Organization Development and Consulting

Our research focus is on transformation processes of social systems (organizations) and the people involved in them. From recognition of the necessity for or usefulness of a personal or organizational change to its (sustainable) implementation is a long and often difficult way.

Changes are often supported today by diverse means of organization development and consulting, so the possibilities and limitations of the effects of those means are important. We investigate psychological and social factors and processes that make transformations describable and designable. Our research currently focuses on the following research questions: What is "good” management? How can sustainable changes be planned? What new approaches and concepts of organization and management are viable for the future? How can intelligent organizations be developed? What can organization development and consulting contribute towards successful work on vital issues?

Research topics

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Organization Development and Consulting

We examine the psychological and social factors and processes that make transformations describable and designable. Today, changes are mostly supported by means of organization development and consulting, so the possibilities and limitations of the effects of those means are important.

Studies

In teaching we assume that students will be principally intrinsically motivated to develop an expectation that they will have a shaping and formative influence (in management, projects, consulting) in their subject area in a way that goes beyond the pure application of social technologies. Upon completing our programme, graduates are ‘specialist generalists’, who work effectively where linear and simple models of explanation and action are no longer suited. Our modules are closely related to issues in organization and management practice, seek close contact with experts in your particular area, and utilize diverse explanation, description and design possibilities of an applied social science. Students acquire not only content-related competencies but also skills required for designing suitable forms (for diagnostics and interventions).

Modules

  • Work and Organizational Psychology I & II
  • Business Studies and Economics
  • Organization and Management Science
  • Individual, Economy, Society
  • Leadership Development and Organizational Culture
  • Organization Consulting
  • Change Processes
  • Social Architectures, Designs and Implementations

Team

Head of Section Organization Development and Consulting

Staff