The Nebraska Wesleyan University Leadership Institute offers Certificate programs at the graduate and undergraduate level for individuals seeking advanced education in organizational and professional leadership (offered for credit or not-for-credit).
Certificates run throughout the academic year and during the summer in eight-week sessions that meet one night per week. Students who complete the Certificates for credit will earn 12 credit hours at Nebraska Wesleyan, and an official diploma acknowledging completion of the Certificate program. Some of the graduate-level courses can be applied to Nebraska Wesleyan’s MBA program. Students pursuing these certificates for credit, who meet the admissions requirements for the MBA, are automatically accepted into the MBA and may apply these courses to the program at any time.
|Required Coursework||6 hours|
BUSAD 5250 Leadership (Strongly Recommended)
Credit may be received for leadership experience and a formal reflection/assessment product.
|BUSAD 5450 Executive Leadership||3 hours|
|Elective: Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship||3 hours|
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In this course students will examine the history of leadership theory to understand its development and to explore the future of leadership study. Additionally, students will also explore the nature and charactership of leadership addressing the key question, What is leadership? This course utilizes an interdisciplinary approach in its survey of leadership issues, incorporating historical, political, literary, scientific, sociologically, and theological prospectives.
This course addresses how leaders can effectively utilize creative strategies through and examination of factors that contribute to successful executive leadership practice across a variety of organizational settings. Exploration of the origins of leadership, challenges that contemporary leaders face, the impact of leadership, relationship building, and innovative strategies for overcoming barriers. Emphasis is placed on leadership knowledge, approach and application.
Social Entrepreneurship is an intense introduction and immersion into the development and implementation of social entrepreneur enterprises. We will introduce students into the development of managing and expanding social entrepreneurial projects/enterprises.
This course invites students to explore the mindset of creativity and innovation with the application of creativity and innovation into the organizational and the entrepreneurial process. We will explore a variety of ways for students to increase their creativity and innovation in their professional roles. We will study companies which are creative and innovative and we will study companies who failed to be innovative and creative.
This course provides an introduction to the concepts of decision science--the application of quantitative methods to decision making. It provides a foundation for spreadsheet applications and model development. Students will gain technical knowledge and expertise in applying mathematical models and analysis to business problems.
This course focuses with identifying major risks that organizations face, the sources and reasons for these risks, and alternative strategies to reduce risk to insure continuity and sustainability. The course will utilize case studies to help students better understand the concepts of risk management. Students will be asked to draw upon their own experiences in the class.
Provides a conceptual basis for managers to interpret, assess, and influence human behavior in an organization. Analyzes the interaction of individual, group, and organizational dynamics that influence human behavior in organizations and determines appropriate management approaches to foster a productive work environment. Examines a variety of theories, models and strategies used to understand motivation and individual behavior, decision making, the dynamics of groups, work teams, communication, leadership, power and politics, conflict resolution, work design, organizational structure and culture, and managing change.
This course sets the topics of management, finance, marketing, and other aspects of business decision making in a global context. The course focuses on theoretical aspects (theory of international trade and finance) as well as applied aspects (overcoming cultural barriers, dealing with a different legal environment and standard systems) of international business. Some other topics covered in class include: export and import strategies, international accounting issues, foreign exchange, and international labor relations.
This class provides a framework for understanding the importance of business ethics and corporate responsibility. The aspects of leadership, compliance and decision making in organization will be studied, along with the potential conflicts between, and impacts on the stakeholders of an organization. This course will examine the relationships between business and society, considering the ethical questions and implications involved.
See NURS 5400 Nursing Leadership and Management I.
In this course, students will learn practical applications of Management, Leadership and Supervision theory. Practical applications begin with identification of problems and opportunities in a format that allows systematic solutions. The course is based on Kotter's concept of the difference between leadership and management dimensions and utilizes real world challenges to design systematic plans of improvement.
In this capstone course, MBA students synthesize the knowledge and skills gained throughout the program. Topics include the development and implementation of organizational strategies and policies, interrelationships between external and internal environments, identification, analysis and implementation of solutions to strategic situations. The class will complete a "live case" with a local business or nonprofit organization. Teams of students apply techniques in business finance, cross-functional alignment, competitive analysis, and the selection of tactics and provide recommendations to the organization.
Prerequisite(s): BUSAD 5110 Marketing Management, BUSAD 5040 Managerial Finance, BUSAD 5260 Organizational Behavior, and BUSAD 5330 Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility.
Organizational development is considered as a multi-step process that may involve a wide variety of interventions. Interventions from those involving basic human processes to those requiring planning at the strategic level are covered. Particular emphasis is placed on selecting appropriate interventions based on thoughtful diagnosis of organizational issues.
This 5 week program is designed to create personal change, evolve self-knowledge and expand your world-view. Expect change to occur in how you lead and how you work, not matter what your business. This educational and experiential course will provide a peer to peer learning cohort; deliver practical tools to use every day; and explore transformational change plus evolutionary change through self-knowledge.