For the Doctorate
This weeklong, in-residence launch of the program is designed to introduce students to the theoretical base of OD, incorporating visionary perspectives and application models.
This course will focus on the Application, Research and Theory of OD. It will bridge learning from previous courses with a general grounding in the field through an abbreviated, albeit comprehensive, exposure to all phases of OD.
This course is designed to help students develop skills to carry out the essential steps of process consultation, including: contracting for action, formalizing expectations, developing working relationships and reporting patterns, deliverables, time frame and costs involved in the intervention.
This course is designed to further develop the students' understanding of strategic planning and their ability to guide clients through the strategic planning process, incorporating critical phases, models and practices.
This course will be devoted to learning the theory and technique of large-group intervention, the foundation of whole-systems transformation. This is a strategy in which the critical mass of an organization is brought together to share information about issues they face, explore common ground across functions and levels within the organization and develop action plans and next steps based on this common ground.
This course is designed to improve the students' negotiation skills and effectiveness in helping clients resolve conflict. Key focus areas include conflict management concepts and skills, and negotiation strategies.
Organizations increasingly rely on formal and informal teams to develop strategies, identify opportunities, solve problems, make decisions, and accomplish tasks in their day-to-day operations. In order to be successful in most professional environments, students require an in-depth understanding of group dynamics; particularly through the lens of group-as-a-whole theory, systems theory, group development, boundaries, authority, roles, and tasks. Also key is the ability to analyze the dynamics of power, authority, and differences in small vs. large group dynamics. - More frequently, across a wide variety of settings (global organizations in particular), teams are being called to work online in cloud-computing environments to accomplish tasks. These topics will be explored through student experiences in and outside the classroom, by understanding the theoretical concepts used to study group dynamics and teamwork and by applying learning to scenarios, cases and real world experiences.
This seminar will introduce Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as a positive alternative/complimentary approach to traditional interventions in organization development. The purpose of this course will be to become acquainted with the AI model, practice appreciative processes and explore the potential of generative theory building through the appreciative lens. The course will be both theoretical and practical: we will explore, appreciate and critique the theoretical underpinnings of AI and also develop basic skills in designing appreciative inquiry interventions.
Culture is one of the key influences on all interactions of individuals and organizations in our globalizing world. Ability to analyze culture and understand cultural influences (whether it be culture of an organization or culture of another country) has become an important part of OD practitioners' toolkit. This course is intended to help you acquire knowledge and skills that will increase your intercultural competence, which is immensely important for OD practitioners who deal with diverse population and different organizational cultures. The course consists of two parts which are interconnected and interdependent. First part is focused on intercultural aspects of OD practice; the second part will emphasize organizational culture issues.
This weeklong, in-residence session will focus on the evolution of leadership and emerging concepts of leadership in today's global society. This course presents a rich array of perspectives, as well as applications-based outcomes, on state-of-the-art and science leadership practices. It focuses on what the emerging trends in leadership mean to the organization development profession and, specifically, to the leadership development of others.
This course is built around three overarching questions: How do we learn ideological blindness; that is, how is it that we can live unaware of the way dominant, unquestioned beliefs shape our choices and actions? How do we live in a manner that doesn't support hegemony; that is, how do we learn to challenge the process by which we embrace ideas and practices that harm us? How do we use this knowledge in OD? We will approach the questions from three perspectives: the theory about transformative learning, critical theory, and the theory put forth by Chris Argyris.
This weeklong, in-residence program will focus on the moral, values-based and ethical dimensions of OD practice. Discussion will revolve around core values of the OD profession.
In this course students are introduced to epistemology, methodology and methods as they apply to research in the social sciences, with a particular stress on research in organization development.
This course deepens the student gain a deeper understanding of the methods used in research in Organization Development, concluding with writing a research proposal similar to the one which will be written for the doctoral dissertation. is designed as a laboratory in which students learn to explore and research the OD literature, both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
This course is designed to give students hands-on experience in positivistic and interpretive research.
This experience is designed to provide students with opportunities to observe expert OD professionals at work in the real-time practice of OD. Students will reflect on the mentor's professional behaviors and skills, identify key learnings and then use these learnings as a basis for action in their own work.
In this practicum, the student carries out a team organizational assessment and intervention with the guidance of a field and a faculty mentor.
In this practicum, students independently conduct an organizational assessment and intervention.
The pre-dissertation seminar is designed to assist doctoral candidates in shaping their research question, choosing the appropriate methodology , and developing their dissertation plans. This workshop format course includes a review of the dissertation research process, the IRB application process, and ethics of research, as well as an intense examination of the candidate's research interests.
The dissertation represents the student’s original research in an area of their interest. It involves identifying a clear research question, appropriate use of existing, relevant literature and designing research methods to effectively answer their question. As a scholar-practitioner doctoral program, the student is expected to contribute to the body of knowledge in the field, relate their work to others and bridge their work to practical application in the field. The dissertation is completed under the supervision of a faculty chair and two committee members and is formally presented in an oral presentation with the committee.
Courses to be chosen in collaboration with student's academic advisor to best fit area of study.