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MGT 6201 - Consultation Theory and Practice - 3 cr.
Designed as a practicum experience that explores the role of consultants and leaders in bringing about organizational change. The course will describe and illustrate the three basic philosophies of consultation, as identified by Edgar Schein: Expert consultation, the physician model, and process consultation. The pros and cons of each approach will be examined, and students will apply course lessons in consulting with an actual client group and/or in case studies.

Prerequisite Courses: MGT 6420, MGT 6430


MGT 6202 - Leadership - 3 cr.
Includes a review of major theories of leadership, both classical and contemporary. Students have an opportunity to assess their own styles of leadership.


MGT 6203 - Labor Relations - 3 cr.
Prepares students to function in a modern collective bargaining environment. Course investigates the historic context in which contemporary labor relations issues arose and explores why those issues are relevant today. Course emphasizes both labor relations theory and practice. (Public Administration Concentration)


MGT 6205 - Team Development - 3 cr.
Introduces students to the theories and practices of team building, development, and maintenance. Emphasis is on identifying interpersonal and team processes, facilitating problem solving, and team effectiveness. Students identify stages of team development, deal with conflict and other team-related issues in the workplace. (Change Leadership or Public Administration Concentration)


MGT 6208 - Seminar in Organization Develo - 3 cr.
Prepares students to construct new knowledge by integrating theories drawn from the discipline of organization development (or planned change). The focus will be on organizational culture and how to manage change and renewal for individuals and institutions. Students will both learn and contribute to the learning of others. The course will be conducted in a seminar format, and each student will be expected to become conversant with a significant academic work (usually a book) by an OD theorist(s) and then share that mastery with classmates. (Change Leadership Concentration)

Prerequisite Courses: MGT 6420, MGT 6430


MGT 6209 - Managing Diversity - 3 cr.
Introduces students to the many challenges and opportunities differences can create in managing diversity in the workplace. Explores the dynamics of race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, age, class, sexual orientation, physical ability, and other differences that exist in organizations. An examination and analysis of human resources issues such as discrimination, affirmative action, culture differences, and multiculturalism is covered. Students learn human resource development strategies tied to effective implementation of organizational diversity plans. This course challenges students from a personal and professional perspective to think creatively about diversity and diversity planning order to nurture respectful workplaces and improve performance within organizations. (Public Administration Concentration)


MGT 6210 - Seminar on the Cape - 3 cr.
An annual seminar opportunity for students to study with a nationally or internationally known scholar-practitioner in the disciplines of organization development and leadership. This CSS course is wrapped around a week of summer study at the Cape Cod Institute (CCI) in Eastham, MA, known throughout the world for the quality of its seminars and the thought leaders who deliver them. The course includes pre- and post-trip classroom sessions conducted by the CSS Instructor who guides students while they study at CCI.

Prerequisite Course: MGT 6420


MGT 6220 - Design and Scale in Organizational Change Interventions - 3 cr.
Examines the issues that leaders and practitioners must consider when designing change initiatives and interventions. Design questions will consider both the size of the organization and whether the intervention focuses on the whole system or just parts of it. Among the topics that will be considered are: organizational culture, systems theory, large group interventions, and working with groups.

Prerequisite Courses: MGT 6420, MGT 6430


MGT 6307 - Economics for Decision Making - 3 cr.
This course focuses on economic decision making in business, where the application of economic theory guides an organization in achieving its aims or strategic objectives. Economics tools and applications are used to make decisions, assess outcomes and adjust strategy in a global context. The importance of information, competing with a market structure, pricing strategies for firms with varying market power and the nature of industries are covered. A global competitive analysis of a firm in a global market is conducted. A previous course that covers macro- and microeconomic theories is a prerequisite before taking this class. (Common Core Curriculum)


MGT 6310 - Conflict, Negotiating, and Coaching the Client Group - 3 cr.
Prepares students to guide subordinates or clients through the conflicts that often emerge during periods of organizational change. Topics covered in the course will include: sources of conflict, resistance to change, conflict resolution style preferences, negotiating (interest-based vs. positional), and providing coaching and feedback.

Prerequisite Course: MGT 6420


MGT 6320 - Contemporary Approaches to Change - 3 cr.
Explores contemporary approaches to organizational change that emphasize the influences of postmodernism and social constructionism. The course surveys several models of change that have evolved or emerged from the decades-old practice of organization development (OD) and provides students with a repertoire of choices for managing change in the 21st Century.

