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Institute For Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Courses, Certificates, and Minors

ILE faculty and staff teach many courses, participate in several certificate programs, administer the Scheller College's Leadership Minor, and administers the the Leadership for Social Good study abroad program.

We also serve as a clearinghouse for other departments and programs wishing to teach leadership or entrepreneurship. If you would like to work with ILE to design a course with integrated leadership or entrepreneurial content, or would like to build these concepts into your existing curriculum, please contact Prof. .

Minor in Leadership Studies (Business Track only):

Information and Requirements

Certificate programs we are affiliated with:

Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Certificate

Entrepreneurship Certificate for Graduate Students

Graduate Certificate in Engineering Entrepreneurship

Leadership for Social Good Study Abroad Program

Please visit our Leadership for Social Good Study Abroad Program page

Full List of Courses

These courses are taught by ILE staff and/or are applicable to our Leadership Minor or Study Abroad program

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Leadership
  • MGT 3103 Leadership in a Changing Environment.This course focuses on developing an understanding of the management challenges posed by the changes taking place in the business environment, as well as on the frameworks and skills that are critical to leading both individuals and teams within these changing environments. The course encourages learning at multiple levels through a variety of instructional techniques including class discussion of conceptual frameworks, cases, and videos, group exercises, and practical application. Instructor: David M. Sluss, Ph.D. MGT 3103 Syllabus
  • MGT 3150 Principles Of Management. This course will present the student with an overview of the general principles of management and is targeted specifically for non-business majors. Early on students will be exposed to the overall process by which managers manage, that is, how managers plan, organize, lead, and control human and other resources to achieve organizational goals efficiently and effectively. Over the semester these components of the management process will provide the framework for class lectures and discussions allowing the student to develop a basic understanding of each. Also since management is a social discipline, the students will be given the opportunity to develop a basic understanding of the principles of individual, group, and organizational behavior and how management principles can be applied to ordinary situations managers encounter on a day to day basis. Instructor: William Todd. MGT 3150 Syllabus.
  • MGT 3662 Management in the Healthcare Sector. This course will explore the healthcare sector in its most comprehensive sense. It will analyze the healthcare "system" across the continuum of patient care - from prevention, to early detection, to diagnosis and treatment, to palliative care. Students will gain exposure to and knowledge of the many components of the industry, including issues in finance, accounting, supply chain, organizational behavior, strategy, healthcare IT, regulatory policy, and manpower planning and development. Emphasis will be placed on where contemporary management practice can engage for improvement, within the limits allowed by the exercise of clinical judgement. Instructor: William Todd. MGT 3662 Syllabus
  • MGT 4102 Management Consulting.In this course we explore what it means to be a Management Consultant, and will introduce students to consulting frameworks and methods, simulate consulting project activities and situations using business cases, and network students with practicing consulting professionals from a variety of global and local firms. Within the context of this course, consulting is viewed broadly and is inclusive of a number of practice areas including Strategy Consulting, IT Consulting, Marketing Consulting, Human Capital Consulting, Operational/Process Consulting, and Organizational Consulting. Instructor: Alan Flury. MGT 4102 Syllabus
  • MGT 4106 Teams in Organizations.Working in teams is an integral part of modern businesses and organizational life. To better prepare you to succeed as a leader, manager, or member of teams, this course is designed around two objectives. First, it will create opportunities for you to lead and manage dynamic teams and design and implement effective team processes. Second, it will introduce you to the critical theories, concepts, and frameworks used by successful managers to diagnose team performance and the threats and opportunities teams face. Instructor: Benjamin Herndon. MGT 4106 Syllabus
  • MGT 4116 Gender and Ethnicity in Global Organizations.This course will examine how managers and employees become more effective leaders by understanding the role gender, race, and ethnicity plays in the life of the organization. Instructor: Gail Evans. MGT 4116 Syllabus
  • MGT 4192 Impact Forum. The objective of this course is for the students to develop key competencies for creating personal "Impact" (internal) and to explore the concept of "Impact" – across a range of environments (external). This course incorporates the Fall 2009 IMPACT Speaker Series. The purpose of the "IMPACT Speaker Series" is to expose the students to individuals and organizations that have had an impact. Through the personal view of their experiences and insights, the speakers address the concepts of innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and impact. Through the presentations and question/answer periods that follow, students have a first-hand opportunity to hear and understand a broad range of environments, concepts, approaches, styles and results. Instructor: Gregory Marr. MGT 4192 Syllabus
  • MGT 4193 Servant Leadership, Values and Systems. This course has been designed to enhance students’ awareness of their values and the ways in which those values are reflected in their decisions and actions. The course will explore the gap and tension between stated organizational values and those that drive actions. Students will gain a better understanding of the systems in which they operate, and learn how to identify points of leverage to affect change. Contemporary concepts of integrating values and system-level thinking will be studied, providing the student with knowledge that may influence their philosophy, style and strategy. Instructor: Robert N. Thomas, Ph.D. MGT 4193 Syllabus
