Organization and management development2018

2027 Organization and management development

  • Study programme and level: Master’s Degree Programme Administration- Public sector governance 2nd Cycle
  • 2nd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 21
  • Seminar: 11
  • Other forms of study: 88
  • Individual work: 60
  • Lecturer: Nina Tomaževič, PhD

1. Prerequisits

No prerequisits.

2. Content (Syllabus outline) 

  • organization development (OD) – concept, values and objectives of OD
  • contemporary forms of organization
  • work in digital age
  • lean, agile and focused operations
  • change agents
  • evaluating OD
  • management development and succession planning
  • demographic changes and differences between generations of employees
  • employee engagement
  • employee commitment
  • emotions and mindfulness at work
  • management trends and challenges

3. Readings

  • CHEUNG-JUDGE, Mee-Yan, HOLBECHE, Linda. (2015). Organization Development: A Practitioner's Guide for OD and HR. 2nd Edition. Kogan Page Limited: London. 448 str. – izbrana poglavja.
  • SHAPIRO, Andrea. (2016). Contagious Commitment at Work: Applying the Tipping Point to Organizational Change. Strategy Perspective: Hillsborough. 106 str.
  • ROTHWELL, William. J., JONES, Maureen. (2017). Evaluating Organization Development: How to Ensure and Sustain the Successful Transformation. Routledge. 200 str. – izbrana poglavja.

4. Objectives and competences


  • to equip the students with the understanding of concepts of organization and management development (OMR)
  • to develop an insight into contemporary organizational forms, issues of work in digital age, new principles of operations, evaluaton of organization development as well as approaches of management development  and related challenges
  • to teach the students to use, critically asses and evaluate the OMR study literature in order to connect the acquired knowledge with the actual problems from praxis
  • to encourage and to support the students in the way that they will understand the discussed theoretical concepts, methodological approaches and practical examples, and to be able to use the acquired knowledge as much as possible in the praxis, where they will be able, with later acquired additional experience, become OMR experts


  • ability to judge business situations and related OMR concepts and processes
  • capacity to use the knowledge about benefits of OMR in social units, especially in order to increase effectiveness and efficiency
  • ability to evaluate the actual challenges in contemporary social units, connected with OMR
  • capacity of systemic thinking, facilitating cooperation and understanding of importance of ethical behaviour in the context of OMR

5. Intended learning outcomes

Student will be able to:

  • assess the contemporary challenges in the fields of organizational and managerial development (OMR)
  • propose modern solutions to the challenges in the fields of OMR
  • analyse and evaluate the situation in the fields of OMR in a specific social unit and propose potential changes
  • form a model of OMR in a specific social unit
  • cooperate in execution of key OMR processes

6. Learning and teaching methods

  • student preparations for lectures
  • lectures
  • student preparations for seminars
  • seminars
  • e-learning
  • case study
  • seminar paper

7. Assessment

  • written (and/or oral) exam 60 %
  • seminar paper 40 %

8. Lecturer's references

  • TOMAŽEVIČ, Nina, SELJAK, Janko, ARISTOVNIK, Aleksander. Factors influencing employee satisfaction in the police service : the case of Slovenia. Personnel review, ISSN 0048-3486, 2014, vol. 43, no. 2, str. 209-227. [COBISS.SI-ID 4313518]
  • TOMAŽEVIČ, Nina, SELJAK, Janko, ARISTOVNIK, Aleksander. The interaction between occupational values and job satisfaction in an authoritative public administration organisation. Total quality management & business excellence, ISSN 1478-3363, 2016, vol. , iss. , str., ilustr., doi: 10.1080/14783363.2016.1158078. [COBISS.SI-ID 4761518]
  • TOMAŽEVIČ, Nina, KOZJEK, Tatjana, STARE, Janez. Does a voluntary job change affect work-family balance. International business research, ISSN 1913-9004, Feb. 2015, vol. 8, no. 2, str. 1-15, graf. prikazi, tabele, doi: 10.5539/ibr.v8n2p1. [COBISS.SI-ID 4528046
  • TOMAŽEVIČ, Nina, SELJAK, Janko, ARISTOVNIK, Aleksander. A three-stage Data Envelopment Analysis approach to measure the effect of job satisfaction on organizational performance in law enforcement agencies«. International Journal of Services and Operations Management, 2015
  • TOMAŽEVIČ, Nina, TEKAVČIČ, Metka, PELJHAN, Darja. Towards excellence in public administration: organisation theory-based performance management model. Total quality management & business excellence, ISSN 1478-3363, 2017, vol. 28, iss. 5/6, str. 578-599, doi: 10.1080/14783363.2015.1102048. [COBISS.SI-ID 22820582]