Ph.D. in Organization Development
Ph.D. in Organization Development

Testimonials

Students and alumni from Benedictine’s Ph.D. in OD program range from human resource managers and university deans to senior corporate executives and military generals. The program requires career diversity among its cohorts to create genuine dialogue and learning experiences that can be immediately impactful within the careers and organizations of program graduates. But don’t just take our word for it. Hear from some program participants.

 
Mike Mantel, Ph.D.
Mike Mantel, Ph.D.

“The Ph.D. in Organization Development program continues to underpin our efforts. I love being able to work with highly engaged change agents who are saving and changing the lives of millions of thirsty people – those who lack water in the Americas, Africa and India – and those who invest their minds, networks and resources to make a difference here in the United States and around the world.”

Mike Mantel, Ph.D., Organization Development’01
President and CEO of Living Water International

“The program helped me open my eyes to higher levels of collaboration and team building. I learned to be more patient for others’ individual perspectives and to try to see where they were coming from, why they were thinking the way they were thinking and to allow people to feel the way they were feeling. I learned that in a work environment where we’re all involved working on issues, problems and opportunities, everyone’s opinion matters.”

Jeffrey Swallow, Ph.D., Organization Development’07
Owner, Magnetrol International Incorporated

“Some of the biggest benefits were learning from scholars in the field and practitioners who I would consider O.D. superstars. It was great to be able to meet these O.D. greats in person and approach them in such an intimate fashion. I was able to engage in conversations with scholars from Harvard and on an international level that I don’t feel any other program can say. Those conversations added a lot of depth to my curriculum vita.”

Meghan Wright, Ph.D., Organization Development’13
Assistant Professor of Management at Texas Wesleyan University

Rosa Colon-Kolacko, Ph.D.
Rosa Colon-Kolacko, Ph.D.

“As a minority, I know that it is not always easy to aspire to an advanced degree due to the availability of resources. It has not been an easy journey having to overcome some of the stereotypes. (But with a Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine), you earn the reputation for having a higher level of credibility to do this work.”

Rosa Colon-Kolacko, Ph.D., Organization Development’02
Senior Vice President Learning Institute and Chief Diversity Officer
Christiana Care Health System

“As a minority, I know that it is not always easy to aspire to an advanced degree due to the availability of resources. It has not been an easy journey having to overcome some of the stereotypes. (But with a Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine), you earn the reputation for having a higher level of credibility to do this work.”

Rosa Colon-Kolacko, Ph.D., Organization Development’02
Senior Vice President Learning Institute and Chief Diversity Officer
Christiana Care Health System

“The Ph.D. credential has opened so many doors. As a consultant, I work with leaders and organizations in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, and much of my work is directly connected to the relationship and affiliations I have made through Benedictine. One of the most impactful ways the program improved my career prospects is through building my confidence and being comfortable with presenting complex information to peers both as a scholar and a professional. I learned to hold my own.”

Sarah Malone, Ph.D., Organization Development’07
President and Principal Consultant at TheAldonMalone Group Ltd.

Kathy Schroeder, Ph.D.
Kathy Schroeder, Ph.D.

“The Ph.D. program has added breadth and depth to my practical field experience. It has also stimulated my desire to do deep research while simultaneously practicing in my organization. Since graduating, I have had the opportunity to do a mixed-method research project that added value to my organization. The approach I used was more robust than I might have used prior to the program and we were able to demonstrate true business impacts.”

Kathy Schroeder, Ph.D., Organization Development’13
Senior Director, Organization Development for Astellas Pharm

Mark Werwath, Ph.D.
Mark Werwath, Ph.D.

“The focus on quality research, flexibility for working adults and network of scholars they introduce you to are among the strengths of this program. It also allows you to pursue the field of research that most interests you and is not overly prescriptive, allowing students to pursue a qualitative or quantitative dissertation. It truly accommodates the full-time working professional.”

Mark Werwath, Ph.D., Organization Development’01
Clinical Associate Professor, Director of the Master of Engineering Management Program
and co-Director of the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northwestern University

Goodwin College of Business
 benedictine university

Phyllis Meyers
Program Coordinator
Phone: (630) 829-6208
Email: pmeyers@ben.edu

Goodwin Hall, Room 470
5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.