MB 643 (SF) - Leadership: Order and Change.
Drawing from systems theory and the fundamental implication that sustainability is a process, not a goal, this course explores the role leaders play in sustaining organizational viability through the interplay of order and change. Coursework consists of an extensive exploration of the kind of leadership required for an organizational to remain viable. Sustaining viability requires knowing when and how to change, as well as knowing when and how to continue the existing order of things. Effective leadership (of an organization) is essentially an optimization issue, not a maximization issue. This course will examine the underlying concepts and principles that guide effective action toward optimizing order and change within an organization.
This is a Sustainability-Focused (SF) course.
Interactivity: Weekly graded discussions, reflection journals
Final Assessment: Final Paper
Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:
- Apply understanding of the role and nature of change in organizations in regard to leading for sustained viability.
- Apply understanding of the role and nature of order in organizations in regard to leading for sustained viability.
- Apply understanding of the impact that fear can have on people in organizations in regard to leading change.
- Apply understanding of the role and nature of trust in organizations in regard to leading change.
- Apply understanding of resistance and defensive behaviors in response to change toward more effective leadership of change.
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