Leadership Class Assignments Calendar

Welcome to PSY 811: Global and Cross-Cultural Leadership!

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Overview

CATEGORYINFORMATION
Credits3
PrerequisitesPSY 532 and PSY 539
DeliveryWeb (Canvas, https://psu.instructure.com)
DatesSee the Calendar.
InstructorSee the Orientation module under the Modules tab.

Description

Contemporary organizations have become increasingly focused on both the global marketplace and global competition. Large organizations frequently have physical locations and employees in numerous countries around the globe, but many relatively small organizations compete on a global scale even if physically located in one or a few countries. One consequence of the global marketplace is that organizational leaders need a global mindset in order to be effective in their leadership roles; that is, an awareness of the impact of culture on factors such as work-related values, norms, and expectations so that cultural differences are an automatic part of leader and organization decision-making.

This course provides a comprehensive examination of the psychological, social, and cultural factors that underlie expectations, preferences, and judged effectiveness of leadership practices and styles in organizations and work groups in the major cultural regions of the world. The course will focus on the development of the students’ ability to think critically about the complexity of the direct, indirect, and interactive impact of these factors on leading within multinational organizations that operate worldwide.

Students will understand the paradoxical needs for both flexibility and consistency when attempting to lead with a global perspective. They will also be able to develop leadership approaches in their organizations that can achieve sufficient levels of both consistency across various global and cultural settings (necessary for perceptions of fairness and predictability) and flexibility (necessary for adaptation to cultural and social differences). Students will also be exposed to research on the challenges faced by expatriate leaders who are given international assignments outside of their native cultures. Over the semester students will explore relevant examples, cases, and discussions that emphasize the application of psychological theory and research findings from varied cultural settings to the practice of leadership functions in global organizations and work situations.

Some examples of the course material that will be addressed include: dimensions of national culture relevant for work organizations; research on the differences and similarities of preferred and effective leadership across dimensions of cultural differences; developing a global mindset and global leaders; leading multinational and culturally diverse teams; challenges of expatriate leadership assignments.

Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Explain, analyze, and discuss diversity and culture.
  2. Describe and apply global competencies.
  3. Illustrate, analyze, and shape global teams.
  4. Explain and apply factors that go into global execution.

Organization

This course is made up of 14 lessons divided into 4 units.

For a typical unit, you will complete the following assignments:

  • Submit your initial thoughts about a scenario.
  • Complete a unit assignment.
  • Submit your reflection about the scenario.

For a typical lesson, you will complete the following activities and assignments:

  • Explore online course content.
  • Read a few assigned readings.
  • Participate in a discussion.

Online Learning and Attendance

This course has been developed to promote asynchronous learning. The instructor and students do NOT meet on a designated day and time each week. For each lesson, there is a timeframe to complete all activities and assignments, and you may work at your own pace within that timeframe. However, you must adhere to the due dates outlined on the Calendar. (Due dates can also be viewed under the Syllabus tab.) You should log into the course daily to check for updates, review lessons, and participate in activities.

Materials

Texts

The following texts are required:

  • *Lane, H. W., Maznevski, M. L., Mendenhall, M. E., & McNett, J. (Eds.). (2006). Blackwell handbook of global management: A guide to managing complexity. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. [ISBN: 978-1405152679]

*E-Book Option: An online version of one or more of your texts is available at no cost as a Penn State Libraries E-Book, which is indicated by an asterisk (*). You can access the E-Book through the Library Resources tab in the course navigation menu. Some E-Books will only be available online, while others will be available to download in full or in part. You may choose to use the E-Book as an alternative to purchasing a physical copy of the text. For questions or issues, you can contact the University Libraries Reserve Help (UL-RESERVESHELP@LISTS.PSU.EDU).

Library Services

Penn State Libraries provides a wide variety of services and resources. To learn how to take advantage, refer to the Online Student Library Guide at http://guides.libraries.psu.edu/onlinestudentlibraryguide. This guide serves as your starting point for access to all that Penn State Libraries can offer you as an online student. Use this guide if you have questions on library services offered to you, how the library can help you, how to use the library, or what resources you can access via the library! The guide will connect you to important pages and resources within Penn State Libraries and save time from you searching for the information you need.

