Online Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior Testimonials

Student Testimonials

Sister Marilyn Jean Runkel

Q: How did you become interested in the field of management and organizational behavior and organizational development (OD)?
A: Having been an educator all of my life, I had an opportunity for a study sabbatical. I had the experience as an OD facilitator in a large group intervention situation. So, I called the person I worked with and asked her where she got her training. She had gotten her training out in California, But she said to me, "One of the best places to get the training is right in Illinois." Where? I said. She said, "Benedictine University."


Kathy Lietz

Q: What do you think is unique about Benedictine's Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior program?
A: It gave me an opportunity to meet with students who had other experiences with their companies. Also, our professors had obviously a lot to bring to us. Many of them are working in the field and had the opportunity to practice recently. So, they had a lot to bring to us in terms of how the field is evolving and what we could do. I think one of my biggest take-a-ways from the program was that every course that I was taking I could bring back to the organization that I was working in and use it. There was no wondering, "Gee. How would this work?" I could go back the next day and have an opportunity to practice it or use it.

Q: What piece of advice would you give any students considering Benedictine Masters of Science program?
A: I initially got involved because of my experience in Human Resources and wanting to really grow and have new skills when we're faced with the economy and with the way things are rapidly moving in our work world. I think it's just good to have more skills and more experiences and certainly the confidence that a program like this gives you and the value that you can bring to your organization. I think that's what this program can give you.


Evangeline Raja

Q: What do you think is unique about Benedictine?
A: There was a lot of practicality involved. I was new to the Unites States and I didn't have any work experience here. I learned a lot from experiences that my colleagues and co-students were speaking of and the practicality of which I'm able to apply even today at my work place-that's what impressed me the most.

Q: Tell us a little more about the some of the concepts you've learned in the program and how you've used that in the work place or personal life.
A: That's the interesting thing about the program. You can apply it at home and at work. At work it was culture. I learned a lot about culture in the program and how positive the culture can influence the management and the employee and we've been trying to include that in our organization now. The other interesting thing that I learned was about servant leadership. That class impressed me the most. I've been able to dialogue and speak to the management and the employees and we are working towards making the work atmosphere positive and to grow together.


Gina Hinrichs

Q: What do you think is unique about Benedictine's program?
A: What I liked best about Benedictine's program was the practicality of it. You were truly a practitioner scholar. You not only learned the theory but then you immediately practiced it and you could bring it back to your company and put it in use.

Q: What piece of advice would you give to any students considering the Benedictine program?
A: What I would tell people considering the master's program at Benedictine is the greatest thing about this program is the individuals that it attracts. Not only from a standpoint of the students and faculty but the visiting lecture series individuals. They're absolutely top notch people in the field. You become part of a community that once you leave here you're still a part of that and you continue to contribute. 


Cheryl Richardson

Q: How did this program help you as you transitioned from a corporate role into starting your own business?
A: First of all taking that major step in starting my own business was truly a step of faith and what really supported me along the way was the fact that I had made connections and was networking with my peers. 
For the most part the business that I got was from referrals from either my peers or people that I have met through those interactions. This is my sixth year in business and I have yet to actually put together a marketing strategy, so I have been very fortunate and very blessed from those continued relationships and how they have added to the success of my business.


Kevin Pugh and Joyce Pugh

Q: How have you become interested in the field of organizational behavior?
A: I've been working in information technology for about 20 years at the same company and had finished my undergraduate degree in finance and had thought about going to a master's program. I had looked at a lot of master of business administration type of degrees and found that they were really not addressing what I think was a big issue at our company and I think in business and that's really the human side of business. So, I had looked at a number of schools in the area and came across Benedictine. The MSMOB program completely changed the way I look at my organization. 

It's the human side of everything that you think about. Because everything is organization in the way the world works.


Sean Maloy

Q: How did you become interested in the field of organizational behavior?
A: When I was finishing my undergrad studies I got to read a lot about the humanistic side of business and that's what really inspired me to get into this program. I didn't want to learn just the theory about business and statistics and accounting. I wanted to know how to deal with people because I feel they are the most important part of a business.

Q: Can you tell us about what you do and how the program has helped you in what you do?
A: I use my skills and knowledge I learned here at Benedictine almost daily in my job as a fire chief. A little bit of my job has to do with budgets and regular business things like that with statistics. But the greatest portion of it has to do with dealing with people, conflicts, and how to keep people in their top performance as a fire fighter because it's quite stressful and these skills that I learned here helped me to do my best job.


David Cooperrider
Professor in the Department of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management

Q: What would you say to prospective students who are considering going to into organizational behavior?
A: This is one of the most fertile and exciting fields that you can be in. It bridges theory and practice. It takes the best of anthropology and sociology and economics and so on but relates it to organizational life and business life in a way that you can really make a difference in the human condition or the world. The projects that we've been invited into over my career, I have to pinch myself. I can hardly believe it being called by the head of the United States Navy to help re-vamp the way the Navy does strategic planning. Or getting a call from Kofi Annan to bring 500 business leaders form around the world together and using the group dynamic methods that we learn in a program like this to help them forge a new consensus and a new vision of business in society. This is a field where you can have a real impact and obviously it's a field where you have to continually learn. 

For someone who wants to bridge theory and practice and work on some of the most complex issues of our day, the field of organizational development is great.