Systems change is an important undertaking in organizational development, and represents a mechanism by which organizations respond to shifting dynamics in government, business, community and interpersonal environments. This course introduces students to the concept of organizations as systems and to major theories on systems and systemic change, including assumptions of the nature of change and the change process. Students will learn approaches, strategies, and methods to planning, implementing, and evaluating systemic change and to engage stakeholders in the change process. Systemic change will be explored through case studies of organizations addressing issues in health, disability, and community development. The role of culture on systemic change efforts and implications for change agents and practitioners will be considered as well. Real-world examples, provided by leaders who are experienced change agents, will demonstrate how organizations and systems grow and change in dynamic ways. Students in the master's and doctoral programs in global inclusion and social development can choose to take this course or the Managing Change: Supporting communities and Embracing Cultures course.
Strategies for Systemic Change
Global Inclusion and Social Development
Monday, November 6, 2017 to Friday, February 2, 2018