Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics

Leadership Minor

The Leadership Minor provides students from all disciplines with the opportunity to improve their general management or “soft” skills in the areas of leadership, people management, teamwork, communications, decision making, negotiation, conflict resolution and organizational development and change including how to create a more innovative work environment. These skills are increasingly being sought by employers to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness including customer service and will be invaluable to graduates as they advance in their careers.

A high percentage of Human Resource Management (HRM) Major students will likely want to complete this minor to better prepare themselves for the Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) designation and improve their capabilities as human resource consultants. The minor will provide greater exposure to the CHRP competencies of organizational effectiveness, employee involvement strategies, and conflict resolution.

 Learning objectives

Upon completion of this program, students are able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective leadership qualities and skills in varying management situations.
  2. Employ practices that result in a more creative and innovative work environment.
  3. Utilize autonomous work teams to improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
  4. Incorporate appropriate qualitative and quantitative tools and procedures in management decision making.
  5. Negotiate agreements where the parties have varying objectives or conflict exists.
  6. Discuss how organizational structure and the integration of human resource systems and metrics contribute to organizational effectiveness.
  7. Formulate plans to improve organizational effectiveness and deal successfully with change.
 Minor requirements
MNGT 3730
Leadership (3,0,0)

MNGT 3730 Leadership (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students cultivate a deep understanding of what leadership is and what leaders do to be successful. An emphasis is placed on the development of practical leadership skills. Topics include an introduction to leadership, leadership traits, leadership style and philosophy, leadership and relationships, developing leadership skills, leadership and ethics, creating a vision, leadership and out-group members, leadership and conflict, and managing obstacles to effective leadership.
Prerequisite: CMNS 1290 and ORGB 2810
Note: Students may receive credit for only one of MNGT 3730, MNGT 3731, BBUS 3641 or BBUS 3671.
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At least three of:
ORGB 3750
Creativity and Innovation (3,0,0)

ORGB 3750 Creativity and Innovation (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the theory and practical strategies for promoting creative and innovative thinking in the workplace and managing employees through these processes. Topics include types of innovation, the S-shaped diffusion curve, generating new ideas, recognizing opportunities, moving innovations to the market, creative groups, enhancing creativity, and leading creativity.
Prerequisite: CMNS 1290 and ORGB 2810
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ORGB 3770
Teamwork in Organizations (3,0,0)

ORGB 3770 Teamwork in Organizations (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students develop an understanding of the nature, design and processes of effective teamwork as well as a practical skill set for team membership. Topics include the importance of teams; assessing a team's experience and insights; building a balanced team; building a high performance team; becoming a team member, follower, and leader; team building; team evaluation and accountability; observing team leadership skills at work; identifying and overcoming team dysfunctions; motivating team members and leaders; and developing intercultural teams.
Prerequisite: CMNS 1290 and ORGB 2810
Note: Students may receive credit for one of BBUS 3880 or ORGB 3770
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ORGB 3810
Organizational Theory and Design (3,0,0)

ORGB 3810 Organizational Theory and Design (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the theory and application of organizing in complex workplace environments. Various conceptual tools and theoretical frameworks are utilized to systematically investigate organizing processes and contexts and solve practical problems. Topics include organizations and organization theory; organizational stakeholders; the external environment; organizational structure and design; organizational culture; decision making; conflict, power and politics; and organizational change and transformation.
Prerequisite: CMNS 1290 and ORGB 2810
Note: Students may receive credit for one of ORGB 3811 or ORGB 3810
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MNGT 4710
Decision Analysis (3,0,0)

MNGT 4710 Decision Analysis (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students focus on the development, implementation, and utilization of business models for making informed managerial decisions. Models and management cases from diverse industries, and functional areas are used extensively to illustrate important decision tools, their assumptions and limitations, and how to communicate decisions to management. Topics include critical thinking, avoiding bias in decision making, data analysis, decision analysis, forecasting, resource allocation, and risk analysis.
Prerequisite: ACCT 2250 and ECON 2330 or equivalent, and MNGT 3730
Note: Students may receive credit for only one of MNGT 4710, MNGT 4711 or BBUS 3621.
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MNGT 4720
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3,0,0)

MNGT 4720 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to the fundamental theories of negotiation and conflict resolution and the essential skills required to be a successful negotiator. The negotiation process is pervasive in business, and the ability to negotiate is an essential skill for successful managers. Topics include the nature of negotiation; strategy and tactics of distributive bargaining and integrative negotiation planning; integrative negotiation; negotiation, planning, and strategy; perception, cognition, and emotion; communication and the negotiation process; power; and ethics.
Prerequisite: MNGT 3730
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ORGB 4870
Organizational Development and Change (3,0,0)

ORGB 4870 Organizational Development and Change (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

In today's business environment, a human resource practitioner must be a skilled change manager. Students learn to become agents for change, to improve human resources and organizational effectiveness, and to increase productivity. Topics include an introduction to organizational development; change process; organizational change and human resource management; organizational assessments; assessment tools and techniques; organizational interventions; human resource management interventions; and human resource metrics.
Prerequisite: ORGB 3810
Note: Students may only receive credit for one of BBUS 4870, BBUS 4661 or ORGB 4871
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