Organizational Leadership and Communication

Course Number: 
GAFL 500


  • Fall 2017
Course Format: 
Hybrid (on-campus and online)
On-Campus Day(s): 
On-Campus Time(s): 

Fall 2017 on-campus meetings will be held on the following Fridays and Saturdays from 2-5:30pm. This is a half-semester course and occurs first session, September 8 & 9, October 13 & 14.

Online Day(s): 
Online Time: 
8:15 PM-9:15 PM
Course Description: 

Understanding workplace communication in U.S. society requires an interdisciplinary approach to develop an enlightened consideration of the complex and contextual nature of communication in organizations. This course emphasizes the impact of organizational structure, strategic communication, and leadership. Students will learn how organizational structures impact the management and communication process in real organizations. We will discuss traditional, relational, cultural, and network strategies of organizing. Insight is also offered about how leaders can strategically leverage communication to design and operate companies to benefit individuals and the organization. Case studies accompany each structure, where we will dive into real world organizations, CEOs, and what went right and wrong for some of the biggest companies spanning Ford, Apple, Enron, and Disney. 
This course will be conducted as a seminar, which means that it is crucial to complete readings in advance so that we can actively engage and discuss course concepts during our meetings. While we have core content that covers topics mentioned above, several other elements of organizational science are also discussed including: ethics, rhetoric, organizational change, diversity, power, worker well-being, research methods, and information communication technology. The course addresses a large number of ideas in substantial depth with the aim of developing an understanding of effective and responsible participation in diverse workplaces. As a result, students will better understand how to effectively communicate in the complex, diverse, and unpredictable contexts that comprise U.S. organizations.

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829