Syllabus for LDR-422

LEADERSHIP IN A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Leadership in a Global Environment focuses on major areas of international business and the environment within which business transactions take place. The main topics include current and developing paradigms for managing and leading in a global environment. This course also prepares students for leadership capacities and responsibilities for global management opportunities.

COURSE TOPICS

COURSE OBJECTIVES

In addition to the traditional characteristics of effective leaders such as business/technical acumen, leadership intelligence and execution competence, leaders in today’s global business environment must:

After completing this course, you should be able to:  

  1. Embrace cultural diversity and analyze the distinctions between countries.
  2. Assess the implications of economic, social, political, and environmental aspects of development at  the policy making level.
  3. Interpret the necessities, economies, and policies of global trade and investment when considering globalizing the organization.
  4. Differentiate between the various strategies that businesses can design to compete in the global marketplace and enter specific foreign markets.
  5. Evaluate the role played by marketing, operations, and human resource management within an international business.
  6. Compile and synthesize which theory(ies) of leadership and leadership roles that apply to this ever changing environment.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct, available at: http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/tesc.htm.

Required Textbooks

  • Bartlett, Christopher, and Beamish, Paul (2011). Transnational management: Text, cases, and readings in cross border management (6th ed.). McGraw-Hill Irwin Publishers.

ISBN: 978-0078137112

  • Martin, J. & Chaney, L. (2012). Global business etiquette: A guide to international communication and customs (2nd ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

ISBN: 978-0313397172

COURSE STRUCTURE

Leadership in a Global Environment is a three-credit online course, consisting of four (4) modules. Modules include an overview, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete case studies. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

In addition to an ungraded "Introductions" forum in Module 1, Leadership in a Global Environment requires you to participate in eight (8) graded discussion forums based on information from the textbook and journal articles.

Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a posted question (discussion thread) and subsequent comments on classmates' responses.

You will be evaluated both on the quality of your responses (i.e., your understanding of readings, concepts, and practices as demonstrated by well-articulated, critical thinking) and quantity of your participation (i.e., the number of times you participate meaningfully in the assigned forums). Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

Meaningful participation in online discussions is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement.

For additional information on grading, see the Grading Rubric for Discussion Forums at: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzwgDPmwbtoHOGlmZzNwSkFReGs/edit?usp=sharing.

Written Assignments and Case Studies

You are required to complete four (4) written assignments, and four (4) case study papers. The assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules.

Some assignments consist of essay questions based on associated chapters in the textbook and your personal reflection. Familiarize yourself with the written assignment questions before you begin each unit's study assignment. Conversely, be sure to complete all relevant readings before answering the questions.

When you have completed all of the assigned reading for a written assignment, prepare your answers to the written assignment questions. These questions require critical thinking. Take the time to determine what you need to include to present a thoughtful, complete response that conveys your understanding of the course materials.

Formulate responses in your own words (do not merely copy answers from your reading materials); however,

support the points you make with information from your course materials and from outside sources. Cite and

document all sources of information with an appropriate reference. Due dates for each assignment are listed in the course Calendar.

Written Assignments must be 3-5 typed, double spaced pages in length (not including title page or reference page).

Case Studies must be 5-8 typed, double spaced pages in length (not including title page or reference page).

For additional information on grading, see the Grading Rubric for Written Assignments and Case Studies at: https://docs.google.com/a/tesc.edu/file/d/0BzwgDPmwbtoHVEF5aThFSVRiTTg/edit?usp=sharing.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

C+

=

78–79

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–77

B+

=

88–89

C–

=

70–72

B

=

83–87

D

=

60–69

B–

=

80–82

F

=

Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a non-area of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

 

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at www.tesc.edu.

 

 

Plagiarism

Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism 

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

 

Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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