Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Development and Leadership

Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Development and Leadership


(Courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise noted, and are listed in the recommended sequence.)


ORG 5020 Survey of Psychology of Leadership I^
This survey course provides students with master’s degrees in areas other than psychology, organizational development, and/or leadership with basic foundational knowledge in the disciplines relating to psychology as applied to leadership roles in organizations. The course prepares students for future courses by covering an introduction to research methods, ethics, and basic historical, current, and future psychological and organizational theories and concepts. Specifically, students will learn about major schools of thought in psychology, theories of intelligence, and individual differences like cognitive ability, personality, and values. With regard to the world of work, organizational citizenship behaviors, counterproductive work behaviors, job analyses, adverse impact, and staffing will be explored. Training and evaluation methods will be discussed with a focus on thinking styles grounded in foundational psychological theories such as classical and operant conditioning. This course may not be transferred in.

ORG 5022 Survey of Psychology of Leadership II^
This survey course provides students with master’s degrees in areas other than psychology, organizational development, and leadership with more advanced foundational knowledge in the disciplines relating to psychology as applied to leadership roles in organizations. This course expands on ORG 5020 Survey of Psychology of Leadership I and continues to prepare students for future courses by introducing and/or reinforcing the topics of motivation, culture, ethics, and historic, current, and future leadership theories and practices as they relate to behavioral studies. Personality and leadership, social identity, group prototypes, and the identity of leadership as a whole will be examined, as well as attitudes, emotions, self-efficacy, work-family life balance, stress, well-being, and job satisfaction. This course may not be transferred in.

ORG 7519 History & Systems of Industrial & Organizational Psychology
The course will provide an overview of the key events and accomplishments that have played an important role in the historical evolution of industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology and the systems that form the basis of the discipline. A review of the history of I/O psychology introduces several important distinctions that define the discipline and theoretical models and perspectives that trace the evolution of theory and practice. The learning activities emphasize the dichotomy between the science and applications of I/O psychology. The course will trace the development of the field from three different perspectives (1) objectives for research and practice in the field, (2) basic methodological orientation of practitioners and (3) the systems and research-based foundations that form the basis of professional practice in I/O psychology.

ORG 8530 Influence, Motivation & Persuasion in the Workplace
This advanced graduate seminar explores theories of motivating adult performance in the workplace. The exploration includes theories and application of methods for leaders to influence and persuade others in ways that motivate and engage them in their work and their organization's mission. 

ORG 7500 Diversity in the Workplace
This course is a systematic study of multi-cultural issues in the workplace, emphasizing respect for diversity of people and families, particularly with regard to matters of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. Specific ethnic groups are studied in regard to family relations and cultural impacts on workplace behaviors. Attention is given to ethnocentrism and racism in society and traditional culture-bound organizational human resources approaches. Through this course, students better understand themselves (including expectations and biases toward others based on their ethnic families of origin. Positive and negative feelings about ethnicity are also explored.

ORG 8511 Advanced Topics in Performance Management
This course takes a broad perspective on the theory and strategic application of performance management systems design and implementation, with an emphasis on the more complex issues and questions associated with these advanced systems. This advanced course explores strategic issues and best practices in employee engagement, leadership development, succession planning, evaluative performance feedback, and compensation models. The ways that the changing nature of work and changing demographics in the business world are influencing performance management systems are examined, including globalization, generational differences, multinational operations and cross-cultural issues. Based on current theories and applications for performance management systems, students explore current literature and case examples to implement and support organizational development and increased organizational effectiveness.

ORG 8510 Advanced Seminar: Leading Organizational Change
This seminar examines cutting edge trends in organizational change, the current global business climate, forces driving change, and issues related to positioning organizations for the future. The topics selected will connect change with culture, existing organizational strategies, and the process of change in future directions. Major case study examples of organizational change are included in the learning process.

ORG 8518 Professional & Business Ethics in Organizational Leadership *
This advanced seminar examines enduring issues in business and professional ethics, in addition to the application of proven approaches to ethical professional practice and organizational operations to contemporary organizational environments and issues.

