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YU MGT 550 (Spring 2022)

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Welcome to MGT 550! 

I'm Dr. Wade Larson and I'm pleased to be with you throughout this course. This will serve as our online platform to access documents and materials for our course.

I laid out the sessions below along with links to materials, assignments, etc.  

We'll take this approach and give us some structure for the materials, assignments, etc. I look forward to working with all of you. If you have any questions, please reach out to me directly. I recommend using my personal email (wade@wadelarson.com) or through the school email (wade.larson@wsu.edu). 

I provided a mini-index so you can jump ahead to the different sessions. It's not fancy, but this should serve our purposes. Please let me know if you need anything.

Dr. Wade

Textbook

 Kouzes, J.M. & Posner, B.Z. (2021). Everyday People, Extraordinary Leadership. John Wiley & Sons.

 (Book is available in hardcopy through several sources. It is also available electronically via Amazon Kindle that you can download and use immediately. Cost should be about $15.00)

ASSIGNMENTS

Session 1

INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENTS

Style Assessment

We can complete this prior to class or you can complete the following free assessment in class. You are expected to complete this at some point either prior to or during the class session. You are NOT expected to purchase the additional reports or supplemental assessments. PLEASE BRING YOUR COMPUTER TO COMPLETE THIS PART OF THE EXERCISE.

Free High5 Test: https://high5test.com/strengthsfinder-free/

Quiz 1: Follow this to complete the quiz. 

Complete the weekly quiz following this link:

https://www.research.net/r/MBA550-Quiz1-SP22 

 

Quiz 1 is due by Sunday, Feb 20 by end of day

TEAM ASSIGNMENTS

Form Teams

  • Form Teams (4 each): Please submit the list of team member names here (one submission per team):

 https://www.research.net/r/YU-MBA550-TeamForm-Feb22 

Team Case Study

 

  • Read the case study at the end of the syllabus

  • Review future team assignments and prepare for required submissions.

SESSION 1 MATERIALS

Below are the articles for review for Session 1. You will need this info for the quizzes and our discussions. 

IN-CLASS ACTIVITY

Students will engage in in-class activities throughout the course. Grading is based upon active engagement, participation, and contribution.

 

Class Discussion

Consider the results from the High5 Test.

 

  1. Do the “Top 5” qualities from the assessment accurately match what you believe to be your strengths?

  2. How do these results compare to the top priorities that you believe to be important for a leader?

  3. What do you believe to be your greatest strength(s) as a leader? Why?

  4. What area(s) do you believe you need to develop the most as a leader? Why?

Session Feedback

To help us calibrate class delivery and improve your experience, please complete the following feedback survey after each session (prior to noon the next day). https://www.research.net/r/MBA-FB1-SP22

 

SLIDES

Here are the slides from Session 1

Session 2

INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENTS

SESSION 2 MATERIALS

Below are the articles for review for Session 2. You will need this info for the quizzes and our discussions. 

PLEASE READ FOR CLASS

 

  • TEXT: Chapter 3, “Inspire a Shared Vision”

Additional Reading (Not Required)

SESSION OBJECTIVES

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

 

  1. Separate the functions of management and leadership and understand how they must work together to optimize performance.

  2. Identify the roles of employees, managers, and other stakeholders.

  3. Set a clear organizational strategy beginning with the mission, vision, and goals to create a clear direction.

  4. Create the desired culture within their scope of responsibility.

  5. Reinforce behavior and establish priorities through example.   

INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENTS

Quiz 2

Complete the weekly quiz following this link: https://www.research.net/r/MBA550-Quiz2-SP22 

Quiz will be due by end of day (11:59 p.m.) on Sunday, Feb. 20.

 

IN-CLASS ACTIVITY

Students will engage in in-class activities throughout the course. Grading is based upon active engagement, participation, and contribution.

SESSION FEEDBACK

Please complete the following feedback to help us improve for the next session:  https://www.research.net/r/MBA550-FB2-SP22  

Slides

Here are the slides for Session 2

Session 3

SESSION 3 MATERIALS

SESSION OBJECTIVES

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

 

  • Align people, practices, and resources to achieve organizational objectives 

  • Create effective strategic plans to implement and achieve mission and vision

  • Set standards to ensure all individuals align performance and behavior to match performance expectations

 

PLEASE READ FOR CLASS

 

  • TEXT: Chapter 4, “Challenge the Process” 

  • TEXT: Chapter 5, “Enabling Others to Act” 

INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENTS

 

Quiz 3

Complete the weekly quiz following this link: https://www.research.net/r/MBA550-Quiz3-SP22

Quiz 3 is due by Thursday, Feb 24.

IN-CLASS ACTIVITY

Students will engage in in-class activities throughout the course. Grading is based upon active engagement, participation, and contribution.

 

SESSION EVALUATION

https://www.research.net/r/SBA550-FB3-SP22 

Slides

Slides for Session 3

Session 4

SESSION 4 MATERIALS

SESSION OBJECTIVES

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Set metrics by which to measure progress towards the achievement of mission, vision, and goals

  • Create and communicate performance milestones for the organization, teams, and individuals to direct and motivate performance

  • Maintain focus and direction on the “big picture” while ensuring alignment with management and operations

  • Develop communication strategies to report progress and feedback

PLEASE READ FOR CLASS

  • TEXT: Chapter 6, “Encourage the Heart” 

INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENTS

 

Quiz 4

Complete the weekly quiz following this link: https://www.research.net/r/MBA550-Quiz4-SP22

Quiz 4 is due by Thursday, Feb 24.


IIN-CLASS ACTIVITY

Students will engage in in-class activities throughout the course. Grading is based upon active engagement, participation, and contribution.

