Nirantar: Continuing Education Programmes (CEP) Admissions

Executive Postgraduate Diploma in Organisation Development and Change (EPGDODC), Chennai

Location: Chennai

Intake: 25


1. The program is designed for Human Resources Managers, Training/Learning and Development Managers, Learning Facilitators, Organisation Development (OD) Consultants and Line Managers.

2. Minimum three years of work experience after graduation AND

3. Applicants should have completed their Bachelor’s Degree of minimum of 3 years duration or its equivalent ( under the 10+2+3 OR 10+2+4 OR 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study OR any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 Years formal education) from a recognised university, in any discipline.

Medium of Instruction: English

Programme Duration: 14 Months





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IMPORTANT DATES FOR Chennai - 2019-20

Last Date of submission of application form

 20th February, 2019

Displaying the List of short listed candidates for personal interview

28 February, 2019

Written Test and Personal interview at TISS campus

2nd March, 2019

Declaration of Selection list with waiting list (On TISS website)

20th March, 2019

Last date for completing admission procedure for selected candidates

20th April, 2019

Date of Commencement of program

27th April, 2019

First Contact program / I Semester Classes

27th April, 2019

First semester exam and second contact program / II Semester

26th October, 2019

Second semester exam and viva voce

30th April, 2020

Conclusion of Program

31st May, 2020


Venue: Madras Management Association - MMA Management Center, 240, Pathari Road, Off-Anna Salai, Chennai 600006.

Description of the Programme:

Executive Postgraduate Diploma in Organisation Development and Change (EPGDODC) is a fourteen month, part time professional programme comprising of classroom teaching, training, field practice and coaching. This programme prepares the participants to have a holistic view of the organisation for facilitating, conceptualising, designing and implementing OD and Change processes.

In a dynamic environment, organisational effectiveness is a function of organisation's capability to conceptualise and implement organisation development and change initiatives which are sustainable. This programme enables managers to have an in depth understanding of strategy, policies, structures and systems and the importance of developing appropriate skills, behaviours, attitudes and culture that will enable organisations to grow and sustain in this environment.

Who Should Apply?

EPGDODC is specially designed for HR, Training/Learning and Development Managers, Learning Facilitators, OD Consultants and other Line Managers with minimum three years of experience.

Objective of the Programme

Programme covers the theoretical basis of OD and Change with a major focus on their practice and implementation in organisations. This programme prepares the participants to have a holistic view of the organisation for facilitating, conceptualising, designing and implementing OD and Change processes.

This Programme facilitates participants to:

(i) apply the existing theoretical perspectives in the practice of diagnosing, designing, implementing and evaluating OD and Change initiatives at the individual, group and organisation levels;

(ii) build tentative frame works /theories from unique practices implemented in organisations for wider practice and

(iii) acquire necessary competencies for the effective practice of OD and Change. As enhancing OD competencies of the participants is one of the major objectives of this programme, each course is designed to have one or two workshops.

Key Features of the Programme

  • 14 months part time flexible professional programme of instruction and training.
  • Right blend of theory and practice imparted by Faculty and Practitioners from reputed companies to contribute to teaching the programme
  • Access to the current OD and Change Management practices in the field
  • An in-depth orientation to research that equips the participant to be an effective change agent,
  • Exposure to field work (based on action learning principles) for learning through experience and for applying and generating knowledge in the field of OD and Change and
  • Significant exposure to the latest developments in business strategy, organisational capabilities and integration with OD theory and practice.


Distribution of Credit Hours:

This is a weekend programme with classroom sessions and 2 field immersion schedules, each having one month duration. The total credit hours for the Executive Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Organisation Development and Change will be 40 as detailed below:

14 courses carrying 2 credit hours each : 28 Credit Hours

Field Immersion I (5 weeks) : 6 credit hours

Field Immersion II (5 weeks) : 6 credit hours

The programme follows a modular scheme. The entire curriculum will be covered in seven modules and two field immersion stints, first one after ODC09 and second after ODC14. The examination of the course/s taught in each module will be conducted in the following weekend.

Semesterwise Courses:


Programme Outline

Module Course

Course Titles

Credit Hours

1 ODC01

Introduction to OD and Change



Human Interaction Lab & Process Interventions


2 ODC03

Basics of Psychology, Sociology, Economics



Organisational Theory and Design


3 ODC05

Research Methodology, Qualitative Research



Organisational Behavior-I


4 ODC07

Statistics and HR Analytics



Organisational Behaviour -II


5 ODC09

Organisation Analysis and Diagnostic Models



Techno-structural Interventions


6 ODC11

People Focused Interventions



Strategic Interventions


7 ODC13

Facilitation: Theory and Practice



Evaluation of OD and Change, New Developments in OD, Basics of Finance






ODC01: Introduction to OD and Change

OD and Change Definitions, Values of OD , Laboratory training, Survey feedback, Normative approaches, Quality of work life approaches, Strategic and Institution Development approaches; Basics of Open Systems Framework; Models of Organisational Change, Action research and Appreciative Inquiry; the OD Practitioner- Core competencies, Roles, Values and Ethics.

ODC02: Human Interaction Lab and Process Interventions

The process laboratory is designed to enable the students (i) to become aware of his/her patterns of behaviour and the impact of these behaviour on others; (ii) to understand and address the challenges for enhancing effective interpersonal relations and problem solving skills; (iii) to experience mindfulness to foster effective sense making and (iv) to practice and appreciate the use of one-on – one feedback and how it impacts personal development. This group exercise will have one or two facilitators and use the “here and now” experiences for learning of the members. The sessions will also focus on certain human process interventions

ODC3: Basics of Psychology, Sociology and Economics

Psychodynamic, Behaviouristic, Cognitive, Humanistic and transpersonal Psychology ; Functionalism, Conflict theory, Symbolic Interactionism and Structuration theory; Basics of micro and macro economics- Organsational economics,; Money, capital and labour market; Socio economic and Political Environment of Business.

