Master of Arts in Symbergetic Change Management Theory

Master of Arts in Symbergetic™ Change Management Theory

The Masters of Arts Degree is awarded to those students who complete the Certificate in SymbergeticChange Management Theory (10 credits, click here) and core knowledge areas in:

  • Spiral Dynamics (leadership strategies for managing value systems) – there may be up to $100 in online testing costs
  • Group Dynamics,
  • Traditional Management Theory, and
  • Epistemology.

Total Time to Completion (estimate): 1-1.5 years beyond the Certificate

– On Ground (optional, 0-6 days)

– Online (3-4 terms)

Total Credits: 20 (total for degree = 30)

Maximum Estimated Cost: This degree includes the Certificate in Symbergetic™ Change Management Theory ($6625) plus four additional online courses (4 x $2000) + up to $400 software access fees for a total of $6625 + $8400 = $15,025. (30 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.  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 see the Certificate Program for further details regarding admission.

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.

For further information …………

Click here for the Adizes Graduate School Catalog (Adobe Acrobat required), with details regarding all policies, including admission and expectations for participation and completion of the degree. 

Course Descriptions

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

Epistemology – The Nature and Evolution of Knowledge: This course exposes participants to a full range of “ways of knowing” and their implications for organizational life. Both classical and contemporary theories of knowledge and their evolution are explored at the individual, cultural and societal levels. We will trace the roots of the modern western mind through the rationalist versus empiricist orientations to knowledge, the evolution of science and the rise of post-modernism. We will further examine the profound ways in which certain limited orientations to knowledge continue to pervade nearly every aspect of contemporary life. Informed by a deeper understanding of our own orientation to knowledge, we will examine the emerging phenomenon of the knowledge society and the unprecedented epistemological demands being placed on today’s management together with their implications for contemporary management theory.

Group Dynamics – This course will focus on major theories, models and applications of group dynamics and processes. We will analyze evolutionary stages of groups, roles and conflict in group dynamics, and the appropriateness of various types of groups such as structured, unstructured, and open boundary. We will review theories of psychological processes in groups (transference, counter – transference, boundaries, etc.) and how to appropriately apply these processes. We will focus on the use of group dynamics in group psychotherapy, organizational change processes, team building workshops, etc. This course will also focus on the practical aspects of group dynamics such as defreezing exercises, starting and ending groups, developing group cohesiveness, encouraging appropriate risk taking, becoming an engaged group member, and becoming an effective group leader

Spiral Dynamics – is an evolutionary-based framework that constructs scaffolding for different theories of management, leadership, motivation, organizational design, communication, and social change. As such, this approach creates a framework for systems that are appropriate to the purposes of the organization.  Based on the original work of the late Professor Clare W. Graves, this conceptual system examines eight levels of human existence, describes the new language of memetics as a way of understanding the awakening and migration of ideas and life forms, and offers a closely woven companion track to thinking in sequences and lifecycles. This final stage is entitled Meshwork’s Solutions and it maps out specific strategies and tactics in the “meshing” of healthy systems. The course will examine the deep tributaries that produced this crossroads in development; analyze the research methodology that generated the theoretical statement; and will then move quickly into specific applications in the worlds of business, government, religion, education, politics, sports, media, and social transformation.  

Traditional Management Theory – This course will cover management theory from a structuralist point of view. The course will include discussion regarding the process of planning and how to design systems of monitoring so that the plans are appropriately monitored and corrected if there are discrepancies.

Questions we will explore in this course:

  • How to appropriately structure an organization
  • How to appropriately staff an organization
  • How to appropriately delegate authority
  • How to appropriately decentralize an organization