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 Ph.D. in Organization Development (OD) program 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 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 first two years of the Ph.D. in Organization Development program curriculum is devoted to context courses, including a course on global trends, followed by a course on the evolution of OD.
The first set of context courses 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.
The Ph.D. in Organization Development program prepares management professionals with state-of-the-art education in the field. 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, 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 OD knowledge areas and a third year consisting of advanced OD 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 OD 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 adjunct faculty and invited scholars. Invited distinguished scholars, noted for their contribution to the field, are teamed with faculty when appropriate, particularly in advanced seminars.
The Ph.D. in Organization Development 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 OD Code of Ethics.
- Knowledge of and commitment to the OD Code of Ethics and the role of the OD 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.
The Ph.D. in Organization Development is a three-year continuous cohort program requiring completion of 72 semester credit hours. It is the expectation that students complete the program in three years. Students must receive approval for and coordinate any break in course and program registration. With faculty approval, a student may request to enroll in additional semesters to complete the dissertation. However, the student would incur additional tuition costs. Benedictine University doctoral students are required to complete all coursework and graduation requirements within six years from initial enrollment in the program.
All coursework with a grade below "B" must be repeated for the course to apply toward graduation. All Ph.D. courses are foundation courses and, as identified in the catalog, require a grade of a "B" or higher to apply toward graduation requirements.
|First Year (24 credit hours)|
|MNGT 7132||Environmental Trends - Evolution of Organization Development||3|
|MNGT 7133||Group Process||3|
|MNGT 7134||Organization Strategy||3|
|MNGT 7135||Philosophy of Science||3|
|MNGT 7136||Organization Research and Theory||3|
|MNGT 7137||Integrative Philosophy of Science/OrganizationTheory||3|
|MNGT 7138||Organization Change and Design||3|
|MNGT 7191||Lecture Series Seminar||3|
|Second Year (24 credit hours)|
|MNGT 8111||Environmental Trends - Global||3|
|MNGT 8112||Qualitative Methods||3|
|MNGT 8113||Quantitative Methods||3|
|MNGT 8114||Organization Consultation||3|
|MNGT 8115||Advanced Topics: Views of Organization Development||3|
|MNGT 8116||Advanced Topics: Integrative Quantitative & Qualitative Seminar||3|
|MNGT 8117||Advanced Topics: Scholarly Practitioner Journey||3|
|MNGT 8191||Lecture Series Seminar||3|
|Third Year (24 credit hours)|
|MNGT 8197||Advanced Topics: International Conference||6|
|MNGT 8198||Dissertation - Phase I||6|
|MNGT 8199||Dissertation - Phase II||6|
|MNGT 8200||Dissertation - Phase III||6|
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.