Discussion for this week
Question 1. Organizational culture is often an implicit, yet extremely powerful, variable in human behavior within organizational settings. People are the constant in every organization. The diversity of individuals and the culture within which they work have a significant effect on organizations around the globe because organizational culture significantly affects employee performance. According to Brown (2011), “Culture influences how managers and employees approach problems, serve customers, react to competitors, and carry out activities.” It is essential to understand that, as certain organizational culture influencers change, the needs or circumstances of employees, clients, and stakeholders also change.
As an OD consultant, you will typically work as an external expert, entering organizations and interacting with employees and the existing culture. Your practitioner style will have a significant impact on your engagement with the organization and on the success of your consulting. Sometimes the presence of an outside consultant can create fear, anxiety, and/or uncertainty, so it is important that the consultant be mindful and respectful of existing practices, methods, and systems.
Brown, D. R. (2011). An experiential approach to organization development (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
Review this week’s Learning Resources and consider the OD consultant’s role and the many elements of organizational culture.
Find interrelationships between these elements and employee behavior and performance.
Look for ways to assess organizational culture, both in terms of how it manifests in employee performance and impacts organizational results.
Question 2: For this Discussion, you will evaluate the purpose statements in assigned journal articles in your discipline and consider the alignment of theory, problem, and purpose. You will also explain your position on the relationship between research and social change. As you know, social change is a distinguishing feature of Walden University’s mission. Mission statement Below
Walden University envisions a distinctively different 21st-century learning community where knowledge is judged worthy to the degree that it can be applied by its graduates to the immediate solutions of critical societal challenges, thereby advancing the greater global good.
Walden University provides a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change.
To provide multi contextual educational opportunities for career learners.
To provide innovative, learner-centered educational programs that recognize and incorporate the knowledge, skills, and abilities students bring into their academic programs.
To provide its programs through diverse process-learning approaches, all resulting in outcomes of quality and integrity.
To provide an inquiry/action model of education that fosters research, discovery, and critical thinking and that results in professional excellence.
To produce graduates who are scholarly, reflective practitioners and agents of positive social change.
Walden University strives to produce graduates with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:
1. Facilitate positive social change where they work, in their communities, and in society.
2. Use their knowledge to positively impact their profession, communities, and society.
3. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning.
4. Apply their learning to specific problems and challenges in their workplace and professional settings.
5. Demonstrate information literacy.*
*Information literacy is defined as the ability to know when there is a need for information and being able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods of inquiry used in their professional or academic field.
7. Practice legal and ethical integrity in their professional work.
8. Effectively communicate their ideas and the rationale behind them to others.
9. Support diversity and multiculturalism within their profession, communities, and society
Quality • Integrity • Student-Centeredness
Three values—quality, integrity, and student-centeredness—are the core of the university and the touchstones for action at all levels of the organization. They demand high standards of excellence, uncompromising openness and honesty, and primary attention to the progress of our students. These values and principles give Walden University its unique identity and underpin the Walden University mission.
Walden University believes that quality and integrity are the cornerstones of all academic processes.
Walden University believes in innovation and flexibility in the conception and delivery of its educational programs, and that there are many different academic routes to achieve quality and integrity.
Walden University believes that education and social change are fundamental to the provision and maintenance of democratic ideals and principles, especially that of the common good.
Walden University believes that its learners effect positive social change when they behave as reflective or scholarly practitioners.
Walden University believes that the inquiry/action model fosters critical thinking and underpins research and discovery for reflective practitioners (bachelor’s and master’s students) and scholar-practitioners (doctoral students). This model provides the framework for teaching, learning, and assessment.
Walden University believes that all adult learners should have innovative educational access, especially those who are without opportunity in other venues.
Walden University believes that academic programs must be learner-centered, incorporating learners’ prior knowledge and allowing them to focus their academic work on their needs and interests.
College and School Mission and Vision Statements
The School of Psychology envisions creating a community of competent and ethical professionals with strong critical-thinking skills and the ability to work in a diverse, global community. We envision our graduates to have a commitment to social justice and social change through the inquiry, discovery, and application of their knowledge and skills, thereby positively influencing human experiences throughout the world.
The School of Psychology provides educational programs based in the scholar-practitioner model dedicated to improving the human experience within a global community. Graduates demonstrate critical thinking, acquire a competent knowledge of the content and methods of their discipline, and exhibit the highest ethical standards of their profession. The application of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired by the graduates, in turn, facilitates a positive change within their own lives and the lives of others.
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