Study Abroad Curriculum Development for Doctorate in Organizational Leadership

Study Abroad Curriculum Development for Doctorate in Organizational Leadership

Date(s)

July 19, 2014

Status

Activity is Ongoing
Scholarly Activity Role: 
Director
Organization Name: 
Argosy University & University of Technology
Role or Title within the Organization: 
University Curriculum Development & International Relations

In mentoring students in the EdD Organizational Leadership program at Argosy University, it became apparent that students lacked a true understanding of diversity and inclusion in a global world as well as applied leadership theory. An experiential learning proposal was written and approved to develop a 3-course sequence of courses for a Study Abroad Program as doctoral elective course options.  The first course, L7427: A Leadership Quest, was written and implemented in Summer Term 2014.  Visits included transformational and servant leaders of various industries, government, and educational institutions. The second course, L7438: International Study of Culture, was written and implemented in Summer Term 2015.  The 3rd edition of Geert Hofstede’s book titled Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind (2010) was used as a foundational resource for discussions of cultural differences.  The 3rd and final course, L7437: Special Topics in Organizational Leadership, was written and implemented in Summer Term 2016 concluding June 25th.  Sustainability and Entrepreneurship was the focus of the course using Dr. Glen Laman’s (2014) book Jamaican Entrepreneurship: A review of the characteristics, traits and ideas underlying the success of some of the island’s most accomplished entrepreneurs. Dr. Laman was a guest lecturer and assisted us with establishing a meeting schedule of leaders while in country.  Each year (and course) included a visit to University of Technology in Kingston, Jamaica to collaborate and share ideas on research methods and projects, teaching and learning methods, leadership, and entrepreneurship business incubator projects.