Haub School of Business

Leadership, Ethics, and Organizational Sustainability

Curriculum: Major and Minor

Leadership, Ethics, and Organizational Sustainability (LEO) Major

In addition to the University's general education requirements (GER/GEP) and the Haub School of Business core courses, the LEO major includes the following courses:

Required (4):

LEO 210: Business, Stakeholders, and Ethics
This course analyzes the question, “Does business have a social responsibility?” through the examination of various internal and external stakeholders of the contemporary business organization. Students will be introduced to frameworks and theoretical principles in ethics that may be used as foundations to the analysis of the question above. Students then will learn how stakeholder management relates to an organization’s triple bottom line of people, planet, and profits.  The course includes theoretical concepts and practical analysis, exposing students to some of the ethical dilemmas confronted by employees in the workplace, and serves to help students enhance their skills in resolving these types of dilemmas.

LEO 211: Perspectives on Leadership
This course aims to increase students’ knowledge and skills concerning effective leadership. Through a seminar format we will employ a historical perspective to investigate different approaches, models, and contexts to leadership. We will then explore the contemporary role of leadership in work organizations. Through workshops, we will develop skill competencies critical to effective self, team, and organizational leadership. Students will have an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to a leadership experience they design and implement themselves.

LEO 212:  Organizational Sustainability
This course is an introduction to Organizational Sustainability in its broader sense and is primarily designed for the Leadership, Ethics, and Organizational Sustainability major and minor and those students interested in this area. For the organization, sustainability means the capacity to survive (to sustain itself) while contributing to the survival (the sustenance) of the various environments in which it finds itself, be these social, biological, economic, ecological, or other.  The course offers a framework for understanding sustainability and introduces the concept of the triple-bottom line whereby corporate social responsibility and environmental protection are necessary conditions for business success in addition to profitability.  It is not enough to fulfill only one or two of these three necessary conditions:  organzations should be structured so all three are mutually reinforcing.  The main objective of the course is to provide students with a broad context enabling them to develop the capacity for critical thinking and the skills necessary to understand the importance of sustainability.

LEO 495: Applied Leadership and Sustainability (capstone)
This course is an integrative practicum in which students (either individually or in teams) undertake an action-learning project in an organization under the direction of a faculty member with the objective of applying leadership and sustainability concepts developed throughout the program. Students will work with live clients (e.g., non-profit organizations or for-profit businesses) to help them improve their triple bottom-line performance along the people, planet, and profits dimensions and test their leadership skills as they do so.

Two electives chosen from the following:

FBE 230: Introduction to Entrepreneurship and New Ventures
FBE 330: Social Entrepreneurship
FIN 470: Sustainable Finance
FMK 351: Food and the Poor
IBU 210: International Business
LEO 270/370/470: Special Topics
LEO 310: Breaking News
LEO 490/491: Internship I and II
LEO 493/494: Research I and II
MHC 220: Introduction to Human Capital Management 
MHC 221: Diversity in the Workplace
MHC 222: Influence, Negotiation and Conflict Skills
MHC 321: International Human Capital and Talent Management
MHC 322: Metrics for Measuring Human Capital
MHC 360: Employment and Labor Law

Leadership, Ethics, and Organizational Sustainability (LEO) Minor

The LEO minor is an attractive option for any student from either college (Haub School of Business or College of Arts & Sciences) who want to learn concepts and skills of ethical and sustainable leadership.  The minor consists of 6 courses:

Required (6):

MGT 110, 120, or 121 Essentials of Organizational Behavior/Management or Perspectives (part of HSB core)
MGT 360 or MGT 361: Legal Environment of Business or Honors Introduction to Law (University Honors Students Only) (part of HSB core)
LEO 210: Business, Stakeholders, and Ethics
LEO 211: Perspectives on Leadership
LEO 212: Organizational Sustainability
LEO 495: Applied Sustainable Leadership (capstone)