10-12-00. Although I use the term "consultant" and "change agent" to refer to the person in the org facilitating the change, I should refer to people more specifically and directly as the change agents. Also--some experience frustration now that they recognize some of the problems they previously did not notice in orgs. I should continue to use "informed consent" with students noting that they will be changed by our curriculum! Finally, some don;t seem to be doing the readings as much as expected, and others need more case examples. Next round--start classes with cases and emphasize discussion using concepts and terms from the readings.
10-3-00. Both classes seem to be having difficulty with the model building or seeing the plan of the course. This appears partly related to some saying that they have not been keeping up with the readings online, and this is apparent in the lack of references to readings (e.g., authors, concepts) in their model building and discussion. This might be remedied by having them highlight names and concepts more explicitly. I also suspect that the deductive approach used may be frustrating for the SJ's in the classes since they need more specific references. This might be reduced by using case discussions for each class. It is also likely that, since we are parallelling the OD process in class, that they are struggling with their responsibility to generate learning and integrate diverse resources, rather than have them lectured about. I'll keep monitoring, but consider use of case examples--may be a bit late for this course.
Need to let people know that the case paper need not collect data and should not involve intervention with a company. Rationale is that there is too short a time for a team to enter and consult before the term is over, which could stir a can of worms, and then they are gone. Confine the paper to a case well known, but without actual contracting. Focus on demonstration of use of terms and concepts in diagnosing and proposing change strategy.
Model building is going well. Nice metaphors from various disciplines and good teamwork. Some do not draw as heavily as I would like on readings. Need to clearly link readings to in class work.
Might have them summarize what they have learned (at least one significant learning) after each class as demonstration of kaizen and Kolb model. Keep journal notes perhaps and share with team.