ORGANISATION DYNAMICSAlumni of Organisation Dynamics
Stories from fabulous organisation dynamics alumni.
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Would you like to be in touch with other alumni and be kept up to date with the latest in this field across the globe?
Special alumni price $30!
(once you complete the application form above)
Russ Vince Seminar
Putting the Contradictions Back into Management Education: The application of a group relations approach into mainstream business school teaching. By Professor Russ Vince, University of Bath UK
NIODA Alumni of Organisation Dynamics Association
At NIODA we are excited to be establishing an alumni association. Our first student cohort graduated with a Master of Leadership and Management (Organisation Dynamics) in 2017. Our next group is due to graduate in December this year. NIODA graduates join those who have undertaken the earlier iterations of the program at Swinburne and RMIT universities in having attained a level of mastery in systems psychodynamic thinking for application in many and varied ways, in different workplaces and social contexts. We hope an alumni association can help maintain the value of our formal study and continue to grow our interest in this field through connection with NIODA’s student cohorts and those who follow and those who came before.
To explore how an alumni association might operate we have created a standing sub-committee of the NIODA Academic Board of Governance (ABG). The initial aim is to provide opportunities for alumni to connect through attending events and activities such as the NIODA seminar series, international visitors, exciting new research, paper releases and other events. As we go on we will see what interest emerges and whether an alumni association needs a formal structure, or can operate more informally with roles taken up as required for alumni activities.
For now we invite graduates of the NIODA, Swinburne and RMIT Organisation Dynamics programs and related courses to register [registration form] so we can keep in touch and update you with what is happening with the NIODA seminar series, international visitors, exciting new research, paper releases and other events.
Register as a NIODA Alumni to get half price tickets to hear Russ Vince!
The inaugural alumni event is the NIODA’s seminar by Professor Russ Vince who is visiting from the University of Bath, on the evening of 10 October 2018. The topic is, ‘Putting the Contradictions Back into Management Education: The application of a group relations approach into mainstream business school teaching’. Once you’ve completed the alumni registration form, we will send you a special code and then, if you would like to join us, click here to register for this event.
Please let us know if you have any ideas or are keen to get involved in shaping the Alumni of Organisation Dynamics Association (AODA).
We’d love you to add to our ‘Where are they now?’ series to the website (see below) so as to inspire prospective students and at the same time raise your professional profile. [registration form]
NIODA Alumni Association Sub-Committee of the ABG
Helen McKelvie (Chair), Diana Dalton, David Cook, Sally Mussared, & John Newton
Where are they now?
Stories from alumni of organisation dynamics…
Since completing my study in 2017 I have taken up a part-time role within the public service organisation I have worked at for many years as an internal consultant to support strategic and business planning, with a specific brief to bring a systems psychodynamic lens to this role. I am also making a start towards working as systems psychodynamically informed consultant, taking organisational role analysis clients and working with more experienced practitioners on leadership and team development projects.
This semester (July-Nov 2018) I am enjoying the challenge of co-teaching with Dr Brigid Nossal in the NIODA MLM(OD) course – the subject entitled ‘Through a cultural lens, collaborating with ‘the other’ at work’.
There is so much from the MLM(OD) course that informs the way I take up my different roles at work. What I’ve learned helps me to think more systemically, to seek clarity of purpose and task, understand boundaries and authority relations, create ‘potential space’ and to be looking for what is happening at the level of the unconscious to try to make sense of work dynamics.
Once you put the goggles on, it’s hard to take them off!
My biggest concern in returning to study was how to make time on top of full-time work, family and life in general. I was lucky that my workplace was very supportive and my family very forgiving of my new focus on study. The course has a long history and a rigorous academic approach. Wendy and Brigid impressed me with their knowledge and passion. The best things were the learning and the connection to my cohort of fellow students.
I would you recommend this course to anyone with an interest in being able to make modern workplaces better for those who spend so much of their lives there.
Since completing the Masters in Leadership and Organisation Dynamic Program, Swinburne, 2001, I have continued my career as a management consultant and practitioner of organisation development. This has involved in-house OD consulting roles and management consulting roles with a number of global firms.
I subsequently founded my own consultancy specialising in leadership and strategic change in 2008.
It’s a few years ago now, yet my learning from the course continues to inform my practice today. Reflective practice is essential to my work and is enhanced through the lens of systems psychodynamics.
There are too few courses to learn and apply the OD practice of “self-as-instrument” in Australia today. This is particularly important to making sense of inter-personal and intra-personal dynamics of organisations, teams and individuals during periods of significant change. Observing and working with social defences and resistance helps me step back and engage more effectively with my clients. Narrative methods and coaching-in-depth are particularly helpful in deeply understanding client experiences and liberating choices for action.
My biggest concern was making the time to study. The investment was well worth the time and effort to develop a unique set of skills and ways of working.
At the time of my study, Swinburne was considered in industry the best program of its in kind in Australia. It was demanding both emotionally and intellectually, with world class faculty. It was also using an innovative approach to learning using a combination of action-research, small group work and reflective practice. We also used the class as an organisational lab to support each other on our respective learning journeys. We were encouraged to research thought leaders from around the world, not just from a North American perspective.
The best thing about this course has been the personal and professional growth that continues to unfold.
I would recommend this course to management consultants, organisation development and human resources professionals.