MG620 Leadership in Organizations

for F1P 2008

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MG 620 Leadership in Organizations


F1P 2008 MBD


Nesbitt, John R.


Senior Adjunct Faculty


MA, Penn State University

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Semester Dates

F1P 2008 MBD

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 p.m. to 9:50 p.m.

Credit Hours



Author: Kouzes, James M. / Posner, Barry Z.
Title: Leadership Challenge
Edition: 4th 02
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, Inc.
ISBN: 0-7879-8491-4

Author: Welch, Jack / Byrne, John A.
Title: Jack : Straight From the Gut
Publisher: Warner Books
ISBN: 0-446-69068-6
Author:  Noel Tichy and Warren Bennis
Title:  Judgment:  How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls
Publisher:  Penguin Group
ISBN:  1591841534

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Course Description:
Discusses leadership in organizations, problem solving techniques and communication, coordination, and human relation skills required for managerial success. Topics covered include principles and practices of management functions such as planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling.

Educational Philosophy:

We learn about leadership from observing the practices of successful leaders.  In this class we will read about them and view them in action via films.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain and describe the complexities of leadership in organizations;
  2. Discuss and compare leadership, management and supervision details
  3. Demonstrate Five Practices of Leadership devised by James Kouzes and Barry Posner, and provide examples of each.
  4. Explain and compare the role of leaders and managers.
  5. Discuss and develop a focused view of leadership.
  6. Explain the difference between leaders and celebrities.
  7. Describe the role of credibility and vision in successful leadership.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of successful contemporary leaders and their practices

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

130 Points Distributed as Follows:
10 pts   Week 1 K&P Written Answers
10 pts   Week 2 K&P Written Answers
10 pts   Week 3 Written Non-fiction Film Review and Presentation
10 pts   Week 3 Welch Written Answers
10 pts   Week 4 Written Fiction Film Review and Presentation
10 pts   Week 4 Welch Written Answers
10 pts   Week 5 Tichy & Bennis Written Answers
10 pts   Week 6 Tichy & Bennis Written Answers
25 pts   Week 7 Research Paper (Written Paper = 20 pts) and Presentation (PowerPoint = 5 pts)
25 pts   Week 8 "Do at Home" Final Exam (no proctor required) Due Saturday of Week 8


A = 91%+  (118.3 pts)
B = 81%-90%
C = 71%-80%
D = 61%-70%
F = Below 60 points or failure to submit the final exam by the established deadline

Late Submission of Course Materials:

I deduct 20% of the assignment value for each day of tardiness.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Be professional at all times.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 Week 1 K&P Written Answers to Questions
 Week 2 K&P Written Answers to Questions
 Week 3 Written Non-fiction Film Review (and Presentation in Face-2-Face class);
      and Jack Welch Written Answers to Questions
 Week 4 Written Fiction Film Review (and Presentation in Face-2-Face class);
      and Jack Welch Written Answers to Questions
 Week 5 Tichy & Bennis Written Answers to Questions; and begin research for leadership paper
 Week 6 Tichy & Bennis Written Answers to Questions; and continue research for leadership paper
 Week 7 Research Paper (and Presentation in Face-2-Face class)
 Week 8 "Do at Home" Final Exam (no proctor required)

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 29

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

1.5 Sample Cover Page

9.  Mike Wallace Video

6.0 K&P Questions for Weeks 1 & 2.doc

6.2 Leadership Film Assignments.doc

6.3.  MG 620 Leadership Research Paper Writing.doc

6.4  Welch Book Questions for Weeks 3 & 4

6.5  Tichy and Bennis Book Questions for Weeks 5 & 6

5.0  Term Schedule for Face2Face Class

5.1 Term Schedule (Online).doc


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