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Spring 2020
Jul 01, 2022
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BADM 730 - Women and Leadership
This course provides students with a solid understanding of how women and men communicate in the workplace, with a focus on gender differences in conversational style and how such differences can lead to miscommunication. Differences in conversational style have seemingly simple consequences – a manager’s request may come off as too pushy, or an employee’s suggestion might be overlooked. However, research has shown that over time, differences in conversational style affect how men and women are perceived in terms of qualities like confidence, assertiveness, leadership ability, and even overall professional competence. 

In this course, students learn to identify elements of conversational style and analyze how different conversational styles lead to communicative breakdown. We investigate talk in various workplace contexts, ranging from interviews, negotiations, and formal presentations to casual small talk. In addition to spoken language, students learn about elements of non--?verbal communication, like gesture, posture, facial expressions, and eye contact. One unit of the course provides a special focus on effective leadership language for both genders. 

Through readings, lectures, class discussions, in-class activities, field research, and analysis of actual workplace interactions, students gain hands?on experience in critically analyzing professional talk. In addition to gaining a heightened awareness of themselves as professional communicators, students develop practical strategies for dealing with communication differences and for avoiding the potential negative consequences of differences in conversational style in diverse 21st century workplaces.  

1.500 TO 3.000 Credit hours
1.500 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Business Administration Department

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