Course Reserves

There are electronic resources on reserve for this course that can be accessed through the Penn State Libraries. To access your Course Reserves, please use the Library Resources tab in the course navigation menu. For any questions you may have about viewing or printing your Course Reserves, refer to the View and Print Electronic Course Reserves page at https://libraries.psu.edu/services/course-reserves/using-electronic-reserves/view-and-print-electronic-course-reserves.

Grading

Final letter grades will be assigned based on the scale below.

Scale

LETTER
GRADE
MINIMUM
PERCENT
MINIMUM
POINTS
A93372
A-90360
B+87348
B83332
B-80320
C+77308
C70280
D60240
F00

Due Dates

All assignments are due by 9:00 AM Eastern Time on the date indicated on the Calendar. (Due dates can be also be viewed under the Syllabus tab.) Please be aware that Canvas follows the Eastern Time (ET) time zone. Assignment due dates adhere to this time zone, and it is your responsibility to submit assignments accordingly. If you are outside of the ET time zone, you can set your Canvas account to sync to it. Refer to the Set a Time Zone article in the Canvas Guide at https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2891.

As a general rule, you will NOT be able to go back and make up missed assignments. It is your responsibility to keep up with your assignments. Students with an excused absence (e.g. hospitalization, jury duty, family emergency, or military service) may be asked to produce proper documentation in order to make up graded work. All make-up work is at the discretion of the instructor.

Veterans and currently serving military personnel and/or spouses with unique circumstances (e.g. upcoming deployments, drill/duty requirements, disabilities, VA appointments, etc.) are welcome and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to the instructor in the case that special arrangements need to be made.

Notes

  • To Do List: Some assignments may not appear in the To Do list under the Home tab. Use the Calendar or Syllabus to ensure that you are fully aware of assignment due dates.
  • Note on Late Assignments: Late assignments will lose the point equivalent of 10 percent per calendar day, and they will not be accepted later than 10 calendar days after the due date. Given the time-sensitive, interactive nature of discussions, replies will not be accepted after a lesson ends.

Assignments

Basic information about each assignment group is provided below. For detailed directions about an individual assignment, see the assignment information under the Modules tab.

You can expect meaningful feedback on assignments within 7 days of their due date.

Method

The guidelines below apply to most assignments, but there may be exceptions (e.g. Initial Thoughts assignments). Make sure to read all assignments' directions AND rubrics in their entirety.

  • Content quality: Generally speaking, there is no right or wrong answer for these assignments, but you must make your arguments/points based on theory, concepts, research, and/or factual evidence and in a clear and concise manner. This means with clear thesis statements; detailed explanations; apparent connection between theory, concepts, etc. and behaviors/decisions; and strong organization.
  • Citations and references: Generally speaking, it is necessary to cite, quote, and reference ideas that you have used. Paraphrasing is preferred to quotes as that demonstrates your grasp of the ideas, but if you use someone else’s words, make sure to quote, cite, and reference. If you paraphrase, remember to cite and reference.
ASSIGNMENT
GROUP
POINTS
Discussions150
Initial Thoughts20
Reflections40
Unit 01 Assignment30
Unit 02 Assignment30
Unit 03 Assignment30
Unit 04 Assignment100
Total400

Discussions

Value: 15 x 10 PTS, 150 PTS total

The purpose of the discussion assignments is to analyze course concepts as a class on a deeper level than in the readings or to use the readings to facilitate a deeper understanding. You will interact with classmates and the instructor by sharing thoughtful discussion ideas in the discussion forums. The most important aspect of this assignment is that it is an interactive assignment. It is important to interact with your classmates as they will provide diverse perspectives on the topics at hand, which will expand your knowledge of the concepts immensely.

