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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.
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1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related area from a research university
2. A proficiency in English (Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following):
a. A TOEFL score of ≥90, with subscores not lower than 18
b. A IELTS score of ≥6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.0
c. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
3. GMAT may be required
€2,168 (from EEA countries); €16,000 (from non-EEA countries).
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The combination of design and development was especially triggering my attention. In my previous studies, I developed some change programs, but I only looked at the soft factors and I ignored the underlying structural problems. Focusing on the big picture is interesting. I always thought that organizations are primarily focused on creating profit or that people only work because they want to become rich. However, now I learned that there are other important aspects for developing organizations. The social aspect of an organisation is important in this Master’s thesis. Employees are the key to organizations.
The teachers are very enthusiastic about their research domain and this Master’s specialisation. This helps me to develop a critical, future-oriented attitude towards organisational design and development. Talking to teachers or asking something in a lecture was not always easy for me, but the atmosphere in class is good and confident. The diversity of the courses is a plus for this Master’s thesis as they are perfectly related to each other.
I was always a little bit scared about the Master’s thesis. However, there are lots of opportunities and you can focus your research on a topic of your own interest. Every supervisor has one or two broad topics and within this topic you can choose your own Master’s thesis topic. The feedback is challenging, but very interesting and rewarding. The supervisors try to move you in the right direction. My thesis is about new forms of organizing (virtual teams) and how this effects team collaboration.
The skills I learn here will be of great value to me for the rest of my life. I really like the diversity of the courses and the different skills you learn. I think it is important that there are ODD practitioners in the field to design and develop a workable organization, with an eye for the employees, the society and the organizational goals. Once I received my Master’s degree, I would like to work in an organization that undergoes a lot of changes. Especially, I like the changes through globalization, technology-usage and the reaction on these trends in new ways of working. A traineeship in IT in combination with organisational design and development sounds interesting.
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