Master of Science in Learning & Organizational Change
An alternative to traditional master's programs
An alternative to traditional master's programs
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It's your career. Make an impact.
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Attend part-time from anywhere in the U.S.
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The Knowledge Lens: New Perspectives on Learning & Organizational Change
Resilience and Commitment After a Merger or Acquisition
4/1/15 by Peggy Troyer, MSLOC 2013

Mergers and acquisitions involve complex organizational changes and have been reported to have failure rates of anywhere from 50% to 75%. Though financial and economic issues contribute to the high failure rates, some research has developed around the human factors associated with the failures of mergers and acquisitions. Yet few studies exist on what could be done to make M&As more successful. This study explored factors that have a positive impact on the success of mergers and aquisitions. Results from this study support the existence of a positive correlation between resilience and commitment, and suggest that organizations seek out ways to foster resiliency in employees as a part of the M&A implementation.

Posted in: Strategic Change
MS Learning and Organizational Change People On The Move - April 2015
4/1/15 by MSLOC

MS Learning and Organizational Change students and alumni are change leaders who work in diverse organizational settings and roles. They advance in their careers by leveraging the strong MSLOC network, MSLOC career services and the leadership and strategic thinking skills developed during their time in the program.

Congratulations to members of the MSLOC community who are on the move:

  • Jesse Newton (MSLOC 2011), Managing Director and Founder of NOD Consulting Network LLC

  • Brad Becker (MSLOC 2011), CEO and Co-Founder of doc&i

  • Margaret (Peggy) Troyer (MSLOC 2013), Human Resources Consultant at Northwestern Mutual

  • Will Leahy (MSLOC Student), Consultant, Customer Success, Talent Solutions at LinkedIn

  • Cathy Barrera (MSLOC Student), Director of Research Administration at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Posted in: News & Events
Fitting Square Pegs into Round Holes: About Solitude and Creativity
3/30/15 by Swati Sarupria, MSLOC 2013

It is said that creativity is impacted by individual variables and the sociocultural context. This study explores the correlation between intrinsic motivation and the degree of individual-environment fit on individual’s preferences for solitude and polychronicity (the degree of preference for doing multiple activities simultaneously) for individuals who work in creative jobs.

Drawing from Teresa Amabile’s Intrinsic Motivation Principle of Creativity, this study is based on well-grounded research understanding that intrinsic motivation is a strong predictor of creative performance. The study assumes that if the individual-environment fit on preferences for solitude and polychronicity are positively correlated to intrinsic motivation then this fit should also positively impact creativity. Findings of the study revealed that individuals whose preferences for solitude were supported by the environment reported higher levels of intrinsic motivation. However, no such significant correlation was found for individual’s preferences for polychronicity.

Posted in: Learning & Development
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