Monica C. Higgins
This course focuses on how leaders of organizations, both large and small, public and private, translate good ideas into action. These ideas may be entrepreneurial in nature and entail starting new ventures, or they may be intrapreneurial in nature and entail implementing new initiatives within existing organizational structures. We will focus on how leaders can shape and influence complex decision processes regarding innovative and entrepreneurial ideas most effectively. We will examine both those decisions that were flawed and those that were successful in order to derive lessons about leadership and learning in dynamic, complex, and highly uncertain organizational environments, including the education sector, among others. The course will be largely case-based and will meet twice a week for an hour and a half each. Students will be expected to come to class prepared and ready to discuss the case and, if called upon, to role-play their recommendations and take a stand as well.
Permission of instructor required. Enrollment is limited to 90. Required for first-year Ed.L.D. students. For remaining spaces, admission is by lottery, with preference given to HGSE students. A small number of spaces may be available to cross-registrants. Enrollment procedure will be posted on the course web site.
Fall 2012 course, four credits; Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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