Advanced Seminar in Sustainable Change
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NMGM 6002
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Management & Business
- Management & Organizations
Environmental policy, sustainability management, and organizational change management have an essential theme in common. They represent the need to effect change amongst a group of people – and to do it in a way that motivates people to want to change. Shifting the ways people think about their environment, and how they may need to change habits as a means for sustaining its fragile elements, require successful efforts to influence. Mindset and behavior change can rarely be mandated through laws or policies if they are to be meaningful over the longer-term. Facilitating organizational change occurs in the same way: In a social system as specific as an organization, the most enduring changes are those where members of the organization see the need for thinking and behaving differently and, effectively, “buy into” change by choice. They are influenced and motivated by leaders, colleagues or perhaps some external forces outside their organization. Successful change initiatives, those that endure over time, rarely represent change-by-command. The nexus of these three spheres – environmental policy, sustainability management, and organizational change – is the notion of influence. How do we influence a particular constituency to see they need to think and behave differently? This “constituency” may be elected officials, citizenry, organizational leaders, or members of organizations. This capstone course will embrace students from both Milano’s Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management and Organizational Change Management programs and provide an opportunity for each to develop a capstone project on a topic of great interest to each. Projects may fall into one of two categories: Paper of Publishable Quality (PPQ) or a Professional Decision Report (PDR). PPQs are manuscripts attempting to influence a targeted audience and ready for submission to a relevant print periodical or authoritative website. PDRs provide the opportunity for some type of intervention or analysis for a client organization. Ultimately, regardless of the program from which this course draws participants, the broader focus will always be sustained change: How do we conceptualize it, design for it and implement it?
Open to Environ Policy & Sustain Mgmt students.
Open to Organizational Change Mgt students.