IMC Part 1: Strategic Management and the Responsibilities of Leadership
This is the first segment of the Integrated Management Curriculum - a three quarter sequence designed to teach skills, practices and theories involved in leading and managing organizations in the public and nonprofit sectors. This course examines, from a leadership perspective, how organizations succeed or fail, how individuals operate within them, and how leaders can affect that success or failure. Presenting the most applicable concepts available, the course provides practical insights, analytic methods, and tools to help students play a leadership role in such organizations. We pay particular attention to how effective leaders balance the managerial, political, policy and performance aspects of organizational life.
This first segment of the course focuses on the broad strategic picture by examining the external environment in which a leader is operating. Although we address the need for effective internal management and operations, we don't delve deeply into developing those technical skills until the second quarter of the course. The third segment of the course concentrates on how to affect policy, resolve conflict, and build consensus in complex circumstances where many pressures and parties are involved. The sum of the three quarters leaves each student with a clear idea about the role of a leader and how to access and use the needed tools to make a difference.