OCM Graduate Capstone Projects

Advanced Seminar in Organization Change Management (OCM)

This is the capstone course for Organizational Change Management, delivered as a seminar in which students reflect on their academic and professional experiences, identify a compelling topic of deep interest, and write a rigorous research paper to explore it. We aspire to write papers of publishable quality (PPQ) and form a learning community to support our exploration based on professional collegiality.

Capstone Projects 2017-2018

Best Paper Award 2017-2018

“Leadership Development in Higher Education: The Gap in Opportunities for LGBT” | By Nicholas Kruter

The purpose of this paper is to explore the current state of leadership development for openly LGBT individuals working in higher education. In general, there has been a shift towards more inclusive campus climates for students, faculty, and staff, with concurrent under-representation in executive leadership. Despite this shift, a void exists both in the literature that studies leadership development for the LGBT community, and in the opportunities for LGBT higher education professionals to engage in organized leadership development efforts. A review of the literature revealed a lack of research regarding leadership development for openly LGBT individuals working in higher education. Additionally, an overview of three existing, high-impact, leadership development programs designed for other underrepresented populations working in higher education suggests that current efforts can serve as models for future initiatives for LGBT professionals. Finally, an exploratory, collective case study is provided and discusses themes that emerged from interviews with five openly LGBT individuals currently working in higher education. These themes addressed the value of mentoring relationships, informal networks, and intersectional identity groups as sources of support for growth. The need for leadership development programs specifically targeting LGBT professionals working in higher education is evidenced by the clear success demonstrated by the current programs discussed, as well as by the experiences of the interview participants. The advancement and development of LGBT individuals needs to be a priority as campus climates and demographics continue to change, and as long as LGBT individuals are underrepresented in leadership positions.

Read about all the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 OCM Capstone Projects

Capstone Projects 2016-2017

Best Paper Award 2016-2017

Cynthia Warner. “Delivering on the Promise of Design Thinking: How Designers and Social-Purpose Organizations Can Improve Their Chances at Real Change”