Sally Blount was named dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2010. An internationally recognized thought leader in management, negotiation and behavioral decision-making, Blount brings more than 25 years of experience in business education. She is a proud alumna of Kellogg, where she received her Ph.D. in management and organizations in 1992.
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**This course was formerly known as MORS-942-B**
This course requires a weekly discussion section in addition to the weekly lecture. Registration for a discussion section will happen separately (after bidding and registration) but please plan accordingly using the information below
Fall 2016, 2nd 5 weeks
Plenary/Lecture: Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. plus a required one-hour weekly discussion section
Discussion Section Options
Options for FT students only:
Building on MORS-430 (Leadership in Organizations), this 5-week course moves the focus from mid-level leadership to the senior executive level of the organization. The goal is to provide insight into leading at "height and scale" - that is, what management and leadership look and feel like when you oversee 1,000 to 100,000 people and $500M to billions in revenue. How do you lead when you are only one person and you can't "do" the work of the organization yourself, you can only steer those who do?
To make this perspective as concrete as possible, we will focus on four key behavioral levers/activities that leaders have available to them to shape and have impact within large, complex organizations.
Four Key Behavioral Levers/Activities:
- Establishing a power base ("power")
- Navigating the organizational dynamics of change ("politics")
- Honing and leveraging your communications skills ("talk")
- Building your senior leadership team
The 1/2 credit course will include 5 plenary sessions (2 hours/session) and 5 small-group discussion sections (1 hour/session). Each plenary session will combine lecture and senior executive guest speakers who will build on that week's topic by sharing their own insights and experiences. Discussion groups will follow each plenary as forums for reacting and engaging in dialogue with a smaller group of classmates about lecture content, readings and speakers.