Prerequisite Course: MGT 6420


MGT 6351 - Health Care Administration - 3 cr.
Provides an orientation to the current healthcare business environment and service delivery systems. The course presents students with a broad based perspective of key environmental factors influencing current and future trends in healthcare. This approach helps students develop a context for synthesis, discussion and analysis of contemporary issues and trends. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)


MGT 6352 - Performance Improve Hlth Care - 3 cr.
Examines the concept of performance management and its application to the health care industry. With health care under extreme pressure from both purchasers and regulatory agencies to improve its performance, many experts predict that only the well-managed health care organizations will survive. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)


MGT 6355 - Health Care Finance - 3 cr.
The course will cover finance issues related to healthcare organizations. Topics include: reimbursement analysis, understanding the nature of costs, profitability analysis and preparation of budgets. The class will learn how to analyze financial statements. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)


MGT 6405 - Ethical Issues and Wholeness in Change Leadership - 3 cr.
Explores the ethical responsibilities of organizational leaders and practitioners who design, guide, and implement change interventions or initiatives. It also considers the issue of practitioner wholeness and how living a divided life can contribute to ethical conflicts during times of rapid organizational change. Topics that will be covered include: Values, “use of self,” conscious vs. unconscious choice, ethical decision-making, and wholeness at the individual, group, and organizational levels.

Prerequisite Courses: MGT 6420, MGT 6430


MGT 6412 - Management Writing & Resources - 3 cr.
Provides students an opportunity to develop and practice their writing skills for graduate coursework. Differences between academic and business writing are examined in terms of audience, purpose, format, and demands. Course includes examples of good academic writing and previews the final project and final project proposal for the MA in Management. (Common Core Curriculum)


MGT 6413 - Communication Across Cultural Boundaries - 3 cr.
Examines the methods that leaders and change practitioners utilize in helping employees and client groups develop the awareness and skills necessary to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries. The course explores culture in its broadest sense, which includes cultural differences across/or within organizations, demographic categories, and nations. Particular attention will be paid to the roles of diversity and inclusivity in modern change initiatives and interventions.

Prerequisite Courses: MGT 6420, MGT 6430


MGT 6420 - Organizational Behavior - 3 cr.
Explores the behavior of people within organizations in terms of the factors that most influence it. Those include factors related to individuals, groups, and the larger organization system. The course utilizes an experiential learning process that helps students understand their strengths and weaknesses as learners.


MGT 6430 - Organization Development - 3 cr.
Serves as an introduction to the theory and practice of organization development (OD), also referred to as “planned change.” It emphasizes the historic evolution of OD, models of planned change, the dynamics of resistance to change, organizational culture, and the role of the OD consultant. The course also seeks to compare and contrast OD with other approaches to “change management” and to assess their relevance in organizations today. This course relies heavily on a philosophy of consultation (developed by Edgar Schein) known as process consultation (PC). PC seeks to develop effective helping relationships with clients, and the instructor attempts to model this philosophy in his teaching of the course.


MGT 6431 - Research Skills for Practitioners - 3 cr.
Explores the research skills utilized by organization development practitioners and leaders who are responsible for organizational change. This course utilizes appropriate research methods to explore how often behaviors occur as well as why and how behaviors occur in our social world. It also prepares students to use writing as a means of engaging in critical thinking and high-level reasoning in presenting their research.


MGT 6440 - Financial Management - 3 cr.
Covers a wide variety of financial topics that are required tools for managers and officers of both large and small organizations. Covers the topics of value tracking and capital budgeting as well as financial decision-making within dynamic organizations. A previous course in accounting is a prerequisite before taking this class. (Program Core Curriculum)


MGT 6445 - Human Resource Management - 3 cr.
Explores how decisions about human resources (HR) contribute to an organization's overall effectiveness. Integrates HR activities with the organization's strategic planning objectives. Students study both traditional and contemporary HR issues from a practitioner's perspective. (Program Core Curriculum)


MGT 6450 - Marketing: Consumer Behavior - 3 cr.
Provides an overview of marketing principles and practices with emphasis on applications for new managers. The course will emphasize marketing from a strategic perspective, with subsequent focus on key concepts such as consumer behavior and marketing mix. Although the focus will be on participant's application in their own organizations, consideration will also be given to international applications. (Common Core Curriculum)


MGT 6455 - Strategic Leadership for Change - 3 cr.
Explores the complex connections among strategy, leadership, and change management. Set in a global environment characterized by rapid technological change, it emphasizes the importance of a leader's capacity to anticipate, envision, and work collaboratively toward a viable organizational future. The course requires students to synthesize and integrate lessons learned in their previous courses.

