OLI 8001 Internal and External Organizational Consulting

Human resource and learning professionals are often viewed as providing consulting services to the “business” units in their organization. Many of these professionals also see themselves developing their own consulting businesses as the next step in their career.  This course focuses on the role of the consultant as well as the key steps necessary in developing effective client-consultant relationships.  Issues that all consultants face whether working from an internal or external position are also addressed—issues such as speaking truth to power, resistance, time pressures and timing, accountability and authenticity are explored in the context of case studies. During this course students establish relationships with their field mentor and a possible host organization for their consulting project.