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Organizational Management and Leadership Development

Certificate Program in Organizational Management and Leadership Development for students at the Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB)

About the Program

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The University of Chicago Graham School’s dual certificate program in Organizational Management and Leadership Development is designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students at the Capital University of Economics and Business who have an interest in studying operational management and organizational leadership from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students who successfully complete both quarters of the program will earn two certificates: one in either Financial Decision Making or Project Management and the second in Organizations and Leadership Development. In the first quarter of this intensive program, students have the option of choosing tracks grounded in financial decision making processes or project management theory and practice. In the second quarter, both tracks converge in a curriculum focused on covering internal and external strengths and challenges of organizations, and leadership models. This program will be highly discussion-based and practice-oriented. Students will begin the quarter with a two-week intensive ESL program and will be enrolled in a non-credit ESL course throughout the duration of the program.

Final Application Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017
Coordinator: Gus Mosse
Program Dates: March 5 – August 3, 2018
Quarters: Spring and Summer
Status: Full-time student

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Financial Decision Making 

Through rigorous coursework in economics, corporate finance, and accounting, students will gain insight into the various aspects involved in business decision making in a global setting. In addition, students in the program will be exposed to the University of Chicago practices of critical inquiry, rigorous analysis, and innovative thinking.

Financial Accounting

Lecturer: John Twombly

This course teaches you the terminology, tools, and techniques of financial accounting and shows you the relationships among major types of financial statements: balance sheets, cash flow statements, and income and expense statements. You learn how these statements are prepared, what information you can learn from them, how they treat the most common kinds of assets and liabilities, and how they report revenues, expenses, and cash flows according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Financial reporting requirements for various kinds of firms are discussed. 

Corporate Finance

Lecturer: David Ellis

This course teaches principles and practices in corporate finance, with a particular emphasis on evaluating levels of risk and rates of return on corporate investments and resource allocations. Topics in the course include risk/reward assessment, the time value of money, interest rates, discounted cash flow analysis, rates of return, the capital asset pricing model, sources of funding, capital structure of a firm, stock issuance and buy-backs, dividend policy, and cash management. 

Constructing Investment Portfolios

Lecturers: Charles Sloan and Patrick Keating

This course teaches knowledge and skills especially relevant to those pursuing careers in investing and portfolio management. But even for corporate managers, the course provides insight into how important corporate stakeholders, namely, shareholders and investors, get and respond to information about corporate financial performance. Topics include financial markets, stocks, bonds, options, methods of trading, sources of information, investment portfolio objectives, risk and volatility, asset allocations, and theories of fundamental and technical analysis. 

Managerial Analysis

Lecturer: Alexander Gonzalez

Financial accounting looks back at past financial performance and generates statements meant especially for a company's external stakeholders, such as investors, lenders, and government regulators. Managerial analysis looks forward and serves decision makers inside the company. This elective course shows you an array of practical, flexible, optional tools to analyze financial and other information so you can manage and reduce costs, increase operational efficiency, identify profit maximizing production and service volumes, improve internal controls, and develop performance metrics for critical business processes and operations. Department managers, financial managers, budget analysts, managerial accountants, and entrepreneurs will find the course valuable.

Organizational Leadership

Strategic Management: External Factors:

This course will introduce students to the increasingly important impact that external market factors have on social policy development and service delivery models in the field of social work and in health care services. The impact of market factors is experienced at multiple levels – from public policy maker to direct service staff – thus this course emphasizes both micro- and macro-level concepts. Concepts include strategic management, strategic alliances, strategic planning, social entrepreneurship, needs assessments, market research, organizational development, marketing, and ethics. 

Leading Teams in the Social Services Sector:

This course examines the fundamentals of team dynamics and team development with a special emphasis on what differentiates teams in the social services sector from corporate teams. Topics include team leadership behavior, diversity in team membership, the role of conflict, communication, collaboration, establishing team missions, goals, milestones, and urgency, and building accountability and commitment.

Administrative Methods:

This course provides a condensed introduction to the challenges of organizational management. With a primary emphasis on internal management issues including legal structure and governance, funding, accountability systems, and human resources, the source promotes the development of specific skills necessary to critically evaluate and purposefully select among different management strategies.

Negotiation and Decision-Making: Building Skills to Improve Your Outcomes:

This course helps students become more effective negotiators and decision makers by introducing them to essential conceptual knowledge and by expanding their repertoire of relevant tactics and strategies.  The course identifies creative and flexible ways to achieve negotiation and decision-making goals, to protect interests while seeking mutually beneficial opportunities, and to identify the common psychological pitfalls that obstruct optimal agreements.

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Project Management

Introduction to Project Management:

Lecturer: Rosie Hiler

This course provides a brisk high-level overview of the project management discipline and the PMI framework. It introduces the basic knowledge, insights, skills, and techniques that are required to steer projects toward their desired outcomes while also ensuring that they create value for the organizations that sponsor and execute them.

Making Projects Work:

Lecturer: Rosie Hiler

Project management is influenced and shaped as much by conventional wisdom, lessons learned, and the school of hard knocks as it is by its foundation of framework, principles, processes, and techniques. This course will explore stakeholder expectations, customer relationships, resource contention, organizational design and culture, political environment, communications and leadership styles, risks, and market forces, among others.

Assessment and Recovery of Troubled Projects:

Lecturer: Prasad Kodukula

Experienced project managers often come to a troubled project late and must quickly assess the viability and cost of saving the project. The goal of this seminar is to familiarize the students with the often-encountered troubled or failed project. We will use the standard PMI project management processes to identify and implement real life techniques to avoid, correct, and manage project problems.

Managing Project Budgets and Resources:

Lecturer: Prasad Kodukula

Good project planning has long been shown to be one of the cornerstones of successful project performance. The challenges involved in the development of a sound project plan, however, are often overlooked. When the least is known about a project, a project manager is expected to define costs, schedules, resource requirements, and other project parameters. How does a project manager face this important task with confidence?

Better Ways to Work: Innovative Tools for Organizational Excellence:

Lecturer: Michael Bremer

This course provides an overview of powerful improvement methodologies with a primary emphasis on the application of lean thinking in a manufacturing/office/service environment. We will explore what world-class companies do differently than the rest and share the common actions taken by these great companies.

Managing the Team: Decisions, Disputes, Synergy:

Lecturer: Carrie Lydon

This course will focus on the issues of group problem-solving, dispute resolution, and the use of applied game theory in the arena of complex problem development and implementation. This is a team-based course, involving problem-solving in multiple different scenarios ranging from contract disputes to counter-terrorism.


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Academic Credits and Registration

Students in the Organizational Management and Leadership Development program will be registered as full-time students at the University of Chicago. They receive 300 units of credit per quarter, which grants them full-time student status. Students who successfully complete all course requirements will be awarded a Certificate in Organizational Management and Leadership Development. All courses, course credits, and grades will appear on the students’ University of Chicago transcripts. Completion of the program will position students to apply to take Summer Session courses alongside University of Chicago students.


Students in the program will share double-occupancy bedrooms in 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. The apartments will be fully furnished with beds, desks, kitchen and bathroom gear. Each apartment has central AC and heating. Additional amenities include complimentary WiFi, multiple lounge and study areas, a fitness center, a computer center, bike storage, and laundry facilities on every other floor. Students in the program will have their own University of Chicago graduate Resident Assistant on-site to provide support and assistance.