Ph.D. in Organization Development

Introduction
Introduction

The Ph.D. program in Organization Development (OD) is dedicated to better understanding the work of the OD professional within the context of global trends and emerging problems. It prepares management professionals with state-of-the-art education in the field. The coursework is designed for organization development professionals who perceive the management of change and the creation of high-performance organizations as central parts of their careers. It is designed as a full-time program (eight credits per quarter), integrated with and complementary to full-time work activities. Classes generally are held on weekends. The master's level OD program at Benedictine University was one of the first graduate OD programs in the country. Currently, it is the third largest behaviorally-oriented management program nationally and is one of the top-rated graduate OD programs internationally.

The Ph.D. OD program classroom curriculum is devoted to context courses, including a course on the evolution of OD, followed by a course on global trends. The first set of context courses in the Ph.D. OD program concentrates on setting the tone and developing sensitivity to the role of organization development in terms of social responsibility in the national and global arenas. These courses review the nature of emerging problems and the role of organizations and organization development in responding to these problems. Heavy emphasis is placed on the philosophy of science and organization research and theory. The second set of context courses places organization development within management and the strategic role of organization development. The second-year curriculum is devoted to the development of a core of organization development competencies and selected, advanced topics courses covering state-of-the-art interventions. Qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as organizational theory and research coursework, comprise much of the second-year coursework. The third year consists of continued advanced topics courses, including an international seminar and completion of the dissertation.

For inquiries about the admissions process or to have information sent to you, please contact the Phyllis Meyers at pmeyers@ben.edu (630) 829-6208.

Overview
Overview

The Ph.D. Program in Organization Development (O.D.) prepares management professionals with state-of-the-art education in the field. Built on an almost 50-year history of successful graduate-level O.D. education, this program is intended for those persons with extensive experience, who currently hold responsible positions either in the field of organization development, management or a closely-allied field such as human resource management. It is a three-year program, consisting of a first year of context courses, a second year covering some core O.D. knowledge areas and a third year consisting of advanced O.D. topics and the completion of a dissertation. The doctoral degree in organization development at Benedictine University was one of the first graduate OD programs in the country. It is currently the third largest behaviorally-oriented management program in the nation and one of the top-rated graduate O.D. programs internationally.

The program is designed to provide a forum for exposure to a wide range of contributors to the field and approaches to organization development. The program is staffed by full-time Benedictine University faculty members, complemented by a core of Distinguished Visiting Scholars and adjunct faculty noted for their contribution to the field.

The O.D. program is designed to provide broad-based theory and research with the intent of creating scholar-practitioners capable of extending the knowledge horizons of the field. Individuals who successfully complete the program will consistently demonstrate professional competence and excellence through:

  • knowledge of the history and development of the field of organization development as a scientific-applied discipline,
  • knowledge of emerging concepts and theory in the field, knowledge of and commitment to the concept of the practitioner-scholar and its role in the further development of the field,
  • knowledge of the current and projected global trends and problems, and the responsibility and role of the field in relationship to these trends in a global culture,
  • a demonstrated command of theoretical and applied research methodologies, including but not limited to: action research, diagnostic research, evaluation research and theory building research,
  • a capacity to create and use innovative intervention strategies to enhance the ability of organizations to better manage their resources and cope with turbulent and unpredictable environments,
  • knowledge of and demonstrated abilities in data collection and analysis, including but not limited to: interviewing, participant-observer methods, questionnaire design, unobtrusive measures and quantitative and qualitative data analysis supported through relevant information, technology, knowledge and skill,
  • demonstrated ability in general consulting and interpersonal skills, including organizational assessment, intervention strategies, process consultation, entry and contracting integrity, personal centering, active learning, trust, rapport building and modeling of behaviors in concert with the O.D. Code of Ethics,
  • knowledge of and commitment to the O.D. Code of Ethics and the role of the O.D. practitioner-scholar in creating and fostering the ethical organization,
  • knowledge of and demonstrated contribution to the field of organization development through:
    • appropriate membership and leadership roles in professional organizations,
    • regular contributions to the knowledge and critique of the field through submission to, and publication in, peer-reviewed journals and
    • consistent presence and participation in regional and national conferences through the presentation of both scholarly and practitioner-oriented research.

