CA505 Organizational Leadership

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CA 505 Organizational Leadership


S1P 2013 MCA


Cohn, Lora


Associate Professor of Communication


Ph.D. (Communication Studies) University of Kansas
M.A. (Communication Studies) University of Kansas
B.S. Ed. (Mass Communication) Truman State University

Office Location

211 Copley Hall

Office Hours

M/W 11am-noon; M/W/Th 2-3 pm; T 4-5 pm; Th 9-11 am; and by appointment

Daytime Phone

816-584-6311 (fax 816-505-5454)

Other Phone

816-741-8443 (calls between 9am and 9pm CST welcome)


Semester Dates

Jan. 14- March 10

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours


Hackman, M. Z. & Johnson, C. E. (2009). Leadership: A communication perspective (5th ed.). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.  ISBN 1577665791

 Fairhurst, G.T., & Sarr, R.Z. (1996). The art of framing: Managing the language of leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.  ISBN 0-7879-0181-4

 American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).  Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.  ISBN 978-1-4338-0562-2

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Course Description:
CA 505 Organizational Leadership: A course that explores contemporary organizations and the pervasiveness of communication in all aspects of organizational life. It will emphasize the role of the leader in problem solving and decision making.

Educational Philosophy:
When I went to graduate school, we read books and articles, discussed them in class, and wrote papers. Through my teaching I have discovered that not everyone learns all they can in that type of system. I believe even graduate education must address different learning styles and intelligences. To that end, my class features activities, presentations, discussion, reflection, reading, and writing—I will try to balance activities meeting the needs of different learners with old graduate school standbys like reading and writing. Writing is the most visible product of graduate education and the ability to clearly communicate via writing is a key skill for graduate students. This course, therefore, will focus on writing skill. Discussion and debate helps refine and justify ideas as well as enhancing critical thinking and communication skills which are also key outcomes of graduate education. In this class, expect to defend your ideas and interpretations to develop these skills. I will grade based on a balance of participation, writing, and testing so that all students have a chance to succeed. 

I am guided by this quote from Ayn Rand: The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life - by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort-- Ayn Rand, "The Anti-Industrial Revolution"

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop a theory-based personal definition of leadership and critically evaluate your own leadership ability.
  2. Contrast authoritarian, democratic, Laissez-Faire, trait, situational, functional, transformative and charismatic leadership.
  3. Explain the similarities between leading in groups and teams, leading in organizations, and public leadership.
  4. Discuss why and how ethics and diversity are key leadership and organizational issues today and suggesting a method for dealing with those issues.
  5. Explain how paradigms shape organizational communication and leadership research.
  6. Summarize key elements creating organizational culture.
  7. Write an organized, insightful, piece of organizational leadership research.
Class Assessment:

500 points roughly divided into the following areas:

Core Assessment Exam 100 points (20%)

International Leader Group Presentations 100 points (20%)

Participation/Homework 200 points (40%)
Weekly assignments/discussions/activities worth 10 points each.

Leadership Communication Paper 100 points (20%)


450-500 points = A; 400-449 points = B; 350-399 points = C; 300- 349 points D; below 300 points = failing

Late Submission of Course Materials:

I expect all course work to be done on time. If you know you will be absent a particular class period, come talk to me. Illness, sudden or otherwise, is no excuse for missing a due date. You must contact me and make arrangements before the due date. Roommates and spouses can call even if you have a sore throat and are unable to. All late work will be penalized 10%. All late work must be completed within two weeks of the original assignment unless special permission is granted. Work is considered late if it is not in my possession by midnight on the date due. Plan ahead and start early. It has been my experience that the night before an assignment is due, all the books in the library on the topic have been checked out and the computer systems will be down.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 The 24-hour Rule:  Anytime you need to schedule an alternative day to turn in an assignment, you must contact me 24 hours prior to the assignment deadline you are trying to avoid.  Additionally, if you are dissatisfied with a grade on an assignment, you must wait 24 hours to talk to me about it.  There are no exceptions.

Office Hours:  Please feel free to come to my office, email, or call to discuss papers, presentations, and any problems you are having.  If my office hours conflict with your schedule, we can arrange another time to meet.

Writing: All work must be typed or word-processed. Make sure all written work has been proof read and spell checked. Spelling and grammatical errors hurt your credibility and reduce the possibility of effective communication. I believe that writing is a means to learning; that there is a correlation between reading and writing; and that writing helps one discover, clarify, examine, and synthesize information. Writing is, therefore, integral to this course and will be evaluated on its form as well as its content. All papers should be typed, double-spaced, left justified, and use a 10-12 pt font. Margins should be no larger than one inch. NOTE: While computers make writing easier, you must realize that technology can cause problems. Keep hard copies of papers you have submitted and save work in multiple places should we experience computer failure.

Student/Teacher Responsibilities: As a graduate student you must accept responsibility for your own actions.  Reading for class, preparing for tests, completing assignments on time, and contributing to class discussions are the major responsibilities I expect from you as your part of the learning process.  My responsibility is to give you my best teaching effort, to create a positive learning climate, and to challenge you.  It takes work from both of us to make this a worthwhile experience.  Additionally, at times we will discuss controversial topics and have people who disagree with each other.  You and I both must remember that while each of us has a right to our own opinion, we must respect the right of others to have differing opinions.  Calling someone or some idea "stupid" creates a defensive communication climate and hampers the ability of all of us to learn.  Think before you criticize.   If anyone in class makes a comment you are uncomfortable with, please contact me immediately and first.  Apologies and policy changes are best handled in the classroom. Finally, come talk to me when you have questions, concerns, or suggestions about the class.  It is less frustrating for both of us if you ask questions before the assignment is due, rather than after it has affected your performance. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One: Introduction to leadership

Discuss— Hackman and Johnson chap. 1

DUE--Leadership evaluation, Defining leadership

 Week Two: Theories of leadership

DUE—Leadership in the movies paper; pick leader for report

READ—Hackman and Johnson chaps. 2-4 AND

 Putnam, L.L.  (1982).  Paradigms for organizational communication research: An overview and synthesis.  Western Journal of Speech Communication 46, 192-206. 

 Thayer, L. (1988). Leadership/Communication: A critical review and a modest proposal. In G.M. Goldhaber & G. A. Barnett (Eds.) Handbook of organizational communication (pp. 231-263)Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishing.

 Week Three: Leading through communication-- Framing

 DUE—Paper proposal

READ—Fairhurst & Sarr, Chaps. 1-5 AND Framing article from doc sharing

Week Four: Leading through communication-- Framing

DUE— Background  paper; group presentations

READ— Fairhurst & Sarr, Chaps. 6- epilog



Week Five: Leadership in context: Leading organizations, groups and the public 

 DUE—Method paper; group presentations

READ— Hackman and Johnson chaps. 7-9, 13 

Week Six: Leadership, power and influence

DUE—Analysis paper; group presentations

READ— Hackman and Johnson chaps. 5-6 

Week Seven: Issues in leadership

DUE—Rough draft of paper; ethics paper

READ—Hackman and Johnson chaps. 10-11

Week Eight: Leadership development.

DUE— Paper; Final Exam

READ—Hackman and Johnson chap. 12 AND

Clutterbuck, D. & Hirst, S. (2002). Leadership communication: A status report. Journal of Communication Management, 6, 351-5.

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 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 21-22


Plagiarism is 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 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

Attendance Policy:

Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools. Park University 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 26

Disability Guidelines:
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