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MSLD 630 : Organizational Change and Development

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Organizational Change and Development
In a constantly changing environment, leaders will need to become change architects for their organizations. This course focuses on leadership elements necessary to introduce planned change through an understanding of theories and concepts related to organizational intervention. The student will develop the skills necessary to anticipate the need for change; champion change agendas; diagnose organizational issues; develop change action plans, strategies, and techniques; and assess, monitor, and stabilize changed organizations.

The goal of this course is to develop students as change leaders within their organizations. Students will learn to diagnose, analyze, and resolve organizational issues and evaluate the results of their interventions.

Upon course completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Recognize organizational and global factors contributing to the accelerating rate of change.

2. Develop an understanding of the need for planned change.

3. Examine the culture and organizational factors that lead to effective organizations.

4. Describe the nature of change.

5. Explain the essential components in the change process.

6. Understand the leader’s role in the change process.

7. Define resistance to change and its function and list tactics for dealing with resistance to change.

8. Describe the major diagnostic models and techniques used in organizational development programs.

9. Develop interventions, activities, or programs designed to resolve problems or increase organizational effectiveness.

10. Given a case study in organizational intervention, evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention.

11. Assess, monitor, and stabilize changed organizations.

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Dr. Daryl Watkins - 2/20/2015
Dr. Ed Knab - 2/20/2015
Dr. Wayne Harsha - 2/20/2015
Dr. Bobby McMasters - 2/20/2015
1-6 Master of Science in Leadership 1. Core leadership knowledge, competencies, skills, and behaviors. (Foundational)
2. Self-awareness as a leader and a scalable framework to evaluate, assess, and renew leadership competencies. (Personal Transformation and Mastery)
3. The capacities to coach, mentor, and engage the leadership capacities of others to create high-performance teams. (Group Transformation)
4. Tools, techniques, and theories to diagnose organizational issues, plan effective organizational interventions and evaluate the effectiveness of organizational transformation efforts. (Organizational Transformation and Development)
5. Portable ability to apply leadership concepts and practices at different organizational levels and within diverse functional or organizational environments. (Organizational Context)
6. Critical understanding of how to evaluate personal experiences, prior knowledge and coursework, and organizational events within a business and leadership context (Business Administration and Leadership Sense Making)
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