Leading Project Teams – MGMT 527

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides an analysis of effective team-based leadership practices in a project environment. Topical coverage includes creating high-performance teams, managing team conflict, motivating teams, and empowering teams for the successful completion of projects. Key principles of effective team leadership are cross-referenced with PMBOK concepts.

Prerequisites

BMAL 590 or Meets BMAL590 / 27 hrs in BUSI with a score of 3

Rationale

This is one of several courses covering advanced topics in project management, cross-referenced with PMBOK concepts. The course examines the critical areas for successful team leadership and explores the key principles for building high-performance work teams, which are essential to successfully complete projects in today’s dynamic work environments.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Justify the importance of leading high-functioning teams to effectively complete projects.
  2. Apply alignment processes that facilitate engaged team performance.
  3. Prepare an organizational team assessment based on observation and research.
  4. Evaluate the impact that the heart, head, hands, and habits of a leader have on those led.
  5. Integrate biblical principles with key team leadership principles.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Each thread must reference at least 3 peer-reviewed journal sources and must include at least 1 biblical integration. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words and have at least 1 source from a peer-reviewed journal source or at least 1 biblical integration.

Team Leadership in Practice

The student will write a 4–5-page research-based paper in current APA format that examines case studies focusing on team cultures. The paper will present 3 cases of engaged team performance, ascertain the key reasons for the team successes, and contrast these successes with 1 case study sample of poor team development. The paper must include an introduction, a conclusion, a title page, and a reference page with at least 6 references (3 of which must be from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals) in addition to the Starbird & Cavanagh text and the Bible.

Organizational Team Assessment

The student will consult with an organization to conduct an organizational team assessment. The assessment will be created for the organization’s management to determine the current status of team development and will present findings on the organization’s team culture, including team empowerment, team engagement, communication, and motivation. The paper will include 2 principle parts: Part 1 will include a 4–5-page team assessment, and Part 2 will include a 4–5-page summary and conclusion that compares the findings from the assessment with current research, the course textbooks, and Scripture. The paper must include a title page, and Part 2 must be in current APA format and include a reference page with at least 8 references (4 of which must be from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals) in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Journal

The student will compose a journal by answering weekly assigned questions from the text Lead Like Jesus. The student will use the template provided to answer the questions from the text. No additional formatting or references are required.

Tests (2)

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 true/false and multiple-choice questions, and have a 50-minute time limit.