DISCIPLINE OF PSYCHOLOGY

INDUSTRIAL/ORGANISATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 2017

ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (PSYC 319)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

This module is designed to introduce students to Organisational Development (OD) as a continuous process of improvement.  It focuses on the themes that underlie the theory and practice of planned change.  Pertaining to the nature of Organisational Development, themes will focus on improving the "fit" between the individual and the organisation, between the organisation and its environment, and among organisational components such as the processes, culture and structure utilising the total systems perspective.  Overall, the module provides a conceptual framework for the underlying theories, principles, values, beliefs and assumptions of OD in order to understand why and how individuals, groups and organisations have to adapt to their constantly changing environments, in order to survive, cope and prosper.

 

SPECIFIC LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

§  Demonstrate understanding and critical thinking of the historical development of OD and the values, assumptions and beliefs that underpin the field.

 

§  Describe and debate the foundations and principles of OD.

 

§  Demonstrate some understanding on the range of intervention types in OD.

 

§  Demonstrate understanding and critical thinking of the dynamics of power and politics within organisations and the importance of the knowledge of such concepts for the discipline of OD.

 

§  Describe and debate the future of OD.

 

§  Demonstrate understanding and critical thinking related to the relevance of the discipline of OD to the SA organisational context

 

TOPICS COVERED

 

Chapter  1: The Field of Organisational Development

 

Chapter  2:  Definitions of OD.

 

Discussion: A History of Organisational Development (based on chapter 3)

 

Chapter  8:  An Overview of OD Interventions

 

Chapter 9: Team Interventions

 

Chapter  13: Training experiences  

 

Chapter 14: Issues in Consultant-Client Relationships

 

Chapter 16: Power, Politics and OD

 

 

 

EVALUATION

 

Assessment

Date

Time

Venue

Class Test 1

Essay type questions based on Chapters 1, 2, 8 and 9

 

Friday, 31 March

15h00 – 16h00

TBA

Class Test 2

MCQ based on chapters 9 and 13

 

Friday, 7 May

15h00 – 16h00

TBA

Examination

TBA

 

 

LECTURE TIMES

 

Day

Period/s

Venue

Wednesday

2 (08h40)

CC1

Friday

9 -10 (15h05 – 14h30)

Room S8 – 323

SLTC Science Building

 

PRESCRIBED BOOK

 

French, W. L. & Bell, C. H. (6th  Ed.).  Organisational Development: Behavioural Science Interventions for Organisation Improvement London: Prentice Hall.

 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

 

Cummings, T.C. & Worley, C.G. (1997).  Organisational Development and Change (6 ed).  New York: South Western College.

 

Brown R. B. & Harvey, D.F. (2006).  An experiential approach to OD. New York: Prentice Hall.

 

Moerdyk, A. & van Aardt. C. (2003).  Organisational Development: New methods and models for South Africa.  Glosderry: New Africa Books

 

French, W. L., Bell, C. H. & Zawacki, R. A. (2005).  Organisational Development and Transformation: Managing Effective Change.  New York: McGrow Hill.

 

Please visit the LEARN SITE for more recommended readings and supplementary resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lecturer: Dr Shanya Reuben

Email: reuben@ukzn.ac.za

Office: 031 260 2861

Room 02 – 003: MTB

Consultation Times: Monday (09h00 – 10h00), Tuesday (09h00 – 10h00)