This course provides a comprehensive overview of the historical, current, and emerging perspectives in organizational leadership theory and practice. The past and present state of leadership will be examined in order to consider and shape the future of leadership. Candidates will explore the nature of the leadership role in contemporary organizations, and determine the responsibilities and benefits of leadership in the broad social arena.
In the course project, Research Paper: Leadership Theory Analysis and Application, candidates prepare an in-depth research study that explores a specific field of interest in organizational leadership. Project components include a historical timeline of research findings, an analysis and synthesis of applicable leadership theories, and a look at the impacts of technological and leadership theory as well as future research areas emanating from this initial research.
Course Learning Objectives
- Develop both a historical and current perspective of leadership theory: the evolution of leadership and how theoretical perspectives have or continue to impact management practice; and understand the application of theoretical findings in a business enterprise.
- Review, analyze, and integrate the major theoretical underpinnings of leadership to help understand how these theories contribute to managerial strategies necessary for meeting the needs of the organization, the shareholders, customers, and the business community.
- Analyze the current body of knowledge of leadership research pertaining to technology, globalization, and application of such findings in the current business environment.
- Apply research theories and identify methodological insights in beginning to build individual annotated bibliographic citations for use in the doctoral program.
- Identify applicable seminal research, theory, and/or methods from this course relevant to individual research question(s); and contribute to the field of study by extending previous knowledge.