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Organizational Dynamics

Organizational Dynamics

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New Major Meets an Important Need

Organizational Dynamics reach far beyond an organization's product or service and its processes. The study focuses on the aspects of human resources and includes the firm's cultural structure, how to motivate and inspire all levels of the organization, how to manage conflict and how to lead change. 

Chestnut Hill College’s Accelerated Adult Degree Program is designed for the adult learner. The Organizational Dynamics major has a central focus on people in organizations and is applicable to nearly every industry. Students gain marketable skills from analysis of individual relationships to the overarching management of the organization. Some key concepts include understanding critical organizational theory, team dynamics, effective communication, negotiation/conflict management, cultural competence and data analytics. 

Possible Career Opportunities

  • Administrative services managers
  • Compensation and benefits managers
  • Construction managers
  • Education administrators, postsecondary
  • General and operations managers
  • Government program, project or agency managers
  • Human resources managers
  • Public relations and fundraising managers
  • Purchasing managers
  • Medical and health services managers
  • Meeting, convention and event planners
  • Sales managers
  • Social and community service managers
  • Training and development managers
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Major Requirements

I. SCPS Core Liberal Arts  (13 courses)

II. Organizational Dynamics major (15 courses)

III. Major Electives (3 courses)

IV. Free Electives (9 courses)

Sample of Organizational Dynamics Courses

Organizational Foundations

This course will focus on understanding characteristics and qualities of human behavior and how they interact to make organizations work. It will include an analysis of the historical perspective as well as a review of contemporary theories. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the application of theoretical concepts to practical situations.

Organizational Theory and Practice

This course gives an overview of how organizations work including theory, research and application. Students will gain a deeper understanding of organizational structure, culture, communication and strategic planning processes within internal and external business  environments. Current trends and cases will be discussed and students will engage in experiential exercises to facilitate critical thinking and then apply the course content to an organizational setting. 

Team Dynamics

The focus of this course is the study and use of team and small group behavior in organizations. Students will gain a deeper understanding of team structure, processes and performance reviews, team roles, leadership and decision making. Using a self-directed work environment, students will learn concepts and processes within team dynamics. 


This course focuses on managing public disputes. The knowledge and skills developed are those needed to analyze complex conflict and dispute situations, shape appropriate processes to involve the right parties, constructively negotiate settlements, select mediators and facilitators and design dispute resolution programs. It emphasizes conflict management and resolution leadership.

Cultural Competence

This course is designed to develop cultural competency in decision-making methods to solve problems, and to facilitate effective and appropriate cultural competency. Students will gain knowledge and skills in human resource management, supervision and staff development, team building, motivation for performance, inter-organizational collaboration, organizational learning strategies, cultural competence with a diverse staff, and effectively serving diverse and multicultural populations. In addition, they will learn  aspects of program planning, strategic management and planning, and strategies for leading change efforts.

Organizational Leadership

The course presents leadership and management theories/concepts. It provides students the opportunity to apply these theories through case analysis and to enhance personal skill development through self-assessment exercises. Included in the course are identification of current leaders and leadership as well as contemporary perspectives on ethics, networking, coaching, organizational culture, diversity, learning organizations, strategic leadership and crisis leadership. 

Data Analytics

This course examines the ways in which organizations can use data to gain insights and make better decisions. Data analytics are applied in operations, marketing, finance, and strategic planning among other functions. The ability to use data effectively to drive rapid, precise and profitable decisions has been a critical strategic advantage for organizations.

Off-site locations

In addition to the main campus, classes are also offered at convenient off-site locations including Father Judge High School in Northeast Philadelphia, Bonner Prendergast Catholic High School in Drexel Hill, Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell and the University Center at Montgomery County Community College.  Learn more

Transferring credits

Students can transfer up to 75 credits from another accredited college or university. Prior Learning Assessment options can also help you earn credits for on-the-job experience and training programs.

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