Business, Technology and Our Global Future


Patricia Szczerba

DePaul University School of Continuing and Professional Studies
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

Course Description

Students will study the latest changes in the fields of intercultural communication and leadership development in today’s global corporations, including reading interviews from some of the world's leaders in manufacturing, energy, telecommunications, and health care from 26 countries. This course combines hard science with cutting-edge organizational research-based case studies in today’s trans-cultural global corporations. Students study key behaviors needed today to be successful in a global corporation, including cultural self-awareness, frame-shifting, inviting the unknown, third-way solutions, etc. Students will also study how “disruptive technologies,”—mobile internet, automation of knowledge work, cloud technology, next generation genomics, 3D printing, advanced materials, and renewable energy, etc.—are changing and will continue to revolutionize global corporations. This course has no prerequisites.

Learning Outcomes

 After completing this course, you will be able to:

Course Resources

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Required Resources
Gundling, Ernest, Terry Hogan, and Karen Cvitkovich. What is Global Leadership – 10 Key Behaviors that Define Great Global Leaders. Brealey Publishing, 2011. ISBN-13: 9781904838234

Manyika, James, Michael Chui, Jacques Buguin, Richard Dobbs, Peter Bisson, and Alex Marrs. Disruptive Technologies: Advances that will Transform Life, Business, and the Global Economy. McKinsey Global Institute. 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0989545716

Available through Ereserves:
Wibbeke, E.S., and Sarah McArthur. Global Business Leadership, 2nd ed., Chapter 3 “The Principles of Care,” pp. 61-85. London and New York: Routledge, Print.

The following resources
are embedded in the course:

Additional Resources (Optional): 

Optional Articles and Report Readings
H5: The Elements of Global Leaders

S3F: Disruptive Technologies

How the Competences will be Demonstrated in this Course

Competencies will be demonstrated by completing the assigned readings, postings to the course Discussion Forum and writing position papers.

Assessment of Learning

For 2 competencies (H5 and S-3-F)

Position Paper 1
Position Paper 2


For 2 competencies (H5 and FX)

Position Paper 1
Position Paper 2


For 2 competencies (S-3-F and FX)

Position Paper 1
Position Paper 2 


For H-5 competency only

Position Paper 2


For S-3-F competency only

Position Paper 1


For FX competency only

Negotiated focus area research paper    


Your Grading Policies and Practices General Assessment Criteria for All Writing Assignments

Formatting is 20% of your paper’s grade. All written assignments must adhere to the Modern Language Association (MLA) MLA Handbook, 8th edition. See MLA Grade Form within the course content for specific directions. 

Grading Scale

A = 95 to 100

A- = 91 to 94

B+ = 88 to 90

B = 85 to 87

B- = 81 to 84

C+ = 77 to 80

C = 73 to 76

C- = 69 to 72

D+ = 65 to 68

D = 61 to 64

F = 60 or below


Grades below C- in SCPS courses do not satisfy competence and are not counted toward graduation.

Course Schedule




Module 1:

What is Global Leadership?

Chapter 1:Why Global Leadership?, pp 1-13

Chapter 2: What's Different About Global Leadership, pp 14-34

1.1 Introductions Discussions

1.2 Global Leadership Mindset Discussion

1.3 Population Shifts and Aging Populations Discussion

Module 2:

What is Global Leadership?

Chapter 3: See Differences, pp 36-53

Chapter 4: Closing the Gap, pp 54-74

Global Business Leadership

Chapter 3: The Principle of "Care", pp 61-85

2.1 Differences in Cultures and Ehtical Systems Discussion

2.2 H5 Research Paper Plan

Module 3:

What is Global Leadership?

Chapter 5: Opening the System, pp 75-94

Chapter 6: Preserving Balance, pp 95-107

3.1 Opening the System and Preserving Balance Discussion

3.2 Leadership Self-Assessment Discussion

Module 4:

What is Global Leadership?

Chapter 7: Establishing Solutions, pp. 108-149

Chapter 8: Training the Ten Behaviors, pp 127-149

The Mindful International Manager

Chapter 13: Leading, pp 179-192

4.1 Training the Ten Leadership Behaviors Discussion

4.2 Leadership Self-Assessment

Module 5:

What is Global Leadership?

