Academic Catalog

2019-2020 Edition

BSOL • Organizational Leadership

BSOL 301 · Dynamics of Group Behavior   3 Credits

Students examine group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on the principles of group dynamics, problem solving, decision-making, diagnosis and resolution of conflict, and managing meetings.

BSOL 302 · Adult Development and Learning Assessment   3 Credits

Students examine adult development and learning theory, including how adults think, act and behave in the workplace. Students conduct assessments to be able to understand the adult development cycle, learning styles, and how temperaments impact the workplace. A strengths-based orientation toward workforce development is explored. Students are also introduced to the process of identifying sources of life and work experience that might be applicable to earning college credit through “flexible learning pathways.”.

BSOL 303 · Introduction to Research Methodology   3 Credits

Students learn the purpose and value of research as a problem- solving tool in organizations. Approaches for identifying, analyzing, and researching organizational problems are emphasized as students select and review an appropriate organizational problem for their applied research projects.

BSOL 304 · Organizational Analysis   3 Credits

How organizations function as complex systems; the interrelatedness of organizational purpose, structure, leadership, relationships, and rewards in an organization.

BSOL 307 · Managerial Communication   3 Credits

Refinement of both written and oral presentation skills. Clear and concise presentation of ideas, reports, and proposals is the primary goal of this course.

BSOL 308 · Ethics and Worldviews in Business   3 Credits

Investigation of the significant impact ethics and worldviews have in the workplace through the lens of biblical perspective. Students develop an integrated approach to business for the common good to formulate responses about ethical and worldview aspects of current professional and social issues. Students consider multiple ethical and worldview perspectives to gain an awareness of navigating a multi-faith oriented workplace.

BSOL 401 · Data-Driven Decision Making I   3 Credits

Introduction to the principles of conducting secondary research by creating a literature review related to an organizational problem. This consists of critically evaluating secondary research (validity, relevance, and credibility). Students also evaluate strategies for effectively organizing a literature review and synthesize research findings to inform data-driven decision making.

BSOL 402 · Data-Driven Decision Making II   3 Credits

Conducting research using business databases in order to identify data that informs an organizational problem. Students evaluate research findings and apply decision-making models in order to reach evidence-based conclusions. Students effectively present research findings and rationale to stakeholders, proposing a data-driven solution to the organizational problem.

Prerequisite: BSOL 401.

BSOL 403 · Independent Study: Research Advisement I   3 Credits

This course is designed for students who need additional advisement/assistance in finishing chapters 1 & 2 of the Applied Research Project. Admission to the course must be petitioned through the assistant dean. Students describe the purpose, setting, history, background, scope, and importance of their applied research topics. Students conduct and write a literature review related to their problem analysis.

BSOL 404 · Independent Study: Research Advisement II   3 Credits

This course is designed for students who need additional advisement/assistance in finishing chapters 3 & 4 of the Applied Research Project. Admission to the course must be petitioned through the assistant dean. Students determine a research approach, develop and analyze a possible intervention for solving their organizational problems, and develop a data collection and analysis plan. Students report results, draw conclusions, and make recommendations regarding how their organizations should approach their research problem. They summarize their learning and apply it to their personal and professional lives.

BSOL 405 · Leading Disruptive Innovation   3 Credits

Survey of the shifting trends and emerging issues in organizations in which leaders are challenged to innovate. Students consider the implications of sustainability of an organization's societal, environmental, and financial footprint. Students examine contemporary relevant case studies to develop innovative solutions to lead actual or imagined organizations, focusing on proactive strategies.

BSOL 408 · Introduction to Data Analysis   3 Credits

Students explore how quantitative and qualitative data analysis contributes to making decisions and solving organizational problems. Basic methods of summarizing, analyzing, and presenting secondary research data are explored. Students interpret and communicate findings as a rationale for making organizationally impactful decisions.

BSOL 409 · Diversity in the Workplace   3 Credits

Barriers that inhibit diversity from thriving in the workplace. As a result of learning more about key ethnic and social groups, students become better equipped to contribute to initiatives that promote diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. Students appraise cultural intelligence and strategies for strengthening their leadership competency.

BSOL 410 · Principles of Management and Supervision   3 Credits

Students identify the actual roles managers play in complex organizations. This course prepares students for managerial roles while helping them work more effectively with current managers. Management theory is critically evaluated for its usefulness in light of actual practices.

BSOL 413 · Leadership and Change   3 Credits

This course explores the essential aspects of transformational leadership and examines tools used by transformational leaders to conduct business in today’s rapidly changing environment. Students study leadership and change as well as strategies for developing others. There are emphases on principles of servant leadership and Christian leadership and development of a personal leadership philosophy.