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Schulich Executive Learning Centre

Business Acumen for OD Professionals (Masters Certificate in Organization Development and Change)

Available dates

Jun 15—18, 2020
4 days
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CAD 4650 ≈USD 3552
CAD 1162 per day


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About the course

This 4-day module is designed to develop the strategic business analysis and business acumen of OD professionals. You will develop an advanced understanding of how business works, how to think as the CEO does, and how to manage and influence the bottom line.

Part 1 – Strategic Business Management

Learn how OD can help an organization achieve strategic and operational agility by deepening your knowledge of:

  • Organizational structures, systems, functions and processes
  • The link between business strategy and competitive advantage
  • Key elements of an organization’s value proposition
  • The role of OD within the operating model of an organization
  • How OD adds value to organizational strategies
  • Critical thinking about corporate change scenarios
  • Communicating effectively with executives and line managers

Part 2 – Building a Successful Business Case

  • Learn the essential building blocks of “making a business case” and how to present a compelling case to stakeholders. Learn how to:
  • Craft and deliver a story about how to meet a business need
  • Understand the organization’s evaluation criteria
  • Identify what your stakeholders care about and clarify the need
  • Align your business case with strategic goals
  • Analyze cost, benefits, risks and opportunities
  • Calculate the return on investment
  • Tactics for influencing senior executives and line managers

Who should attend

It is perfect for:

  • Organization Development and Human Resource practitioners
  • Internal and external Consultants
  • Managers and supervisors
  • Team leaders
  • Adult educators, trainers, facilitators, coaches and change leaders

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Michelle Chambers

Biography Michelle brings more than 25 years of proven and successful leadership, coaching, training and consulting experience, including work with three of Canada’s Top-50 employers, a Financial Post Top-100 organization and a Greater Toronto 2011 and 2013 Top-50 Employer. Michelle is an organi...


Marilyn Laiken

Biography Program Director, Centre of Excellence in Organization Development and Change and Centre of Excellence in Adult Training and Development, Schulich Executive Education Centre, York University Marilyn is also past Chair of the OISE, University of Toronto Department of Adult Education &a...


Ray Gordezkey

Ray Gordezky is well known for his work facilitating strategic organizational learning, change, and action that addresses contentious issues and complex circumstances. He is Principal and co-founder of Threshold Associates, where he works with business, community and public service leaders to str...


Doug Miron

Doug is recognized for providing top notch experiential learning programs that enhance employee engagement and advance individual, team and organizational performance. His areas of expertise include Organization Development; Leadership Strategy; Talent Management; Executive Coaching and Change Le...


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