Applied Leadership: Functions, Structures, and Operations of Contemporary
Fall Semester, 2009
Course: Credit 3
An introduction to the functions, structures, and operations of organizations that
an Organizational Leader must know.
OLS 274 is an introduction to applied leadership in the context of organizational functions, structures, and
operations as they appear in working organizations. OLS 274 then takes the basic organizational
knowledge learned in lecture and asks students to apply that information, using the case study / simulation
approach. In addition to introducing the basic functions, structure, and operations of organizations OLS
274 will help students consider the leadership challenges faced by organizational leaders.
OLS 274, in alignment with its title “Applied Leadership,” will be conducted as semester-long case
study/simulation. In the simulation you have the role of an intern in a professional services firm. The class
is a simulation
of an internship, not an actual intern experience, so no internship credit will be awarded for
participating in OLS 274, and you cannot list this course as an internship experience. Participation in the
simulation is not optional, as it is a key component of the course design.
Keywords Applicable to Career Development and Job Hunting:
Leadership, Management, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Teams, Communication, Organizational
functions, structure, & operations
OLS 274 is a course intended for all majors.
OLS 274 is NOT intended for junior and senior students who
have completed a suite of business classes already
. If you have already had many business classes and are taking
OLS 274 to fulfill a course/major requirement please schedule an appointment with the course instructor during the
first two weeks to discuss your participation in the course.
WL Course Staff:
Dr. Scott Homan, Associate Professor OLS and OLS 274 Course Coordinator
Dr. Thomas A. Goodrich, Course Lecturer
Office location will be posted on Blackboard. To assure that staff are available students are
expected to schedule an appointment for office hour times during the summer.
Textbooks and Supplies
Case Study and Student Learning Guide
by Homan, Goodrich, and
Walton – Wiley Custom Learning Solutions