Master's specialisation in Organisational Design and Development
Are you interested in how organisations can be designed in a way that operate efficiently and fulfill their societal role? Would you like to develop interventions that address structural problems, and also taking the social aspects of change in organisations into account? Then our Master’s specialisation Organisational Design and Development (OD&D) is the perfect choice for you. The OD&D specialisation will train you to combine a research perspective on the meaning and role of organisation with a practical perspective on how to actually go about designing and developing successful organisations. You will gain advisory skills and learn to conduct research, typically in close cooperation with an organisation.
Why should you choose Organisational Design & Development in Nijmegen?
- The only specialisation that combines structural and social aspects of organisational design and development in the Netherlands - The programme includes research on social practices and change processes in organisations - It enables students to analyse structural problems building on the tradition of socio-technical systems theory - Theory and action-based learning - Research methods and intervention theory
After graduating most Organisational Design and Development students will be employed at a consulting company or institution. Our graduates are well qualified and employers are keen to hire them. Our graduates are found in management positions in many governments and national and international companies. Most of the graduates of OD&D work as consultants. Some graduates start a traineeship and some go on to pursue a PhD in Business Administration.
Our approach to this field
As an Organisational Design and Development student, during Period 3 in Semester 2, you will choose two elective courses from the Business Administration programme. All six specialisations offer one or more electives. You, as a student, are free to choose two of them. Some examples of elective courses are: Forms of Responsible Organising (offered by Marketing), Competition and Cooperation (offered by Strategic Management) or International Human Resource Management (offered by Strategic Human Resource Management).
Next to that, it is possible to combine writing your Master’s thesis with doing research in an organisation during this specialisation. This is an ideal preparation for the future professional field, as it allows you to apply your theoretical knowledge into practice and to experience what type of organisation best fits your wishes.
Finally, Radboud University offers two different honours programmes for talented students: ‘Reflections on Science’ and ‘Reflections on Professions’. During these programmes students can (further) develop various skills that will proof to be useful in their career inside or outside the academic world.
Our research in this field
- Theory and action-based learning This programme is closely associated with the research carried out within the Institute of Management Research, where the focus is on research into relationship management, institutional dynamics, decision making and innovative management. You will become familiar with both the theoretical and practical aspects of your special subject. The programme combines a thorough training in methodology with action-based learning: you apply the theory you have learned to concrete cases and learn to develop appropriate solutions. And, in our Visa Skills Lab, students use computers to make scenario analyses and simulate decision-making processes within organisations.
- Truly international The education and research training we provide are internationally oriented. Our students have the opportunity to take part in a Master’s level project on European Human Resource Management, a cooperative venture among six leading European business schools and universities. Here, students work in a multi-cultural team and follow a consultancy in-company project in one of the six countries involved.