Name: Larry M. Starr, PhD
Position: Program Director
Organization: Jefferson School of Continuing & Professional Studies
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Year One

Systems of systems thinking and implications for leadership

This course critically examines the systems of systems approaches including Early Cybernetics, General Systems Theory, Systems Dynamics, Soft and Critical Systems, Later Cybernetics, Complexity Theory, Learning Systems, and Family Systems theory.  The use of a systems thinking framework and specific systems approaches in combination with methods of problem solving and problem dissolving will be examined to discern the implications and applications when leading complex organizations.  3 credits

Complexity approaches, theories and implications to leadership

This course critically examines approaches and theories associated with complexity and complex systems including complex adaptive social systems, complexity leadership models, emergence and leadership, mathematical models and computational modeling of leadership, and methods and metaphors of complex systems.  How complexity theories are integrated and their implication for leadership will be discerned.  3 credits

Complex situation (problem) formulation

This course critically examines the approaches of formulating complex challenges (problems and opportunities), how inadequate formulation leads to error and appropriate formulation leads to effective methodological and other research interventions.  The current literature addressing how complex challenges are formulated and addressed across domains including health care, education, finance, government, nonprofit, and other complex organizational systems will be reviewed, analyzed and synthesized.  3 credits

Complex systems leadership proseminar

This course will invite and engage visiting complex system leaders to present and discuss their perspectives, frameworks, methods, and outcomes.  Learners will examine and evaluate these presentations and based on the extant literature and their professional interests will generate research and design inquiry topics and projects.  3 credits

Research scholarship project

In lieu of a dissertation which all admitted into this program will have previously completed, this course requires writing two high quality academic papers that address or are informed by complex systems leadership.  Each paper will meet the author guidelines for an identified peer-review academic journal selected by the learner and Doctoral Advising Committee and will be judged by the advising committee on its merit of being accepted and published and so all papers will be submitted to peer-reviewed academic journals.  Papers will be selected from among the following or equivalent types: argumentative, research analytic or synthetic, compare-and-contrast, cause-and-effect and/or design-based, reports of controlled or qualitative research, or interpretive.  3 credits

Year Two

Research scholarship project continued

This course continues/extends the activities of Research scholarship project until the papers are approved by the Doctoral Advising Committee.  3 credits