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SPA launches Master in Organizational Development and Change
January 19, 2011
 

The launching ceremony of Master in Organizational Development and Change was organized by the School of Professional Advancement (SPA). Dr Naveed Yazdani, Director SPA, launched the program in the presence of industry leaders. The participants of the program belonged to top order management of famous commercial organizations like Servis, Surveyor Pharmaceuticals, Ali Akbar Group, and PEL Pakistan.

The program started by recitation of some verses from Holy Quran. Dr Naveed Yazdani introduced the salient features of the program to the audience. He said that the program has been designed to cater for the needs of business executives in changing the environment of organizations. He said that the key to survival and success does not lie in the rational, quantitative and systems approaches to work and organizations. Organizational success lies in the commitment to irrational, difficult-to-measure things like people, quality, customer service, and above all, developing the flexibility to meet changing conditions. He further added that research confirms that the crucial component in adapting to even the most sophisticated technological change is the change in the human factor obtained through employee involvement and commitment. On the question of rationale of the master program, he said the program curriculum has been designed to educate students on increasing the effectiveness of individuals and organizations.

At the end, participants held detailed discussions on various aspects of the program and gave some suggestions to make it more acceptable for the industry. These have been incorporated in the program. Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad, Rector UMT, also gave his remarks about the program. He appreciated the efforts of Dr Naveed Yazdani and the contribution of the corporate sector in designing the program.

 
 
 
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Rashid Saleem
Jan 25 2011
Besides quantitative approaches, applying behavioral science principals to improve the functioning of organizations is need of the hour. In my knowledge, UMT is the first institute who is offering a masters degree in OD.
Persons working in the areas like Management Consultancy, HRM, HRD, and Organizational Change & Development would surely be benefited by this program.
 
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