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Organizational Change Management



Students in the Organizational Change Management program develop the strategic and critical thinking skills needed to implement planned change at all organizational levels.  Click here to find out more.

Organization Development Network of New York hosts Coaching Ourselves Event

COFSAll Milano students are welcome to register and attend. Organizational Change Management Students may be particularly interested.

It’s well understood in the field of learning and development that 70% of learning is informal, on the job, and experience based, 20% is coaching and mentoring, and 10% is comprised of formal learning interventions and structured courses. But what does this mean in practice?

Co-founded by Phil LeNir and Henry Mintzberg in 2007, CoachingOurselves is a methodology for managers that builds community, stimulates exchange of perspectives, and encourages team cohesion. CoachingOurselves offers a novel approach to developing leaders and transforming organizations based on the 70/20/10 framework; it uses tools to explore a wide range of topics created by more than forty leading management thinkers including Henry Mintzberg, Marshall Goldsmith, David Cooperrider, and Michael Beers.

Join Phil and ODNNY to learn more about this methodology and gain insight into how you can leverage the 70/20/10 framework in your own practice.


Honoring the Legacy of Professor Antonin Wagner

A Wagner at Podium

Visiting Professor Antonin Wagner will retire at the end of the 2014 academic year, leaving behind a noteworthy legacy of scholarship and teaching during his 15 years at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. The impact of his contribution will be felt for many years to come at The New School and in the lives of his colleagues and students. Professor Wagner is known for his incredible acumen, his passion for learning, and for his humility.

On May 13, 2014, Antonin Wagner delivered his farewell talk to students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends gathered in the Orozco Room at The New School for Public Engagement. In his talk Professor Wagner explores the symbolic importance of the murals: “Creative Man replicates in concentrated form our university’s legacy and in this respect provides to all of us affiliated with this institution guidelines for our journey towards a more just and a more peaceful society”.  You can read the full text of the lecture below.




Summer and Fall 2014 Milano Course Schedules

Click here to view the Summer 2014 Milano Course Schedule (PDF). Click here to view the Summer 2014 Language Course Schedule (PDF). Click here to view the Fall 2014 Milano Course Schedule (PDF). Click here to view Fall 2014 GPIA Courses by Concentration (PDF).  Click here to view the Fall 2014 Parsons Courses of Interest to Milano Students (PDF). Please note that schedules are subject to change, the links above are to the most recent schedules available.

Congratulations to Erica Kohl-Arenas, Recipient of Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievements in Diversity and Social Justice Teaching

kohlarenas_pictureCongratulations to Erica Kohl-Arenas, the first recipient of the Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievements in Diversity and Social Justice Teaching! This is a new award that is specifically designed to recognize faculty members whose work has demonstrated a significant commitment to social justice.

Erica’s social justice teaching includes a Milano course, Participatory Community Engagement, that she developed and has run four times through community partnerships including with the Hunts Point Alliance for Children, The New York Theater Experience, Tenants and Neighbors NYC, the Red Hook Community Justice Center, and the Center for Court Innovation. In this class students gain an understanding of the theory behind participatory community development, popular education and critical pedagogy and collectively discuss questions of powerlessness, marginalization, poverty, and inequality and how participatory processes have inspired community driven and owned approaches to addressing these enduring problems. Students also engage with current academic critiques of participatory models (Participation: the new tyranny?) in order to learn how to critically analyze and evaluate participatory processes in the context of historical patterns of co-optation and control of poor people’s movements. In the class partnerships with local organizations and communities students learn and use key participatory facilitation strategies.

This award will be publicly presented at the university-wide 2014 Commencement Ceremony, which will take place Friday, May 23 at 11 a.m. at Madison Square Garden.



Alumni Spotlight: Alexis Hancock

Change Management Meets Web Technology: Alexis Hancock, MS 2013Alexis_Hancock

Recent Milano alum Alexis Hancock (OCM ‘13) is a software engineer at CBS Local Digital Media Group. In her professional life, Alexis combines her knowledge of the latest web technologies with all she learned as a student in the Organizational Change Management (OCM) program. It was always part of her plan to add change management skills to her technological background. We wanted to ask her about that.

How does change management add value to your high-skilled tech job?

It added the element of being able to sense and prepare for upcoming changes in group dynamics. The development team I am on is currently changing processes and adding new people. As an engineer, it’s very easy to get isolated in one’s work and just “go with the flow” and brace for the storm of frustrations that will come with not being engaged. The OCM program actually has instilled in me the courage to just go ahead and take action in change rather than just letting the project managers and senior engineers handle all the heavy lifting. (more…)