CLED 835 Organizational Theory and Development

This course provides a review of theoretical understandings of organizations and their development. Students gain skills in the analysis of organizational culture, the formation of an organization culture, and the role of staff training in the transmission of an organizational culture. The unique factors shaping faith-based organizations are considered.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

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This course will provide opportunities for the student to become a colleague who is competent in relevant deliberations and reflections related to group and organizational theories by reading, thinking, and engaging in discussion. The course will assist the doctoral-level student in constructing applicable documents that will illustrate his or her understanding of the individual and collective avenues of organizational members. Changing the world and participating in the organizational process become less complicated if the student begins with himself or herself and influences others throughout this journey toward obtaining a Doctorate in Christian Leadership.


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Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. To further scholarly writing, the student will complete three (4) threads following the prompt in each Discussion. Each thread must be at least 300-400 words.

The student must then reply to two (2) classmates per Discussion with a minimum of 200-250 words per reply. 

For each Discussion Thread and Reply, the student must respond to the prompt accordingly utilizing literature (course and/or external), scripture, examples and thoughtful analysis.

Note: This course utilizes the Post-First feature in all Discussions. This means the student will only be able to read and interact with the classmates’ threads after the student has submitted his/her thread in response to the provided prompt.

(CLOs: B, C)

Organizational Culture: Overview Assignment

This assignment provides an overview of a non-profit organization using the “Three Levels of Culture” identified by Edgar Schein:

  1. Artifacts
  2. Espoused Beliefs and Values
  3. Basic Underlying Assumptions

This assignment must be 4–5 pages.

(CLOs: B, C)

Administrator Interview Assignment

The student will interview an administrator within a non-profit organization concerning various aspects of corporate culture. The responses will be complied and presented by the student for the assignment submission. This assignment will include an introduction (no more than ½ page), list of questions with typed responses (each explanation should be 100-150 words per question), and a conclusion (no more than ½ page).

(CLOs: B, C)

Biblical Overview Assignment

The student will write on a biblical institution [i.e. The Family Unit, Government (as seen in the nation of Israel), The Church] as seen within Scripture. The student will identify and explain the institution using the framework of Edgar Schein’s Three Levels of Culture. This assignment should have a total of 6-8 pages of content (not counting the Title Page of References page).

(CLOs: A, B, C)

Organizational Culture: Assessment Assignment

This assignment provides an assessment of a non-profit organization using the “Three Levels of Culture” identified by Edgar Schein:

  1. Artifacts
  2. Espoused Beliefs and Values
  3. Basic Underlying Assumptions

This assignment must be 3–4 pages.

(CLOs: A, B, C)

Organizational Culture: Action Plans Assignment

This assignment provides action plans for a non-profit organization using the “Three Levels of Culture” identified by Edgar Schein:

  1. Artifacts
  2. Espoused Beliefs and Values
  3. Basic Underlying Assumptions

This assignment must be 3–4 pages.

(CLOs: B, C)


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