For every discussion, you will make an initial reply and respond to the questions in the discussion forum's directions. In addition, you will make at least one reply to a classmate or the instructor. Your initial reply is always due a few days earlier than your replies to classmates or the instructor. We encourage you to make your initial reply as early in the week as possible so that everyone else in the class has a chance to respond to your ideas. Your replies to classmates or the instructor are due at the end of the week. Reply by 9 AM ET on the dates on the Calendar.

Your discussion contributions will be graded based on the following criteria: content quality, content quantity, content timeliness, and citations and references. For more information, see the rubric in each discussion forum.

Initial Thoughts

Value: 4 x 5 PTS, 20 PTS total

At the beginning of each unit, you will read a leadership scenario and respond to a few related questions. The purposes of this assignment are for you to articulate your prior knowledge and to create a baseline for comparison at a later time. We are not looking for "right answers," so you should NOT perform any research. Simply respond to the questions to the best of your ability.

Your submission will be graded for completeness and timeliness.

Reflections

Value: 4 x 10 PTS, 40 PTS total

At the end of each unit, you will revisit the leadership scenario and respond to a few related questions. The questions will be the same as (or similar to) the Initial Thoughts questions for the unit. In addition, you will self-assess your progress toward the unit goals after comparing your initial thoughts and final thoughts on the scenario. The reflections are an opportunity for you to think about what you have learned within the unit.

Your submission will be graded based on the following criteria: content quality, content quantity, content timeliness, and citations and references. For more information, see the rubric in each assignment.

Unit 01 Assignment

Value: 30 PTS

For this paper, you will use an idea/concept from Unit 01 to solve a global leadership issue in a country and culture you have not previously had experience with.

Attach and submit a text document to the correct drop box. Use one of the following file types: docx, doc, or pdf.

This assignment will be graded based on the following criteria: content quality, structure and organization, citations and references, and format. For more information, see the rubric in the drop box.

Unit 02 Assignment

Value: 30 PTS

For this paper, you will use an idea/concept from Unit 02 to solve the global leadership issue in the country and culture (i.e. the country, culture, and issue from your Unit 01 Assignment).

Attach and submit a text document to the correct drop box. Use one of the following file types: docx, doc, or pdf.

This assignment will be graded based on the following criteria: content quality, structure and organization, citations and references, and format. For more information, see the rubric in the drop box.

Unit 03 Assignment

Value: 30 PTS

For this paper, you will use an idea/concept from Unit 03 to solve the global leadership issue in the country and culture (i.e. the country, culture, and issue from your two previous unit assignments).

Attach and submit a text document to the correct drop box. Use one of the following file types: docx, doc, or pdf.

This assignment will be graded based on the following criteria: content quality, structure and organization, citations and references, and format. For more information, see the rubric in the drop box.

Unit 04 Assignment: Policy Paper

Value: 100 PTS

For this paper, you will combine ideas/concepts from Units 01-04 to solve the global leadership issue in the country and culture (i.e. the country, culture, and issue from your three previous unit assignments). You must use the ideas/concepts from all three previous unit assignments, plus a new idea/concept from Unit 04.

Attach and submit a text document to the correct drop box. Use one of the following file types: docx, doc, or pdf. Also upload the document to the course section at Turnitin.

This assignment will be graded based on the following criteria: content quality, structure and organization, citations and references, and format. For more information, see the rubric in the drop box.

Note on Turnitin: Please be aware that Turnitin will produce an originality report. See the Academic Integrity section for information about the potential consequences of plagiarism and other violations of academic integrity.

Final Exam

None

University Policies

Academic Integrity

Penn State defines academic integrity as the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. All students should act with personal integrity, respect other students' dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts.

Dishonesty of any kind will not be tolerated in this course. Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students. Students who are found to be dishonest will receive academic sanctions and will be reported to the University's Judicial Affairs office for possible further disciplinary sanction. For further information, please read University Faculty Senate Policy 49-20 at http://senate.psu.edu/policies-and-rules-for-undergraduate-students/47-00-48-00-and-49-00-grades/#49-20.

