output, market structure and pricing policy is included. 3 credits.

MSL 6670 Leading Change for Innovation and Alignment
A leader’s ability to understand and follow the change management process in a collaborative manner is a vital skill to master.  A proactive mindset is a critical element in successful business or personal change.  Students will learn the various change management models, problem solve to find the best ways to leverage change agents and how best to manage ethical change.  Students will create a model of change for workplace application. 3 credits.

MSL 6710 Globalization and Cultural Negotiation
Today's business success requires intercultural awareness as well as effective cross cultural and cross generational communication skills. This course demonstrates the importance of cross cultural and cross generational communication and the benefits of being sensitive to the differences in organizational settings. Concepts of negotiating styles, cultural differences, proper etiquette and conflict/resolution will be discussed at length. 3 credits.

MSL 6730 Developing a Learning Organization for the Knowledge Based Economy
Students in this course will learn forward thinking concepts of coaching, mentoring and succession planning to promote a learning organization.  Students will learn how to leverage the Human Capital Management model as a tool to foster knowledge transfer between employees.  A focus of the course will be the elevation of learning to a strategic organizational imperative. 3 credits.

MSL 6760 Thesis 6 credits