Online Course Design: Leading Highly Creative Organizations (HCOs)

8 Pages Posted: 4 May 2011

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Robert Edgell

SUNY Polytechnic Institute; University of St. Gallen; Columbia University - Columbia Business School

Date Written: May 10, 2010


This course aims to prepare experienced graduate students for the distinctive challenges of leading Highly Creative Organizations (HCOs) in the quest for social transformation and sustainability. Given the complex nature of leadership, the course offers a holistic and multi-perspective evolutionary view of leadership and management by covering three primary areas: historical perspectives, emergent theories and research, and contemporary contextual challenges. While many leadership courses promote a singular practitioner-focused methodology, this course expands the extant discourse by exploring in-depth scientific analyses from a variety of sources. Furthermore, the course explores the specific institutional, environmental, process, and communication variables that mediate leader-follower dyads and transformational processes in HCOs. When compared with other types of organizations, HCOs face unique habitat and contextual challenges.

Keywords: creativity, social transformation, social innovation, sustainability, organizations, course design, syllabus, curriculum

Suggested Citation

Edgell, Robert, Online Course Design: Leading Highly Creative Organizations (HCOs) (May 10, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

Robert Edgell (Contact Author)

SUNY Polytechnic Institute ( email )

100 Seymour Road
Utica, NY NY 13502
United States

University of St. Gallen

Varnbuelstr. 14
Saint Gallen, St. Gallen CH-9000

Columbia University - Columbia Business School

3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States

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