Chapter 9: Coaching the Ten Behaviors, pp 150-171

Chapter 10: Teaming the Ten Behaviors, pp 172-191

Chapter 11: The Future of Global Leadership, pp 192-218

5.1 Leading a Global Team: Obstacles and Solutions Discussion

5.2 H5 Research Paper

Module 6:

Disruptive Technologies

A Gallery of Disruptive Technologies slide show (Text transcript)

Introduction: Understanding the Impact of Technologies, pp 23-28

Chapter 1: Mobile Internet, pp 29-39

Chapter 2: Automation of Knowledge Work, pp 40-50

Chapter 3: The Internet of Things, pp 51-60

MGI Digital America_Executive Summary_December 2015

NEW reading for Module 6 Digital America - A Tale of the Haves and Have-Mores Excecutive Summary

6.1 Mobile Internet, Automation of Knowledge and the Internet of Things Discussion

6.2 S3F Research Paper Plan

Module 7:

Disruptive Technologies

A Gallery of Disruptive Technologies slide show (Text transcript)

Disruptive Technologies: Advances that Will Transform Life, Business, and the Global Economy website

Chapter 4: Cloud Technology, pp 61-67

Chapter 5: Advanced Robotics, pp 68-77

Chapter 6: Autonomous and Near-autonomous Vehicles, pp 78-85


Disruptive Technologies Podcast (11 minutes and 38 seconds): MGI's Michael Chui discusses the most economically disruptive technologies that will transform business and life in the next decade. (Text transcript)

7.1 Cloud Technology, Advanced Robotics and Autonomous and Near-Autonomous Vehicles Discussion - Benefits and Harms

7.2 FX Research Paper Plan

Module 8:

Disruptive Technologies

A Gallery of Disruptive Technologies slide show (Text transcript)

Chapter 7: Next-generation Genomics, pp 86-94

Chapter 8: Energy Storage, pp 95-104

Chapter 9: 3D Printing, pp 105-113

8.1 Next-Generation Genomics, Energy Storage, and 3-D Printing Discussion

Module 9:

Disruptive Technologies

A Gallery of Disruptive Technologies slide show (Text transcript)

Chapter 10: Advanced Materials, pp 114-124

Chapter 11: Advanced Oil and Gas Exploration and Recovery, pp 125-135

Chapter 12: Renewable Energy, pp 136-147

Conclusion: pp 148-151

9.1 Advanced Materials, Advanced Oil and Gas Exploration and Recovery, and Renewable Energy Discussion

9.2 S3F Research Paper

Module 10:

IntelligentHQ: Guide to 12 Disruptive Technologies
Inc.: 12 Disruptive Technologies That Have the Potential to Change Your Business
Forbes: The Five Most Disruptive Innovations At CES 2015

Conduct your own research on recent websites and/or articles on future disruptive technologies.

10.1 Future Disruptive Technologies Discussion

10.2 FX Research Paper

Online Discussion

Assessment Criteria for Online Discussion Participation

In order to receive credit for your participation in the online discussion parts of the course it is important that:

  • You contribute to the online discussion in a collegial fashion. You should begin your contributions by addressing your peer students, maintain a kind and collegial tone, and close with your signature.
  • You regularly demonstrate good “listening” skills and active inquiry skills. This means that you pay attention with openness to the commentary of others and you offer constructive and interested commentary, whether in the form of questions or statements.
  • You contribute your own original ideas to the online discussion in ways that facilitate learning for other people.
  • You actively participate in informal online discussion with your classmates and the facilitator when they are required by the syllabus. “Active participation” means that you read and contribute to the online discussions. This discussion is “informal” in the sense that it is meant to encourage interested discussion.
  • You follow accepted standards of English spelling, grammar, and usage, although you will not be assessed for these particular characteristics when you are on the discussion board. These discussions are a place for you to exchange your reflections with others in the class about what you are learning. The discussion will be organized into forums around the particular assignment you are studying in specific periods of time, mostly weekly.
  • You may be asked by your facilitator to take leadership in a certain group for a certain time of the course. If this happens, you will receive further instructions from the facilitator.
  • If your participation is unacceptable at any time during the course, your facilitator will alert you and encourage your engagement as necessary. If you must be away and unable to access the Discussion Forum during the course, you must let your facilitator know and be ready to make up missed work as instructed.
  • You should contribute your responses to other particular assignment for that specific discussion heading, which will be posted. Directions are provided with each assignment. They must be followed according to the due dates given. Principles of good practice for participating in online discussion should be adhered to when it comes to responding to the contributions of other people in the class. These “principles” are provided in the Online Participation Guidelines section in this study guide.
  • Online discussions will be graded each week according to the criteria in the “Discussion Forum Grading Criteria”form.