ORG 7410 Research Design & Methods - Qualitative
Readings and exercises in this course emphasize design, analysis, and research concepts most appropriate to investigating intangibles and common data in psychological modeling. Techniques of methodological design related to observational, evaluative, systemic, psycho-historical, phenomenological, heuristic, mythic, and case methods are emphasized. Other course topics include data collection, reliability, validity, data summary and analysis, data reporting, influences on response rate, techniques of survey sampling (mail, questionnaire, and telephone surveys), and semi-structured interview schedules. Research issues of protection of human subjects, privacy, and confidentiality are also addressed. Students are supervised and share experiences gained while preparing to develop, administer, and analyze qualitative research projects. Emphasis is placed on the role that qualitative methodologies play in the world of research.

ORG 7400 Research Design & Methods - Quantitative
This course extends a student's knowledge of the principles and procedures involved in complex behavioral sciences research. The goal is to provide the student with an educational experience that allows him or her to become an informed consumer of scholarly psychological research. The course also prepares the student to conduct advanced research. Topics include philosophy of science, advanced research methods, and analysis of variance.

ORG 7402 Advanced Tests & Measurements
This course involves the advanced study of the theory and practice of psychological measurement. Students review and apply the concepts of measurement (levels of measurement, variables, and validity and reliability of instruments and measurement procedures), and basic principles of statistics (descriptive statistics, univariate inferential statistics for comparisons of sample means, correlation, and regression), as a basis for exploring the proper use of tests and measurements in psychological research. Students will explore published research based on psychometric instruments and other measurement methodologies, and design a quantitative research proposal in an area of interest, which may include dissertation related research.

ORG 7101 Assessment Tools for Organizational Leadership * 
This course involves the study of the theory and practice of objective personality assessment and its application to executive coaching and organizational leadership. The course focuses on how objective personality assessment is used to provide insights into readiness for leadership and management roles. Primary emphasis is on those published instruments and inventories commonly used in executive coaching, organizational leadership assessment and organizational development, including instruments such as: FIRO-B, Social Style Profile, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, CPI 260, Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode, Campbell Leadership Index, Workplace Big Five, Change Style Indicator, Campbell Organizational Survey, and Conflicts Dynamics Profile. (All of the above will not necessarily be included in each session of the course; instructors will select representative examples from classes of instruments.)

ORG 7415 Advanced Statistics
This course emphasizes inferential statistical concepts related to methods most appropriate to data and theories in psychology. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include hypothesis testing, probability, multiple correlation and regression, t-tests, nonparametric tests, Analysis of Variance, Analysis of Covariance, and Multivariate Analysis of Variance. Research design issues are addressed, with a focus on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and apply the concepts covered to various psychological problems and real life situations. Emphasis is on developing skills in interpreting statistical results presented in research articles.

ORG 8540 Advanced Instructional Systems Theory & Design
A continuation and expansion of basic instructional systems design with an emphasis on learning games, simulations, electronic performance support systems, and methods for design and delivery of these advanced instructional systems.

ORG 8512 Leadership & Organizational Cultures
This course addresses the key relationships among organizational culture, executing business strategy, structuring organizations into teams and workgroups, and aligning these with culture. The role of leaders in creating, maintaining, and changing culture gets special emphasis. The course includes current theories on the role of culture in organizational success and the role of leadership in guiding the organization and its culture toward successful outcomes.

ORG 8532 Advanced Seminar: The Leader as Coach
This advanced graduate seminar explores models and techniques for organizational leaders to apply in coaching others in their organization, especially direct reports and others they influence in matrixed organizations. 

ORG 8615 Advanced Topics in Organizational Development & Leadership
This highly experiential course explores current issues and practices in the application of leadership and organizational development processes and systems. Topics include succession planning, facilitation skills, leading across global cultures, strategic planning, transforming organizational cultures, implementing effective leadership development programs, and other current topics. Learning methodology include simulated organizational environments and the development of realistic strategic plans, systems, and processes that address the issues that impact the performance of organizations viewed as a whole.

ORG 8619 Current and Global Issues in Industrial & Organizational Psychology
Due to the rapidly and continually changing nature of industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology, it is important for scholars, researchers, and practitioners to stay abreast of current and emerging issues in the field. Given that many of the changes occurring in the field of I/O are due to the globalization of the business world, particular emphasis will be focused on the role and practice of I/O in the complex environment of global organizations. In this advanced seminar, students explore current and global issues that attract the attention of researchers and practitioners in I/O psychology, as evidenced by the published literature, with an emphasis on learning the application and implementation of best practices and emerging theories in the field. Topics in the seminar will evolve along with the issues that appear most often in the I/O literature, issues that receive the most attention in the professional and business press, and current lines of research having the most impact on the field.

