B.S. in Organizational Development

Organizational Development

The Organizational Development program focuses on areas that are crucial to enabling managers so they can lead their organizations to sustained growth and success. Students will learn the principles for promoting change in organization, leadership, resource allocation, and will acquire competencies in the functional areas common to virtually all organizations. These could include human resources, budgeting and finance, management, strategic planning and mission integration. Students will analyze the global environment and related diversity topics. Consistent with Hilbert's overall philosophy, the Organizational Development program will explore contemporary ethical issues in the workplace and the program will reflect the liberal learning goals of the college

One classic definition of organization development comes from Richard Beckhard’s 1969 Organization Development: Strategies and Models:

Organization Development is an effort (1) planned, (2) organization-wide, and (3) managed from the top, to (4) increase organization effectiveness and health through (5) planned interventions in the organizations "processes,” using behavioral-science knowledge.

Additional definitions and descriptions of the field.

Program Objectives: Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Explain the need for ongoing organizational change and methods for achieving the change.
  • Promote positive change in the units in which they work.
  • Utilize human resource practices in a way that results in achievement of organizational goal through employee development.
  • Explain the impact of the global environment on an organization.
  • Recognize and promote the opportunities associated with diversity.
  • Analyze financial statements and construct budgets, which promote financial success.
  • Identify real and potential ethical issues in the workplace and analyze causes and remedies.
  • Plan for the short and the long term by applying the principles of strategic management and marketing.
  • Apply communication, conflict management, and problem-solving skills that are required on a daily basis in order to promote positive change.
  • Explain the role of macroeconomic factors on the organization at the local, domestic and global levels.
  • Incorporate policies that reflect a partnership with the community and an obligation to take care of its resources.
  • Promote a workplace that recognizes the dignity of every stakeholder and provides the opportunity for employees to discover and reach their potential.

The Organizational Development program is designed for students who have demonstrated academic maturity by completing at least 24 credit hours at the college level. Classes are designed in a hybrid format taking one night a week on campus and utilizing online technology for half the course.

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