Organizational Leadership Business Degree


This module is a study of group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on making decisions and resolving conflict in groups. Students develop strategies for efficient and productive group management and determine which tasks are best handled by groups or individuals.

This module will focus on understanding adult learning and developmental theory and the career management and planning process. Self-assessment and analysis of the resulting information will be key components to the learning process. Each student will develop a professional growth plan to assess his or her strengths and weaknesses, identify knowledge and skills acquired, and assemble evidence of those knowledge and skills. 

Integration of research methods and statistics is a key to a better understanding how the research process requires the combination of both elements. In this course you will discover how the collection, description, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data will help you make better informed decisions. Statistics can be used to describe a particular data set (termed descriptive statistics) as well as to draw conclusions about the population from a particular data set (termed inferential statistics). This course applies statistical applications in a business context in order to address business related questions and help make evidence-based decisions. In Research Methods and Statistical Applications, you will learn to apply commonly used statistical methods in business contexts and how to interpret analyses performed by others. 

Students formulate a philosophy of life, providing the base for such concerns as ethics in business, accountability in government, respect for human rights, and a responsible life style in our contemporary world. Ethical theories and personal values are examined through readings, analysis of the workplace, and classroom discussion. 

An investigation of the role of communication and relationships in creating a productive work environment. Effectiveness in personal and social relationships is also covered through readings and exercises concerning such topics as nonverbal communication, constructive feedback, and conflict management. Students develop a model for effective relationships. 

This module focuses on understanding organizational development as a means to increase an organization’s effectiveness and viability. Components include basic behavioral science techniques for facilitating individual, small group, and organizational change, problem solving, system improvement, and changing beliefs and values within an organization. 

The course reflects MNU’s commitment, as a Christian liberal arts university, to nurturing an appreciation for the rich resources of the Scriptures. A course which explores the elements of leadership, connects or relates key elements of leadership to biblical characters, analyzes the degree of effectiveness of biblical leaders, applies Christian leadership elements to current business practice, and identifies some contemporary Christian business leaders. 

Students explore the values and perceptions of selected groups affecting social and economic life through an analysis of policies and practices regarding recruitment, selection, training, development, and compensation of employees. Special attention is given to human resource trends, effects of globalization, workforce diversity, staffing, training & development, compensation and benefits, motivating employees, and labor relations. 

Students examine motivational theory and its application to individual and group functioning in work and home situations. Leadership styles related to particular circumstances are analyzed. Negotiation is covered through readings and class practice, with an analysis of the effect on productivity. 

Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate an integrated understanding of sound principles, biblical and ethical standards, and best practices in organizational leadership. Students will complete a previously approved case study that focuses on resolving a problem or capitalizing on an opportunity. Working in close consultation with the course instructor, students will formulate and defend a plan of action for the identified problem or opportunity and prepare a formal presentation of the completed case study.