For inquiries about the admissions process or to have information sent to you, please contact the Phyllis Meyers at pmeyers@ben.edu (630) 829-6208.

Admissions / Application
Admissions / Application

The Ph.D. in Organization Development program will accept applications for Cohort 10 beginning in October 2013. We start a new cohort of students every 2 years.

The Cohort 10 begins sessions in April 2014.

This program is designed for organization development professionals who perceive the management of change and the creation of high-performance organizations as a central part of their career.

Selection criteria include:

  • Quality and quantity of relevant work;
  • Level of professional involvement in the field;
  • Level of position responsibility;
  • Master's degree in Management, O.D. or related areas;
  • Aptitude and skills required for the study of management.

Doctoral Application Form

If you have additional questions, please contact Phyllis Meyers pmeyers@ben.edu.

Curriculum
Curriculum

This Ph.D. program is committed to providing its students with the most current information on the timeliest of O.D. topics, mirroring the trends and activities apparent in management today. As a result, specific topics and coursework in the curriculum may vary.

It is a three-year program consisting of a first year of context courses, including Philosophy of Science and Organization Research and Theory. The introductory context courses are concentrated on setting the tone and developing sensitivity to the role of organization development in terms of its social responsibilities in the national and global arenas. These courses review the nature of emerging problems and the role of organizations and organization development in responding to these problems.

The intent of the second set of context courses is to place organization development within management and to understand its strategic role. The second year curriculum is devoted to the development of a core of O.D. competencies and selected advanced topics courses covering state-of-the-art interventions. The core competency courses include such areas as self-knowledge, instrumentation in organization change, group processes and process consultation. Advanced courses include such topics as organizational culture, search conference methods, large systems change, international and global O.D., advanced research methods, and appreciative inquiry.

The third year consists of continued advanced courses and completion of the dissertation. The third year also includes participation in an international seminar. Students are required to travel to and make a presentation at an International OD Conference. Expectation of students will be to prepare submissions to present at various academic conferences during the program.

For inquiries about the admissions process or to have information sent to you, please contact the Phyllis Meyers at pmeyers@ben.edu / (630) 829-6208.

Dissertation
Dissertation

As a Ph.D. program, research is central to the curriculum. Consequently, the dissertation is designed to be an integral part of the program. Students are encouraged to begin reviewing dissertation possibilities upon being accepted into the program and to continue to explore and develop their dissertation topic throughout their coursework. It is suggested that students select topics consistent with the major themes within the program.It is expected that research topics be selected during the first year as part of the initial research course. During the second year and third years, it would be expected that papers be presented at local or regional professional meetings as part of the learning and feedback process.

The specific time period for completing the dissertations varies by topic and type of study. On average, cohort members are expected to complete their dissertation within a three-year period from the start of the program.

For inquiries about the admissions process or to have information sent to you, please contact the Phyllis Meyers at pmeyers@ben.edu / (630) 829-6208.

Course Schedule
Course Schedule

The Ph.D. in Organpization Development is a 3-year program requiring 96 credit hours. The scheduling of classes (approximately 16 weekends per year) is designed to combine full-time study with continued full-time employment. Classes are held on designated weekends (Friday evening and daytime Saturday/Sunday) approximately every third weekend.

Each cohort of students (usually 20) is working together for the entire 3-year program period. Because the program is so interactive, it is difficult to work with a very large group. The visiting scholars and Ph.D. faculty provide very interactive class seminars. Distinguished Visiting Scholars from all parts of the world are invited to participate in the program. The Ph.D. faculty are also working with individual students throughout the dissertation process.

The first two years include very interactive classroom study courses. The third year work focuses on dissertation completion and presenting at an International Conference.  It is expected that students complete their work within the 3 years.

