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Become a more effective champion of positive change within your organization, and gain a foundation in the philosophies, theories, applications and practice of Positive Organization Development through Champlain's graduate certificate in positive organization development, the first of its kind.
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As the business world becomes increasingly complex, today's business professionals must have a diverse skillset. These new business professionals must be agile and approach challenges with a systems-thinking mindset and, increasingly, must have a focused area of specialization.
A graduate certificate is a great way to highlight these in-demand skills and showcase subject matter expertise, as well as gain knowledge that can be applied to your workplace from day one.
This certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program, or can be embedded in Champlain's online MBA degree or online master's in human relations and organization development degree, and was developed in partnership with Champlain College's internationally renowned David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry.
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Business and financial occupations are expected to grow 7% from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average growth for all fields, as a result of an increasingly complex global business landscape. The median annual wage for these roles is over $68,000.
A specialized certificate can help you build new skills, differentiate your resume, and demonstrate your value as an employee in your current organization.
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019
Top Reasons to Pursue a Graduate Certificate
- Climb the ladder
- Build new skills
- Earn a recognized credential
- Differentiate your resume
- Test a new field
- Pursue a passion
- Demonstrate subject matter expertise
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online positive organization graduate certificate, designed for working professionals.
Champlain's online positive organization development courses encompass the top skills needed by today's organizational development professionals.
A strength-based renaissance has emerged within the social sciences in response to calls for new explorations into the positive side of organizational life. Going beyond the myopic focus on deficits that had predominated the field of OD to date, learners will explore the myriad of exciting work happening in the fields that inform the theory and practice of PosOD, including: appreciative inquiry, positive organizational scholarship, positive psychology, design theory, and the rise of sustainable enterprises.
Learners will explore the fundamental relationship between inquiry and change and experiment with the power that questions have to shape organizational life. Through observation of and reflection upon the questions asked by and to them in their own organizational lives, learners will explore how every effective organizational change process begins with the very questions we ask. The theory and practice of 'inquiry based leadership' will be detailed as a framework to create effective organizational interventions at every level within an organization.
Learners will take a deep dive into the theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry as a specific philosophy and action-research framework for creating positive organizational change. Case studies will explore how AI has been applied in different sectors to create positive whole-system change. Learners will be introduced to the practical tools and resources for engaging groups and organizations in AI, as well as applying the principles of AI to their own life.
A key aspect of PosOD involves the identification and augmentation of strengths within all levels of an organization. Learners will explore the myriad of strength-based assessment tools, beginning with tools and techniques for uncovering strengths at the individual level, the team level, the organizational level, and community level. This class focuses on how to uncover strengths and assets that often go under utilized and how to use this data in strategic ways for creating positive organizational change.
As a capstone for the program, this course provides learners with an overview of the cutting-edge cases and tools being used in the field ofPosOD. Applying a unique course design of guest experts from around the globe participating virtually with students in a series of online seminars, this class will explore not only best practices, but also future trends in the field of OD, asking What is best and what is next in the field of Positive Organizational Development?
Graduates of the positive organization development online graduate certificate program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:
- Apply theories and methodologies of strength-based organization change including Appreciative Inquiry, positive psychology and positive organizational behavior to generate value within organizational systems.
- Create and apply effective questions that facilitate positive change within organizational contexts at the interpersonal, team and system level.
- Design and implement Appreciative Inquiry-based organizational interventions.
- Choose appropriate strength-based assessment tools and apply them to create and sustain positive organizational change.
Champlain College Online's business faculty, led by Program Director Dr. Linda Miller, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our positive organization development graduate curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s business professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the field and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
Alumni of the Champlain College Online positive organization management graduate certificate program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:
- Essex Junction Recreation and Parks
- Twincraft Skincare
- U.S. Customs & Immigration Services
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Titles our alumni hold include:
- Immigration Officer
- Plant Manager
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