Online Participation Guidelines for this course

The following guidelines are provided to you as a way to clarify what our facilitator experts of you as a member of the course:

  • Participation is essential, so please connect to the course every day or at least every second day. If you cannot login and you need assistance, email the Center for Distance Education Support services at You will receive assistance within 24 hours.
  • Discuss critically, give support to your peers, provide your own ideas and experiences, challenge the ideas of others, or just make a comment that you read the posting. This is not an independent study course, but a paced online group learning experience. This study guide indicated 6 to 11 hours per week of your time to be spent on this course of 10 weeks. If you miss any weekly discussion, make sure to communicate with your facilitator to receive direction on make-up work.
  • Please accept the challenge to work with others, to construct knowledge in negotiation with others.
  • Your contribution must reflect a firm understanding of the assigned readings. You will be asked to write based on your experience too; however, you will need to exhibit ideas and concepts discovered in course readings.
  • Your writing in online forums must be clear and concise, offering structured ideas.
  • Your contributions should be pertinent to the subject under discussion. You do not need to post one-sentence messages to be “seen” by your facilitator. Work at developing original ideas.
  • You must observe responsible etiquette while communicating your thoughts. The use of a respectful style is expected.
  • As a member of this course, you must participate in all electronic forums regardless of the competencies you are taking this course for.

Discussion Boards

Discussion Boards are a forum for discussion and sharing information among students. Your instructor may create one or more public conferences related to the topics you are studying each week.

At the beginning of the quarter, your instructor will set up three discussion conferences. These three conferences will help you and your classmates get off to an immediate start on the course, by providing conversational spaces for necessary, ongoing social and administrative activities. These conferences are:

  • Introductions
  • Course Q&A
  • A social meeting space for discussion that is not directly related to course content. (This has different names in different courses.)

The Q&A conference is where the management and administrative tasks of the course are conducted, and where you can ask ‘process’ questions and receive answers. You will also find the schedule of specific dates for your course in this discussion. 

The social meeting conference can be used freely for your own conversation (like setting up groups or teams, if these are used in the course).

Course Expectations

Time Management and Attendance
SCPS's online courses are not self-paced and require a regular time commitment EACH week throughout the quarter.
You are required to log in to your course at least four times a week so that you can participate in the ongoing course discussions.
Online courses are no less time consuming than "face to face" courses. You will have to dedicate some time every day or at least every second day to your studies. A typical four credit hour "face to face" course at SCPS involves three hours of classroom meeting per week, plus at least three to six hours of study and homework per week.

This course will require at least the same time commitment, but your learning activities will be spread out through the week. If you have any problems with your technology, or if you need to improve your reading or writing skills, it may take even longer.

The instructor should be notified if your life events do not allow you to participate in the course and the online discussions for more than one week. This is particularly important when there are group discussions or you are working as part of a team.
If you find yourself getting behind, please contact the instructor immediately.

Your Instructor's Role
Your instructor's role in this course is that of a discussion facilitator and learning advisor. It is not their responsibility to make sure you log in regularly and submit your assignments. As instructor, s/he will read all postings to the general discussion forums on a daily basis but may not choose to respond to each posting. You will receive feedback to assignments.

The instructor may choose to designate "office hours" when s/he will be online and available and will immediately respond to questions. Depending on the instructor, this response may be by e-mail, instant messenger or telephone. Otherwise, you will generally receive a response to emailed or posted queries within 48 hours.

Your Role as a Student
As an online student, you will be taking a proactive approach to your learning. As the course instructor's role is that of a learning guide, your role is that of the leader in your own learning.
You will be managing your own time so that you can complete the readings, activities and assignments for the course, and you will also be expected to take a more active role in peer learning.

Course Netiquette
Online discussions are an important part of your course experience. To ensure a positive learning environment, please follow the following minimum expectations. Use your common sense, as not all situations can be covered:

  • Be polite
  • Respect other participants’ views or opinions
  • Think before you write, and ask yourself if you would say the same thing in person
  • Use positive phrases (i.e., "Good idea!" or "Thanks for the suggestions," etc.)
  • Be sensitive to cultural differences
  • Avoid hostile, curt or sarcastic comments
  • No objectionable, sexist, or racist language will be tolerated
  • Create a positive online community by offering assistance and support to other participants.
For Students Who Need Accommodations Based on the Impact of a Disability

Students seeking disability-related accommodations are required to register with DePaul's Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) enabling you to access accommodations and support services to assist your success. There are two office locations:

Loop Campus - Lewis Center #1420 - (312) 362-8002
Lincoln Park Campus - Student Center #370 - (773) 325-1677

Students are also invited to contact their instructor privately to discuss your challenges and how the instructor may assist in facilitating the accommodations you will use in this course. This is best done early in the term and the conversation will remain confidential.

Course Policies

College and University Policies

This course includes and adheres to the college and university policies described in the links below:

Academic Integrity Policy (UGRAD)

Academic Integrity Policy (GRAD)

Incomplete Policy

Course Withdrawal Timelines and Grade/Fee Consequences

Accommodations Based on the Impact of a Disability

Protection of Human Research Participants

APA citation format (GRAD)

Additional Course Resources

University Center for Writing-based Learning

SNL Writing Guide

Dean of Students Office

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary. If a change occurs, it will be clearly communicated to students.


This course was designed and produced by faculty and staff at SCPS, School of Continuing and Professional Studies of DePaul University.

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