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Change, Power, and Conflict in Leadership
CLED-780

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course provides an analysis of dynamics surrounding the innovation and strategic change process. While innovation and change are essential to the progress of any organization, they often produce conflict situations. This course looks at how innovation brings valuable disruption to an organization. Students learn how to lead change effectively while leveraging the benefits of the disruption and conflict that innovative change created. Leaders learn to capture and capitalize on the opportunities of new technologies, creative methods, and strategic initiatives to move their church or organization forward. Additionally, this course explores the role of entrepreneurial leadership in the development of strategic initiatives within a faith-based organization and strategic partnerships outside of faith-based organization.

Requisites

Prerequisites

Enrollment in the School of Divinity EdD in Christian Leadership; CLED 700, 720, and 745

Rationale

Leaders must introduce change. In fact, if one cannot effectively lead change, it is unlikely leadership is actually taking place. But change, by its nature, can lead to power struggles and conflicts. This course looks at how change actually occurs in non-profit, faith-based organizations. It looks at the dynamics surrounding change and how leaders can leverage those dynamics to move an organization forward from conflict to collaboration. This course will foster a number of research-related topics which can develop into a potential dissertation.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate biblical principles of change, power, and conflict in the formulation of a cognitive model that explains the dynamics of change and conflict in faith-based organizations.
  2. Recognize the role of innovation and change leadership to both organization disruption and progress.
  3. Understand how change produces conflict and be able to identify empirical principles of conflict resolution in organizations.
  4. Identify empirical principles of change implementation, the role of strategic initiatives and partnerships, and need for entrepreneurial leadership.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Bredfeldt, G. (2006). Great leader, great teacher: Recovering the biblical vision for leadership. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishing.

Bridges, W. (2016). Managing transition: Making the most of change. Boston, MA: Da Capo Lifelong Books.

Kotter, J. P. (2012). Leading change. Brighton Watertown, MA: Harvard Business Review Press.

Van Yperen, J. (2002). Making peace: A guide to overcoming church conflict. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishing.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. APA Style Central: http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D)

Management and Leadership Paper

The student will prepare a 1250–1750-word paper on the difference between leadership and management. Each paper must include 7 scholarly references and follow current APA style. (Outcome: D)

Innovation, Disruption, and Change Paper

The student will prepare a 1250–1750-word paper on the relationship between innovation, disruption, and change. The paper must discuss diffusion of innovation, disruptive innovation, and the change process. The student must provide examples of innovation, disruptive innovation, and change processes. Each paper must include 7 references and follow current APA style. (Outcomes: B, D)

Case Study

The case study system is a proven method for the development of analytical and evaluative skills essential to effective leadership development. The student will write a 500–750-word Case Study to discuss a change or conflict situation in an organizational setting. The goal is to apply the principles found in the Van Yperen and the Bridges textbooks. The Case Study must include 2 scholarly references and adhere to current APA formatting. (Outcome: C)

Group Discussion Board - Case Study Discussion

The student will post his/her case study to the group discussion area for group discussion. The student will then reply to each member of his/her group in 150–200 words. The case study system is a proven method for the development of analytical and evaluative skills essential to effective leadership development. It is essential that all group members participate actively in the discussion, as each perspective is important. The student must base replies on the Van Yperen and Bridges textbooks. (Outcome: C)

Movie Analysis or Research Paper

The final assignment in this course allows the student to choose between 2 options. The first option is a Movie Analysis. The second option is a Research Paper focused on conflict and the Christian leader. (Outcome: A)

Option 1—Movie Analysis

The student will rent or purchase the film October Sky. After viewing the movie, the student will complete an analysis of the film. The analysis must focus on change, power, conflict, leadership, and influence issues in examples from the film. The film should be used to illustrate concepts learned in the course. The analysis must be 1250–1750 words. The analysis must also include 4 scholarly references, in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible, and follow current APA style.


Option 2—Research Paper

The student will write an academic Research Paper on the topic of the Christian leader and conflict. This paper will consist of an analysis and synthesis of research completed on the topic. The paper must also include a biblical and theological perspective related to conflict management and resolution. The paper must be a minimum of 1250–1750 words and follow current APA style. The paper must also include 4 scholarly references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (3 at 100 pts ea)

300

Management and Leadership Paper

150

Innovation, Disruption, and Change Paper

150

Case Study

100

Group Discussion Board - Case Study Discussion

100

Movie Analysis or Research Paper

200

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Grading Scale

A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Schedule

CLED 780

Textbooks: Bredfeldt, Great Leader, Great Teacher (2006).

Bridges, Managing Transition (2016).

Kotter, Leading Change (2012).

Van Yperen, Making Peace (2002).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Kotter: chs. 1–2

3 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1 Thread

10

0

50*

2

5 presentations

2 articles

DB Forum 1 Replies

Management and Leadership Paper

50

150

3

2 articles

3 presentations

DB Forum 2 Thread

50*

4

Kotter: chs. 3–12

2 presentations

DB Forum 2 Replies

Innovation, Disruption, and Change Paper

50

150

5

Van Yperen: entire text

3 presentations

Case Study

Group DB - Case Study Submission

100

0

6

Bridges: entire text

3 presentations

Group DB - Case Study Discussion

100

7

Bredfeldt: chs. 1–6

4 presentations

DB Forum 3 Thread

Movie Analysis or Research Paper

50*

200

8

Bredfeldt: remaining text

3 articles

2 presentations

DB Forum 3 Replies

50

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

*Threads will be graded after the replies have been submitted.

NOTE: Module/Week 1-7 begin on Monday and end at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. Modules/Weeks 8 begins on Monday and ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.