ORG 8534 Advanced Seminar: Human Resources Business Strategy
This advanced graduate seminar explores issues and models for leveraging human resources to execute business strategy. Topics include succession planning, leadership development models, workforce staffing models, compensation models, and training and development strategies. 

ORG 8770 Doctoral Capstone Seminar (4 credits)
This seminar provides students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in their curriculum to highly realistic case studies related to their fields of specialization for the doctorate. Through discussions among students and the instructor, students will review, analyze and evaluate case studies emphasizing the practice of the content in their curriculum. The course will involve the analysis and evaluation of one or more case studies. Students will contemplate complex questions posed by their instructor, reply to those questions, respond to other students’ analyses and evaluations, and receive faculty feedback. Each student will submit a final assignment on each case, involving his or her critical thinking on the core issues presented in the case and the presentation and defense of an approach to addressing those core issues. Prerequisite: completion (including approved credits transferred) of all coursework required in the student’s doctoral curriculum.

ORG 8910 Dissertation Planning I (1 credit)
In this course students begin drafting their dissertation under instructor supervision. Students working individually on their dissertation drafts focus on the description of their topic, refinement of their research questions, and outlining their review of the literature with feedback and recommendations for revisions from their instructor. (Final approval of these drafts of portions of the dissertation rests with the student’s individual dissertation committees, as described in the current University of the Rockies Dissertation Handbook, as revised from time to time. Following the procedures outlined in the Handbook, students may form their committees before, during, or after their enrollment and completion of Dissertation Planning I and II.) Prerequisite: Doctoral Capstone Seminar.

ORG 8912 Dissertation Planning II (1 credit)
In this course students continue drafting of their dissertation from Dissertation Planning I under instructor supervision. Students working individually on their own dissertation drafts focus on further refinement of the description of their topic, the final draft wording of their research questions, and beginning to write their review of the literature and research methodology with feedback and recommendations for revisions from their instructor. Students will exchange research concepts and proposed approaches about their research methodology with other students proposing similar methods (qualitative, quantitative, mixed, action). Final approval of these drafts of portions of the dissertation rests with the student’s individual dissertation committees, as described in the current University of the Rockies Dissertation Handbook, as revised from time to time. Following the procedures outlined in the Handbook, students may form their committees before, during or after their enrollment and completion of Dissertation Planning I and II. Prerequisite: completion of all required coursework and HUM/EDU/PSY/ORG 8910.

ORG 8990 Dissertation (1 credit per term, 5 terms)** 
Students writing a dissertation must complete a total of 5 credits by registering for five consecutive terms of dissertation credit, one credit per term. Dissertations are written per the policies, practices, and procedures in the Dissertation Handbook.

Total Credits 68

^Students entering the program without a Bachelor's or Master's degree in in non-clinical psychology, human performance technology, training and development, human resource development, organizational leadership, industrial and organizational psychology, or a related field are required to successfully complete ORG 5020 and ORG 5022 as part of the program. These courses are designed to prepare students for the remainder of the program.

*This course may not be transferred in as it contains a weekend in-residence requirement in Denver (Friday midday to Sunday midday). Dates will be published in advance. Travel and related expenses are the responsibility of the student. However, these costs are included within the Federal Financial Aid Cost of Attendance.

**As a requirement for graduation from University of the Rockies with a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), each student must complete and successfully defend a dissertation. The purpose of the Dissertation is to ensure that the student has mastered the ability to pursue a systematic investigation, which examines significant issues or problems in applied psychology. The Dissertation requirement is also designed to contribute to the student's knowledge, skills, and research expertise in psychology. Students choose a topic that addresses carefully chosen research questions that the student then investigates with quantitative or qualitative research, with a meta-analysis, or with a program design or program evaluation. Prerequisites, timelines for completion, and attendance requirements for Dissertation, as well as a detailed explanation of each step in the process, are described in the Dissertation Handbook.

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