This degree is designed for those who wish to further their career in global business management, while becoming a transformative leader in the process. Teaching themes include cross-cultural management and virtual teamwork.
As a successful applicant for this program, you'll be expected to have 3-5 years of organizational work experience. Managerial experience and work with teams is a plus. You will be required to submit a Statement of Purpose (3-4 double-spaced pages) discussing your professional qualities; why this program is best for your career path; how this degree will enable you to grow as a collaborative manager team leader; what potential career opportunities this degree will offer; your commitment to completing a graduate degree at this time; and your ability to study effectively in a distance learning environment. A personal interview (online or phone) with the program director is also required.
The MA Management Global Workforce Collaboration Specialization is an 18-month lockstep cohort program. It is designed to be completed in four consecutive semesters (no summer break). Students complete 36 credits, a 4-5 day residential conference at the start of the fall and spring semesters, a longer residential conference for the summer semester, and a capstone project. The program is team-taught in an innovative format that integrates theoretical knowledge with practical application.
Semester 1: Globally Distributed Organizational Cultures, Systems, and Supply Chain Management
- Sustainable Organizational Behavior & Dynamics: Global Culture, Structures, Operations, and Processes (3 credits)
- Global Economies, Markets, Supply Chains, & Financial Management (3 credits)
- Leading Global Organizations and Developing Innovative Cultures (3 credits)
Semester 2: Global Workplace Environments, Human Resources, & Workforce Systems
- Global Workforce Characteristics and Issues: World Views, Culture, Diversity, Ethics, Power, Work Styles, & Politics (3 credits)
- Engaging International Human Resource Management: Principles, Processes, Issues, & Challenges (3 credits)
- Managing Across Cultures: Demographics, Time Zones, & Building Trusting Workplace Relationships (3 credits)
Semester 3: Intra & Inter Organizational Networks & Knowledge Management Systems
- The Network Organization: Social Networks, Partnerships, Alliances & Communities of Practice (3 credits)
- Technology, Communication, Information & Knowledge Ecologies (3 credits)
- Facilitating & Analyzing Social Networks & Managing Partnerships (3 credits)
Semester 4: Virtual Collaborative Management Processes, Practices, & Issues
- Collaborative Workplace Systems, Environments, & Virtual Teams (3 credits)
- Collaborative Decision Making & Innovation (3 credits)
- Program Capstone - Managing People & Projects with Integrity, Engagement, Empowerment, & Constructive Conflict (3 credits)
- This graduate level analytical project is worked on throughout the program. The culmination is a written project (theory and application) and demonstration of learning presented at the final residency in which the student participates. The Capstone project has three components:
- Distributed Organizational Case Analysis: Assessment of an existing organization's culture, including defining multi-levels of culture, effectiveness of current practices, recommendations for leadership, teamwork, collaboration, cultural change to support effective cross-cultural, dispersed networks and organizational systems.
- Professional Management Profile Essay: Includes core learning, applications to career and job and continued development plan.
- Professional Portfolio: Compilation of the Professional Concentration and Internship written projects with a concluding epilogue essay.