OLS 51000 Foundations of Behavior and Leadership in Organizations, Cr. 3.
Leadership involves relationships and social influence processes in an interactive relational context. In this survey course, we examine the foundational concepts and theories of human behavior that enable effective leadership. Organizational behavior at the levels of the individual, group and organization are discussed, with the goal of predicting, shaping, and evaluating workplace behavior.
OLS 515 00 Foundations of Human Resource, Cr. 3.
This is a survey course emphasizing the human resource function (and its development) in the context of the work organization. Human resource development topics include exploration of various training and development techniques, the relation of training to organizational strategies, training needs analysis, evaluation of training, and career development. The strategic approach to human resource management also is covered, including what human resource professionals can and should do to help the organization to succeed.
OLS 52000 Foundations of Organizational Context, Cr. 3.
The purpose of this course is to introduce the tools of organizational decision-making and for students to learn to integrate functional area knowledge and analysis in the organizational context. A variety of analyses are introduced, including budgeting, audits (i.e., cultural, strategic), planning, classification of core competencies and strategic capabilities, and understanding value chain, industry and competitor analyses and basic project management. Using cases and real organizational problems, students will (1) identify types of organizational reports and understand how to evaluate them (2) demonstrate knowledge of when to request various analyses and (3) understand how to complete some common organizational analyses and reports.
OLS 52500 Organizational Analysis and Action, Cr. 3.
This course is a survey of key, recent and essential elements of organizational theory and design which provide the foundation for diagnosing, developing and critiquing organizational decisions and forms. Questions and issues to explore include: Why do organizations exist and why do they survive? Why and how do organizations differ? Why and how do organizations change? Multiple frameworks from the social sciences that are useful for understanding organizational processes will be applied.
Research skills course
One 3 credit-Hour research skills course. Options include either EDUC P503 or COM 58200.