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HOD-830 Creativity and Innovation in Organization Design

4 semester credits
Students develop expertise in organization design, the interdisciplinary practice of thinking ahead with a purpose for creating organizations that are socially and ecologically sustainable. In this knowledge area course, students explore the emerging field of positive design where stakeholders are encouraged to leverage their individual creativity to create innovation that is transformative. Examples include emergence of “disruptors” such as Uber, Airbnb, and others in the sharing economy. Students will be expected to survey a wide range of recent innovations in social media and information and communication technology (ICT) and critically examine the design features deployed by the founders of these organizations. How did they think about the challenges they faced while planting the seeds of disruptive innovation? How did they reframe and use their Appreciative Intelligence to see opportunities that were not initially visible to them and others? How did they think about creative approaches to the design of the workplace (whether physical or virtual) itself? Students will be expected to develop a deep understanding of how organizational structure influences behavior and what they can do to help emerge alternative forms of organizational structures that may create a synchronicity instead of a conflict between the opposing individual and organizational needs. Thus we will explore ways in which organizations may foster contexts for creativity. The end result should be organizations that value individual and social creativity, human aspirations and work toward creating social and ecological justice.
Delivery Method: Online
Grading Default: Letter
Learning Objective(s):
  • Develop familiarity and acquire insights about various approaches to organization design
  • Develop capabilities for “thinking outside the box” and help create innovative organizational practices for long term sustainability



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