Designing Solutions for Organizational Effectiveness

Designing Solutions for Organizational Effectiveness

MSLOC 456 is the capstone course for the Designing for Organizational Effectiveness Certification. Through the first three academic quarters of the certification sequence, you follow MSLOC design methodologies to facilitate the ongoing development of your culminating project, a case that defines a strategic organizational effectiveness problem for a real-life organization and proposes and tests an innovative, enterprise-level solution. In this course, you will put the final touches on your solution design and develop a plan to use an iterative process that relies on prototypes or experiments to gather fast feedback during the early stages of implementation. The course is will include feedback and critique on your solution and plans from your Certification cohort peers, your mentor and instructors.

Upcoming Sessions

Summer Quarter

Designing for Organizational Effectiveness certificate (DOEC) candidates take MSLOC 456 in Summer Quarter as the final course in the DOEC sequence. See Course Schedule for recent class dates and times.

Note that MSLOC 456 is only open to DOEC certificate candidates or degree + DOEC certificate candidates.


  1. Defining the strategic solution narrative
  2. User experience and journey mapping
  3. Prototyping and experimenting strategies
  4. Stakeholder management
  5. Design thinking for implementation and evaluation


  • Synthesize and apply concepts from courses and co-curricular certification activities into your chosen case organization and organizational effectiveness challenge
  • Complete an innovation solution design and implementation plan for your case organization
  • Get feedback and insights from experienced practitioners on your solution design and plans
  • Publish a case study to your certification eportfolio to showcase your solution innovation and demonstrate thought leadership


Completion of all Designing for Organizational Effectiveness co-curricular activities through Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters. Coursework prerequisites: MSLOC 455 Evaluating Culture, Connectivity and Engagement; MSLOC 435 Designing Organizations; and MSLOC 430 Creating and Sharing Knowledge.



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