Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources:Handouts will be given in class.
Course Description:This course will provide the student with an understanding of the basic theories and techniques of organizational development. We will focus on practical information regarding the design, management and control of organizational development programs in business, public sector and social services organizations. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy:Education Philosophy: The facilitator's eduational philosophy is one of interactive learning through lectures, readings, research, group interaction and writings. I believe in making the learning experience mesh with daily practices in an organizational setting.
Learning Outcomes:· Understand the basic concepts, illustrations, theories and dynamics associated with organizational development and change. · Understand definitions of terms related to organizational development. · Understand the short history of organizational development. · Apply the underlying values, assumptions, and beliefs of organizational development and change. · Learn a new appreciation for the theoretical and research foundations in organizational development and change. · Understand how the OD process is managed, and the utility of action research. · Provide an overview of the OD interventions. · Apply the important features of teams, inter-group and interpersonal relationships in OD interventions. · Develop an appreciation for OD interventions that involve the entire organization. · Develop an appreciation for OD interventions that involve structural components. · Understand OD interventions that focus on training interventions. · Apply OD consulting techniques (issues in consultant-client relationships, consultant's expertise, depth of intervention, and ethics). · Develop an understanding of the OD efforts impact staffing and reward systems. · Develop an appreciation for the roles of power and politics in the OD process. · Understand the significance that OD will play in organizational planning and challenges that OD will face in the future.
Course Assessment:Participation in class, group presentation, assigned projects, papers and outlines. Also see below -
Grading:Classroom participation is assigned as follows: · Weekly Text Outline: (1 is due to the instructor per week. Requirements discussed the first night of class) 24% ·Weekly class discussion and preparation of required material. (13%) Material from a current event will be required as research weekly. (13%) 26% totalGroup project = 25% each/per person. Final Examination = 25% The final exam must be COMPLETED the last night of class in order to pass this course. The standard grading scale applies: 100-90 = A 89-80 = B 79-70 = C 69-60 = D 59 and under = fail
Late:Late submission of work will not be accepted without prior approval of the instructor. This approval will only be awarded to extenuating curcumstances on an individual basis.
Conduct:As per outlined in the Student Handbook.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:Week One - October 25th Readings: Text · Chapter One- "Organization Development: Reinventing the Corporation" · Chapter Two- "Consulting for High Performance" Class Activities: · Outline chapters in no less than 2 pages (1 full page per chapter). Choose one topic within the chapter that you have had a personal experience with and discuss how the issue you choose relates to the material. This example should be no less than 1/2 a page (single spaced) per topic (and there should be 2 - 1 for each chapter you read.) Outlines are due at the beginning of each class. This first night class members will be assigned to a team for future assignments to be due within the 8 week period. You will also be asked to bring a current event topic to class nightly (depending on class size) - however, this will not be an issue for the first night of class. Week Two - November 1nd Readings: Text · Chapter Three- "Organization Renewal: The Challenges of Change" · Chapter Four- "Leading Change: The OD consultant --- Role and Style" Class Activities: · Follow the same pattern of chapter outlines as in week 1. Week Three - November 8th Readings: Text · Chapter Five- "Leading Change: The Diagnostic Process" · Chapter Six- "Change" Class Activities: Follow the same pattern of chapter outlines as in week 1. Week Four - November 15th Readings: Text · Chapter Seven- "Process Interventions Skills" · Chapter Eight- "OD Intervention Strategies" Class Activities: · Follow the same pattern of chapter outlines as in week 1. Week Five - November 22rd Readings: Text · Chapter Nine- "Employee Empowerment and Interpersonal Interventions" · Chapter Ten- "Team Development Interventions" Class Activities: ·Follow the same pattern of chapter outlines as in week 1. Week Six - November 29th Readings: Text · Chapter Eleven- "Intergroup Development Interventions" · Chapter Twelve- "Goal Setting" Class Activities: · Follow the same pattern of chapter outlines as in week 1. Week Seven - December 5th Readings: Text · Chapter Thirteen- "Continuous Improvement Processes and Self-Managed Work Teams" · Chapter Fourteen- "High-Performing Systems and the Learning Organizaton" · Chapter Fifteen- "Organization Transformation: Strategy Interventions" · Follow the same pattern of chapter outlines as in week 1. Week Eight: Readings: Text · Review chapters 1 - 15. Class Activities: · Final Exam and wrap up of presentations (depending on class size)
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2005-2006 Undergradute Catalog
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergradute Catalog
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