ODC04: Organisation Theory and Design

The evolution of organisation Theory and Design, Taylorism, Human Relations approach, Lean production and Lean sigma; Organisation and external Environment- Resource Dependence, Transaction Cost and Institutionalism; Strategy and Structure; Fundamentals of Organisational Structure – Functional, Divisional, Geographical, Matrix, Modular and Hybrid; Structure and Organisational Strategy; Structure and Organisational Culture.

ODC05: Research Methodology, Qualitative Research

Evidence Based Management; Concepts,Constructs, Operational Definition, Theoretical framework; Theory testing and Theory Building Researches, Review of Literature, Problem Formulation- Mutually Exclusive and Collective Exhaustive Categories, Hypothesis formulation,Type, Levels of measurement, Sampling Techniques, Methods and tools of data collection, Reliability and Validity; Research Design- Purpose and principles; Case study Research, Interviewing, Focus group Discussion and Observation; Analysis of qualitative data.

ODC06: Organisational Behaviour -I

Self as an Instrument of Change – Myers Briggs Type Indicator , Emotional Intelligence, Thomas Profiling, 16Personality Factors and Learning Style Inventory ; Personality and Individual Differences; Individual Change, Individual Change Models; Competency and Competency frameworks, BEI and competency profiling ; Work motivation, Self Determination Theory; Reward Systems; Psychological contracts; work design; proactive work behaviour.

ODC 07: Statistics and HR Analytics

Descriptive statistics; Tests of differences and Relationships; Regression and Factor Analysis; Use of SPSS/ MS-Excel for analysis; Ratios, Measures and application of HR Analytics -workforce statistics , financial ratios relating to people and productivity, measures of people’s values, measures of people’s engagement, measures of efficiency of the HR function, measures of effectiveness of people processes; Efficiency metrics, Effectiveness metrics and Impact metrics.

ODC08: Organsational Behaviour-II

Group and Group processes, Teams and Team formation, Organisational Climate and Culture; Negotiation and Conflict Management; Power and Politics; Learning Organisation ; Development of organisational capabilities, Activity theory; Appreciative Inquiry; Leveraging Diversity; Organisation and Environment.

ODC09: Organisation Analysis and Diagnostic Models

Thompson's and Ichak Adize's Frameworks for organisational analysis; Diagnostic models – Comprehensive model of Cmmings and Worley, GRPI Model of Beckhard, Change Model of Beckhard and Prichard, Managerial grid of Blake and Mouton, Four frames model of Bolman and Deal, Causal model of performance and change of Burke and warner, STS model of Freedman, Star model of Galbraith, Organisational performance model of Hanna, Five track model of Killman, Organisational dynamics model of Kotter, 7S Model of McKinsey, Congruence model of Nadler and Tushman and Six Box Model of Weisbord.

ODC10: Techno Structural Interventions

Socio Technical Systems approach, Self Managed Teams in Practice; Restructuring, Employee Involvement initiatives; Quality Initiatives; Lean sigma ;Work Design ; Job Enrichment and Job Enlargement, Aligning Technology and Personal needs; High Performing work Systems

ODC11 People Focused Interventions

Assessment and Development Centers; Performance Management Systems; Reward Systems; Employee Engagement; Survey Feedback. Process Consultation, Developing teams; Career Planning and Development;Talent management systems; Leadership Development; Coaching, Managing Diversity and Wellness; HRD Audit.

ODC 12: Strategic Interventions

Competitive and Collaborative Strategies- strategic change,Co-Creation, Mergers and acquisitions, Alliance and network Interventions; Incremental Change and Turnaround strategies, Culture Change; Creating learning Organisations, Developing Organisational capabilities, Middle management and capability development practices, Self Designing Organisations; Whole system Change.

ODC13:Facilitation: Theory and Practice

Client-Consultant Collaboration; Contracting; Basic facilitation tools; Cross cultural and Diversity issues; Reflective Journal Processes; Facilitating Meetings; Planning Process; Problem solving and Decision Making; Developing workable Relationships; facilitating distributed Teams using technology, Closure, ongoing Learning and maintenance.

ODC14: Evaluation of OD and Change, New Developments in OD, Basics of Finance

Kirkpatrick's four levels of Evaluation , Phillips' ROI; Informal/formal quantitative and qualitative Evaluations, Cady, Auger, Foxon's evaluation Strategies and processes; Ethics for OD professionals; OD in global settings; New Developments in OD in the context of Changing economy, Workforce, Technology and Organisations; OD and Sustainability.

Field Immersion:

The field immersions programme is an integral part of EPGDOD academic curriculum and designed based on action learning principles. 2 Field immersion assignments, 5 weeks each, is organized for the students on completion of ODC09 and ODC14. Field immersion, in general, focuses on analysing organisations using an open systems framework, diagnosing organisational issues and challenges, designing and implementing effective interventions keeping organisational realities as the backdrop. Apart from the journal writing students have to do an individual OD/Change project in the organisation they are attached with.


Fee Structure:














Identity Card










Field Immersion










Library Deposit (Refundable)





Computer Infrastructure





Development Charges





Convocation Charges





Total(in Rupees)







1. Total fees payable is Rs. 4,00,000/-.

2. Fees once paid will not be refunded.

3. The fees should be payed through the payment link provided by TISS Administration on or before the due date of the Installments mentioned below and an official receipt to be obtained.

4. Late payment of installments will be charged with fine as per rules.

5. International field immersion exposure* (conditions apply)