Organizational Leadership - Oregon State MBA

Organizational Leadership



The Organizational Leadership option is designed to serve leaders and professionals from any industry. The program is available in two formats: fully online or in Portland as an online/in-person hybrid program in partnership with OSU Ecampus. The number of in-person sessions required for each hybrid course will depend on the course’s learning objectives. Portland in-person classes are held at the OSU Portland Center at Pioneer Square, typically on weekday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MBA in Organizational Leadership will be able to:

  • Understand, analyze, and apply human resource management information to facilitate executive-level strategic decision-making
  • Understand, analyze, and apply classical and modern leadership theories and techniques to facilitate leadership effectiveness
  • Understand, analyze and apply negotiation techniques toward attainment of organizational objectives


The Organizational Leadership option requires 60 credit-hours of coursework, including:

Core – 1

Organizational Leadership

15 Credits
BA 513

Business Legal Environment

3 Credits

Provides the essential legal foundation for business managers in companies operating in the U.S. Effective strategies for managers to prevent and resolve legal disputes will be stressed. Topics include legal issues related to corporate forms, creating and enforcing contracts, reducing exposure to tort liability and the role of employees as agents of a business.

BA 514

Operations Management

3 Credits

Provides a foundation for business managers in statistics and operations management. Emphasis on quantitative tools for sampling, interval estimation and hypothesis testing as well as operations management concepts for processes, quality systems, supply chain management, inventory management, resource planning, and sustainable lean systems.

PREREQS: College Algebra

BA 515

Managerial Decision Tools

3 Credits

Develop business management skills by learning the principles of managerial and financial accounting. Emphasis will be placed on understanding financial statements, cost analysis, and funding decisions. Focuses on integrating the theoretical framework of accounting and finance with the “hands on” technical skills needed to evaluate financial decisions within an organization.

PREREQS: College Algebra

BA 516

Creating Value in Exchange

3 Credits

A graduate-level survey course that provides a foundation for business managers in the concepts of marketing. The student will develop an understanding of marketing principles and an awareness of marketing challenges.

PREREQS: Microeconomics

BA 517

Markets and Valuation

3 Credits

Introduces students to the basic questions facing a financial manager and the tools a financial manager uses to find answers to these questions. Introduces the basic tools of finance and applications of financial theory in use today. Students will be introduced to legal, ethical, technology, and global issues facing a financial manager. The course is designed to enhance a student’s approach to financial decision making and emphasizes technical analysis and quantitative approaches to decision making.

PREREQS: BA 515 with a minimum grade of B- or higher.

Core – 2

Organizational Leadership

27 Credits
BA 528

Financial and Cost Analysis

3 Credits

Analysis of the balance sheet and income statement to determine profitability, risk, and rate of return; preparation of pro forma financial statements; cost measurement for products, projects, jobs, customers, and markets; strategic cost decision making for pricing and resource allocation.

BA 540

Corporate Finance

3 Credits

Emphasizes analytical tools to measure and manage firm value, through corporate strategies such as mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, international expansion, and new venture development.

BA 550

Organization Leadership and Management

3 Credits

Organization-wide implementation issues driven by change. Provides a balanced view of the structural and human sides of organization design.

BA 555

Practical Business Analysis

3 Credits

Advanced survey of quantitative business methods useful for aiding management decisions. Topics include a review of basic statistics, mathematical programming, business simulation, statistical process control, advanced regression analysis and forecasting.

BA 561

Supply Chain Management

3 Credits

Covers tools and concepts needed to manage the entire supply chain effectively. Topics include negotiation, purchasing, logistics operations, and applying e-business tools. Emphasis on creating integrated supply chains.

BA 569

Advanced Strategic Management

3 Credits

Advanced integrative case-based course on the process of systematically developing and managing firm strategies. Topics are covered from a general management perspective and include setting corporate goals and objectives, analyzing external competitive environments, understanding business models, identifying strategy options, and designing appropriate organization systems and structure for implementation of plans. International and e-business issues are integrated throughout.

BA 572

Advanced Information Systems

3 Credits

The development, implementation and management of information technology applications will be addressed. Topics will address the development and application of technology to support linkages within the organization and outside the organization. Projects will be assigned to illustrate the topics.

BA 590

Marketing Management

3 Credits

Provides students with an understanding of how a market-orientation can help firms to profitably deliver value to their targeted customers. Through a combination of lectures, in-class exercises, and case discussions, students will learn how to analyze complex marketing challenges, and make strategic decisions based on established marketing management principles.

MGMT 559

Managing Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

3 Credits

Introduces students to contemporary issues managers face making ethical and socially-responsible decisions in an increasingly competitive, transparent, and global environment. Practical examples and cases, as well as contemporary behavioral ethics research and theory are incorporated throughout the course.

Organizational Leadership Coursework

15 Credits
BA 562

Managing Projects

3 Credits

Covers tools and concepts used by managers to plan and initiate business projects. Computer applications, cases and a project.

MGMT 546

Cross-Cultural Management

3 Credits

Develop comprehensive skills to navigate and manage cross-cultural management issues, leveraging best practices for a globalized era. Based on recent evidence-based research, (1) identify the role of culture and its influence on employee behavior at intercultural work settings; (2) develop a perspective to explore the challenges modern organizations face when leading and managing globalizing employees and (3) develop a capacity to effectively manage diverse workforces in cross-cultural settings by enhanced cultural awareness of, and adaptability for different cultures and business norms.

MGMT 552

Organizational Behavior

3 Credits

Provides evidence-based study of human behavior within organizations with the goal of applying theories of human behavior to effective organizational administration. Topics include understanding individual differences, employee motivation, job design, the evaluation and motivation of employees, group dynamics and team management, effective communications, conflict management, employee stress, and work-life balance.

MGMT 572

Managing Human Resources

3 Credits

Students will learn the theories of human resource management, the legal requirements for human resource practices, and how to create an HR measurement system that aligns with an organization’s strategy.

MGMT 574


3 Credits

Students will learn the theories of negotiation and the techniques to develop an effective negotiation style.

Integrative Capstone Experience

3 Credits
MGMT 576

Integrative Capstone II

3 Credits

The completion of a two-course capstone series, Capstone II picks up where Capstone I leaves off. With a problem or opportunity identified at their current employer, the student creates a project plan and makes demonstrable progress toward executing the plan. The course ends with a extensive written report and a live presentation to the course instructor and project sponsor. Alternative projects may be available for students who are unemployed or anticipate a job change before the end of the capstone series.

Patrick Culhane

Organizational Leadership Track

I am new to the Pacific Northwest, and I needed to find a way to market myself and establish myself. I couldn’t think of a better way than getting into a good program like what Oregon State has to offer. With my job, I’d have been unable to enroll as a full-time student, the OSU MBA in Portland was a perfect fit. I appreciate the flexibility in the schedule.

- U.S. Air Force Veteran | Finance Technician, Federal Highway Administration

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