First year (32 Credits)

Environmental Trends: Evolution of Organization Development
Group Dynamics
Philosophy of Science
Organization Research and Theory
Organization Consultation
Organization Strategy
Lecture Series Seminars – Contemporary Trends in Change Management

Second year (32 Credits)

Organization Change and Design
Advanced Topics: Views of OD
Quantitative Methods
Qualitative Methods
Environmental Trends: Global Organization Development
Advanced Topic: Integrative Quantitative & Qualitative Seminar
Advanced Topics: Scholarly Practitioner Journey
Lecture Series Seminars – Contemporary Trends in Change Management

Third year (32 Credits)

Advanced Topics: International Trip
Dissertation development
Dissertation completion

For inquiries about the admissions process or to have information sent to you, please contact the Phyllis Meyers at pmeyers@ben.edu / (630) 829-6208.

Ph.D. O.D. Faculty
Faculty

A core of permanent full-time Benedictine University faculty and Distinguished Visiting Scholars staff the program. Distinguished Visiting Scholars noted for their contribution to the field are teamed with regular faculty particularly in advanced seminars. Together, they have put Benedictine University on the map in the O.D. world.

Our anchor faculty for the Ph.D. in Organization Development program include:

For inquiries about the admissions processor to have information sent to you, please contact the Phyllis Meyers at pmeyers@ben.edu / (630) 829-6208.

Distinguished Visiting Scholars
Distinguished Visiting Scholars

Ms. Billie Alban
Alban & Williams, Ltd.

Dr. Philip Anderson
ManpowerGroup North America

Dr. Chris Argyris
Harvard University

Mr. Richard Axelrod
Columbia University; The Axelrod Group

Mrs. Emily Axelrod
The Axelrod Group

Dr. Frank Barrett
Naval Post Graduate School

Dr. Jean Bartunek
Boston College

Dr. Michael Beer
Harvard Business School

Mr. Geoffrey Bellman
The Community Consulting Partnership

Dr. Robert R. Blake
Grid International, Inc.

Mr. Peter Block
Author, Flawless Consulting

Dr. Cheryl Boglarsky
Human Synergistics

Dr. David Boje
New Mexico State University

Dr. Richard Boland
Case Western Reserve University

Dr. David Bradford
Stanford University, Graduate School of Business

Dr. Bruce Buchowicz
National University

Dr. Anthony Buono
Bentley College

Dr. W. Warner Burke
Columbia University

Dr. Steven H. Cady
Bowling Green State University

Dr. Peter Cappelli
University of Pennsylvania Wharton Center for Human Resources

Dr. John Carter
John Carter and Associates

Dr. Allan Church
Columbia University; PepsiCo, Inc.

Dr. James Clawson
University of Virginia, Darden Graduate School

Dr. Deborah Colwill
Asbury Theological Seminary

Dr. David Cooperrider
Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School ofManagement

Dr. Thomas Cummings
University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business

Dr. Richard Daft
Vanderbilt University

Ms. Kathy Dannemiller
Dannemiller Tyson Associates

Dr. William Doucette
NES Rentals Holdings, Inc.

Dr. Christopher Fernandez
Magnetrol International, Incorporated

Dr. Mark S. Frankel
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dr. Wendell French
University of Washington

Dr. Frank Friedlander
The Fielding Institute

Dr. Ronald Fry
Case Western Reserve University

Dr. William Gellerman
Dialogue Associates

Dr. Kenneth Gergen
Swarthmore College

Dr. Mary Gergen
Penn State Delaware County

Dr. Robert Golembiewski
University of Georgia

Dr. Timothy Goodly
Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc.

