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Management and Organizational Behavior
Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series:

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Benedictine Ph.D. in OD
October 2020

"Agility and the Future of OD"

featuring Chris Worley, Ph.D.


"Agility and the Future of OD"

The Agility FactorIn the ever-changing, competitive market of today, companies that are the most successful are those which possess agility, allowing them to internalize outside forces and use them for productive use. Chris Worley, Ph.D., will discuss in detail how agility gives an organization the capability to make timely, effective and sustained responses to environmental change and implement change quickly over long periods of time. Dr. Worley will also discuss the impacts of digitalization on organization design and development and on the future of organization development.

Christopher Worley is a senior research scientist at the at the University of Southern California. He is also a research professor of management at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. He is a recognized leader in the field of organization development. Dr. Worley has authored or co-authored numerous books, chapters and articles. His most recent books include Becoming Agile, The Agility Factor, Assessing Organization Agility, Management Reset and Built to Change. With Tom Cummings, he has co-authored seven editions of Organization Development and Change, the leading textbook in the field. He has received Chris Worley, Ph.D.numerous awards and has made presentations to scholarly and practitioner associations such as the Academy of Management, OD Network, Organization Design Forum (US and Europe) and the Conference Boards of the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Worley earned his Ph.D. in strategic management from the University of Southern California, an M.S. in organization development from Pepperdine University, an M.S. in environmental psychology from Colorado State University and a B.S. from Westminster College.

The 2020 event was a success. 2021 Lecture Series information to be determined.

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For further information contact
Therese Yaeger, Ph.D.
(630) 829-6207