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Second Degree (M.A.) in Organizational Consulting and Development

School dean: Prof. Israel (Izi) Borowitz
Head of the program: Dr. Raphael Snir

 

Program Goal


The current business environment is characterized by accelerated changes that significantly impact the goal setting, structure and practice of organizations. They are forced to cope with challenges, such as technology development and globalization processes, changes in ideological values, diversity of the workforce, increase in the voice of the customer and reality with a built-in uncertainty. As the challenges with which organizations cope today are multi-disciplinary (technological, economical, cultural, social, demographic, etc.) they cannot be addressed by a single specific discipline. This multitude of dynamic forces has driven organizational consulting and development to prominence and established it as an important and required profession. Thus, the purpose of the organizational consulting study curriculum is to train consultants to a high level of relevant knowledge and skills and the capability to direct and drive processes of organizational change and development.

 


 

 

The Target Audience of the Curriculum

Graduates with the minimum of a first degree of a higher education institute of any field. The study curriculum is specifically relevant to first degree graduates of the following fields: psychology, behavioral sciences, sociology, management, business management, and social sciences.


Adaptation to Working Students


The studies will be concentrated in a day and a half a week (not including practicum).
In the first year (in each of the two terms), there will be 14 hours of weekly tuition.
In the second year (in each of the two terms) there will be:

  • 8 hours tuition a week.
  • 3 hours tuition (training for practicum), every fortnight.
  • At least 24 hours a month practicum, which shall not exceed 40 monthly hours.

 

Advantages of the Second-Degree (M.A.) Curriculum in Organizational Consulting and Development at the Academic College of Tel Aviv Yafo

 

  • Coherent, infrastructure and advanced coverage for the primary contents and skills in organizational consulting and development.
  • Introduction to the organizational consultant's "Toolbox". Elementary and methodical learning of the four types of intervention in organizational consulting and development (strategies, structural techniques, human processes and human resources management).
  • Exposure to the various working methods of practice by organizational consultants in the three sectors (private, public, third) and in family concerns.
  • Forming a personal identity as an organizational consultant. This is an important feature of the curriculum that should be used as guidelines for organizational consultants who are starting on their professional journey and assist them in self management of their career in the future.
  • Provision of quantitative and qualitative tools in the organizational research.
  • Reference to intercultural aspects in organizational consulting and development.
  • Overall and practical multidisciplinary vision.
  • Reliance on the infrastructure of the Academic College of Tel Aviv Yafo as an excellence striving institution.
  • The only second-degree program for organizational consulting and development offered in Tel Aviv area where fees are set according to public tuition rates..

 

Employment in this Field


It seems today that there is no large organization in Israel that does not utilizes organizational consulting and development services, whether using a designated inter

nal department or using external consulting companies (and often using combined internal and external consulting teams). Utilizing the organizational consulting and development services has been increasing in medium-size and small companies, especially in the High-Tec field. Among the organizations that utilize the organizational consulting and development services are the IDF and other security services, Government ministries, municipalities and local authorities, public sector companies, the National Insurance Institute of Israel, health funds, higher education institutions, banks, private companies, and even non-profit organizations. This means that the organizational consulting and development constitute a familiar, vibrant and active professional field whose services are broadly consumed in the Israeli economy. The program graduates will acquire deep understanding in organizational consulting and development, which is based on broad interdisciplinary academic knowledge combined with significant practical experience (within the practicum). Thus, we see an increasing need for these services..

By integrating academic and practical experience and gaining a deep appreciation of the practice of the profession in various sectors (private, public and third sector) and in family concerns, we expect that graduates of the program to be of high value in the marketplace, which will present many opportunities to utilize their occupational skills.

 

 


* The degree award is subject to receipt of the approval of the Council for Higher Education in Israel

 

Curriculum Design

 

Framework Number of Credits
Core Studies:
Infrastructure courses in organizational consulting and development - 14 credits
Infrastructure courses in management and economics for organizational consultants - 8 credits
22
Advanced Studies:
Main types of interventions in organizational consulting and development - 6 credits
Organizational consulting and development in a sectorial focusing - 4 credits
Organizational consulting in global organizations - 2 credits
Provision of skills, personal identity formation and ethics in organizational consulting - 6 credits
Enrichment and extension studies - 4 credits
Practicum - 3 credits
Training to Practicum - 3 credits
View to research and field - no credits
28
Total 50

 

Core Studies (22 credits)

 

Infrastructure courses in organizational consulting and development - 14 credits

 

Study Units Number of Credits
The individual and group in an organization2
The organization and its environment2
Leadership in organizations2
Quantitative measurement and assessment in organizations2
Qualitative measurement and assessment in organizations2
Introduction to organizational consulting and Development I 2
Introduction to organizational consulting and development II 2

 


Infrastructure courses in management and economics for organizational consultants - 8 credits

 

Study UnitsNumber of Credits
Introduction to strategy2
Introduction to economics2
Getting to know the financial reporting2
Introduction to information systems2

 

Advanced Studies (28 credits)


Main types of interventions in organizational consulting and development - 6 credits

 

Study UnitsNumber of Credits
Compulsory Course
Strategic interventions 2
Selecting two courses out of three
Interventions of human processes2
Technical-structural interventions2
Interventions of Human Resources management2

 


Organizational consulting and development in a sectorial focusing - 4 credits

 

Selecting two courses out of four
Organizational consulting and development in the private sector2
Organizational consulting and development in the public sector and the local government2
Organizational consulting and development in the third sector and civil society 2
Organizational consulting and development in family concerns2


