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PhD Human and Organizational Systems, Organizational Development, Organization Management, Business Organizations

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 PhD Human And Organizational Systems
Loretta Hobbs

"Fielding is a very supportive environment. The faculty student relationship is the best part of Fielding. We have amazing faculty here. "

-Loretta Hobbs, Alumna
O'Neal-Hobbs Associates
As a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems (HOS), you will develop the knowledge and competencies to help organizations, communities, and businesses develop the structure, behavior, and leadership that will allow them to thrive.

Emphasizing the integration of organizational development and design and human and organizational systems, the HOS program creates new approaches to leadership. As a doctoral program in a distance learning environment, it provides you with the freedom to remain in your community while learning.
In this multidisciplinary doctoral program, you co-design your curriculum to optimize your goals and obtain skills to lead change in today’s complex local, national, and global organizations. You build collegial partnerships with students and faculty that embrace diversity and infuse your learning with innovation and enthusiasm.

Program Highlights

Remain in your local community through a variety of individual and collaborative group learning opportunities. Pursue your degree in ways that best fit with your career, family responsibilities, and study preferences.

Explore your passions with self-directed studies and optional concentrations in: Aging, Culture and Society (ACS), Information Society and Knowledge Organizations (ISAKO), or Transformative Learning for Social Justice (TLSJ). You and a faculty mentor will co-design a plan of study that is personally meaningful to you and will put you on track to achieving your individual goals.

Participate in a collegial and engaged distance learning community of scholars, practitioners, and leaders. Many of our HOS students serve in professions such as organizational consulting, human resources, and management. As a student, your individual experience and knowledge informs the research, theory, and practice within this program to address the challenges of modern global organizations.

Reach a new level of self-awareness for making a greater difference in the world through a program that focuses on organizational, community, and social systems. Guided by principles of social responsibility, the HOS program integrates adult and organizational development as a means for diversity and change leadership.

Goals & Objectives

Students in the Human and Organizational Systems PhD program are expected to graduate with the following skills and abilities:
  • Achieve a broad understanding of the scholarly literature in the fields of human and organizational development
  • Develop logical and coherent scholarly arguments, critique theory, and research
  • Synthesize ideas and integrate theory and practice
  • Reflect on your own practice skills in light of the theory and research you have read
  • Integrate your intellectual, personal and professional learning and demonstrate appropriate use of personal voice in your writing
  • Understand diverse cultural world views and epistemologies and the social justice implications of knowledge, theory and practice
  • Demonstrate graduate-level writing skills including the appropriate use of primary and secondary resources, scholarly language, and the logical flow and sequencing of ideas
  • Distinguish different research methods and demonstrate depth of knowledge in the method you choose for your dissertation
  • Indicate the strengths and weaknesses of various research strategies and be able to connect various research methods to different research objectives and questions
  • Connect the results of your own research to other research and theory in your field

What Do Our Students Study?

View a partial list of student dissertations, written on the path toward earning their PhD.
  • Sustainability as Organizational Culture: Uncovering Values, Practices, and Processes
  • Our Stories, our Voices: How PhD Students of Color View Mentoring in Science and Engineering Graduate Programs
  • Strong Black Woman: A Collaborative Study on Understanding, Experiences, and Relationship to Health and Wellness
  • Executive Coaching and Self-Efficacy: A Study of Goal-Setting and Leadership Capacity
  • Contextual Mentoring of Student Veterans: A Communication Perspective
  • Coaching, Clients, and Competencies: How Coaches Experience the Flow State Narratives as Navigation Tools in Support of Executive Global Leadership Development
  • Cognitive Diversity and Innovation: Does Cognitive Diversity in Multinational Corporations Influence Workgroup Innovation?
  • Addressing Race: The Experiences of White Women and Men to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in their Communities
  • Social Networks and Organizational Change: The Important Role of a Trusted Advisor
  • The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans' Families Program: Transformative Learning for Discontinuous Life Transition
  • Dissonance and Resonance in a Community of Practice
  • Understanding the Influence of the Board of Directors on Corporate Social Responsibility in U.S. Public Companies that are Recognized as CSR Leaders
  • A Case Study Investigating The Development, Implementation, And Perceptions Of Transformational Leadership Practices Of The Clinical Nurse Leader
  • The Integrative Entrepreneur, A Lifeworld Study of Women Sustainability Entrepreneurs
  • External Interim Executives: A Model for Nonprofit Leadership Succession
  • Emotions and Innovative Leadership: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
  • Living Essence: Exploring Aesthetic Factors in Leadership Development Experiences
  • Women on Corporate Boards and Shared Leadership: An Exploratory Study of Board Process
  • An Exploration of Racial Identity, Self-Esteem, and School-Level Diversity for African and African American Adolescents in Seattle, Washington

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