Prerequisite Courses: MGT 6201, MGT 6220, MGT 6310, MGT 6320, MGT 6405, MGT 6413, MGT 6420, MGT 6430, MGT 6431


MGT 6490 - Global Capstone - 0-6 cr.
Serves as a final demonstration of a student's capacity to apply theoretical lessons from the MBA program to organizational issues or problems. An international field project will be embedded in this course to give students an opportunity to assess organizational issues or problems in a cross-cultural and global context. Students write a significant paper that includes a review of literature, an analysis of the issue or problem, and prescriptions or conclusions that emerge from the analysis in the context of the international experience. (Capstone Option)


MGT 6506 - Assessing Healthcare Quality - 3 cr.
Assess outcomes research activities, exert leadership in implementing clinical outcomes measurement projects/programs within healthcare organizations and systems. The course focuses on the role patient-centered outcomes information plays in assuring that healthcare systems are able to establish cost-effective clinical practices that do improve the health, functional status and well-being of healthcare consumers, and accreditation and legislative initiatives impacting healthcare outcomes activities. Prerequisites: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of department.

Crosslist Course: HIM 6506


MGT 6530 - Managerial Applications of Tec - 3 cr.
Provides an overview of the technological responsibilities of a manager in the area of finding strategic solution, business process solutions, project management solutions and technology solutions to daily business problems. The use of technology in decision making, strategy and attainment of competitive advantage is discussed. Other topics include aligning technology with organizational goals metrics and accountability development, vendor selection, needs assessment, project planning and facilitating and technology enhanced/enabled communications. (Program Core Curriculum)


MGT 6532 - Monitoring and Evaluating Health Programs - 3 cr.
Explores methods and processes used to systematically collect and measure information for the purpose of program evaluation. The course integrates several knowledge and skill areas including: research methods, statistics, proposal writing, budget planning, project management, and program evaluation. Prerequisites: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.

Crosslist Course: HIM 6532


MGT 6545 - Corporate Compliance in the Healthcre Industry - 3 cr.
Addresses a growing need to adequately train health care leaders in the field of health care compliance and various topics in health care compliance, including corporate compliance (fraud and abuse), privacy, risk management and identity theft. Essential elements of a corporate compliance program will be presented as well as primary federal legislation addressing fraud and abuse. Privacy of patient information will be discussed in terms of the HIPPA and HITECH regulations. Risk management concepts will be presented as well as identity theft as relates to medical identity theft. Prerequisites: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.

Crosslist Course: HIM 6545


MGT 6777 - Special Topics - 0-12 cr.
Special Topics.


MGT 6800 - Group Practicum - 6 cr.
The Group Practicum is one of three capstone options offered to students in the MBA in Leadership and Change. Three to five students work as a team that, with guidance from a faculty member, work with an organization (both for profit and nonprofit) on a project involving organizational change. Projects could include: organization development interventions; strategic planning; training and development programs; or conducting research on a problem defined by the organization. The Group Practicum provides students an opportunity to synthesize program learning and apply it to real world scenarios. The student team prepares a final thesis-like paper containing a relevant literature review, their analysis of the organizational project, and a summary of their conclusions and recommendations. The class counts for six (6) credit hours and also requires students to participate in a final oral defense of their research and other course lessons. (Capstone Option). Prerequisites: Completion of all MBA classroom-based courses or permission by the Program Director.


MGT 6810 - Traditional Thesis - 6 cr.
Students will design and carry out a significant research project that includes a review of the literature, formulation of a problem statement or hypothesis, and the design and implementation of methods for the gathering and analysis of data. It is desirable for the research to include a significant international or multi-cultural dimension. They will write an academic report that includes their research methods, the results of their analysis, and a discussion of their conclusions. Students are given 16 weeks to complete the project after proposals have been approved. (Capstone Option)


MGT 6820 - Dual Degree Capstone Course - 2 cr.
A supplemental course designed to be taken as part of one of three capstone options (MGT 6490, 6800, or 6810) available to students in the MAM or MBA programs. This supplemental course, when satisfactorily completed, will satisfy the capstone requirement for the Dual Degree Program.


MGT 6900 - Capstone Continuing Enrollment - 0 cr.
Required registration for continuing work on final capstone courses. Students not completing the capstone within the 16 week term in which that course is scheduled must register for MGT 6900. Students may register only once for a continuing enrollment.


MGT 6999 - Independent Study - 0-12 cr.
Independent Study.