|During this course you will acquire integrated understandings and knowledge into the dynamics of organizational development within the framework of increasing turbulence in the environment of organizations. You will draw on several disciplines, including psychology and sociology. You will learn to critically examine the various theoretical approaches of organizational development by way of confronting these approaches with business cases and with data collected in the field. You will develop your capability to design a research plan and to collect qualitative data.|
SpecificsThe program consists of two parts. In the first part you will acquire the most important knowledge and understandings of the current literature on organizational change. We will conclude this first part with a written exam. In the second part we will work in working groups on a change portfolio. By way of short group papers specific topics and issues of organizational development will be discussed by solving business cases and interactions with field experts. Furthermore, each team of 5 students will prepare and execute a research project on a specific case of organizational change and will report on this case. To support you in doing so, you will receive instructions on how to conduct interviews and do observations.
The final grade will be made up of the grades of:
- The written exam: 50 per cent of the final grade, minimum result 5.5;
- The research portfolio: 50 per cent of the final grade, minimum result 5.5.
Further announcements as to the specific program and the literature will be made on time, prior to the start of the course.
Students who are not enrolled in the Master OS may participate in the course if they fulfill the respective requirements and if sufficient places are available. To receive permission, please contact the course coordinator.
Reorganizations, personnel transfers, culture change programs, downsizing, mergers: more than ever organizations and their teams and employees are confronted with changes and transformations. As their environments become ever more turbulent, change seems to be the only thing that remains constant. That holds true for relations within and between organizations, but also for employees and the teams/departments in which employees are organized. Those changes in the environment of organizations feed into the ways in which organizations try to shape internal modifications and transformations. New forms and approaches of organizational development and transformation are emerging and ask for a critical scrutiny and further research.
We will explore the complexity of organizational development on multiple levels; the organization, the team, and the employee. We will do so, first, by outlining a theoretical framework for studying concrete processes of change in organizations, based upon the state of the art in the literature. The theoretical background will be further explored by guest lecturers who work with change and development of individuals, teams, and/or organizations on a daily basis. Second, we will look at specific processes of organizational change in real-life organizations by way of a short research project into a specific case of organizational change, using qualitative methods of research.
Type of instructionslectures, working groups
Type of examsGroup paper, peer review, presentations, and individual written exam
- Donald R. Brown, An Experimential Approach to Organization Development (International edition), Pearson, 2011, ISBN 0-13-254614-0.
- Additional papers will be announced at the start of the course.