Organizational consulting in global organizations - 2 credits

Provision of skills, personal identity formation, and ethics in organizational consulting - 6 credits

 

Study UnitsNumber of Credits
Compulsory Courses
Consultation skills for managers/directors2
Forming a personal identity as an organizational consultant2
Ethics and values in organizational consulting2

 


Enrichment and extension studies - 4 credits

 

Electives
One workshop out of 4 available workshops2
One workshop out of 3 available workshops2

 


Practicum - 3 credits
Practicum (practical experience) in organizational consulting is a mandatory element in the organizational consulting and development curriculum. Thus, during the first and second terms of the second year, the students will conducts (in pairs) a consulting project in an appropriate organization. The project will be supervised by an academic staff member who will provide academic training as well as a contact from the organization who will provide training, all in order to deepen and implement the knowledge acquired in the curriculum. The students will be provided with a list of possible organizations where they will be able to conduct their consulting project.

 


Training to Practicum - 3 credits

 

View to research and field - no credits

An hour and a half monthly session during both terms of both years of the program, where students will be introduced to relevant organizational consulting and development projects as well as to interventions performed in organizations and the insight derived.

 

Quantitative Research or a Final Exam in Organizational Consulting and Development

Excellent students will be able to conduct quantitative research. Two additional prerequisites for conducting the research are taking the statistics course for second degree in psychology during the first year, and attaining a score of at least 90 and having one of the qualified staff members agreed to mentor the research work. The students who will conduct quantitative research will be awarded 2 additional credits beyond the curriculum inherent 50 credits. Students that will not conduct quantitative research will be required to pass a final exam (without credits). The weight of the final quantitative research/final exam in the degree final score is 15%.

 


Examples for course contents


1. Introduction to Organizational Consulting and Development I
The course will focus on the first stages prior to the organizational intervention, meaning, the stage of entering the organization, drawing the psychological contract and conducting the organizational assessment. The main part of the course will focus on the diagnostic stage. Each intervention process in an organization starts with an organizational diagnosis, meaning, collecting data about the organization, data that provide a reliable picture about the organization's main strengths and weaknesses, as well as the dynamics that caused the development of anticipated - positive or negative - organizational phonomena The course objective is to provide students with the theoretical foundations or the organizational diagnosis, and train them to perform a reliable organizational assessment. The course will review a series of models for assessment, a number of techniques for diagnostic data collection and methods for interpretation of the collected data and assessment of the organizational strengths and weaknesses. Emphasis will be given to the theoretical infrastructure of the assessment interpretations.

 


2. Strategic interventions
Strategic interventions are among the newest interventions in organizational consulting and development, and they are normally performed in the overall organizational level. The sub-types of intervention can be identified: (1) essential/constitutive interventions (2) interventions for encouraging constant change in the organization, and (3) interventions of inter-organizational cooperation. The course is designed for familiarization with the main strategic interventions in both theoretical and applied points of view - using relevant case studies.

 


3. Organizational Consulting and Development in Family Concerns
Businesses controlled by families are characterized by outstanding advantages in the first generations; these advantages may threaten their continuation in the following generations. The challenges that stem from friction between family members, management and ownership often become threats when the family wishes to transfer the influence of control to the next generations. In reality, 37% of the leading enterprises included in the FORTUNE 500 list are family businesses. These businesses are all exposed to challenges involving the transition from control of the single founding father to system management that generates and maintains a long-term competitive advantage for the succeeding generations.
The course will include consultation for a family business. The emphasis is on the implementation of practice for leading the encounter between the individual, family, management and ownership; as well as the challenges of maintenance, change and continuity for the following generations. The course has clear practical aspects. Thus, the course will host a broad range of visiting lecturers, consultants who deal with the specific aspects (constitutional, financial and even psychological) of transferring control of a family business.

 


4. Forming a personal identity as organizational consultants
The objective of this course is to provide the praticipants significant self awareness that will enable them to choose and develop the most appropriate career for them as organizational consultants, and understand the professional dilemmas that they will encounter. The participants will be exposed to different assessment tools (for example, personality questionnaires) that will bring about perosonal insights and enable an established decision making process regarding the indication of future career in organizational consulting.

 


5. Workshop: a Group Dynamic
The workshop objective is to experience and learn about group and interpersonal processes in small groups. We focus on processes related to group formation and features, interpersonal interactions, self awareness and sensitivity towards others. 

 


6. Workshop: a cinematic journey – insights to organizational consutling
Cinematherapy is the process of using films for therapeutic purposes. In the workshop, we will learn about cinematherapy, its principles and advantages. Later, we will discuss its relevance to organizaitonal consulting and development as a tool for encouraging motivation for change and reducing the resistance to change, using analysis of cinema films and TV series episodes.

 

Prerequisites for Second Degree (M.A.) Studies in Organizational Consulting and Development

 

The candidates will be required to prove preliminary knowledge (i.e. first-degree graduation with a passing score) in the following four courses:

 

Study UnitsNumber of Credits
Statistics for first degree in social sciences2
Research methods for first degree in social sciences2
Introduction to psychology2
Introduction to sociology2

 


Students without preliminary knowldge in one of these courses will be required to pass an exemption exam.
The exemption exams take place during the summer term prior to the beginning of the first year.
It is emphasized herein that the credits of the complementary studies are not included in the credit count required for a degree.
For information and details about the process and conditions of admission, please contact the Registration Office.