Businesses, large and small, increasingly recognize the critical distinction between a manager and a leader. A leader is someone who paints a vision and inspires employees to work effectively toward achieving it. In an increasingly global environment, today’s organizations are looking for value-based, visionary leadership.
The Chicago Campus' Organizational Leadership doctoral program is ideal for experienced managers seeking to further their careers by creating leadership models that fulfill organizational needs and objectives.
The Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program prepares leaders of tomorrow with coursework in human diversity and ethics, research strategies, strategic change management, teambuilding, organizational interventions, interpersonal dynamics, leadership methodologies, and a range of electives to support each student’s individual career goals.
Students in the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program conduct a wide range of leadership research and complete a dissertation on a leadership topic of their choosing. The curriculum also provides students with a rich understanding of traditional theories of leadership and organizational effectiveness. Theory comes to life as students bring their real-world experiences to the classroom and to online discussions. Each student is encouraged to explore and develop their own unique approach to being an effective leader of the future.
In the on-ground blended program in Chicago, students take two courses concurrently within a 15-week semester in a cohort fashion, learning and sharing experiences with the same group of classmates for the duration of the program. Classes meet face-to-face one weekend per month, with online assignments and discussions between classes.
Graduates emerge from the program highly qualified to apply the principles of psychology and leadership theory in a broad range of settings to more effectively lead across generations, cultures, and distances.
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Management Philosophy and Practice
Looks at various management philosophies and their practical applications. Topics include an examination management and leadership philosophy's and styles, and a comparison and contrast of the differences between management, leadership, and mentorship.
Emerging Theories of Leadership
Examines current theories regarding leadership. Topics include an examination of ethical leadership and the various theories of leadership and leadership development.
Focuses on the exploration of General Systems Theory and major modes of organizational systems in order to facilitate understanding of change and its impact on organizational life.
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