Syllabus for LDR-422
LEADERSHIP IN A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
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.
- Globalization Defined and Examined
- Impact of Globalization in Business
- Intersection of Globalization and Leading in the Global Environment
- Motivations toward the International Context and Strategies
- Impact of International Business on World Economic Implications
- Developing a Strategy
- Best Practices
- Organizational Analysis and Strategy Implications; Implementing Human Resources and Operational Strategies
- Implications of Best Practices for Competing in the Global Marketplace and Specific Foreign Markets
- Leading Globally
- Cross Border Collaboration, Ethnicity, and Future of Global Environment
- Boundaryless Strategies
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:
- think globally,
- acknowledge cultural diversity,
- handle shared leadership roles,
- build partnerships and alliances
- manage difficult issues unique to global business
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- Embrace cultural diversity and analyze the distinctions between countries.
- Assess the implications of economic, social, political, and environmental aspects of development at the policy making level.
- Interpret the necessities, economies, and policies of global trade and investment when considering globalizing the organization.
- Differentiate between the various strategies that businesses can design to compete in the global marketplace and enter specific foreign markets.
- Evaluate the role played by marketing, operations, and human resource management within an international business.
- Compile and synthesize which theory(ies) of leadership and leadership roles that apply to this ever changing environment.
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct, available at: http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/tesu.htm.
- Bartlett, Christopher, and Beamish, Paul (2011). Transnational management: Text, cases, and readings in cross border management (6th ed.). McGraw-Hill Irwin Publishers.
- Martin, J. & Chaney, L. (2012). Global business etiquette: A guide to international communication and customs (2nd ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
Leadership in a Global Environment is a three-credit online course, consisting of four modules. Modules include an overview, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
- Module 1: Overview of Global Environment
- Module 2: Strategic Imperatives of Global and Transnational Management
- Module 3: Organizational Challenge
- Module 4: Managerial and Leadership Implications
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.
In addition to an ungraded "Introductions" forum in Module 1, Leadership in a Global Environment requires you to participate in eight 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 written assignments, and four 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.
- Use essay style response.
- Use double spaced pages, in Times New Roman 12-point font.
- Follow APA style for grammar, citations, and references (see: http://apastyle.apa.org/)
- Include at least 3 scholarly sources in addition to the course texts and website reference.
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:
- Online discussions (8)—24 percent
- Written assignments (4)—36 percent
- Case studies (4)—40 percent
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:
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 course not in your area of study), 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:
- Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
- Take the time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, how to schedule exams, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State University.
- Arrange to take your examination(s) by following the instructions in this Syllabus and the Online Student Handbook.
- Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
- If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.
Consider the following study tips for success:
- To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the Course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
- Check Announcements regularly for new course information.
Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.
Students at Thomas Edison State University 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.
All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at www.tesu.edu.
Thomas Edison State University 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 University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:
- Gaining or providing unauthorized access to examinations or using unauthorized materials during exam administration
- Submitting credentials that are false or altered in any way
- Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
- Forgery, fabricating information or citations, or falsifying documents
- Submitting the work of another person in whole or in part as your own (including work obtained through document sharing sites, tutoring schools, term paper companies, or other sources)
- Submitting your own previously used assignments without prior permission from the mentor
- Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others (including making tests, papers, and other course assignments available to other students, either directly or through document sharing sites, tutoring schools, term paper companies, or other sources)
- Tampering with the academic work of other students
Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.
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 for Plagiarism
Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.
If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.
If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.
Possible sanctions include:
- Lower or failing grade for an assignment
- Lower or failing grade for the course
- Rescinding credits
- Rescinding certificates or degrees
- Recording academic sanctions on the transcript
- Suspension from the University
- Dismissal from the University
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