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Course module: 441079-B-6
Organization Development
Course info
Course module441079-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Organization Studies; Organization Studies;
Is part of
B Organization Studies
B Organization Studies: Global Management of Social Issues 
M Organization Studies
PM Organization Studies
Minor Organization Studies
Convenant TSB
dr. J. van Dijk, MA
Other course modules lecturer
dr. M.N. Meslec
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
Course mode
Registration openfrom 13/01/2020 up to and including 21/08/2020
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.


The 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 instructions

lectures, working groups

Type of exams

Group paper, peer review, presentations, and individual written exam

Compulsory Reading
  1. Donald R. Brown, An Experimential Approach to Organization Development (International edition), Pearson, 2011, ISBN 0-13-254614-0.
  2. Additional papers will be announced at the start of the course.
Course available for exchange students
Bachelor level
Contact person
dr. M.N. Meslec
Timetable information
Organization Development
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Examen / ExamEXAM_01BLOK 3103-06-2020
Examen / ExamEXAM_01BLOK 4229-06-2020
Required materials
Title:Experiential Approach to Organization Development
Author:Donald R Brown
Recommended materials

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