  • MGT 4803 Corporate Governance. Corporate Governance examines the evolution of the United States corporate governance model, the meaning of, and distinction between, corporate governance and management; why understanding corporate governance is important; and how corporate governance matters are addressed from an internal and external perspective. This course primarily focuses on United States public companies and laws that relate to them, including Sarbanes-Oxley. However, the course contains a section that explores non-profit corporation governance. The course also identifies best practices in corporate governance, and briefly explores global corporate governance matters. The course is an interactive, discussion and project-centered course, where students will have an opportunity to analyze and critically discuss legal and ethical situations and issues that businesses and other stakeholders face. Additionally, through guest speakers and films, documentaries and other electronic media, students will experience and examine real-world dilemmas in the corporate governance arena. Instructor: Seletha R. Butler MGT 4803 Syllabus
  • MGT 6107 Leadership and Organizational Change. This course focuses on developing an understanding of the challenges posed by the changes taking place in the business and non-profit environment, as well as on the frameworks and skills that are critical to leading and managing organizational change, and co-creating a world we want to live in. Instructor: Terry Blum. MGT 6107 Syllabus
  • MGT 6753 Principles Of Management For Engineers. The objective of the class is to provide engineering and science students with an accelerated introduction to the basics of management and the language of business. This course provides a framework that will enhance a person’s effectiveness in the business world. The course is taught as a series of business disciplinary modules. Professors who teach the modules represent a diverse group of functional areas, including accounting, finance, operations management, organizational behavior, strategy, marketing and information technology management. Central to the course is a semester-long team project designed to provide students with an opportunity to practice techniques learned in class through the analysis of a specific industry and companies within that industry. Instructor: Alan Flury. MGT/ME 6753 Syllabus
  • MGT 8803 Uncertainties of the Emerging World. The student should not only be concerned with his/her future, but also concerned with what the world he/she is entering holds for them. This course will attempt not only to give insights into this area, but also to show the student how to analyze the world as it might affect them. Instructor: Joel Cowan. MGT 8803 Syllabus
Entrepreneurship
  • MGT 4072 Entrepreneurial Finance. Entrepreneurial finance is the application and adaptation of financial tools and techniques to the planning, funding, operations, and valuation of an entrepreneurial venture. Entrepreneurial finance focuses on the financial management of a venture as it moves through its life cycles, beginning with its development stage and continuing through to when the entrepreneur exits or harvests the venture. Nearly every entrepreneurial firm will face major operating and financial problems during its early years, making entrepreneurial finance and the practice of sound financial management critical to the survival and success of the venture. This course has been developed to provide students with an understanding of the financial aspects of starting, funding, operating, and/or exiting an entrepreneurial venture. Instructor: Robert N. Thomas, Ph.D. MGT 4072 Syllabus
  • MGT 4191 Entrepreneurship Forum. The purpose of this course is to expose the students to, and facilitate a dialogue with individuals and organizations that have had an impact in the international sector. Through site visits and presentations by guest lecturers students will learn about the country and the European Union-specific challenges and opportunities which non-profit organizations face in Central and Eastern Europe. Instructor: Alan Flury. MGT 4191 Syllabus
  • MGT 4194 Social Entrepreneurship. This is a concept that has gained momentum during the past few years. It is a process that applies innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems. It has become an attractive alternative for students who wish to utilize their leadership and managerial skills to address the challenges of the world. Instructor: Robert N. Thomas, Ph.D. MGT 4194 (Thomas) Syllabus, or Dori Pap MGT 4194 (Pap) Syllabus
  • MGT 4670 Entrepreneurship. This course provides an introduction to the process of establishing a technology-based new venture, and examines the entrepreneurial approach to business development and growth. Instructor: Alan Flury. MGT 4670 Syllabus
  • MGT 4803 SE Practicum. This course is for students who are passionate about social (and/or environmental) issues, and have identified an interest area where they want to make real change by developing an innovative solution. The course will serve as a guide in the students’ problem solving journey by exploring topics like: human-centered design, social impact assessment, customer discovery, sustainable communities, and more. Students will connect with area experts who will serve as mentors and provide feedback throughout the semester. Much of the course will be conducted “workshop style” with guest speakers presenting on topics that will help teams with their project’s development. There will also be plenty of opportunity for peer learning where students can share their feedback and advice with classmates. The end goal is to have a project ready for entry in the Ideas to Serve Competition – Tech’s social innovation event – to compete for up to 10K in start-up funds. The course is also under consideration for the Leadership Minor and the Entrepreneurship Certificate. This course is ideal for students who already have an idea for a solution to a social problem and need guidance and resources to move from idea to action. If you do not have a specific idea already, you can team up with someone in the class who does. Everyone with a passion for improving the human condition is welcome! Have questions? Please email . View the class syllabus here.

