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MBA 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 lead successfully with an MBA 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, finance, 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.

The highlight of your MBA studies may well be your paid corporate residency, where you’ll get a chance to work for a company whose mission matches your career interests, and where you’ll have significant responsibilities related to managing people and projects. You’ll gain invaluable experience, build confidence, and grow your professional network.


Program Details

To earn a Leading People and Organizations MBA, students must complete the 16 credits of MBA core curriculum, corporate residency, and 12 credit hours from the leadership coursework listed below. You will also complete 12 credits from a second concentration of your choosing, 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

A Management Perspective of Human Resources Management

Takes a general manager’s perspective on human resource management. Global competitive challenges are forcing organizations to become increasingly flexible. Workplace trends such as telecommuting, increased information technology, contingent workers, and diversity hiring designed to address this flexibility are fundamentally altering the realm of human resource management in the United States. Explores how these issues affect the management of people in organizations through case analyses, small-group exercises, videos, and lectures. Examines topics traditionally related to the human resources management function, such as planning, staffing, evaluating, and rewarding. Also examines employee rights, labor relations, and international human resources management.

3 credits

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Becoming a Global Leader*

Seeks to help students build the cross-cultural skills necessary to comfortably and effectively work in different cultures and with people from different cultures. Discusses the alignment between the firm’s business strategy and the leader’s responses in a multicultural environment along with the methods for leadership effectiveness in multicultural teams and virtual environments. Using online, experiential, and discussion-based methods, offers students an opportunity to gain the self-awareness needed to generate a plan for their own global leadership development.

3 credits

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Creating an Innovative Organization

Examines the actions that managers must take to stimulate innovation and direct it in ways that allow the organization to accomplish its goals. Topics include what organization forms are most conducive to innovation, what factors hinder innovativeness and how can they be overcome, and what role managers play in bringing about innovation. Focuses on the actions that companies and their managers can take to design their organizations and systems effectively in order to foster innovativeness. Elements of an organization’s infrastructure include design, reward mechanisms, communication patterns, boundary spanning, control systems, leadership at all levels, and the organization’s culture.

3 credits

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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

Built on the premise that everyone is capable of leadership. Exposes students to a series of alternative perspectives of leadership, including some contemporary collaborative models. From careful consideration of these perspectives, as well as from practicing them using the course’s experiential methods, students have an opportunity to build a personal model of leadership upon which they can expand as they continue to develop as leaders.

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

Examines issues related to managing oneself and others in an increasingly diverse workforce. Organizations need to address diversity issues in some manner if they are to compete effectively in a global economy. Covers diversity-related issues with management implications including religion, social identity, socialization, employment decisions by applicants and organizations, team dynamics, leadership, sexual harassment, workplace romance, career development, work and family, accommodation of people with disabilities, and organizational strategies for promoting equal opportunity and a multicultural approach toward diversity. Offers students an opportunity to conduct self-assessments to monitor their own workforce needs as they relate to issues of diversity, careers, and work-life integration.

3 credits

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Managing Professionals and High Performance Teams

Designed to improve the managerial and leadership effectiveness of individuals who have increasing responsibility over the performance of creative individual contributors and project teams working for them. Covers both micro concerns (individuals and groups) and macro issues (organizational structure and interfunctional relationships). Topics include creating and sustaining the motivational commitment and performance of professional employees, dealing with complacency and routine performance, managing organizational reward systems and career paths of professionals, overseeing effective conflict management and leadership of decision-making processes, managing pressures between product development and schedule, staffing and managing the critical roles and cross-functional relationships in the innovation process, managing the communication and transfer of information and technology effectively across organizational structures, and effecting organizational diagnosis for systemic change.

3 credits

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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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Workforce Metrics & Analytics*

Introduces how to measure and manage a workforce strategically, including (1) identifying the strategic work that is truly necessary to execute firm strategy; (2) investing in differentiated management systems that support that work; and (3) designing and implementing targeted measurement systems, such as human resources function and workforce scorecards, designed to help to hold line managers accountable for strategic talent. Emphasizes helping students move from a focus on levels associated with a particular workforce attribute (e.g., what is our cost per hire?) to understanding the impact of the workforce on business-level outcomes (e.g., how might an increase in the quality of our project managers affect new product cycle time?).

3 credits

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*Only select one course outside of the Management & Organizational Development group.

Is the MBA 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 MBA program.

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