Today’s business culture is in need of leaders who model integrity, competency, and ethics. Lipscomb’s MBA program has been producing just such a leader from its inception in 1999. Leadership is consistently the most popular focus of both our MBA and PMBA students.
Lipscomb’s approach to leadership is modeled after servant leadership. The leadership concentration is intentionally designed to incorporate ethics and values so a student is able to learn to identify and cultivate a values-based business environment. Leadership is built on the principle of doing the right thing.
In today’s complex and global business environment, leaders need to be able to utilize all of an organization’s resources to gain and sustain a competitive advantage. The leadership concentration prepares students to think systemically about aligning an organization’s strategy, goals and objectives with its mission, vision and values.
The leadership concentration curriculum is engaging, interactive, and integrates both knowledge and skills. Instructors in the program are not only academically qualified to facilitate a great learning experience, but also have years of organizational and business leadership experience. Faculty members have held titles such as Regional Director, Director of Human Resources, and CEO, and have worked for General Motors, the U.S. Army, The Tennessean and the U.S. Air Force. Students often comment on how the experience of the professors has helped them to understand the application of practical solutions to business issues.
Did you know?
According to the Center for Creative Leadership, today’s challenging times underscore the importance of effective leadership. Layoffs, early retirements, and dramatically changing market realities are adding another layer of complexity to companies’ understanding of what they need in terms of talent. Findings from a study conducted between 2006 and 2008 showed that crucial leadership skills in today’s organizations are, in fact, insufficient for meeting current and future needs.
To set yourself apart in a competitive and volatile economic environment, effective and ethical leadership skills are essential for job security and challenging career opportunities.
MHR 6023 Organizational Development
This course addresses the fundamental concepts of organizational development. Students are exposed to both theoretical and practical information that is very critical when altering work processes, organizational culture, and large-scale systems. Projects and case studies provide students hands-on experience designing, implementing, and analyzing assessment tools in the work environment. Additionally, students learn how to develop and successfully integrate strategic organizational change initiatives.
BU 6503 Leading Teams and Groups in Organizations
Teams and work groups have become a design and structural choice of organizations as a response to performance pressures for speed, cost, quality, and innovation. This course is a study designed to examine models, concepts, art, and science of how teams work in organizations. The problems of team development in bureaucratic and matrix organizations will be reviewed. The course will provide guidelines and principles for designing team-based organizations. The class will be organized into teams and use cases to examine issues of organizational structures, systems, processes, culture, and strategies. Current best practices books will be reviewed and shared.
ICM 5013 Negotiation and Settlement Processes
This course is designed to offer a basic experiential introduction to the concepts, instruments, functions, and theories of modern negotiation. The purpose of this introduction is to give you some of the information needed to better understand the basic dynamics of interpersonal, business and legally related negotiation.
Concentration coursework is offered on weeknights and/or weekends during the October, March and June terms.
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