Our program is focused on action learning. What this means is that you identify the issues that are most important to you and your organization while we design coursework to help you integrate ODL theory into your practice.
This customized and highly-individualized instruction creates the real experience necessary to encourage growth as a leader and practitioner.
The capstone project is designed to provide a substantial period of time—up to a year—for you to conduct action research in an organizational setting, usually your place of business. Working with an advisor, you will demonstrate your skills in leading organizational change.
As part of the project, you will write an action research paper from a leadership or practitioner perspective describing how you engaged in organization diagnosis to clarify a current organizational or business challenge, designed an intervention(s) appropriately aligned with the diagnosis, practiced use of self as an instrument of change and implemented the intervention. You will then share the results of the intervention and key learnings as the leader practitioner.
The capstone internship places you in an organization where change is taking place. A senior leader will serve as your sponsor and coach as you watch the concepts and theories of organization development and leadership unfold in real time. Through observation and shadowing, plus participation in organizational tasks, the Capstone Internship will provide you with a unique and valuable learning experience.
For more information about the Organizational Leadership concentration and related programs, please contact:
Elizabeth (Beth) P. Levine, MA
Assistant Program Director, Organization Development and Leadership Graduate Program
Dr. Jeffrey Branch
Program Director, Organization Development and Leadership Graduate Program