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Matt Abrahams - Communication Studies

Organization Development


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An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.    -Stephen R. Covey

Organizational Development is a hands-on practical class that examines the process of increasing organization effectiveness through designing, facilitating, and assessing employee and organizational change.  In this course, we will study concepts and theories relevant to organizational development and apply these to real-world issues facing organizations and their employees.

This course explores the issues facing organizations in today's world. Topics include research and theories on what constitutes a healthy organization; how employees can grow and learn in the organization; and organization systems. Students will gain insights, assessment tools, and techniques to enable them to analyze an organization's development and intervene in addressing organizational issues.

Fall 2011 Syllabus

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS -please print

Sample Job Description and Job Task Analysis

Performance Review
Sample Performance Review
Blank Performance Review

SWOT Template

CASE STUDY
Changes, Coalitions, and Coping (large file 4.9M)
   Instructions for case study
   (1) Download and read case
   (2) Type answers to the following questions in this document

OUTLINE FORMAT
Downloadable outline document (MS Word)

ARTICLES
What is an organization?
The effects of physical office design
Business Model article
Hiring Mind Games
Gladwell article
Switch 
Ch 1
Switch for Organizations

LECTURES

What is Organization Development
What are Organizations?
Structure
Culture
Employment and Hiring
Job Satisfaction
Assimilation
Job Performance
Feedback
Burning Platform
Persuasion
Organizational Commitment 
Change Management

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Contact
email icon Email: Matt Abrahams
phone icon Phone: 408.864.8534

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Last Updated: 4/20/16