International Managerial Leadership

This course is designed to develop globally competent "international managerial leaders" capable of performing under world-class standards in education, business, government and civil society...

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6 Months


Miguel Cardenas Jr., Ph.D.
Chief Academic Officer


International Managerial Leadership (IML 101-114)


This course is designed to develop globally competent “international managerial leaders” capable of performing under world-class standards in education, business, government and civil society (social, political and other non-governmental organizations). Its interdisciplinary competency-based curriculum was developed based on the premise that students enrolled will have diverse academic and professional backgrounds. The central theme of the program is a unique proprietary conceptual framework called IML (International Managerial Leadership) Competence, which includes basic leadership, decision-making and administration, and global dynamics components.

IML global competency includes various key skill and knowledge areas related to strategic visioning, technology-based networked collaboration, global marketing and benchmarking, productive excellence, technology transfer and risk management, all placed within an ETK (Emotional, Technology and Knowledge) conceptual framework.

This new generation international managerial leadership is now essential to compete successfully within the New Economy and the increasingly complex global markets. Being able to perform under IML standards will give you and your organization a platform for continuous improvement and a clear path towards global competitiveness.


Course Syllabus
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IML 101: IML Global Competency Manuals
Students are exposed right away to basic publications that form the theoretical foundation for this course. This includes a basic manual for International Managerial Leadership, a guide for certification in this global competency, and the standards of competence that each student must acquire throughout this course.

IML 102: Leadership for Re-Invention: Strategies and Results
The world has entered an era of constant change and increasing complexity that permeates all aspects of our lives. Organizations cannot survive and compete successfully without competent leaders that provide not just the vision, but also the strategies and tactics to achieve results in this new reality. This new breed of leaders must be able to inspire and guide through the difficult processes of adaption and re-Invention that are inevitable in a changing world. Their main role is to synchronize their organizations and communities to the global realities we are all facing, and this is not just a human or emotional process, but also a technology and knowledge-based process.

This timely videoconference will discuss the character, expertise and resources successful leaders must now deploy to effectively implement re-invention and synchronization processes in organizations around the world. The distinguished invited speaker will present his views and suggestions on the topic based on his ample academic and consulting experience. Decision-makers must now develop strategies that will accommodate rather than avoid innovation, integrating new ways of performing the changing tasks their globally connected clients are now demanding.

IML 103: Organizational Ethics and Responsibility
Sustained and continuous improvement, as well as superior performance, have been key concepts in the well-known total quality movement towards increased productivity and competitiveness. However, although necessary, these will not be sufficient conditions for achieving future success unless we also incorporate into our activities a deep sense of responsibility and ethics based on values clearly communicated and accepted by associates, clients and society. Being able to clearly articulate these principles, implementing the appropriate organizational and functional controls needed to put them into practice, will be one of the most solid foundations for our prosperity in the third millennium.

This exciting videoconference will discuss these and other key considerations that will be increasingly important for developing trust and confidence among individuals, organizations, communities and nations. The invited speakers will describe the work of various organizations actively involved in promoting ethics and character, including the Ethics Officers Association and Character Courts, and will propose the type of mechanisms and multi-cultural values that our increasingly globalized workplace will need to put into place to increase our sense of responsibility in what we do individually and collectively.

IML 104: Creativity and Vision
The uncertainties of a new millennium and a globalized environment place creativity at the heart of any successful effort to visualize our future. Creativity in practice requires the application of a broad systemic approach to assess possible and preferred outcomes and the mastery of an intuition process to maximize foresight.

This innovative videoconference will review the systems approach as applied to visioning and the how’s of an “intuition program” at different levels of an organization. The invited speakers will provide practical examples of strategic visioning projects, grading their level of creativity and resulting effectiveness.

IML 105: Optimal Resource Allocation
The TQM movement in recent years has certainly generated an almost global excitement for continuous improvement and client service in all competitive sectors of business, education and government. The enormous volume of literature on the subject has often inundated our desks and conference rooms, emphasizing ISO standards and procedures, managerial and delivery of service strategies, organizational and training approached, and, in general, “client-oriented” initiatives for long-term competitive success. The question today and in the future, however, is no longer whether we need all this or not, but rather, how can we afford it?

This videoconference will address the problem of resource allocation for maximizing quality and client service, that is, it will analyze the mix of strategic assets and programmed investments that the new competitive organization must assign for TQM and client satisfaction in order to reach or maintain world-class status. The invited speaker will discuss the difference between sales-oriented and client-oriented, the need to create “barriers to exit” among customers, and the growing strategic importance of relationship-marketing and networks.

IML 106: Leadership in a Changing World: The Challenge of Disruption
The world continues to become more complex and unpredictable at all levels of our globalized society. We all need to adapt, re-invent and grow in a never ending environment of change that engulfs us all. The constant challenge is now having to deal with discontinuity and disruption.

