Daytime MBA

Duke MBA Leadership and Ethics Curriculum | Extracurricular Programs


Duke Daytime MBA Leadership and Ethics core, concentration and elective curriculum. For more information, see Fuqua's Course Listing.


Management 320: Leadership, Ethics and Organizations [LEO]
As part of our innovative approach to the education of future business leaders, Fuqua offers the LEO core course as part of the Global Institute program offered to First Year Students in Term 1 of the Daytime MBA Program. LEO emphasizes leadership, values, ethics and team-based work. It is designed to prepare students to effectively lead and manage regardless of career paths and analyze organizational behavior and build successful teams. It provides personal insight and serves as a foundation for several core classes and electives.

Consequential Leadership 1 [C-LEAD 1]
C-LEAD 1 is an experiential complement to the principles and frameworks taught in Leadership, Ethics, and Organizations (LEO). The course consists of three outside the classroom team activities that are designed to strengthen leadership skills, as well as short courses on Managing Culture, Conflict and Teams, and Managing Difficult Conversations.

Consequential Leadership 2 [C-LEAD 2]
C-LEAD 2 is a week-long course required of all returning second-year Daytime MBA students. The course builds on the concepts and skills mastered in C-LEAD 1 and the first year curriculum and challenges students to sharpen and apply their leadership capabilities. It asks the students to reflect (deeply and in an action-oriented and fun way) upon what they can do to be effective leaders during their second year and post graduation. Through a combination of conceptual and experiential learning exercises, students reinforce their personal and ethical leadership, and learn how to elevate these conversations to a community level.


The Duke MBA offers optional specialized Concentrations in all of the major functional areas (such as accounting, decision sciences, finance, management, marketing, operations, and strategic consulting) and in topical areas (such as entrepreneurship, international business, leadership and ethics, and social entrepreneurship). Each concentration identifies a set of electives from which students will choose six courses.

The Concentration in Leadership and Ethics is designed for students with an interest in deepening and broadening their leadership and ethics training whether in preparation for stepping into leadership positions soon after graduation or in service of longer-term career goals.



In addition to the following electives that are leadership and ethics specific, COLE has developed a recommended leadership and ethics track of courses in other areas that have leadership and ethics components.

Management 423: Leadership
This course addresses leadership as a topic separate from management. Effective leadership involves setting a tone, a focus, and a direction for an organization, its members, and other stakeholders. In contrast, effective management involves executing against the direction and tone set by leadership. To be effective in most business positions, we need a mixture of leadership and management, and the exact mix depends upon the situation, the role and the person. The purpose of this course is to provide not only knowledge about leadership and its effects, but also opportunities for reflection, study, debate, and practice that provide students with a context within which they can learn about leadership - both their own leadership and more general principles of effective leadership. This is a course for students who wish to take the time and exert the effort required to understand, confront and reflect on their own leadership strengths and weaknesses, and begin the process of becoming a more effective leader.

Management 424: Leading and Managing Human Capital and Organizational Change
This course provides an understanding of issues and challenges involved in the management of human resources in contemporary, complex organizations. The topics discussed include employee selection and placement, training and development, compensation and reward systems, performance evaluation, career development, human resource planning, international human resource management, Courses of Instruction 57 and the contribution of human resource management to overall organizational effectiveness. The cultural and legal contexts of human resource practices are also addressed. Perspectives for this course are from the line or operating managers primarily. The roles of the personnel department and the personnel specialists are evaluated.

Management 425: Ethics in Management
The purpose of this course is to help students understand the ethical problems that confront managers and to approach their role as managers with a sense of purpose and vision. The course does not presume to teach morality; it does not have the goal of teaching right and wrong. We will explore students' own ethical orientations, the values of practicing managers, and alternative approaches to ethical problems.