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BUS 107 — Navigating Organizational Power Dynamics

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Apr 11—May 16
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 13
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $470
Instructor(s): Tina Choi, Susan Greene
Limit: 50
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on May 2
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Apr 11—May 16
5 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 13
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Tina Choi, Susan Greene
Please Note: No class on May 2
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
In business, there are often complicated power struggles and competing agendas that affect the things we care about. What’s important to know about dealing with these struggles is learning how to build strong relationships with people in higher positions and with your peers. If you do this well, you’ll not only make allies but also become skilled at understanding the organization’s politics and advocating for your own interests. The result is a network of people that naturally support one another, with the most influential people—those who control power, information, and advice—at the center. This course explores the many aspects of influence, focusing on practical skills to help you become an essential part of the decision-making process. Students will learn how to analyze and map sources of power in organizations, develop strategies for personal empowerment, and apply concepts to real-world situations through case studies and self-reflective assignments. These competencies are indispensable when aspiring to become a catalyst for change.

CEO and Founder, Travonde

Tina Choi received an MBA from Cornell and spent over a decade with Apple in global operations strategy roles, overseeing $500 million in program spending. She worked on Apple’s most iconic products, such as the iPod, iPad, and iPhone, receiving several awards for her work. She championed many diversity and inclusion initiatives while chairing one of Apple’s Diversity Network Association groups and co-founded the Apple Entrepreneur Camp for Women. She co-authored an award-winning children’s book on Asian American leaders, Fighting for Change: Andrew Yang’s Path Forward. She’s an investor and advisor for Astia, an international network of angel investors dedicated to women-led, high-growth ventures that provide their inclusive teams with unparalleled access to capital.

Executive Leadership Coach; Former Vice President of Human Resources, Patagonia

Susan Greene coaches CEOs, managers, and entrepreneurs at Apple, Google, Equinix, Moderna, Human Rights Campaign, and Guide Dogs for the Blind. She was the co-creator, facilitator, and coach for the Apple Women’s Leadership Program worldwide. Her leadership practices have been highlighted in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and HR Magazine.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.