This course will focus on establishing collaborative learning environments within an organization, including those in a global community. This course presents an analysis of the various leadership styles, focuses on the theoretical constructs for learning organization, and explor issues like diversity and moral and ethical dilemmas in leadership at the various organizational levels (individual, group, and organizational). This course provides students in a leadership role an opportunity to analyze, reflect on, and apply organizational principles, as well as other behaviors necessary to develop a learning organization. This is the first course to be taken by students enrolled in the Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership major. (3 credits)
- Formal admission into the Master’s in Organizational Effectiveness & Leadership program.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Apply various learning community theories and models to organizational dilemmas.
- Assess the influences of diversity on a learning community from interpersonal, group, and organizational behavior perspectives in making organizational decisions.
- Evaluate various leadership types and analyze the influences of leadership styles on the organization at various levels (individual, group, and organizational).
- Formulate a learning community based on the various theoretical characteristics.
- Assess the various pros and cons related to formulating a learning community.
Applicable Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
1. Assess and design learning communities in organizations.
2. Evaluate and formulate an individual leadership style.
3. Develop professional communication skills.
7. Design and implement organizational change processes.
8. Create strategies to support intercultural/global inter-relationships.
9. Develop strategies that support the advancement of organization's vision and mission.
13.Conduct research utilizing online sources and databases and write research papers that analyze and synthesize information and data gathered.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussion Questions (Non-Gradable): 1 Discussion Question @ 0 points each
Discussion Questions: 10 Discussion Questions @ 30 points each
Short Research Papers: 3 @ 100 points each
Application Papers: 2 @ 200 points each
(Available through our online bookstore)
- Northouse, Peter G. Leadership: Theory & Practice. 8th ed. Sage Publishing, 2019. ISBN-13: 978-1-5063-6231-1
- Senge, Peter M. The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization. REV 06. Currency Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-0-385-51725-6
Supplemental Required Readings / Resources
- Links to the supplemental readings and articles are provided in the course shells.
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Introduction to the Learning Organization
Topic: Disciplines of the Learning Organization
Topic: Application of the Learning Organization
Topics: Leadership Traits, Skills & Behaviors
Topic: Organizational Culture
Topics: Leadership Approaches- Situational Approach & Path-Goal Theory
Topics: Leadership Approaches - Transformational, Authentic, & Servant Leadership
1-3, 7-9, 13
Topics: Ethics & Course Wrap-up
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.