Disability Access

Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. Every Penn State campus has an office for students with disabilities. The Student Disability Resources website provides contact information for every Penn State campus at http://equity.psu.edu/student-disability-resources/disability-coordinator. For further information, please visit the Student Disability Resources website at http://equity.psu.edu/student-disability-resources.

In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, you must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation described at http://equity.psu.edu/student-disability-resources/applying-for-services. If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus’s disability services office will provide you with an accommodation letter. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. You must follow this process for every semester that you request accommodations.

Nondiscrimination

Penn State is committed to equal access to programs, facilities, admission and employment for all persons. It is the policy of the University to maintain an environment free of harassment and free of discrimination against any person because of age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, gender, perceived gender, gender identity, genetic information or political ideas. Discriminatory conduct and harassment, as well as sexual misconduct and relationship violence, violates the dignity of individuals, impedes the realization of the University's educational mission, and will not be tolerated. For further information, please visit the Affirmative Action Office website at http://www.psu.edu/dept/aaoffice/.

Reporting a Bias Incident

Penn State takes great pride to foster a diverse and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff. Acts of intolerance, discrimination, or harassment due to age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religious belief, sexual orientation, or veteran status are not tolerated and can be reported through Educational Equity via the Report Bias webpage at http://equity.psu.edu/reportbias/.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Penn State's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office offers residential and distance-based Penn State students non-emergency mental health services in the form of case management, community resource referrals, supportive listening, care giver support, and much more.

Students may request assistance from CAPS regarding a variety of common mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and stress. CAPS services are designed to enhance students' ability to fully benefit from the University environment and academic experience. Call CAPS at 814-863-0395 (8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday EST) or submit an inquiry online at http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/counseling/contact_form.shtml to schedule an appointment with a mental health advocate, who can help you address mental health concerns that may interfere with your academic progress or social development. This appointment will include a one-on-one session that can be conducted via telephone, teleconference (Skype, FaceTime, etc.), or locally at Penn State University Park. For more information on services provided through CAPS, please visit the Penn State CAPS website at http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/counseling/.

Reminder: These services are for non-emergencies only. If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis situation, please call your local crisis center or 911.

TEACH Act

The materials on the course website are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated.

University Emergency Procedure

In the event of a University-wide emergency, the course may be subject to changes. Exigent circumstances may require alternative delivery methods, class materials, and interactions with the instructor and/or classmates. In addition, there may be revisions to grading policies and the Calendar, including assignments and their due dates.

In the event of a University-wide emergency, please refer to the Canvas website at https://psu.instructure.com for specific information related to the course. For more general information about the emergency situation, please refer to the Penn State website at http://www.psu.edu or Penn State News website at http://news.psu.edu.

To register with PSUAlert, a service designed to alert the Penn State community when situations arise that affect the ability of a campus to function normally, please go to the PSU Alert website at https://psualert.psu.edu/. Subscribers can receive alerts by text message to cell phones, and also can elect to have alerts sent to an email address.

Syllabus Subject to Change

The class will likely adhere to the information outlined in this Syllabus and the Calendar, but adjustments may be made based on what actually transpires during the semester. Remaining in the course after reading this Syllabus will signal that you accept the possibility of changes and responsibility for being aware of them.

Centennial Leadership was the proud host of the Alberta Student Leadership Conference (ASLC) 2016.  Our 100 students hosted 850 students and 150 teachers from all over Alberta.  We also had special guests from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NWT, and Nunavut!  Keynote speakers included Scott Hammell, Ian Tyson, Andy Thibodeau, Tenille, and Stu Saunders.  Our students were amazing!  Thanks to everyone who came from away and made our conference possible.  Special thanks to Laura McGregor, Joyce Wall, Graeme Tomlin, Penny George, and Shar Marschall – the best teacher team ever to host a  conference with!  Check out the video highlights from ASLC 2016  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZpqlBIjEdQ

Thanks everyone for all your hard work – this will be one for the memory banks!

Brent Dickson

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