Leadership (LDR)

LDR 601 Leadership Fundamentals     (3 credits)

Restricted to BMBA students.

This course is designed to deepen each participant’s working knowledge of key mechanisms through which leadership is enacted and to develop participant insight regarding her/his own leadership beliefs and tendencies. Core leadership concepts will be introduced via a variety of both academic and popular business media. In addition, participants will have completed several self-assessments prior to the course, and analyses of these assessments will occur throughout. Class discussion will be based on the assigned course material and draw heavily upon participants’ experience in the field.

LDR 602 Thinking About Thinking     (3 credits)

Restricted to BMBA students.

This module focuses on developing one’s ability to understand the ways in which we make sense of our experiences. We will examine what influences our perceptions and how those perceptions influence our thinking. Our ability to understand how we make meaning and how we make sense of our experiences has an impact on our communication skills, intercultural skills and critical-thinking skills—the very skills at the core of good leadership. In the studio, we will look at the lenses we use to frame our perceptions, such as our cultural identities; the role of emotion in decision-making; and the role of the unconscious. After learning how to develop an awareness of what goes into our thought processes, we will focus on how to use that information for more effective communication and decision-making, particularly in challenging situations.

LDR 603 Leadership Ethics     (3 credits)

Restricted to BMBA students.

History is replete with leaders who have failed ethically, making morally bad decisions and allowing unethical cultures to fester in their organizations. In this course, students consider how some of these failures might be avoided. The course first focuses on ethics and its implications for leaders. Are there some objective, universal moral truths—or is all ethics relative to culture? What can leaders learn from Aristotle, Confucius, Lao-Tzu and Mill? Are leaders permitted to break the moral rules that apply to the "rest of us"? The second part of the course will examine how leaders influence their followers—through reason and emotion—and evaluate this influence from a moral point of view to compare "transformational" and "charismatic" leadership styles. In addition, the course identifies the sources of ethical failure in leadership and considers how they might be avoided before concluding with a consideration of the importance of creating and sustaining an ethical organizational culture.

LDR 604 Global Strategy     (3 credits)

Restricted to BMBA students.

This course focuses on how firms create and sustain competitive advantage in a highly competitive, networked economy. We examine models of competition in global markets, emphasizing strategy formulation at the corporate and business levels and strategy implementation at all firm levels. We cover the macro-global environment, ethics, risk management and host- and home-country government regulation. Through industry- and firm-level analysis, we emphasize how firms create a sustainable competitive advantage through products, services and processes. We also address emerging topics in strategy in an attempt to understand how networks and technologies interrelate with global strategy. The course is designed to bring to class both theoretical and empirical evidence for global strategy. However, students’ experience and ‘war stories’ in this context are more than welcome.