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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.

In October 2004 the faculty of Rutgers, School of Business-Camden approved a new program, the Business Leader Development Program (BLDP) to provide enhanced leadership training, networking, and mentoring by RSBC faculty and industry business leaders.

Application submission opens each October and March via an online form. Faculty are welcome to nominate high-achieving students for BLDP membership.

Admitted students must complete a BLDP seminar during the semester following their acceptance into the program. BLDP seminars satisfy the initial requirement for members and count as a general business elective for most majors/concentrations. A BLDP seminar is offered each semester, and its topics are intended to appeal to students with diverse backgrounds, i.e., students do not need in-depth background in any particular discipline.

Seminar topics have included “Business Success,” “Marketing in the Social Media Age,” and “Leadership in the Financial Services Sector.” Upcoming seminar topics include “Leadership: Get Your Seat at the Table” (Fall 2015) and “Crisis Management in a Diverse Global World” (Spring 2016).

Once students enroll in and/or complete a BLDP seminar, they are also members of the BLDP Community, a much larger group of high-achieving students who will have several opportunities for participating in leadership activities throughout the academic year. The BLDP Community activities include monthly Community Lunches, Chamber of Commerce activities, RSBC executive lunch series, service learning activities, and the executive shadowing program.

BLDP students may also pursue BLDP Honors designations by earning verified leadership units (click here for more information on obtaining Leadership Units).

If you need additional information, please contact Dr. Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, BLDP Director, at, call 856-225-6592, or pick up materials at BSB Office 258.

Statement of Values:

Our selection criteria and development activities are based on a belief that leaders:

  • Go beyond what is required in developing personal and intellectual capabilities.
  • Initiate or contribute substantially to programs, activities, or events that help others.
  • Serve as a model of excellence to others in their determination, drive, self-discipline, demeanor, sense of fairness, self-confidence, respect for others and highest ethical behavior.
  • Be accountable for getting things done with and through others.

Program Premise and Benefits:

The Business Leader Development Program is a customized approach through which high potential students develop the skills and habits of leadership to carry forward into their business careers.

  1. Through a seminar application process we identify leadership potential in high-caliber School of Business students
  2. By promoting the program, we create awareness of special opportunities available in the School of Business, from which each individual can select his or her preferred activities by which to excel.
  3. Through special recognition for program completion, we offer a mechanism for showcasing student’s leadership during their time at Rutgers.  With ongoing involvement of area executives and past program participants, we supply exceptional networking opportunities to facilitate career opportunities. Every seminar includes special access to business executives (the target is at least 50% of the course be comprised of executive involvement).
  4. Every seminar includes emphasis on communication and interpersonal skills.