Principles and Practices of Organization Development (PPOD) Certificate Program

Teachers College Columbia University

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Teachers College Columbia University


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Who should attend

We view PPOD as relevant to participants from a variety of backgrounds, spanning geographies, sectors, industries, functions, roles, and organizational levels. Further, we value creating cohorts that reflect the increasingly complex landscape of organizational life, by bringing together participants with diverse backgrounds, skillsets, and points of view.

With that said, the program may be particularly well-suited to:

  • Experienced managers who lead groups and teams, particularly those who have responsibility for leading and managing significant change or development efforts in their organizations;
  • Those in human resources, organization development/effectiveness, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, and talent management, who recognize the importance of continually working on skills for improving their effectiveness with clients, both internal and external;
  • Those who support managers and executives who lead organization change or development;
  • Recent entrants into the field of organizational change or development, or those involved in change efforts within their organization, who are interested in acquiring skills and better understanding the nature of organizational functioning.

PPOD will be a good fit for applicants who wish to:

  • Expand their professional and personal tool kit through exposure to new knowledge in the form of theories, best practices, and skills;
  • Practice these new ideas through hands-on experience;
  • Receive feedback throughout the program through peer and self assessment;
  • Reflect on past and current experiences, in servicing of developing more self-awareness as well as the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be a better practitioner in the field.

About the course

The Principles and Practices of Organization Development Program (PPOD) is a highly engaging learning experience that provides participants with core concepts and skills necessary for managing and leading change inside organizations and for consulting to organizations and teams. PPOD offers participants the opportunity to learn foundational theory and build applied skills throughout the course of the two weeklong sessions.

We believe the application of new knowledge and skills in the context of practical experience enhances participant learning and is consistent with current adult development research. As every participant arrives with different needs and preferred ways of learning, we provide a diverse array of learning opportunities (i.e., lecture, case study, practical exercises, and reflection time) geared toward individual development within a community of practice. We intend to create a diverse learning community characterized by openness, collaboration, and commitment to personal and collective development.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • We understand that transforming people and organizations requires complex thinking and multi-faceted skills and we provide an environment to nurture both
  • We combine psychological and business principles to real-world organizational challenges
  • Our program is rigorous, relevant, and grounded in evidence-based practice
  • We offer an ideal forum for you to imagine, test and crystallize your own OD vision
  • Reflection and self-assessment are built into our design to enhance individual identity development
  • Facilitating a deep understanding of role and mission are embedded into our program
  • Emphasis on individual, team and organizational learning from experienced professionals with decades of experience in consulting, applied research, reflective practice and the use of theoretically grounded frameworks

All participants receive a certificate of completion from Teachers College, Columbia University, where organization development has been taught for over four decades.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

What We Offer:

Establishing the fundamental values, essential frameworks and effective methods in organization development consulting:

  • Elucidating the dynamics of entry, diagnosis, planning, intervention, and sustainability that occur during organization change efforts
  • Leveraging organizational change models in OD consulting
  • Crafting an evidence-based organizational/team diagnosis
  • Navigating systemic dynamics at the individual, team, and organizational levels
  • Facilitating team dynamics for high performance
  • Utilizing assessments skillfully in OD
  • Embracing real-time learning about self, team and organizational life for transformational change
  • Implementing a feedback-rich environment for continuous learning and growth
  • Leading and managing continuous change in organizations

Participants learn to solidify the relationship between organization development and the strategic business plan and bottom-line results of an organization.

Our Approach:

Weeklong sessions make for an intimate, cohesive learning community with skill-building in all areas of OD consulting and include:

  • Brief didactic inputs on key topics
  • Interactive small and large group work
  • Reflective practice
  • Case analysis
  • Case simulations
  • Live client consultations in real organizations
  • Live-action experiential learning with peer teams
  • Extensive individual and team feedback
  • Participants graduate with a new global OD network of colleagues.


Sarah Brazaitis

Sarah Brazaitis (Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University) is an Associate Professor of Practice and the MA Program Director in the Social-Organizational Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She teaches courses on group dynamics and high performing teams to masters- an...

Matthew Tye

Dr. Matthew H. Tye is the Director of Organizational Development and Leadership at the NoVo Foundation, whose mission is to foster a transformation from a world of domination and exploitation to one of collaboration and partnership. Prior to this, Matthew spent over 15 years consulting to social ...

Principles and Practices of Organization Development (PPOD) Certificate Program at Teachers College Columbia University

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