Global Comparative Leadership

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Girard
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1415
End: 1530
Field Work: Day 1 | Singapore Download Syllabus

This research-focused course provides an opportunity for small teams of students to participate in collection, analysis, and interpretation of leadership data. Building on the theme of global comparative education, students will conduct an analysis of leadership in at least five countries visited on the voyage. The research methodology will be based on the Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness (GLOBE) research project, which is one of the most comprehensive projects in the domain of management. The first phase of the course will review leadership/organizational behavior theory and research methodology. During phase two students will collect data for a leadership media analysis. Finally, during phase three, teams will analysis the data and report their finding. Selected student papers will be further developed for journal submission.

Field Work

Country: Singapore
Day: 1

The purpose of our adventure is to examine business and leadership in Singapore through a variety of lenses.  The rich multicultural environment of Singapore offers unparalleled opportunities to witness business leaders in action.  Our laboratory will consider four aspects of business in Singapore: the old school trader; the new age entrepreneur; the Asian family business trying to innovate; and the Asian business already with a global presence. We will start in Chinatown at the Urban Redevelopment Authority to learn about planning. Next we will visit Maxwell Market, which was made famous by Anthony Bourdain.  For lunch we will experience Straits Chinese cuisine in the Joo Chiat/Katong district. Finally, we will visit Kampung Glam, the Royal Malay district. Academic Objectives: 1. Understand the challenges of leading across cultures 2.  Explore the difficulties in implement organizational change in diverse organizations 3.  Observe a variety opportunities and threats of leading in a multicultural environment 4.  Describe how leaders can create value by embracing the tenets of cross-cultural leadership