MSOM Program Curriculum
M601: Foundations of Problem-Based Thinking
This course introduces new graduate students to strategies for academic success as it relates to thinking. Topics include Graduate School tools and competencies and written and verbal communication skills. This course introduces the conceptual, analytical and practical foundations of problem-based learning. This will be done in the context of problem definition, research and information utilization, critical thinking, written and verbal communication skills, negotiation skills and stakeholder communication skills. Problem-based learning will be framed in the context of the alignment of societal, organizational and personal values.
M602: Servant Leadership
This course serves to provide students with a foundation in Christian Leadership talents, strengths and skills as it relates to the “servant leader.” Included in this course would be an investigation of how the individual plays a role in his or her own management or leadership styles. Students would complete a personal profile assessment; develop a research paper in the area of leadership or management related to a comparison between the servant leader/manager and their own leadership/management style. Finally, students will develop strategies for how to implement the 10 characteristics of the “Servant Leader” into business, community and professional outcomes.
M603: Making Ethical Management Decisions
Can a corporation have a conscience? Should it? Ethics has been called the soft side of business, but in fact, the hardest and most painful questions you will ever face are probably ethical ones. Why? Ethical questions involve choices and the weighing of consequences and responsibilities— not an easy discernment process. Further, business ethics involves choosing the best response to a gray situation among different legal choices. This course, while concentrating on the ethical decision making of managers, will also discuss how Christian ethics and values impact business decisions. Is there a difference between ethical business practices and ethical Christian decisions in a business setting?
M604: Social Entrepreneurship
In this course, students examine applications of social entrepreneurship to organize,
create and lead social change ventures. Students will explore and assess the ways
social entrepreneurs work collaboratively with nonprofit organizations and citizen
groups in both private and governmental sectors to influence social change. Concentration
on the applied management of boards, volunteers and projects will be essential to
the student’s learning process. A primary emphasis with this course will be to develop,
review or research a social entrepreneurship process, project or business.
M605: Talent Management—Individual & Group
Talent is often overlooked when determining who can or cannot perform a job. This course examines how to assess and measure talent and then manage that talent to the fullest. A comprehensive review of talent assessment will be provided throughout the course. Developing measurements for assessment, implementing a talent based organization and creating a talent centered organization are essential constructs of this course. Students will learn how to put a strong group of individuals together to ensure a positive business outcome. This course will be based on both group activities and individual assessment and will utilize case studies and application scenarios as part of the critical thinking and implementation process.
M606: Analytical Tools for Management Decisions
The goal for this course is to prepare students to be more effective users of quantitative information, as well as to avoid the many potential pitfalls from the misuse of statistical methods. The emphasis is on understanding what a previously obtained data set implies and, if appropriate, to develop meaningful forecasts with a reasonable sense of confidence. Specific topics include data analysis and statistical description, sampling and statistical inference, time series and regression analysis.
M607: Managerial Innovation Strategies
This course will examine the innovative linkages, collaboration and partnership building systems and techniques that impact the management of any new and emerging business. A concentration on the use of social websites that contribute to these innovative strategies will be considered an essential part of this course. An examination of the collection of ideas that not only influence change but enables the development of partnerships and collaborative elements that enhance customer service, product development and/or enhance measurable innovative outcomes for all businesses.
M608: Influence Strategies & Negotiation
This course will examine the critical factors that impact how influence strategies and negotiation factors change or enhance business outcomes . Students will expected to create an influence strategy for their own organization that will include collaboration, partnering and negotiation assets that impact positive business outcomes. A key element will be to consider how influential decisions are made while maintaining high ethical standards that provide service to others.
M609: HR Management—21st Century
Students in this course examine the evolution of human resource management, labor, law and human capital management. In particular, students will analyze the trends and issues influencing the development and application of these elements within contemporary organizations. Students will also examine the effects of emerging technical impact that cloud computing will have on the virtual office from and HR perspective.
M610: Managing Diverse Cultures
In this course, students will explore aspects of leading and working in global and diverse environments. Students will be asked to apply their own experiences and challenges to understanding the impact the virtual and diverse worker has on business. Students will gain an understanding of the personal and professional role of leadership in diverse cultures and the strategies used to lead more effectively within those cultures.
M611: Project Management
This course serves as the introduction to project management. It examines the context of projects and differentiates between projects and operations. The life cycle of a project is defined and a framework for integration is presented. Identify the unique characteristics of projects versus operations. Describe the project life cycle. Develop a plan that guarantees all of the various elements of a project are properly coordinated. Plan for the necessary resources, accurately estimate cost, allocate the budget to specific work items and control changes in the project budget. Evaluate the quality of the product or service in order to ensure that it meets the previously established needs of the organization.
M612: Strategies for Managerial Sustainability—Capstone
The focus of this course is the role of the leader/manager as an ethical strategist for sustainable and responsible business practices that embrace the organization and its broader communities. Students will examine sustainability from multiple perspectives to inform responsible strategies of growth, innovation and change. Emphasis will be placed on how strategic decisions impact business outcomes and the lives of those individuals who work within organizations. This course will include a major business project related to strategic thinking and planning.