Organizational Change and Development
This course introduces students to the social science techniques and change interventions used to improve organizational effectiveness and enhance the personal development of individuals. Special emphasis is given to the application of systems theory for diagnosing and planning change efforts at the organizational, group and individual levels. Relationships between organization development and broader issues such as strategic planning and environmental contingencies are also stressed. The efficacy of organization development initiatives is also critically considered as are the challenges posed in trying to simultaneously improve an organization's performance while also helping it to be more responsive to the interests and needs of its members.