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MGT 517_Spring 2014 Syllabus(3)

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1 Mission The Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business educates students to be successful, principled leaders with a global perspective. Course MGT 517: Leadership and Cultural Change Spring Term 2014 Instructor: Faith B. Power, Ed.D Office: HHH, #240 Phone: (540) 664‐2944 Class Time: 6:30‐9:00pm Email: [email protected] Classroom: HHH, Rm 142 Office Hours: By appointment Course Description This course is designed to develop and put into practice fundamental leadership skills in the context of an organization’s overall corporate philosophy and value system. Emphasis is placed upon how the leadership process is derived from and supports the overall organizational culture. It shows how the practice of leadership in turn influences and modifies this culture. The intent of the course is to bring more clarity, context, relevance and understanding to the topics of leadership and cultural change. In effect, the course examines what it takes to be an effective change agent in increasingly dynamic and complex environments. This course conceptualizes leadership, not as authority or power, but rather as capacity. Our capacity to: perform with effectiveness; to use our influence and knowledge; to welcome change and step out of our comfort zone; to mobilize the energy of others and the capacity in others. Prerequisites: MGT 513 and permission of the dean and instructor. Three credits Course Objectives
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2 The purpose of this course is to increase our understanding of the complex nature of leadership and cultural change. Learners will deeply understand organizational culture in a context that is relevant, meaningful and useful; Learners will garner a level of underpinning knowledge, frameworks and tools associated with the leadership of culture; Learners will begin to discover themselves and how to inspire others by developing a personal Leadership Credo; Learners will dialogue with other students, guest faculty and executives about their experiences associated with the leadership of culture; Learners will be able to apply major concepts to the analysis of organizational problems, dynamic conditions, and to the development of recommendations leading to change in organizations; Learners will develop and demonstrate the ability to synthesize several concepts as they inform a particular kind of organizational challenge; Learners will capture the multidimensional, life‐like view of what goes on in organizations. Teaching Philosophy and Assumptions My role as instructor is to facilitate learning rather than to “teach.” Every person in class has valuable knowledge and experiences that can enhance the learning of the entire class. Learning requires exposure to new ideas, awareness of how this new knowledge differs from conceptions or assumptions of our own, and a willingness to try out seeing/doing things with new eyes. That mindshift is a personal journey, which each one of us is responsible for at the individual level. As facilitator, I hope to
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