Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Understanding and developing use of self after graduation
by Stettin, Hanina L., M.S., Pepperdine University, 2012, 68; 1516399
Abstract (Summary)

After graduation from a master's program, organization development (OD) practitioners are responsible for their own continued growth and learning. This research was conducted in order to provide the diverse, and relatively young, field of OD with some sense of (a) what methods practitioners are employing to develop and improve their Use of Self and (b) how they feel it helps them be better practitioners. The research was conducted in two stages. Firstly, alumni participated in an online survey gathering information about personal and professional practices. The data collected in the survey was enriched through second-stage research consisting of interviews with 10 randomly selected respondents. Careful analysis revealed common practices but also highlighted the deeply individualistic nature of a self-development plan. Additionally, advice for new graduates was gathered. Overall, the research created a solid basis for further exploration of field practices.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jamieson, David
Commitee: Rhodes, Kent
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Organizational Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational evaluation, Continuing education, Business education
Keywords: Advice, Alumni, Continuing education, Organization development, Self as instrument, Use of self
Publication Number: 1516399
ISBN: 978-1-267-54188-8
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