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About Leadership and Management

The M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the Department of Leadership and Management prepare graduates to take on management and leadership positions and address organizational needs in a variety of for-profit or nonprofit industries.

Helping students work toward sustainable change, we prepare leaders and managers who can work creatively in a world that is complex, ambiguous, and changing rapidly. Graduates will be able apply their knowledge to the following areas:

Government agencies
International and domestic businesses
Philanthropic organizations

The richness of our curriculum can be described by defining the terms we commonly use.

Systems Sciences – Is an interdisciplinary field that studies complex systems in nature, society, and science. We integrate theory and practice from family systems, organizational systems, natural systems, and social systems. Students develop a systems lens as a way to view, describe, and design complex systems interrelationships. You can learn methodologies to design new approaches to changing healthcare systems, educational systems, business systems, and other social systems. This knowledge and ability creates opportunities for exciting and meaningful work locally and globally.

Organizational Leadership – Today’s leaders need to be capable of engaging people in collaborative learning and work; work that brings people together for a purpose.  Working with and through people requires a high level of emotional, social, and cultural competency and the ability to adapt to every changing needs. Leaders today need to have strong collaborative skills as the work toward sustainable change which often occurs virtually and across teams, organizations, and sectors. We prepare leaders who can work creatively in a world that is complex, ambiguous, and changing rapidly.

Transformation – Much of the change needed today is transformative change, change that requires us to challenge deep-seated beliefs and assumptions about what works and what doesn’t. Transformative work requires leaders to hold multiple perspectives, to engage with others in dialogue, and to create the conditions that support shifting our ways of being, working, and leading.

Sustainability – We use the term sustainability to describe a desired state in which our natural systems, organizational systems and social systems are able to support life, change, and healthy growth. Sustainability is a systems concept that recognizes that to thrive, we need systems that are generative. We recognize and value the importance of the triple-bottom line and evolutionary systems theory and practice. 

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