Certificate in Symbergetic Change Management Theory

Certificate in Symbergetic™ Change Management Theory

The Certificate program is designed to assist participants in acquiring applied evidence based knowledge on how to change organizations while nurturing beneficial interdependencies (symbiotic relationships). At the same time, growth-oriented collaboration that capitalizes on diversity of styles and cultures (synergetic relations) are defined and encouraged. This dual objective is defined as a “symbergetic” process for the management of change. The graduates of this program will acquire tools enabling them to diagnose and predict which change efforts will succeed, which will fail and why. Core tools to be explored include:

  • Roles and styles needed for organizational health
  • Theory of organizational lifecycle – predicting organizational problems
  • Coalesce authority, power and influence in decision-making to improve implementation
  • Organizational architecture: aligning roles and styles for effective organizational structures
  • Essential leadership styles for each stage of the organizational lifecycle

In addition, participants will study alternative managerial systems and the application of Adizes theory to policy, managerial and personal growth issues.

Courses include:

  • Adizes Change Management Theory (exam, 1.5 credits)
  • Adizes Roles & Styles (exam, 1.5 credits)
  • Lifecycle Theory (exam, 1.5 credits)
  • Alternative Managerial Systems (2.5 credits)
  • Application of Adizes Theory to Policy, Managerial and Personal Growth Issues (3 credits)

Total Time to Completion (estimate): Four (4) Months

Total Credits: 10

– On Ground (nine [9] days, optional)

– Online (One Term)

– plus Examinations

Maximum Estimated Cost: (4.5 credits x $850 = $3825) + 5.5 credits x$400=$2200)+ up to $200 in software aces fees + $300 for exams + $100 = $6625. (10 CREDITS)

Application and Enrollment documents are available online, and our staff are available to guide you through the admissions process and your ongoing course of study. Feel free to contact us!

Working online ……

There is no software to buy or download. The majority of your writing, composing and spell checking will be done offline in programs such as Word or WordPerfect.  You create a flexible schedule, but must discuss your commitment with family and friends, reserving uninterrupted blocks of time for coursework in order to succeed.  A minimum of 10-15 hours is required each week to excel in each course. Online dialogue is very self-directed in graduate study, and as rigorous as traditional programs.  

There are both academic and technical prerequisites, as well as minimum equipment requirements. Please click here for details.

Be sure to explore our  Library, use the online self-assessment tools and become familiar with utilizing electronic resources as you become a part of a global virtual community.

Course Descriptions

NOTE:  Overseas students may be asked to utilize a professional English editor for their written work.

Adizes Change Management Theory (exam, 1.5 credits)

Using the texts, Mastering Change and How to Solve the Mismanagement Crisis, this course covers the subjects of Management Cornerstones and Management Tools. We discuss how to assure the success of your organization and tools that will enable individuals to manage their organizations better. Specific topics include change, management, CAPI, complimentary teams, leadership, Mutual Trust and Respect, the Success Formula, Perceptions of Reality, the Adizes 8 Step Decision Making Process, the Four Imperatives, The Adizes Program for Organizational Transformation, The 9 Characteristics of a Good Manager and Sources of Conflict.

Adizes Roles & Styles (exam, 1.5 credits)

This course covers the subjects of What is management? and Managing people. The nature of problems are examined, and we will explore how individuals with different management styles deal with problems differently. The course covers the books The Ideal Executive and Management/Mismanagement Styles.

Lifecycle Theory (exam, 1.5 credits)

This course covers: What is the Organizational Lifecycle? and How to Correctly Structure an Organization. Corporations, like living organisms, experience predictable patterns of behavior as they grow and develop. They are faced with specific foreseeable problems as they progress through their lifecycle. We will learn to predict problems before they arise in order to accelerate and facilitate healthier organizational growth. The specific Adizes method is presented for structuring organizations to maximize their chances of success given their lifecycle stage and leadership needs. The course covers the books Managing Corporate Lifecycles and The Pursuit of Prime. The exam covers both the descriptive, analytical and prescriptive parts of the Corporate Lifecycle as well as the basics of Organization Structure.

Alternative Managerial Systems (2.5 credits)

This course will cover alternative managerial systems beyond the hierarchical system practiced today in many for-profit organizations. Among them the cooperative movement, cultural organizations, health and education, and the NGO organizations. The course will explore the political underpinnings of participative systems, their economic and social benefits, and the unique issues that may affect them. Industrial Democracy, Self-Management and the cooperative movement are concepts that have been developed and practiced worldwide. In this course we will explore the advantages democratically managed organizations as compared to the typical hierarchical organization. Topics to be included are:

  • How is democracy applied to industrial organizations;
  • What is the concept of public ownership;
  • What is the role of management in democratically managed organization;
  • What are or were the different forms of democratic organizations – such as co-determination in Germany, industrial communities in Peru, the kibbutz and moshav movements in Israel, and the cooperative movement worldwide, etc.

Application of Adizes Theory to Policy, Managerial and Personal Growth Issues (3 credits)

Participants will explore the macro policies of countries, management issues and the struggles people have in personal life where the Adizes methodology might be applied. Subjects covered include the ongoing issues of the Israel/Palestine confrontation in the Middle-East, the location of the USA and other countries on the Adizes lifecycle, and a theoretical analysis of what might be done to migrate to Adizes ‘prime’ (the most vital and functional organizational state on the lifecycle). Managerial issues such as how to make matrix organizations work well, issues of personal growth include applying Adizes concepts to family life, and gender roles and related issues will be discussed. Those participating in this course will also identify issues or situations where they want to apply Adizes concepts, bringing living case studies to the classroom.

For further information …………

Click here for the Adizes Graduate School Catalog with details regarding policies, admission, and expectations for participation and completion of each degree, or contact us