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Dr. Keiko Krahnke, Associate Professor

Dr. Keiko Krahnke

"My passion is to help students broaden their minds to new knowledge, develop their own sense of purpose and find their place as a future leader to make a difference in the world."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Human Resource Development – Colorado State University, 1999

Career Highlights:

I have taught for over 40 years at various institutions and levels including junior high school, high school and university. I have published in the areas of human resource topics, leadership, empathy and ethics. I have co-edited a book entitled "Organizing through Empathy," which includes a chapter on transcendent empathy co-authored with Peter Senge. My passion is to help students broaden their minds to new knowledge, develop their own sense of purpose and find their place as a future leader to make a difference in the world.

In which online program do you teach?

MBA – General

Which class do you teach online?

MBA 654: Ethical Leadership and Organizational Behavior

What do you want students to learn in this course? What is the expected learning outcome?

  • To understand behavior in organizations and topics including personalities and values, decision-making, conflict management, motivation, leadership, emotional intelligence, and workplace communication
  • To understand ethical responsibilities of leaders in organizations
  • To analyze ethical situations, consider stakeholder needs and develop solutions to problems
  • To assess our own leadership styles and develop self-awareness

What types of projects can online students expect in your course?

  • Discussion-board posts to facilitate dialogues on a subject
  • Synchronous meetings
  • Video presentations
  • Research papers and reflection papers

What advice would you give to those considering this online program?

Some people might think online programs are the same as correspondence courses. In this online program, we have regular and meaningful interactions between the students and the instructor via synchronous and asynchronous media. Instead of merely submitting required work, I would encourage you to connect, share thoughts and learn from each other. It will be a learning community.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"The Fifth Discipline" by Peter Senge

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.

When I am not with my students, I like to spend time with my animals, including horses, goats and dogs. My hobbies are riding horses and practicing traditional Japanese archery. I also like to be a voice for the voiceless and rescue animals in need.

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