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Organization Development Courses

OD 651 Human Resource Management (2)

Blends strategic human resources concepts and theory with significant practice to examine how human resources systems are designed, implemented and continually evolving to achieve the strategic outcomes required.

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 652 Change Process Coaching (2)

Combines theory and practice of the Intentional Change Process to enhance students' knowledge, skills, and value for coaching and to inspire performance and maintain wellness in oneself and others. Students will be guided through exercises and peer coaching dialogues to develop emotional and social intelligence competencies that can support their own professional aspirations and capacity for leadership in organiztaions.

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 653 Sectoral Leadership (2)

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 654 Evidence-Based Management (2)

This class is designed to expose you to the concept of evidence-based practice within managerial disciplines (HR, OD, OB etc.). It aims to equip you with the necessary skills to make judicious use of research evidence, to recognize the variance present in the quality of organizational research and finally, to encourage you to turn your organization and your own behaviors into those motivated by datasets, not mindsets. This class is an antidote to managerial fadism and organizational trends for those interested in the practice of management.

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 655 Global OD (2)

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 656 Complexity Theory and OD (2)

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 660 Understanding Behavior in Organizations (4)

Explores the relationships among individuals, groups, organizations, and society within the context of a globalized and ever-changing world. A dynamic, holistic, systems approach frames the examination of individual behavior, interpersonal relationships, and organizational processes, structures, and cultures with emphasis on the interdependencies that impact organizational functioning. Students reflect on their competence as leaders in the Jesuit tradition of service to others and respect for diverse ideas and backgrounds.

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 661 Leading Organization Change and Development (2)

Investigates the nature of change, forces for change, and the impact of change on its recipients. Introduces students to the practice of organization development with respect to change efforts in organizations as they examine their own roles and skill sets as change agents.

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 662 Psychological Dimensions of Organizational Behavior (2)

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 664 Negotiation and Bargain Strategy (2)

Introduces students to the theory and processes of negotiation as practiced in a variety of organizational settings. It is designed to expose you to negotiation theory and research and give you practice in applying negotiation strategy and tactics to specific and change situations. This course is skills-based, experiential and participatory in nature.

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 665 Project Management (2)

Prepares students to work effectively in complex project environments. Focuses on the foundations of professional project management and change management that are necessary to assume with confidence a challenging role in contemporary and future projects.

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 668 Research and Analysis for Organization Development (4)

Covers qualitative and quantitative research methods that can be used in the diagnosis of organizational issues, to test hypotheses, or to evaluate organizational interventions. The intention of this course is to enable students to become critical consumers of research with the capabilities to carry out research projects in the context of their work in organizations. The teaching methodology of the course will be varied. In addition to lectures, in-class activities, presentations, and discussions, this course will use an experiential learning approach (service-learning) to enhance student learning.

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 671 Consulting Practices (2)

Reviews the consulting process, especially with respect to organization development. Focuses on the values and ethics underlying the consulting practice, and the essential skills for a consultant, including entering, contracting, developing client capability, and managing unplanned events in the change process.

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 673 Large-Scale Systems Transformation (2)

Stresses the design and implementation of various organizational interventions by applying the diagnosis-intervention-evaluation process. Students learn to choose between, and then design, appropriate interventions to transform an organization from a current state to a desired future state.

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 674 Indiv. and Team Interventions (4)

Focuses on how people’s behavior is influenced by their actions and the actions of others in organizational settings. Examines theories of group processes and team dynamics, as well as practical techniques for facilitating productivity as a team member or outside facilitator. Integrates previous coursework on motivation, attitudes, power and politics, conflict, and decision-making.

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 683 Statistics Fundamentals (2)

Familiarizes students with core statistical methods – including descriptive and inferential statistics, correlation, regression, and ANOVA – used in behavioral research and data analysis.

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 684 Finance and Acct Fundamentals (2)

Introduces fundamental accounting and financial terms and concepts leaders and managers rely on as they consider the viability of change initiatives. Focuses on the budgeting process so that managers can make decisions to ensure the organization’s long-term viability.

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 690 Organization Development Culminating Project (4)

Requires a diagnostic and data-based approach to conducting an applied research project within an existing organization. Working in teams, students will serve as consultants and provide a preliminary diagnosis or evaluation regarding an aspect of organizational change that the organization: 1) may be considering; 2) is in the process of executing; or 3) has recently completed. The type of organizational change may be evolutionary, incremental or large-scale.

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 691 Academic Global Immersion (2)

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;

OD 699 Directed Study or Special Offering (1 - 3)

SECTORAL LEADERSHIP: The course is constructed to improve your leadership skills, provide an overview of leadership skills and concepts for you to consider in your professional development, provide in-class practice, and out of class teamwork for application of leadership processes. The course starts with the premise that successful leadership development is by design, not by accident. This course builds your leadership skills and knowledge to design, negotiate, manage, navigate, and evaluate programs, policies, initiatives, and projects that have a cross-sectoral dimension. Of particular interest are the varied mechanisms in play across sectors and placed-based approaches, not only in the United States, but also globally. LEADING ORG CHANGE: ORGANIZATION ANALYSIS and STRATEGY: This course expands knowledge of organization operations, executive roles, and the centrality of strategy in organization operations, development, and change. Using lectures, fieldwork, guest speakers, analysis, work problems, and cases the course focuses on using Organization Development tools, principles, and methods in strategy development and implementation to move a system toward its desired future.

• Restricted to Organization Development Majors;