This course emphasizes understanding the relationship between effective leadership and work motivation, with an emphasis on "engagement”. What role does motivation play in the leadership process? This adventure into the study of the relationship between leadership and work motivation is multifaceted. It is clear that there is much more to it than the "flavor of the month” approach that is popular in many organizations. Steers, Porter, & Bigley (1996, p. 3) describe motivation as "a highly complex phenomenon that affects, and is affected by, a multitude of factors in t he work milieu.” In order to gain an understanding of some of those complexities, this course begins with consideration of the meaning and purpose of work - Why do people work? The course includes several theories of motivation, which will help in understanding some of the practices that exist in work organizations. The course also explores assumptions about human nature that form the basis for motivational theories and practices. Humanistic assumptions are contrasted with biblical descriptions of human nature - What assumptions about people are made when deciding to implement motivational strategies among co-workers and others? Overarching questions in the course include: What is the relationship between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation? How can motivational models and processes be applied in the workplace and in other real-world situations? What are some of the ethical implications involved in the motivational process? These and other issues help to develop an understanding that work motivation involves more than the proverbial carrot or stick.

Typically excluded from the discourse on work motivation are the identification, analysis, and application of biblical principles to motivational theory and processes. An important outcome of this course is the development of a perspective on motivation that includes themes derived from the Bible. A foundational theme of this course is that work and other human pursuits are meaningless unless done to the glory of God. This theme is reiterated throughout the course with readings from the book of Ecclesiastes. These and other biblical passages bring a perspective to the discourse on work motivation that is absent from most writings on the subject.

The risk of loss and the likelihood of that loss are a reality of project management. A vital part of project management is mitigating risk. One set of authors, (DeMarco and Lister, 2003) state that, "If a project has no risks, then don't do it." This course addresses the need for project managers to understand and apply methods of identifying, analyzing, evaluating, and monitoring the risk associated with various stages of the project lifecycle. This course will focus on the PMI process of risk management, including risk management planning; identifying risks; qualitative risk analysis; quantitative risk analysis; risk response planning; and monitoring and control of risk responses. Other risk management methods will also be discussed.

This course provides a framework for the systematic approach to risk management and discusses project risk in the context of the project management process as a whole. Students in this class will learn to mitigate the risk of project loss by understanding the overall project planning process, using key ideas for project risk planning, and practicing the employment of high-level risk assessment tools.

Nonprofit leaders often have a primary responsibility to raise the outside resources and support needed for an organization to fulfill its mission. This course equips nonprofit leaders with everything from traditional fundraising basics (drafting a plan, engaging the board, researching prospects) to new trends and opportunities with online/email campaigns, crowdfunding, and mobile fundraising. Biblical concepts related to stewardship will help inform nonprofit leaders on the ethical dimensions of fundraising.