Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Organization Development
College: Daniel L. Goodwin College of Business
Student Type: Doctorate Semester
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Campus: Lisle Campus
The doctoral program in Organization Development (OD) is an outgrowth of the master’s level program at Benedictine University which was one of the first graduate Organizational Behavior programs in the country. It focuses on the importance of leadership and management of change to better understand how to address global trends and emerging problems. It prepares advanced professionals with state-of-the-art doctoral education and is a rigorous, Higher Learning Commission accredited doctoral program. The program offers a unique combination of research, theory, practice, and action-based learning to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to lead strategically within organizations and at the intersection of business and society.
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. The program is designed to be completed in three years as a full-time program integrated with and complementary to full-time work activities. It is tailored to meet the exacting standards and demanding schedules of senior leaders who work full-time. To accommodate those who commute from long distances both nationally and internationally, classes are held on weekends. Benedictine University is about a 30-minute drive from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports. The first two years of the Ph.D. in Organization Development program curriculum is devoted to coursework.
The first year courses concentrate on setting the tone and developing sensitivity to the role of organization development and leadership within the applied behavioral sciences. Coursework topics focus on the empirical research that helps us understand behavior at all levels – self, interpersonal, teams, organizations, inter-organizational, and society. Heavy emphasis is placed on the philosophy of science, the development of research skills,and organization research and theory.
At the end of the first-year students must choose a concentration in either of two areas: (1) Organization Change or (2) Values-Driven Leadership. Each concentration involves five courses that provide further in-depth study of OD or Values-Driven Leadership.
Organizational Change Concentration:
This concentration places organization development within management and the strategic role of human resources. The curriculum is devoted to the development of a core of organization development competencies and selected, advanced topics courses covering state-of-the-art interventions. Organizational theory and research comprise much of the concentrations coursework.
Values-Driven Leadership Concentration:
This concentration focuses on values-driven leadership –the theory and practice of leading profitable, sustainable, and responsible companies in today’s global economy. The concentration equips students to become thought-leaders who inform business and society by leading at four levels: personal, interpersonal, organizational and global.
Rounding out the second year of coursework for both concentrations are classes in qualitative and quantitative research methods that are offered to assist students in preparing their dissertation research and proposals.
During the third-year students work with OD faculty and their dissertation committees to tailor their research and writing to help advance the student’s career and individual goals. This results in a defended dissertation based on original research. Additionally, students receive credit for an international experience by attending an international academic conference or other international experience with a faculty member
The Ph.D. in Organization Development program prepares management professionals, academics, and executives with state-of-the-art education. Built on a 50-year history of successful graduate-level OD education, this program is intended for those persons with extensive experience, who currently hold responsible positions either in the field of organization development or human resource management, or have executive leadership experience. It is a three-year program, consisting of a first year of context courses, a second year covering some core OD knowledge or Values Driven Leadership topics and a third year consisting of an international experience 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. The Ph.D in Values-Driven Leadership was the first scholar-practitioner program in the world focusing explicitly on values-driven leadership.
|Environmental Trends - Evolution of OD and Leadership
|Philosophy of Science
|Organizational Theory and Behavior
|Leading Teams and Group Processes
|Leading Organization Change and Design
|Leading in the Global Environment
|Lecture Series Seminar
|Advanced Topics: Integrative Quantitative & Qualitative Seminar
|Lecture Series Seminar
|International Conference/Global Exchange
|Dissertation - Phase I
|Dissertation - Phase II
|Students will decide on Organization Development (OD) or Values Driven Leadership (VDL) Concentration
|Organizational Change Concentration
|Advanced Topics: Views of Organization Development
|Advanced Topics: Scholarly Practitioner Journey
|Environmental Trends - Global
|Values Driven Leadership Concentration
|Moral & Ethical Foundations of Leadership
|Leading Self and Developing Others
|Leadership & Corporate Social Responsibility
|Leading Corporate Sustainability
If the required dissertation was not completed by the end of third year of the program, students will continue to enroll in MNGT 8201 Dissertation Continuation (6 credits) each subsequent semester until the dissertation is completed to remain active in the program.
While the program is a three-year initiative, the dissertation is designed to be integrated throughout all years of study. Students are encouraged to begin reviewing dissertation possibilities upon being accepted into the program and to continue to explore and develop dissertation topics throughout their coursework. Students are encouraged to select topics consistent with the major research 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, it would be expected that papers be presented at local or regional professional meetings as part of the learning and feedback process. In the final year of the program, during completion of the dissertation, students would be expected to present their work at national meetings and submit papers for publication.
Students may not enter the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program on quarters as of the Summer 2022 term.
Existing students should refer to original catalog of entry for appropriate academic requirements.
Students in the Ph.D. in Organization Development will achieve the following student learning outcomes (SLO):
Student Learning Outcome 1: Foundational Knowledge: Understand and apply core knowledge in the field of OD from the frame of a scholar-practitioner, including history, emerging concepts and theories, current and projected global trends and problems, and application through practice.
Student Learning Outcome 2: Research Methods and Analysis: Understand and apply appropriate research methods in the field of Organization Development.
Student Learning Outcome 3: OD in a Global Setting: Describe and understand major global environmental trends, including economic, demographic, political, legislative, influencing organizational effectiveness and the role of organizational development.
Student Learning Outcome 4: Scholarly Contributions to the Field: Demonstrated command of both theory and practice in the field of organizational development.