  • MGT 6165 Venture Creation. This course is about creating ventures that are (1) based on or enabled by technological innovation and (2) launched as startups or formed within companies. While covering the venture creation and innovation process from conception to execution, the course emphasizes venture strategy for entrepreneurs, managers, and leaders. (The course uses the term entrepreneur to refer to the person leading and managing the venture creation process.) MGT 6165 takes a multidisciplinary approach to the theory and practice of venture creation. Objectives of the course are to help students (1) understand and apply the strategic process of venture creation and (2) improve their skills in generating and finding ideas for new ventures, creating and identifying opportunities, evaluating venture proposals, designing and planning ventures, organizing resources, staffing ventures, building teams, communicating persuasively (in oral and written formats), and developing systems to control risk and enable growth. Instructor: Jonathan Giuliano MGT 6165 Syllabus
Leadership Minor - List of Core Courses

Please visit our Minor in Leadership Studies page for more information about the program.

  • PUBP 4140 Foundations of Leadership. Students will become familiar with different ways of exercising leadership, their own strengths and weaknesses, and how they can best work with others in a leadership context. They will learn and apply leadership skills in a hands-on practical way that encourages them to challenge their own beliefs and assumptions about what constitutes leadership. Instructor: Wes Wynens. PUBP 4140 Syllabus
Leadership for Social Good Study Abroad Program - Core Courses

Please visit our Leadership for Social Good Study Abroad page for more information about the program.

  • MGT 4803 Business Fundamentals for Social Entrepreneurs. This course is designed to teach students how to apply fundamental business skills in organizations that seek to create social value. Most business courses are focused on creating economic value through for-profit organizations. Business skills are also critical in organizations that are tasked with creating social as well as economic value. The ability of students to apply this knowledge and skills will help them attract and manage the human and financial capital needed for success. Instructor: Robert Thomas, PhD. MGT 4803 Syllabus.
  • MGT 4191 Entrepreneurship Forum or MGT 4192 IMPACT Forum. The purpose of this course is to expose the students to, and facilitate a dialogue with individuals and organizations that have had an impact in the international sector. Through site visits and presentations by guest lecturers students will learn about the country and the European Union-specific challenges and opportunities which non-profit organizations face in Central and Eastern Europe. Instructors: Robert N. Thomas, Ph.D./Dori Pap MGT 4191/4192 Syllabus  * Students will enroll in either MGT 4191 or 4192 for a total of 3 credits. Students can use one of these classes towards the Entrepreneurship Certificate or the Leading and Managing Human Capital concentration. If students completed either 4191 or 4192 on the Atlanta campus prior to the Eastern Europe Study Abroad, they will enroll in the course number they have not yet taken. For more info about the Entrepreneurship Certificate requirements click here.
  • MGT 4611 Integrative Management Analysis. Students will be actively engaged in addressing management challenges and opportunities of a non-profit organization in Hungary. In small groups, students will work with the leadership team on projects to enhance the capacity of the non-profit to better serve its constituents. Instructor: Dori Pap MGT 4611 Syllabus