Academic Catalog

2023-2024 Edition

ORGS • Organizational Studies

ORGS 300 · Dynamics of Group Behavior   3 Credits

Examination of group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Coursework emphasizes the principles of group dynamics, problem solving, decision making, diagnosis and resolution of conflict, and managing meetings.

ORGS 310 · Adult Development and Learning Assessment   3 Credits

Examination of 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 and learning styles and how temperaments impact the workplace. Students explore a strengths-based orientation toward workforce developmen. The coursework introduces students to the process of identifying sources of life and work experience that might be applicable to earning college credit through “flexible learning pathways.”.

ORGS 320 · Introduction to Research Methodology   3 Credits

The purpose and value of research as a problem-solving tool in organizations. Coursework emphasizes approaches for identifying, analyzing, and researching organizational problems as students select and review an appropriate organizational problem for their applied research projects.

ORGS 335 · Leadership Theory and Practice   3 Credits

Evaluation of leadership theories and practices within various sectors. Emphasis is on applying a Christian worldview to leadership practice and the development of a personal philosophy of leadership. Students cannot earn credit for both ORGS 335 and ORGS 450.

Students cannot earn credit for both ORGS 335 and BUSN 460. Students cannot earn credit for both ORGS 335 and ORGS 450.

ORGS 340 · Managerial Communication   3 Credits

Refinement of both written and oral presentation skills. The course's primary goal is the clear and concise presentation of ideas, reports, and proposals.

ORGS 350 · Leadership Ethics   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.

ORGS 360 · Organizational Analysis   3 Credits

Analysis of the organization in relation to competitors in the global industry. Students learn how leaders evaluate the driving forces of the industry and develop key strategies to provide the organization with a competitive advantage. Students evaluate how leaders forecast technological and environmental changes and implement initiates enabling organizations to positively leverage the changes.

ORGS 375 · Organizational Development   3 Credits

Evaluation of organizational systems, processes, policies, cultures, and structures. Students will conduct an organizational analysis, apply organizational development concepts, and make recommendations that support changes necessary to the growth and sustainability of the organization.

ORGS 400 · 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.

ORGS 410 · 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.

Prerequisite: ORGS 320.

ORGS 411 · Data-Driven Decision Making II   3 Credits

Rresearch using business databasesr 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: ORGS 410.

ORGS 420 · Human Resource Strategy   3 Credits

Key components of human resources (HR) in organizations, such as workforce planning, recruitment, selection, staffing, performance evaluation, training, and compensation. Theprimary focus of the course is on the leader’s perspective in relation to HR functions.

ORGS 430 · Introduction to Data Analysis   3 Credits

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

ORGS 440 · Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace   3 Credits

Analysis of organizational structures, systems, and processes for creating a culture of inclusion and belonging. Students examine the role of leadership in shaping an equitable and inclusive culture for improving employee engagement and retention.

ORGS 450 · Theory and Practice of Leadership   3 Credits

An evaluative review of the major theories and practices of leadership studies, which include leaders in various sectors. Students explore the history, structure, behavior, development, and dynamics of successful and aberrant leaders. Students cannot earn credit for both ORGS 450 and ORGS 335.

Students cannot earn credit for both ORGS 450 and BUSN 460. Students cannot earn credit for both ORGS 450 and ORGS 335.

ORGS 460 · Leadership and Change   3 Credits

Evaluation of transformational and servant leadership approaches in a rapidly changing environment. Students examine leadership and change models for increasing organizational effectiveness and strategies for developing others.

ORGS 470 · Emotional Intelligence & Leaders   3 Credits

A study of social interaction processes and human behavior from the concept of emotional intelligence, as it focuses on intrapersonal and interpersonal attributes of the leader. Students explore the positive juxtaposition of authentic leadership, emotional intelligence, and emotional contagion.

ORGS 475 · Global Issues in Leadership   3 Credits

Exploration of global leadership challenges including how to lead in cross-cultural settings. Students evaluate the complexity of leading in global settings and methods for improving organizational culture and the human condition from a Christian worldview.

ORGS 480 · Financial Management and Resource Allocation in Orgs   3 Credits

Application of financial management and resource allocation principles for strategic decision making. Students apply financial analysis and corporate budgeting skills to maintain organizational stability, prioritize the deployment of resources, and align with organization mission and strategic goals.

ORGS 485 · Systems Thinking and Management   3 Credits

Foundations of human learning are examined, with an emphasis on experimental research and the underlying assumptions related to research. Both historical and contemporary concepts are discussed with particular focus on application to individuals, organizations, and institutions.

ORGS 490 · Organizational Leadership Capstone   3 Credits

Application of organizational leadership theories and practices for transforming organizational systems and cultures. Students will identify an organization and take on the role of a consultant, identify an opportunity for improving the organization’s culture or performance, and present a comprehensive recommendation for enhancing organizational effectiveness.