Graduate Specialization in Strategic Innovation & Change Management

The business leaders of today and tomorrow are managers who encourage innovation and move with the ups and downs of the global business environment. Will you be one of them?

Nothing stays the same for long in today’s global business world. If you know how to plan for and manage change, you can earn a successful and lucrative career in business. Prepare yourself to lead an organization as it grows with a graduate specialization in strategic innovation and change management.

Achieve the following learning outcomes through comprehensive coursework that prepares you for a global career promoting growth:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of effective organizational operations.
  • Learn to supervise projects in dynamic business environments.
  • Identify opportunities for positive change and encourage innovation.
  • Create and implement strategic plans for growth.
  • Effectively manage staff as an organizational evolves.

Courses in this Specialization

This graduate specialization consists of four upper-division, online courses for a total of 12 credit hours.

Students in the Master of Human Resource Management program will take HRM520 in place of HRM560. Students in the Master of Organizational Leadership program will take MIM530 instead of MGT535.

This practical and applied course introduces students to the fundamental and advanced aspects of product development. The course addresses the challenges of idea development and evaluation for commercial feasibility, building a business case, and design/development of products and services, as well as the requirements and demands of commercialization.

This course focuses on the influence of power in the organization. Students will examine the role of leadership and human behavior related to power issues encountered in organizations while considering the positive and negative outcomes of the influence of power as a leader, manager, and team member.

This course is an examination of the managerial and leadership responsibilities related to employee career management, as well as personal and professional growth. Students explore strategies for training and staff development in order to better understand the importance of deploying human resources, developing core competencies, and promoting a learning culture to better compete in a competitive economy. This course also explores the changing educational, demographic, economic, and societal factors that impact recruitment, and students develop a comprehensive and innovative strategy to recruit the most talented applicants in the workplace.

This course is designed for the practicing professional, and focuses on internal and external communications practices and strategies within and beyond organizational settings. Students consider communication styles, interpersonal communication skills, business and professional writing, presentation, and communication in various formats, including electronic communication. Students cannot receive credit for both MGT535 and ORG536.