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Psych 293 Organizational Development

Time: Monday 6:00pm-8:45pm
Location: DMH 308


COURSE OBJECTIVES This course is designed for graduate students of industrial/organizational psychology and organizational behavior/management who are interested in understanding various social technologies of organization intervention and evaluation. By the end of this course, you will: 1. Be more knowledgeable about theoretical approaches to organizational development and change. 2. Be more knowledgeable about typical interventions used by OD practitioners. 3. Be more knowledgeable about the role of the change agent in conducting an OD program. 4. Develop a better understanding of the ethical issues involved in conducting OD interventions. 5. Shape your organizational consulting skills. 6. Be more knowledgeable regarding methods for evaluating OD programs. 7. Acquire some rudimentary skill at diagnosing organizational problems and recommending appropriate OD interventions. COURSE GOALS The goal of this course is to provide an in-depth examination of organization development and change. This will involve a consideration of (1) theoretical approaches to organizational development and change; (2) typical interventions used by OD consultants; (3) the role of the psychologist or change agent in the OD process; (4) ethical issues in the practice of OD; and (5) evaluating the effectiveness of OD programs, as well as (6) participation in a "real world case study" client project.


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