The Doctor of Organization Development degree programs are delivered by GSU accredited provider SynergyWorks College of OD.

Key Educational Objectives for the DOD Program

  • Cultivate consulting capacities to initiate organization change and transformation within organizations.

  • To develop the creative inquiry skills that promote organization change and transformation in organizations.

  • To develop competencies to facilitate organizational learning with an understanding of organization change and transformation across multiple domains of practice and levels of organizational systems.

  • To develop research competencies required to lead organizational change and transformation for increased organizational capacity.

The DOD Program Learning Outcomes

  • Reflexivity: The capacity to engage with and be aware of the structures of consciousness that shape and constitute our experience.

  • Empathy: The capacity to imagine into the other's experience.

  • Collaboration: The capacity to associate with others in ways that foster individuality, autonomy, complexity, dependability, and reciprocity.

  • Communication & Facilitation Skills: Skills that enable creative responses to challenges entailing high complexity, uncertainty, and ambiguity in organizational development and change contexts.

  • Culture: Knowledge of stories, values, and taboos that constitute how culture shapes individual and collective experience within the organization.

  • Organizational Leadership: Apply cutting edge theory about leadership and organizational structure and change in varying contexts; understand and utilize best practices for prompting increased organizational effectiveness, sustainability, and humanity.

  • Organizational Assessment: Apply understanding of organization assessment theory and practice, that includes critical analysis of current trends in policy and practice, via consideration of the political and social contexts in which the assessment is utilized. Practice effective selection and analysis of data for organizational and individual development and learning.

  • Organizational Systems Theory and Practice: Identify key trends in organizational philosophy and theory, both historically and ideologically, and link these insights to contemporary approaches to organization design and change. Differentiate models of organization design and various instances of progressive intervention design and how these relate to different organizational contexts and unique times and places.

  • Organization Design Praxis and Theory: Understand and apply principles, theories, and models from organization design theory and systems development to leading, coaching, and organizational design consulting praxis.

  • Research: Utilize organizational systems research in professional practice and decision-making with a critical-reflective understanding of its values and limits. Become an active member of the scientific research community as a consumer and producer of research.


The following concentrations would be available in the organization development program:

  • Executive Coaching

Graduation Requirements for the DOD Program

Students must have completed the Master of OD program, the prerequisite for the DOD program.

Students are expected to complete

  • 60 credits (600 hours).

  • an OD Project Practicum.

  • an original research dissertation.

Students have a maximum of four years to complete the doctoral degree requirements.