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Camden, NJ 08102
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Spring 2016 BLDP Seminar: Crisis Management in a Diverse Global World

About the Seminar: Crisis Management in a Diverse Global World. In this seminar, we will explore the dynamics of leading organizations and people through crises. While effective leadership is difficult in any organization, it is especially difficult when organizations are enveloped in crises. In addition to business leaders receiving training in how to manage organizations during favorable periods, they also need to have the acumen to manage organizations during turbulent periods. Crisis management is the actions that leaders take to manage situations that threaten to harm the organization, its stakeholders, or the general public. We will explore the topic of leadership and crisis management in this seminar and investigate several intersecting themes such as:
• Do companies deal with international crises similarly as national crises?
• Social media campaign nightmare…what do we do?
• Should companies get involved in social issues?
• How should companies handle product recalls?
• How do you manage an embattled workforce after major layoffs?
• Are the horrible things the media is reporting about this company true? How do you manage employee reactions to organizational malfeasance?
• Not another scandal! How do you manage organizations that are repeat offenders?

In this seminar, we will host several dynamic leaders from various sectors who will share some of their experiences and tips with managing crises, complete various exercises, analyze various cases, read several articles related to the topic, and complete a civic engagement-related team project. Students will leave the course with applicable skills and a better appreciation of leadership.

About the Professor: Oscar Holmes IV, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Management at Rutgers University School of Business where he teaches executive education, graduate, and undergraduate courses in Leadership and Organizational Behavior. His research interests include investigating how leaders can maximize productivity and well-being by fostering more inclusive environments that mitigate interpersonal and organizational threats. His research has been published or is accepted to be published in several top-tier academic journals and books such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion: An International Journal, The Oxford Handbook on Workplace Discrimination to name a few. In 2014, he was elected to serve a 3-year term to the Executive Committee as a Representative-at-Large for the Gender and Diversity in Organizations (GDO) division of the Academy of Management and selected to serve on the editorial review boards of Africa Journal of Management and Journal of Leadership and Management. Dr. Holmes has served on several non-profit boards and committees as well as consult with organizational leaders within the areas of diversity management, leadership, and managing human capital. He is a resident expert for Psychology Today (PT) and hosts his own PT column entitled, “Beyond the Cubicle: Managing Human Capital.” In addition to his scholarship being covered in various news outlets, Dr. Holmes has made a number of media appearances that include Huffington Post Live and radio interviews.

Who Can Apply: Students in both the School of Business (SBC) and College of Arts and Science (CAS) are invited to apply for enrollment in the BLDP seminar. All applicants are expected to meet both of the following selection criteria: Have sophomore standing or above and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above. A student can take the seminar without completing any of the other requirements for the BLDP. The 3 credits earned from the seminar are accepted as a business elective for most majors and concentrations.

Meeting Time: Friday 9:00 AM – 11:40 BSB-109

First Round Application Deadline: Ensure your spot in this unique seminar by applying before the early registration deadline of Friday, November 13, 2015, at 5 p.m. Applications will continue to be taken until the seminar is filled.Space in the seminar is limited to 15 - 20 students.

Application Information: Click Here!

New BLDP applicants: Each application must be supported by two reference letters. One of the references must be from a professor or instructor, the other from a non-relative (preferably a current or former employer or supervisor) who can attest to the applicant’s character, motivation, and/or leadership potential. All reference letters should be directed to: Dr. Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, BLDP Director, School of Business, Rutgers University, 227 Penn St., Camden, NJ 08102 at Your application will not be considered complete until the two reference letters have been received.

Repeat seminar participants: Repeat seminar participants will be asked to write a brief essay explaining their desire to take the additional seminar. This essay should be submitted via the BLDP online application, including your name and anticipated date of graduation. New letters of recommendation are NOT required.

BizEd is a summer leadership program for high school students. “Building Business Leaders” for high school seniors and “Building the Best ‘You’ for Business” for high school juniors. Program highlights include:

  • Learn from internationally recognized Rutgers faculty
  • Get a behind the scenes tour at organizations in the Delaware Valley
  • Build leadership skills
  • Compete to win an iPad mini
  • Experience college life at Rutgers


“BizEd was the best experience ever! I was kind of nervous the first day because I did not know anyone, but when I arrived and we were put into our groups, I instantly made three friends. Learning about all the aspects of business and touring the  Rutgers–Camden campus made me realize what I wanted to do with the next four years of my life and for the rest of my life. BizEd was a life changing experience and I am so glad I decided to do it!”
Williamstown High School Student
Class of 2013

“The Rutgers-Camden BizEd Program was such a worthwhile experience! The professors were enthusiastic and really cared. Working in small groups kept us constantly engaged and actively learning. I also valued getting to know the other participants. All in all a great experience.”
Riverside High School Student
Class of 2014

“BizEd was such a great experience because it allowed me to explore various aspects of business while also putting the skills I learned to practical use.  I am so glad I got to participate in this program.”
Cherokee High School Student
Class of 2014