“Disrupt or be disrupted” has become almost a slogan for all strategies and tactics that are deployed by successful leaders in organizations, networks and associations that seek results and sustainability in today’s highly erratic environment.

This timely videoconference will review the leading factors of change that we all face today in education, business, government and civil society, the level of disruption these generate, the strategies that successful leaders must now implement, and the skills and competencies that have to be developed at all levels to insure continuity and sustainable performance. The distinguished invited speaker will present his views and suggestions on the topic based on his ample academic and consulting experience. Decision-makers must now act with firm vision of a disruptive future which if managed appropriately will open a new world of opportunity, but with the perils of the unknown if they do not learn how to anticipate drastic change and the new risks ahead.

IML 107: Creating Achievable Visions with a Global Scope
There is no doubt that organizations today, regardless of their size and nature, must adopt realistic visions that have a global perspective if they want to survive the wave of intense world competition that is rapidly changing consumer preferences, and the sweeping technology-driven transformation of the way we do things. To be achievable, a vision must be the product of a systemic exercise that analyzes your current and future environment, your goals, and your resources (weaknesses and strengths), and also must be specific enough to serve as a framework for the continuous formulation and adaptation of action plans and decision-making.

This strategic videoconference will review the concept of visioning and how to implement it in our challenging globalized environment. Values, commitment, empowerment and other key human dimensions of our productive endeavors can only surface and excel when the organization has a clear and feasible vision of where it wants to be in the future and what action plans this will mandate. Vision with action is now the basis for success at all levels

IML 108: Knowledge Protection and Management
The proliferation of information technologies and new productive knowledge has created wealth and value in a complex environment of market “niches” and intellectual property. Organizations must not only be able to excel in these niches with the support of their proprietary knowledge, but also must have the capacity to manage their competitive position by protecting their innovations and unique strengths through patents, copyrights, agreements, and other strategies suitable to the new e-media we increasingly utilize in our daily activities. A past court ruling in the United States to shut down an Internet portal that made music recordings available at no cost is one of many examples we will see in the future of heightened awareness of the value of intellectual property given the fact that the new media (particularly the Internet) still lack clear policies and generalized regulatory provisions of access and use.

This unique videoconference will review the traditional and new concepts of intellectual property protection and management given of the complexities and difficulties of secure communications, rules of confidentiality, storage of privileged information and other similar issues arising from our intense use of technology and benchmarking practices today. Individuals, organizations and nations, regardless of their own level of competitiveness, must review their strengths in order to identify and protect the value of their expertise at all times, thereby contributing to a new “culture” of respect for the creativity and work of others.

IML 109: Leadership in a Discontinuous Environment: Functional Intelligence with a Global Focus
We are experiencing a world of surprises and discontinuity at all levels. The greatest challenge for individuals, organizations, communities and nations is now survival, adaptation and achieving results.

Our most immediate environment and markets have now become global as social and productive human networks expand evermore in influence and outreach, particularly among the younger generations. Understanding the global dynamics most relevant and linked to our endeavors is now essential for successfully navigating the forces of change that engulf us all.

This timely videoconference will review the warning signs of discontinuity and global disruption, and the strategic role of “functional intelligence” to propel our organizations towards the new market opportunities brought about by the forces of globalization worldwide. The well-recognized invited speaker will address some of the key demographic and workplace trends shaping leadership strategy and practice and their effect on performance excellence and long-term productive success.

IML 110: Excellence, Value and Quality Performance
The final measure of achievement for any organization is its capacity to generate client satisfaction. In the new global economy and markets the simplistic concept of product or service total quality is not enough. Client identification, retention, support and development are tasks that require today a broad framework of organizational commitment through adapting, learning and improving continuously. To achieve this today, organizations need to develop a new tri-dimensional competence supported by minimum emotional (or human), technological and knowledge (or expertise) standards. This “ETK” managerial competence is the new pillar for the pursuit of excellence, value and optimal quality performance.

This important videoconference will present and discuss an innovative approach towards client satisfaction, providing an organizational framework and strategy to develop this capacity in any area of business, education or government.

IML 111: Forum Participation
The Forum is an electronic board that facilitates the interaction via written dialogue with other students of this course, creating a community of shared learning. In this segment you are required to add to the Forum of this course one or more constructive reflections (criticisms are not allowed) in response to a message posted by another student or as a new message posted by you.

IML 112: Competency Exam
The student must take and approve this test in order to advance to the Action Plan.

IML 113: Action Plan
Develop and report an IML action plan per given instructions.

IML 114: Practical Project Report
Develop and submit a report of a practical (real) International Managerial Leadership (IML) initiative or project per given instructions.

If a Credit grade is obtained, the student is recommended to obtain the IML global competency certification.