This course applies “classic” and contemporary theories to disrupt existing management and organizational practices and business structures. A variety of assignments are utilized to challenge existing management paradigms regarding planning, people and processes to prepare the student to anticipate, locate and implement changes in the business, social and ethical environments to lead their firms to be perpetual “first movers.” This course challenges students to understand not only innovation but how to manage and lead enterprises to embrace continuous change to create new market spaces ahead of competitors. An additional component of the course explores ethical considerations of leading a firm in today’s market-centric global economy. Students are asked to critically consider the social and ethical costs of a company’s practices and outputs. Assignments are tailored to teach students how to critically examine management concepts and models rather than how to think of them. Other topics explored in this course include an examining corporate cultures, leading teams through the unknown, discussing the future of the corporation and the role of corporate social responsibility.
Duration = 12 weeks
Dr. Keller holds the position of Professor of Management Studies and is a recipient of the “Professor of the Year” award from Monarch Switzerland. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Northcentral University and a Master in Management Science from Cardinal Stritch University and a Master in History from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Dr. Keller is presently a Professor at Eastern Oregon University, USA. Dr. Keller teaches global business policy and strategic management, management and leadership and organizational behavior at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Keller has written curricula for several universities and serves as a Master thesis director directing the capstone papers of more than 800 students. In 2015, Keller was selected to be included on the Fulbright Specialist Roster. (More…)