Dr. Larry Greiner
University of Southern California

Dr. Mary Jo Hatch
University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce

Dr. Gina Hinrichs
Hinrichs Consulting

Dr. Thomas Head
Roosevelt University

Dr. David Jamieson
University of St. Thomas

Dr. Robert Keidel
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School

Dr. Angela Keister
Allstate Insurance

Dr. Robert Kjar
Right Management Consulting

Dr. Gerry Ledford
Ledford Consulting Network

Dr. Fred Luthans
University of Nebraska

Mr. Bruce Mabee
Milestone Partners LLC

Dr. Michael Manning
New Mexico State University

Dr. Dorothy Marcic
Vanderbilt University

Dr. Robert Marshak
AU/NTL; Marshak Associates

Dr. Victoria Marsick
Columbia University Teachers College

Dr. Matthew Minahan
MM & Associates; Johns Hopkins, Carey Business School;University of Maryland, R.H. Smith School

Dr. Philip Mirvis
Philip H. Mirvis Associates

Dr. Susan A. Mohrman
University of Southern California

Dr. Kenneth Murrell
University of West Florida

Dr. Ellen O'Connor
Stanford University; Chronos Associates

Dr. Deb Orr
Roosevelt University

Dr. Brian Peach
University of West Florida

Dr. Joanne Preston
Pepperdine University

Dr. Ronald Purser
San Francisco State University

Dr. Robert E. Quinn
University of Michigan

Dr. Ryan W. Quinn
Darden Graduate School ofBusiness

Dr. John Redding
Redding Associates

Dr. Grace Ann Rosile
New Mexico State University

Dr. Denise Rosseau
Carnegie-Mellon University

Dr. Edgar Schein
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School ofManagement

Dr. Katherine Schroeder
Astellas US LLC

Dr. Charles Seashore
Fielding Graduate Institute

Ms. Edith Seashore
Former President, NTL American University, NTL Institute

Dr. Peter Senge
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School ofManagement

Dr. A. B. Rami Shani
California Polytechnic State University

Ms. Jennifer Smith
Molex Incorporated

Dr. Jacqueline Stavros
Lawrence Technical University

Dr. Jeffrey Swallow
Magnetrol International, Incorporated

Dr. William R. Torbert
Boston College

Dr. Peter Vaill
University of St. Thomas, Graduate School of Business

Dr. Andrew Van de Ven
University of Minnesota

Dr. Glenn Varney
Bowling Green State University

Dr. Kala Visvanathan
John Hopkins University

Dr. Janine Waclawski
PepsiCo, Inc.

Dr. Don Warrick
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

Mr. Marvin Weisbord
FutureSearch Associates

Dr. Karen Whelan-Berry
Texas Wesleyan University

Dr. Diana Whitney
Saybrook Institute & Corporation for Positive Change

Dr. Richard Woodman
Texas A&M University

Dr. Christopher Worley
University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business

Dr. Dale Zand
New York University

International Distinguished Visiting Scholars

Dr. Marc Bonnet
Institut d'Administration des Entreprises, University of Jean Moulin, Lyon, France

Dr. David Coghlan
University of Dublin, Trinity School of Business

Dr. Bjorn Gustavsen
Work Research Institute, Norway

Dr. Geert Hofstede
Professor Emeritus, Maastricht University, Netherlands

Dr. Henrik Holt Larsen
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Dr. Lee-Hsing Lu
President, Asia Enterprise Technology

Dr. Flemming Poulfelt
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Dr. Thoralf Qvale
Work Research Institute, Norway

Dr. Ralph Stablein
University of Otago, New Zealand

Dr. Ralph Stacey
University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Dr. Dalitso Sulamoyo
President and CEO, Illinois Association of Community ActionAgencies

