Minor Organizational Development

Coordinated by: Dr Desmond McGetrick




SKEMA campus and online



About this minor


Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will gain a deeper understanding of the assumptions that underpin an organizational, as well as a hands-on skill set for engaging in organization development.

Amidst the myriad challenges of the decade ahead (including COVID19, climate crises, income & wealth distribution, speculative finance, challenges to trust in authority), what practices and principles could guide organizations, as well as their constituent members (including employees, manager, executives, shareholders, and stakeholders)?

Your course in Organizational Development moves beyond the idea that there are organizational patterns (e.g., functional, divisional, matrix) that we can simply impose from above, and invites you on a journey under the surface of the Iceberg to explore how an Organization may engage in sense-making, particularly though not exclusively, in times of transition and disruption.

Contents :

  • Intro
  • Intention Setting
  • Co-Initiation
  • Topic/Team Set. - Research methods chosen/questions
  • Co-Sensing Field of the Future
  • Presencing
  • Research finished/final questions
  • Co-Creating
  • Prototype Accelerator
  • Share Presentation Outline/ Format Questions
  • Co-Evolving
  • Conclusions & Goodbyes
  • Samuel Brown

For each session we will be recommending (see K2) specific chapters from the following books:
  • Scharmer, C. Otto: The Essentials of Theory U. Berrett-Koehler, 2018.
  • Scharmer, C. Otto: Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges, 2nd ed. Berrett-Koehler, 2016.
  • Scharmer, C. Otto, and K. Kaufer: Leading From the Emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies. Berrett-Koehler, 2013
  • Individual Participation Grade (20%)
  • Group Participation Grade (20%)
  • Individual Video Production (30%)
  • Group Presentation (30%)


This minor is not open this semester