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Strategic Innovation and Change (Master's)

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Organizations rely on their leaders to navigate change and develop strategic initiatives while fulfilling their vision and mission. Learn what it takes to thrive in an age of continual change, innovation, and strategy.

Broaden and deepen your skills in strategy, innovation, entrepreneurism, and change management in this program designed to provide leaders with the knowledge needed to thrive in any sector. As a leader, you not only need the innovative idea, but an effective plan to implement and measure its success. You’ll learn:


  • The strategic planning process

  • Change management techniques

  • Impact of financial and budget planning

  • The impact of change on organizational ecosystems

To learn more about the Leadership and Organization degree, visit the program overview page.


Required Courses

MS in Leadership and Organizations with a concentration in Strategic Innovation and Change requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)

Professional Foundation Courses - 12 qtr. hrs

Professional Foundations courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field.


Concentration Courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

Professional Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.


Further Study - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)

Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.


Additional Further Study courses available, please see Design your custom plan for complete option of Further Study courses

Core Courses - 8 qtr. hrs

ORL 4905 Graduate Social Research Methods is required for Project Management, Strategic Innovation & Change, and Philanthropic Leadership concentrations. ORL 4910 Research Practices and Applications is required for the Human Capital in Organizations concentration.

The Capstone Project is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.


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Careers in Strategic Innovation and Change

Titles
Business Development Analyst, Change Leader, Consultant, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Human Resources Manager, Product Management Director, Project Leader; Project Manager, Marketing Manager, Strategic Innovation Officer, Strategy Manager

Responsibilities
Analyzing and mitigating risks; assessing change impacts; coaching managers on how to deploy organizational change at different levels; creating change management strategies; defining organizational roles and responsibilities; documenting the progress of change management projects; evaluating change management milestones and overall success; generating and developing innovative ideas; identifying and alleviating anticipated change resistance; integrating change management activities into project plans; managing external and internal project team members; monitoring and reporting on the progress of projects; obtaining and maintaining organizational alignment; overseeing project implementation and execution; participating in the strategic planning and development process; planning and scheduling change management activities; supporting change management communication and training efforts

Outlook
Innovation and change are an integral part of any organization’s plans for growth. From major software upgrades to sordid company mergers, organizational change can be a very complex, confusing, and costly process. As a result, more and more companies are hiring change management consultants to insure the best possible returns on their investments. A 2014 report from the Project Management Institute reveals that organizations that employ change management professionals are 34% more likely to meet their project goals, and 27% more likely to do so on budget.

Careers In Leadership and Organizations

Raising the bar.
Whether you're raising money or developing fundraisers for the arts, education, or another worthwhile cause, quality fundraisers are in short supply, according to Philanthropy.com. A National Study of Challenges Facing Non-profit Fundraising has found a significant lack of qualified development directors, and several non-profits seek candidates to successfully fill these positions in addition to positions requirement basic fundraising skills. Take note of the rise in online fundraising success, particularly with social media revolutionizing the way we interact. Brush up on email outreach skills, social media savvy, and internet marketing knowledge.

Lean, green, and keen!
As companies look for improving efficiency and technology processes during hard economic times, directors, analysts, and managers are expected to think lean and be innovative in the workplace. There is a growing need for resourceful project managers in financial, technology, and legal sectors, as well as in energy and healthcare. Bonus! Project managers enjoyed earning more during the recession compared to the past two years, according to the PMI® Project Management Salary Survey. Independent consultants are also in high in demand, as companies try to save money by hiring one-off consultants for large-scale projects in need of management. Going green with virtual meetings and teams will easily play into this need for independent consultants.

Where are they now?
Graduates have job titles that include Chief Sales Officer, Advisory Project Manager, Branch Manager, Professional Sales Representative, Director of HR, Independent Consultant, Vice President, Director of Communications, Human Resources Associate, and Director of Development for companies or organizations such as Halliburton, Johnson & Johnson, Home State Bank, Info Solutions Company, PMSI, and independent small businesses.

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