ORG LP736 - Organization Development and Change

(Credits: 3)

This course covers theoretical foundations and practical methodologies and ethics of organizational development intervention Psychological models of individual, group and systems level change are offered as a framework for consulting to anxiety, differentiation and integration in human systems. The key steps in action research intervention including; entry and contracting, diagnosis, intervention design, implementation and evaluation will be reviewed. Interactive learning methods will be used to develop student skills in building a work relationship with a client, determining an initial scope of work, establishing boundaries and navigating ethical challenges. Concepts of diagnostic methodologies will be reviewed including interviews, surveys, observations, and unobtrusive data gathering. Action Research and Socio-Technical Systems (STS) will be explored in depth. Problem based learning methodologies including the use of real world cases are used to help students apply what they are learning and develop their organizational development practice models.