Courses on Organizations – Spring 2013
Two courses on organizational dynamics, leadership, analysis, and change will be taught by CSOC’s director, Michael Diamond, this semester.
Michael A. Diamond is Professor of Public Affairs, Director of the Center for the Study of Organizational Change at the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. His PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park, was received in 1981. He currently teaches graduate (MPA and PhD) courses in organizational analysis and change, organization studies, logics of inquiry, readings in contemporary psychoanalytic theory, a practicum in organizational diagnosis, group dynamics and conflict resolution, among others. His more than 30 years of writing and research is focused on the nexus of psychoanalysis, organizational politics and culture. Following publication of his (1993) book, The Unconscious Life of Organizations, Diamond was awarded the 1994 Harry Levinson Award for Excellence in Consulting Psychology from the American Psychological Association, the 1999 William T. Kemper Fellow for Excellence in Teaching and the 2005 Faculty-Alumni Award from the University of Missouri. He has published extensively in scholarly peer-reviewed journals for over 30 years and has authored and co-authored four books. His article (2012) “Repetition and the Compulsion to Repeat: Psychodynamic Challenges in Organizational Learning and Change” is published in Administration & Society. His latest (2009) book (with Seth Allcorn) is entitled: Private Selves in Public Organizations, New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan. He is a practicing organizational analyst with over 30 years of experience. He has consulted with public, private, and nonprofit organizations, including several Fortune 100 companies. He is past co-editor-in-chief of the American Review of Public Administration and is currently on the editorial boards of Administration & Society, Psychoanalysis, Culture, & Society, Organisational and Social Dynamics. He is past-president and founding member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO).
PA 8160 – Organizational Dynamics and Leadership
Focuses on understanding human action in administrative situations and on developing personal capacities for effective action in varied and difficult organizational situations.
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PA 8620 – Organizational Analysis and Change
Investigates processes and methodologies of organizational diagnosis, intervention strategies, and the role of a change agent.
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The Center for the Study of Organizational Change has been affiliated with the Truman School of Public Affairs since 2001. The Truman School of Public Affairs offers an interdisciplinary Doctorate in Public Affairs that prepares graduates for careers in universities, colleges, and applied research settings in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Doctoral students complete core sequences in public policy and management as well as research methods and specializations tailored to their research interests. Small classes, close relationships with faculty mentors, and opportunities to participate in on-going research make for a rich academic experience.
We encourage students interested in the study of organizations to consider the certificate in organizational change. The certificate in organizational change proffers students with a conceptual framework for analyzing organizations, organizational cultures, and organizational dynamics, coupled with methods for intervening and changing organizations. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the contemporary challenges of people and organizations, particularly in the public and nonprofit sectors. They will also benefit from learning models for conflict resolution, strategic planning, executive coaching, team building, and organizational diagnosis and assessment. This certificate is ideal for students interested in studying and consulting to organizations.
The South African Centre for Group Research
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Brain Sciences Special Issue: The Brain Knows More than it Admits
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