MBA620 Leadership in Organizations

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MBA 620 Leadership in Organizations


F2P 2012 DL


Nesbitt, John R.


Senior Adjunct

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Semester Dates

Oct-Dec 2012

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Author: Kouzes, James M. / Posner, Barry Z.
Title: The Leadership Challenge
Edition: 5th  Publisher: Jossey-Bass, Inc.

ISBN-13: 978-0-470-65172-8

Author: Welch, Jack / Byrne, John A.
Title: Jack : Straight From the Gut
Publisher: Warner Books

ISBN-13: 978-0446690683

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Course Description:
MBA 620 Leadership in Organizations: 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. Prerequisite: MG352 or equivalent approved by Program Director. (Formerly MG 620)

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:

100 Points Distributed as Follows:


10 pts   Week 1 Kouzes & Posner Written Answers

10 pts   Week 2 Kouzes & Posner Written Answers

10 pts   Week 3 Written Non-fiction Film Review (and Presentation in Face-to-Face class)

10 pts   Week 4 Written Fiction Film Review (and Presentation in Face-to-Face class)

10 pts   Week 5 Jack Welch Written Answers

10 pts   Week 6 Jack Welch Written Answers

20 pts   Week 7 Research Paper (and Presentation in Face-to-Face class)

20 pts   Week 8 Open Book Final Exam (no proctor required)


Grading:  100 Total Points Possible


A = 91+ pts

B = 81-90 pts

C = 71-80 pts

D = 61-70 pts

F = Below 60 points or failure to submit the final exam by the established deadline

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Submit assignments by the stated deadlines.  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:   Read Kouzes & Posner, The Leadership Challenge, 5th edition 

  • Acknowledgments, pp 375-377; About the Authors, pp 379-382;  Introduction, pp 1-7; Chapters 1-5, pp 9-153; Appropriate Chapter Notes, pp 347-358.
  • Written Answers to Questions provided by the instructor.

Week 2:   Kouzes & Posner, The Leadership Challenge, 5th edition  

  • Chapters 6-12, pp 156-345; Appropriate Chapter Notes, pp 358-374.
  • Look again at Table 1.1 on page 29.
  • Written Answers to Questions provided by the instructor.

Week 3:   Written Non-fiction Film Review (and Presentation in Face-to-Face Class)


Week 4:   Written Fiction Film Review (and Presentation in Face-to-Face Class)
 Week 5:   Read Jack Welch, JACK:  Straight from the Gut 
  • Prologue, pp. 3-229.
  • Written Answers to Questions provided by the instructor.

Week 6:   Read Jack Welch, JACK:  Straight from the Gut  

  • pp. 231-465.
  • Written Answers to Questions provided by the instructor.

Week 7:   Research Paper (and Presentation in Face-to-Face Class)


Week 8:   Open Book Final Exam (no proctor required)

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Weeks 1 and 2 (Kouzes and Posner)

Weeks 3 and 4 (Leadership Film Analysis)

Weeks 5 and 6 (Welch)

Week 7 (Research Paper  Writing)

Week 7 (Research Paper Title Page)


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