Dr. Frans M. van Eijnatten
Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Ph.D. Program Awards and Recognitions
Ph.D. Program Awards and Recognitions
2012
  • Lachlan Whatley receives Best Student Paper Award from the AOM OD conference in Lyon, France
  • Enyonam Kudonoo receives Best Paper Award from the International Society of Organization Development
2011
  • Katherine Schroeder receives Best Student Paper Award from the AOM OD conference in Lyon, France
  • Professor Therese Yaeger receives Benedictine University's Researcher of the Year Award
  • Corinne Haviley receives Best Paper Award from the National Academy of Management
2010
  • Professor Therese Yaeger receives Outstanding Educator Award – Southwest Academy of Management
  • Academy of Management's All-Academy Showcase entitled "Dare to Care: The Global Experience" presented with Benedictine faculty and students.
2009
  • Professor Peter Sorensen receives Outstanding Educator Award – Southwest Academy of Management.
  • Academy of Management's All-Academy Showcase entitled "Cross-Fertilizing IT Knowledge, Consulting and Practice: From Evolution to Greening of Technology," presented with Benedictine faculty and students.
  • Professor Therese Yaeger wins OD Consultant of the Year Award from the OD Institute.
2008
  • Professors Peter Sorensen and Therese Yaeger receive "Sharing the Wealth" Award from the National OD Network.
2007
  • Professors Peter Sorensen and Therese Yaeger receive Service Award from Southwest Academy of Management in recognition of their contribution to the Academy.
2006
  • Professor Ramkrishnan Tenkasi is awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Award for his work on the software industry in India.
2005
  • Philip Anderson receives Best Corporate OD Award from the OD Institute.
  • Nazneen Razi becomes Chair of Board of Directors of HRMAC.
  • Vincent Pellettiere receives Best Paper Presentation Award from the OD Institute.
2004
  • Kym Wong receives Outstanding Student Paper Award from the Management Consulting Division of the Academy of Management.
2003
  • Kym Wong is co-winner of Best Paper and Presentation Award from the OD Network.
  • Deloras Jones is co-winner of Best Paper and Presentation Award from the OD Network.
2002
  • Thomas Griffin wins First Impact Award for Outstanding OD Project from the Chicago OD Network.
  • Deb Orr receives Best Paper and Presentation from the OD Network.
  • Kathleen Buchman honored as recipient of the first Willis Harmon Spirit at Work Award.
  • Bill Kohley receives Best Presentation Award, OD Institute.
2001
  • Mary Ferdig receives National Science Foundation Grant involving the NuclearPower Industry
  • Therese Yaeger receives Best Paper Award, OD Institute.
1999
  • Robert Head named finalist for ASTD's Best Dissertation of the Year Award.
  • Academy of Management's All-Academy Showcase with Motorola Corporation and a second with John Deere.
  • Robert Head receives Best Paper Award from the International Management Association.
  • Deborah Shearer, Lucent Technologies, named finalist for the OD Project of the Year from the OD Institute.
  • Marshal Chesmore, Gina Hinrichs and Mary Lou Kotecki named finalists for the OD Project of the Year Award from the OD Institute.
  • Mary Ferdig named recipient of Best Paper Award from the OD Institute.
  • Thomas Griffin named finalist for the OD Project of the Year Award from the OD Institute.
  • Linda Sharkey receives Best Paper Award from the OD Institute.
  • David Jones receives Best Paper Award from the OD Institute.
1998
  • Dale Spartz ties with Harvard Professor Michael Beer to win Best Project of the Year Award.
1997
  • Akinyinka O. Akinyele with Therese Yaeger named runner-up for OD Project of the Year Award from the OD Institute.
  • Kathleen Buchman wins Outstanding Student Professional Presentation Award from the OD Institute.
Coming Events
Coming Events

Applications for Cohort 10

Applications are now being accepted for Cohort 10 beginning April 2014.

For application requirements, refer to the application form on our website at: http://www.ben.edu/future_students/graduate/admissions-process.cfm.

Applications for Cohort 10 may be submitted beginning October 2013.

A personal interview time will be setup after the application documents are reviewed including the application form and fee, career goals essay, resume, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. You will meet with the program director Dr. Peter Sorensen and other faculty to discuss your request to enter into the program.


Contact Phyllis Meyers, Program Coordinator, for more information – pmeyers@ben.edu

College of Business
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Sandra L. Gill, Ph.D., Dean
Dawn Smith, Assistant to the Dean
Phone: (630) 829-6206
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