Benedictine’s Ph.D. in Organization Development readies executives for world of turbulent change

January 28, 2016

Applications for the Ph.D. in Organization Development program now being accepted until February 29

Lisle, Illinois ~
Managers, administrators and executives who are seeking career advancement and to more effectively lead their organizations have a limited window to apply to one of the most recognized and acclaimed programs designed for senior leaders and change agents – Benedictine University’s Ph.D. in Organization Development (OD) program.

Benedictine’s universally respected OD program trains tomorrow’s difference-makers and grants access to award-winning faculty and one of the largest alumni networks of executive leaders at major organizations around the world, including active members of the National Academy of Management.

Students learn from the foremost thinkers and practitioners in the industry including scholars from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the University of Southern California and Columbia University, and in advanced classes and special lecture series that convey some of the most current research and trends in the field.

The program is led by a team of scholars and practitioners including Peter Sorensen, Ph.D., a recognized pioneer and leader in the OD field and past chair of the Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management; Therese Yaeger, Ph.D., another internationally recognized name in the field who is acknowledged as a leader in corporate organization dynamics; and Ramkrishnan Tenkasi, Ph.D., a Fulbright scholar whose research interests include organizational knowledge, learning and change and their mediation/moderation by organizational design choices.

The top-rated OD program trains professionals (approximately 50 percent of whom come from across the country and outside the United States) to successfully manage and organize change within shifting business climates and workforce demands.

Graduates of the program have become successful leaders and change agents at global organizations such as CNN Worldwide, Abbott Laboratories, Kraft Food Groups Inc., Motorola, McDonald’s Corp., and other Fortune 500 organizations such as Boeing Co., Dow Chemical Co. and General Motors Co.

Weekend classes conveniently located less than 30 miles from Chicago’s two major airports allow students to work full-time while acquiring the necessary skills to facilitate change, increase productivity and prepare for career advancement. The weekend sessions are held on the University’s Lisle campus in the executive lounges and technologically advanced meeting rooms and classrooms of the University’s new Goodwin Hall of Business.

The University is currently accepting applicants for this highly sought-after program for an April start date.

To start the application process or for more information about the Ph.D. in Organization Development at Benedictine, visit or contact (630) 829-6208 or


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fifth consecutive year in 2015, and the University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area.

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