 

Leadership Simulation Exercise

We will engage in a leadership simulation exercise during this session. Participants will be expected to fully engage in the project and participate in the outcomes. Points will be given as a result of the overall process, outcomes, and results. Assessment is based upon criteria such as:

 

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving.

  • Application of criteria covered in course materials.

  • Use of decision-making, strategy, and principles of management and leadership.

 

Individuals will have the opportunity to form teams at the start of the exercise that may be the same teams as the team projects OR different teams for this exercise only. Teams MUST be established and documented prior to the start of the exercise for grading purposes.

 

SESSION EVALUATION

https://www.research.net/r/MBA550-FB4-SP22

Session 5

SESSION 5 MATERIALS

SESSION OBJECTIVES

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

 

  • Set metrics by which to measure progress towards the achievement of mission, vision, and goals

  • Create and communicate performance milestones for the organization, teams, and individuals to direct and motivate performance

  • Maintain focus and direction on the “big picture” while ensuring alignment with management and operations

  • Develop communication strategies to report progress and feedback

 

PLEASE READ FOR CLASS

 

  • TEXT: Chapter 7, “Leadership Is Self-Development” 

INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENTS

 

Quiz 5

Complete the weekly quiz following this link: https://www.research.net/r/Quiz5-MBA550-SP22

Quiz 5 is due by Thursday, Feb 24.

IN-CLASS ACTIVITY

Students will engage in in-class activities throughout the course. Grading is based upon active engagement, participation, and contribution.

 

Leadership Simulation Exercise

We will engage in a leadership simulation exercise during this session. Participants will be expected to fully engage in the project and participate in the outcomes. Points will be given as a result of the overall process, outcomes, and results. Assessment is based upon criteria such as:

 

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving.

  • Application of criteria covered in course materials.

  • Use of decision-making, strategy, and principles of management and leadership.

 

Individuals will have the opportunity to form teams at the start of the exercise that may be the same teams as the team projects OR different teams for this exercise only. Teams MUST be established and documented prior to the start of the exercise for grading purposes.

SESSION EVALUATION

https://www.research.net/r/MBA550-FB4-SP22

 
 
 
 

ASSIGNMENTS

The following are the written projects/assignments for the course...

 

Individual Paper 1

Before you can set the path for others, you must first set the path for yourself. This assignment will guide you through the process of developing your own mission, vision, and course of action that will lead you to improve your leadership capabilities. 

 

Write a 500+ word paper wherein you identify, define, and consider your personal mission and vision. Consider your career path, current position and roles, and future expectations of career growth. Assess how you plan to apply leadership in your personal and professional life both now and in the future and the purpose of your EMBA within that journey. Identify steps as to how you can clarify your vision, whom you need to recruit to join you in your development, and what actions you will take to inspire a shared vision.

 

Submit your assignment at this link:  https://www.research.net/r/MGT550-Individual1-SP22

Individual assignment 1 is due by Sunday, Feb 20  (11:59 p.m.)

Individual Paper 2

Write a 500+ word paper wherein you identify the key metrics that you will use to measure and assess your progress as a leader. 

  • Consider your personal mission and vision, your goals and objectives, and your roles and responsibilities. 

  • Consider metrics that may apply in your current role and those that may adapt according to future responsibilities. 

  • Describe the metrics chosen, explain why you chose them, and evaluate their effectiveness in their application for you, your employees, and your organization in achieving your goals and overall success. 

  • Relate how the metrics relate to the big picture and will help you to improve motivational performance and maintain accountability while working with others in your sphere of influence. 

 

Submit your individual paper here: https://www.research.net/r/MBA550-Individual2-SP22

 

Individual paper 2 is due no later than Thursday, Feb. 24 by end of day.

TEAM ASSIGNMENT

You will be working with your team to complete a leadership development plan for Saudi Aramco. Before you can develop your plan, you must identify, measure, and assess the current situation of the company. 

 

Review the Saudi Aramco case study. Conduct initial analysis of the company and provide a written overview outlining the results of your analysis. Evaluate the role of leadership in the company and answer the following questions in your analysis.

 

  • How does leadership impact the development of the company’s future shift in its priorities?

  • How can the company improve its leadership effectiveness to optimize the company’s performance under the new focus?

  • Evaluate the company’s mission, values, and other factors fundamental to the company’s success. Are there changes that you recommend that are necessary for S.A. to achieve Net Zero by the set dates? 

  • Consider the current culture in the company. What changes will be needed to shift the culture to match the new priorities?

  • Develop what you believe should be the top priorities or strategies for the company over the next 3-5 years to set the correct course to achieve Net Zero by the established timeline. 

 

As a team, prepare a PowerPoint presentation that outlines your response.

 

  • Be sure to provide sufficient details either within your slides or the speakers’ notes to ensure understanding by the reader.

  • Be prepared to have one or more member(s) of your team ready to walk the rest of the class through your presentation during Session 2.

 

Submit a copy of your final submission. Submit one copy per team to: https://www.research.net/r/MBA550-Team1-SP22

Team Project 1 is due by the end of the day of Day 5 (Thursday, Feb 24 by 11:59 p.m.)

 

TEAM EVALUATION

Complete a team evaluation within 1 day of completion of the first project. Because we changed the due dates of both team projects to the same date, please ONLY COMPLETE ONE TEAM EVALUATION to cover team participation on BOTH projects. Please follow this link to submit your evaluation of team members.

 

Individual team scores will be adjusted according to team feedback. Students who do not complete a team evaluation within 1 day of completion of the team project will receive a 10% reduction in their team score for this project.

 

Team Evaluation link:  https://www.research.net/r/MBA550-TeamEval1-SP22