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Concentration in Leading People & Organizations

Business is a human endeavor. Great people make up the heart of every great organization—and every great organization needs leaders who know how to get the best out of their teams. Learn to be a successful leader with a MS in Finance/MBA and a concentration in Leading People & Organizations from D’Amore-McKim.

Develop your managerial skills and become a more strategic leader.

If your goal is to learn to manage human capital masterfully and grow your career, our concentration in Leading People & Organizations may be just what you’re looking for. Organizations succeed when they master the human side of business—managing their talent and their teams strategically and skillfully. Managers who develop excellent communication and leadership skills often make their way up the corporate ladder quickly, especially in today’s environment of accelerating change.

This concentration is a fit for you if you aspire to a leadership role in human resources, or you can become an outstanding leader in a particular functional area by pairing this concentration with another (say, marketing, international business or supply chain management).

No matter what your career goals or your chosen industry, you can benefit from learning what makes great companies great—and emulating their best practices to build a similar organizational culture.

Your coursework will focus on the topics critical to managing people successfully: acquiring and retaining talent, managing diversity, leading teams, negotiating, succession planning, managing a distributed workforce, and managing change. You’ll get an overview of high-level human resources strategies, and you’ll also learn tactical tools that can help your organization accomplish its goals. And you’ll be learning from faculty with direct experience in leadership and managerial roles.

Finally, you’ll get a chance to test-drive that practical toolkit in an exciting arena: a paid corporate residency with a company whose mission matches your career interests. You’ll help a real corporate team make better decisions based on data, building confidence and experience in the process. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that distinguishes D’Amore-McKim from other schools—and will distinguish you from other business graduates.


Program Details

To earn a Leading People & Organizations concentration for the Full-Time MS in Finance/MBA, students must complete the 16 credits of MBA core curriculum, corporate residency, and 12 credit hours from the coursework listed below. You will also complete 24 credits from the finance curriculum, and 15 elective credits of which 3 must be experiential in nature and 6 will be from courses offered at other schools and colleges at Northeastern to ensure that you graduate prepared to meet the interdisciplinary needs of businesses today.

The curriculum is subject to change by D’Amore-McKim faculty. Please monitor for updates.

Select 12 credits from the following:

ELECTIVE LEADING PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS MBA COURSES Details

Global Talent Management

Offers students an opportunity to obtain the insights, frameworks, and tools to effectively manage and develop talent in teams and organizations. Also explores promotion and cross-functional systems that strengthen the organization as well as retention strategies to promote and reward high-quality talent. Managing and developing talent is one of the top three issues on the minds of CEOs from around the world. In fact, CEOs cite managing and developing their leadership talent as the issue that is most important to the future success of their business but that their organizations are least capable of addressing effectively. Offers students an opportunity to engage in various activities intended to illustrate and practice the skills involved in implementing talent management systems.

3 credits

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Great Companies

Studies and debates the criteria for a great company. As suppliers, customers, employees, or students, everyone has experience with a range of organizations. Some are admired, some are mediocre, and some are dreadful. This course focuses on companies with management practices that produce and sustain extraordinary outcomes such as low cost, amazing service, fast growth, and exceptional quality. Often, these companies are great because they dare to be different and the key question is: “How do they do it?” Explores such topics as organizational culture, organizational design, empowerment, business process improvement, reward systems, and employee and organizational learning. Uses a variety of learning approaches, including case studies, articles, lecture/discussion, videos, and exercises.

3 credits

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Leadership For Environmental Sustainability

Explores how organizational leaders use scientific knowledge to develop effective sustainability strategies around such global issues as climate change and energy depletion. Also explores how key stakeholders—businesses, governments, gray sector organizations, and communities—interact on issues of global sustainability. The course objective is to develop leaders who can research and communicate effectively about global environmental sustainability.

3 credits

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Managing a Diverse Workforce

Faculty are hard at work to develop this course. Description will be added soon.

3 credits

Negotiations

Designed to improve students’ understanding of the negotiations process and their ability to plan and conduct negotiations effectively. Includes such class activities as readings, lectures, and discussions as well as case discussions and role-playing negotiation exercises.

3 credits

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Power & Influence

Introduces students to the uses of power and influence in the surroundings in which they work, working with and managing people, and achieving the goals they set for themselves. Offers students an opportunity to make sense of their own on-the-job learning experiences and to explore basic diagnostic and action-planning skills that they can later use on the job. Exposes students to a variety of cases that demonstrate the effective and ineffective uses of power in different types of organizational contexts and at different points in a manager’s career and how to consider difficult ethical questions as well.

3 credits

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Strategic HR

Faculty are hard at work to develop this course. Description will be added soon.

3 credits


Is a Concentration in Leading People & Organizations Right for You?

If you see yourself emerging as a truly different person, the answer is yes. If you imagine a future where you can have a meaningful, relevant impact on the world of business, the answer is yes. If you’re ready to join people who think like you, now is the time to accelerate your career with our Full-Time MS in Finance/MBA program.

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