This course explores how communication shapes our relationships, personal and professional effectiveness, and understanding of our social settings. It introduces communication theory with an emphasis on its practical application. Students begin to identify and develop their existing communication styles and skills in use, and describe areas for continued growth. Students also begin to develop assessment skills related to group dynamics and group communications. This course provides a foundation on which students will continue to build throughout the program.
Within an interdisciplinary model, this course is designed to help students learn about different genres of qualitative and quantitative research and the various issues in designing a research study. Students become familiar with the ontological, epistemological and methodological assumptions within both qualitative and quantitative paradigms. In addition, students will: identify and select a manageable research question and objectives; construct a research project design; collect, analyze and interpret data; and present findings.
This course is an introduction to the approach of Action Inquiry developed by Donald Schoen, Chris Argyris and William Torbert. Action inquiry is an approach that enables professionals to understand how they use their knowledge in practical situations and how they combine action and learning in a more effective way. Through greater awareness and reflection, students will be able to identify the knowledge that is embedded in the experience of their work so that they can improve their actions in a timely way, and achieve greater flexibility and conceptual innovation. The objective of the course is to introduce students to the approach and methods of action inquiry by raising their awareness between intention, strategy and outcomes in their practice.
This course is a study of financial and managerial accounting from a context of tactical and strategic decision making and organizational performance evaluation. Financial accounting concepts, processes and transactions are applied to the Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Statement with an emphasis on statement analysis. The application of managerial accounting for planning, decision making, organizational evaluation and operational financial risk assessment is emphasized. Linkages between organizational culture, business ethics and financial and managerial accounting system designs are studied.
This course is designed to introduce students to current theories, practices, and cases in strategic marketing management. The course takes an analytical approach to the study of marketing problems of business firms and other types of organizations. Attention focuses on the influence of the marketplace and the marketing environment on marketing decision making; the determination of the organization’s products, prices, channels and communication strategies; and the organization’s system for planning and controlling its marketing effort.
This course is designed to provide students with the social science tools needed to solve organizational problems and influence the actions of individuals, groups and organizations. It prepares managers to understand how to best organize and motivate the human capital of the firm, manage social networks and alliances, and execute strategic change. This is accomplished through knowledge of competitive decision-making, reward system design, team building, strategic negotiation, political dynamics, corporate culture and strategic organizational design.
This course introduces students to the foundation and theories of integral conflict analysis and engagement as well as the purpose, components and use of the integral model for analyzing conflicts.
A developmental approach to understanding conflict and “negotiating contested meanings”‚ suggests that there are qualitatively different ways of constructing meaning in a conflict, and therefore, qualitatively different ways of responding, mediating, and resolving a conflict. In this course we will examine a diverse selection of adult developmental researchers and the models they have developed, seeking the linkages between the structures of adult development and the phenomenology of conflict. The individual’s identification, meaning-making, and response to conflict are related to his/her developmental “center of gravity.”
This course introduces the conceptual framework of a team development model that focuses on individual and team attributes, the effects of stress on behavior, and the strategies for optimizing individual and team productivity. The course then continues the study and application of the principles of team development and maintenance. Students focus on understanding and managing team behavior and team member interaction through the use of individual and team profiles.