$1 million gift given to MU Center for the Study of Organizational Change

Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 1:55 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Center for the Study of Organizational Change received a $1 million gift to support research.

Seth Allcorn, an associate of the center, pledged the donation.

CSOC director Michael Diamond said the $1 million donation is the largest the center has ever received.

This donation will create a permanent endowment, the Allcorn Doctoral Fellowship, for doctoral students in the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at MU who are studying organizational change in the workplace, according to a news release. The center is a research facility affiliated with the Truman School of Public Affairs.

Diamond said the fellowship supports doctoral students with research assistantships. 

The endowment will allow doctoral students who receive the fellowship to work with research associates in the center. They will do a number of types of research projects on organizational change, which could include field work.

"This is an opportunity for students to learn to do field work, to immerse themselves in the culture of an organization and actually write up their studies in a way that incorporates that," Diamond said.

Nathan Hurst, convergence media manager at the MU News Bureau, said the organizations that would be studied could include public or private businesses and non-profit groups.

"They'll research whatever problem the particular organization is having and make recommendations for improving the efficiency of the organization," Hurst said.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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