The purpose of this course is to help students learn how to start and run a successful business so that they can utilize their gifts and talents, become financially independent, and contribute to society. Four domains associated with the topic of entrepreneurship are examined in detail.
The ability to manage cross-culturally is a growing challenge faced by professionals that do business globally. Learning about the culture and business practices in a country that is different from your own, is essential for achieving your business goals. This course will give students the opportunity to learn about cross-cultural (or inter-cultural) business practices and how to succeed when working with others from different geographical locations. We will explore such topics as expatriate (someone living and working abroad) selection and best practices for adjustment, business etiquette in various geographical locations, and how to work with people (co-workers, clients, customers, etc) from various cultures throughout the world.
Leadership development is the process of enhancing your skills to influence and organize others to accomplish key goals. It goes beyond knowledge of leadership theories by focusing on building skills to inspire and organize people to achieve tangible results. Four goals for the course: To increase your understanding of your own strengths, proficiencies, and development needs, to build your repertoires of influence tactics, so that you can expand your personal spheres of influence to accomplish personal and/or organizational goals, to enhance your confidence for tackling leadership challenges as well as your resilience for dealing with obstacles so that you can achieve desired results and to make this a useful, fun, and interesting course that will significantly accelerate your leadership development.
This course will provide students with an understanding of the nature of power and political processes in complex organizations. The particular focus will be on understanding how power and influence can be developed and used to get things done when responsibilities exceed formal authority. Cases, critical incidents, and experiential exercises will be used to consider various strategies and tactics. Various moral and ethical issues will also be explored.