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Integrative Leadership Seminar

LAW 6623; OLPD 6402; MGMT 6402; PA5105; PUBH 6702
This course is part of Integrative Leadership Graduate Minor 
Spring 2015: Mondays 6:00 – 8:45 p.m., Humphrey School classroom 25

Course Description

This is an interdisciplinary, 3-credit seminar led by co-instructors from multiple schools of the university. You will: a) learn to recognize and diagnose integrative leadership challenges and opportunities; b) build your own capacities to practice integrative leadership through group work in individualized peer-to-peer coaching in diverse teams and through being exposed to a range of boundary work practices; and c) gain better knowledge of the leadership contexts within your own profession and in other sectors. 

We emphasize contexts for integrative leadership at five basic levels: within individuals, within and across groups, within and across organizations, within and across sectors, and at the societal scale.

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Learning occurs through reading foundational materials, personal leadership coaching, engaging extensively with examples from guest speakers and case materials, and developing a group capstone project on integrative leadership.

Faculty rotate each semester between Louis Quast (CEHD), Paul Vaaler (CSOM), Katie White (CPH), and Kathy Quick (HHH).


PA5190: Leadership to Address Global Grand Challenges
Spring, 2014 (January 13-17, 2014)
Will Hueston, Executive Director, Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership, College of Veterinary Medicine & School of Public Health
Laura Bloomberg, PhD, Associate Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Linda Valeri, MBA, College of Veterinary Medicine

Global Grand Challenges have significant consequences for the well-being of societies. They are novel, emergent, highly complex, and beyond the resources or knowledge of a single discipline, organization, or sector to address. Grand challenges do not lend themselves to simple or technical solutions. Single-sector actions to address these challenges often precipitate unanticipated and unintended consequences. Grand challenges are sometimes described in the literature as wicked problems or social messes.

Not surprisingly, grand challenges often emerge at the convergence of systems, sectors, or global institutions. For example, the grand challenges at the convergence of human health, animal health, economic development and environmental change include such issues as global food security, emerging infectious diseases, climate change, antimicrobial use and the control of catastrophic animal diseases with significant adverse effects on global economies.

This 4-day skills-based course will introduce participants to select integrative leadership strategies useful in addressing global grand challenges. Specifically, we will focus on leadership practices that foster collective action across diverse groups of people, including:

1. Hosting dialogue, debate and deliberation;

2. Mapping polarities and balancing paradox;

3. Designing inclusive decision-making processes.

The course culminates on Thursday, January 16th with an opportunity for participants to apply key leadership skills in a public setting with multi-sector stakeholders. Students will serve as co-hosts along with course instructors for a day-long professional forum to address a contemporary food security grand challenge that is also a paradoxical dilemma conducive to polarity mapping: balancing animal wellbeing and agricultural worker safety. This annual Finding Common Ground Forum is hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Integrative Leadership (CIL) and the Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership (GIFSL) with financial support from the UMN Food Policy Research Center. View full description.

Mgmt 6100: Topics in Management - Corporate Responsibility
Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chair and former CEO, Carlson
J. Myles Shaver, Professor, Strategic Management and Organization, Carlson School of Management

There has been growing MBA student interest in issues of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Topics in Management-Corporate Responsibility will combine insight from academic understanding of these issues with problems, approaches and solutions as seen from executives who have to address these issues. Topical applications of these issues will be drawn from Marilyn Nelson’s work on CSR issues. More...

PA8081 (Spring):
A Partnership with CHANCE: Cedar Humphrey Action for Neighborhood Collaborative Engagement

Greg Lindsey, Associate Dean and Professor, Humphrey Institute
Merrie Benasutti, Associate Director, Student Initiatives & CHANCE Community Engagement, Center for Integrative Leadership

This student-created, capstone course is focused on the neighborhood and community-based action research. The course has enrolled graduate students from the University’s schools of law, business and public affairs. Student research has successfully addressed community safety issues leading to a decrease in crime, neighborhood Arts collaboration creating a neighborhood Arts identity, advocacy for a neighborhood park which was previously being considered for development and a more central neighborhood location for a proposed LRT station. More...