LTU Course Syllabi
• Global Leadership
• Organization Change and Development
• Global Business Economics
• Managing a Global Workforce
• Global Strategic Management
• Independent Research Project
Course Descriptions and Objectives
As we move into the second decade of the 21st century, the self-reported dearth of leadership talent; the visible inadequacies of global leaders; the absence of proven global leadership training and development programs; and the continued derailment of international executives pose a major challenge to the future success of global organizations.
This course provides students with an understanding of the universal foundations of effective leadership, and the unique challenges leaders of global organizations face in the 21st Century. The challenges facing global leaders differ from the traditional challenges of leadership in both degree and kind. Leaders of global organizations face unprecedented strategic, economic, political and cultural complexity, diversity, ambiguity, uncertainty and risks. They also face an unprecedented pace of economic and technological change.
These circumstances test the cognitive limits of global leaders – their abilities to comprehend massive amounts of complex and diverse information; assess multiple perspectives, uncertainties and risks; appreciate social and cultural diversity and alternative value and belief systems; and to formulate communicate, and execute rational decisions in a timely manner.
Global organizations are responding to the information-processing and decision-making challenges facing their leaders with advanced information technologies; creative global organizational structures that decentralize, redistribute, and share decision making responsibilities; and by developing leaders with enhanced cognitive capabilities – leaders with a “global mindset.”
This course, consistent with the dual emphasis on theory and practice at LTU, also aids students in developing their individual leadership skills, capabilities and styles. Students are encouraged to become life-long learners; to seek leadership opportunities in their professional and personal lives; and to observe, reflect and learn from their leadership experiences.
Organization Change and Development
This course is designed to provide students an introduction into the field of organization development (strategic, organizational, and global) and a comprehensive understanding of how to lead and sustain change, and build capacity in organizations. Organization development (OD) is a field that is dedicated to the effective management of change and creation of high performance organizations. The importance of how to adapt the theories,
principles, and techniques so that they will be compatible with a variety of different cultures, economic systems, and political systems will be discussed and examined through Global Organization Development text and collection of articles from around the globe including Europe, Asia, North America, and Africa (“Special Edition: Best Global Practices in OD” from Organization Development Journal).
This course provides the conceptual frameworks and tools to lead and deal with organization development and change needed to pursue capacity building strategies. Students will:
Examine both social and organizational change that provides the foundation to lead a small-scale or large-scale change initiative.
Be introduced to the field of capacity building: its key players, concepts, and theories focused on building individual and organizational effectiveness.
Explore how the concept of sustainability and the triple bottom line can be built into change initiatives as it relates to the organizational level.
Address basic competencies, principles, and skills necessary to bring about change.
Build capacity at the individual, organizational, multi-organizational, and global capacity levels.
Review three government related case studies: “Building Community Capacity: AI in the US Navy”, “IT Strategy for the U.S. Department of Justice”, and “The United Nations Global Compact – Building Capacity at a Global Level.”
Students will learn several leading theories and approaches to change. Three of these include: the work of Karl Weick’s Sensemaking model, John Kotter’s 7-Step Approach to Leading Change, and David Cooperrider’s Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach to change highlighted in Chapter 7 in your Managing Organizational Change book (2009) and Chapter 5 in Global Organization Development book (2006). AI originated in the nonprofit sector and is the leading organization development and change methodology used for capacity building today. The course will also provide a set of worksheets, questionnaires, templates, and guidelines that can serve as tools to assist leaders and managers in guiding change initiatives to integrate the fields of OD, leadership, change management, and multiple approaches.
Global Business Economics
The 21st Century will not be like the 20th Century. We are entering an era of dramatic change with potential impacts on the structure of society as profound as those resulting from the Neolithic and Industrial Revolutions. These changes will confront tomorrow’s leaders with vastly new opportunities and challenges for which they must be prepared.
Global Business Economics is designed to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st Century by enhancing their awareness and understanding of the economic, demographic, political, social, and cultural changes that are occurring, and the implications of these changes for effective global leadership and citizenship.
Managing a Global Workforce
This course studies principles, techniques and strategies to manage a global workforce in a multi-cultural organization. The course explores differences in cultures, the origins of cultural differences, and the multiple and diverse impacts culture has on the management of human resources and performance of global organizations. Issues encountered in recruiting, selection, training, and retaining a skilled global workforce are addressed.
The course also examines differences in ethical systems, values and beliefs, and their impacts on the practice of management, and on individual and organizational performance.
Global Strategic Management
This course exposes the student to the many dimensions of strategic business planning, strategy and decision making in a fiercely competitive and rapidly changing global environment. The course covers the analysis of the external (economic, technological, political, and social) global environment; the creation of vision and mission statements that define the organization’s strategic direction, role in society and long-term objectives; the development of effective business strategies for creating sustainable competitive advantage, and for responding to the opportunities and threats identified in the external environment; and the successful implementation of the organization’s strategies and achievement of its goals.
The course also explores market-entry strategies, global business alliances, partnerships and joint ventures; risk-management strategies for global markets; and strategies for competing effectively in developed and emerging markets around the globe.
The student will utilize skills learned from prior courses in leadership, organizational change, globalization, and management of human resources to develop and execute an organization’s strategy. The student will learn a variety of strategic planning tools, concepts and techniques that are used to orchestrate the development of strategy and business plans. The course also covers the many practical economic, political and cultural issues that arise in the administration of the business planning process within a large, global organization.
Independent Research Project
In their Independent Research Study, the Fellows work with the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology; the Army Acquisition Support Center; and the Army Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) to identify topics and then work with an academic research advisory team throughout the program on further developing the topic; investigating the current environment; posing questions; collecting and analyzing data; and making recommendations.