Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change (OLPC) Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education and Human Resource Studies – Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change Specialization

Course Descriptions

EDOD 706 – Organizational Learning, Performance, Change

This course covers the history, development and current status of organizational learning, performance and change theory, research and practice (praxis). Students will learn the overall issues in the discipline and to orient themselves to the critical problems and emerging opportunities and challenges. Theoretical foundations are covered as well as philosophies informing theory and research to practice and integration in this applied discipline.

EDOD 761 – Evaluation and Assessment in OLPC

This course focuses on the importance of assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of organization change interventions for stakeholders. Various models of assessment and evaluation are presented, their similarities and differences, strengths and weaknesses, and appropriateness for use in specific types of interventions are explored. Students select a model and apply it to a change intervention they have been involved with and develop basic assessment and evaluation skills, including financial skills for analyzing financial benefits of interventions.

EDOD 766 – Scenario Planning in Organizations

This course focuses on the theory and practice of scenario planning. Foundational texts, theories, and research are covered to provide a background and orientation to scenario planning. Basic organizational strategy concepts are also covered. In teams, students are required to apply scenario planning in an organization they have access to under the guidance of the professor. In this applied learning model, students will gain a perspective of theory applied in practice and making the necessary adjustments to improve performance with scenario planning in organizations.

EDOD 768 – Workforce Development

This course focuses on two major aspects of workforce development: first how to develop a workforce inside a specific organization, and second, the dynamics and trends of workforce development as a national and international industry or discipline. The course first focuses on the practical tools for developing, managing and leading a micro-workforce in a given company, including the dynamics that are in play. In addition, major trends and research themes that cut across a variety of disciplines and are relevant to national and international workforce dynamics are examined.

EDOD 773 – Systems Leadership

This course focuses on a systems approach to leadership in organizations. Foundational texts, perspectives, approaches and research are covered to provide a background and orientation. Students apply principles in the examination of leadership practices in an organization to which they have access. Applied learning dominates the course, exposing students to real examples of leadership and leadership development practices in a variety of systems and settings.

EDOD 769 – Theory and Practice of Change

Examination of the history, nature, theory and informing research on organization development and change management in organizations. Different types and models of organization development, organizational change theories and models are examined along with their implications for effecting and managing change in different performance/organization settings.

EDOD 772 – Theory Building in Applied Disciplines

This course focuses on a general methods approach to theory building in applied disciplines. Foundational texts, perspectives, approaches and research are covered to provide a background and orientation. Students apply principles in the initiation of a new theory in some domain of interest, and use course principles to critique existing theories.

EDOD 773 – Research Seminar

This course focuses on a systems approach to leadership in organizations. Foundational texts, perspectives, approaches and research are covered to provide a background and orientation. Students apply principles in the examination of leadership practices in an organization to which they have access. Applied learning dominates the course, exposing students to real examples of leadership and leadership development practices in a variety of systems and settings.

EDOD 792A – Research Seminar – Initiating your Research

This course is positioned at the conclusion of program content courses. The premise is to begin more seriously entertaining dissertation topics and ideas from a variety of research methodologies, perspectives and practical approaches. Instructors will lead students through the consideration of their potential research topics from 2-3 different research design approaches to illustrate the pros and cons of each.

EDOD 792B – Research Seminar – Applied Research

This course is positioned at the conclusion of program content courses. The premise is to begin more seriously entertaining dissertation topics and ideas from a variety of research methodologies, perspectives and practical approaches. Instructors will lead students through the consideration of their potential research topics from 2-3 different research design approaches to illustrate the pros and cons of each.

EDRM 700 – Quantitative Research Methods

The basics of quantitative research including foundations, philosophies, and different premises of knowledge creation are covered in the context of organizational research.

EDRM 701 – Applied Linear Models – Educational Research

A specific quantitative technique and set of analysis tools are covered for predictive approaches to regression. Includes bivariate regression, multiple regression, linear regression and other analysis techniques based on the general linear model.

EDRM 702 – Foundations of Educational Research

Philosophical, theoretical, and ethical foundations of educational research.

EDRM 703 – Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis

A specific quantitative technique and set of analysis tools are covered for longitudinal research studies.

EDRM 705 – Qualitative Data Analysis

Basic methods of data collection and analysis are covered for qualitative research studies. Topics include interview techniques, interview structuring approaches, data collection and categorization including using software and manual techniques. Major analysis techniques are covered including the constant comparative method among others.

EDRM 706 – Analysis of Variance – Educational Research

A specific quantitative technique and set of analysis tools are covered for a variety of research designs involving the comparisons of two groups.

EDRM 707 – Quantitative Data Collection Methods/Analysis

Basic methods of data collection and analysis are covered for quantitative research studies. Topics include overview of survey design, data normality, standard assumptions, skewness, kurtosis, and an introduction to some of the major quantitative research designs and analysis methods.

EDRM 708 – Narrative Inquiry

EDRM 711 – Ethnographic Research

EDRM 772 – Proposal Development

This course features time spent on developing and critiquing possible dissertation proposal ideas. The purpose of the course is to provide significant opportunities for students to make progress on their dissertation research proposals and for professor feedback on dissertation structure, design, review of relevant literature, and analysis method selection.

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