Kent Glenzer

First Name
Kent
Last Name
Glenzer
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Job Title
Associate Professor (MPA/MBA)
Location
McCone 114
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone
831.647.4149
Language(s)
Français
português

What I am most passionate about: I’m obsessed with the organizations and people who say that they are passionate about fighting poverty, social injustice, and abuse of human rights.  I’m obsessed with how these kinds of actors carve up the world a) conceptually, b) pragmatically, and c) in opposition to other actors.  I’m obsessed with the idea that there is no way to step outside of power – no way to extricate yourself or your organization from power relations, no privileged stance from which to pronounce or act in a world.  Along with many others, I believe that poverty –

Expertise

I have extensive work and research experience in sub-Saharan Africa, having lived there for 13 years and focused on it as both an external and internal consultant to NGOs and public sector agencies for 10 more years.   I specialize in organizations, organizational development, organizational behavior and culture, institutional and organizational fields, and organizational evolution and learning processes.  All my work and thinking centralizes the power dynamics, inequalities, and identity politics that surround and constitute development projects, programs, and strategies.  I have proven managerial and leadership competencies, and this understanding of how theory, big ideas, “best practice” and innovation actually get refracted through pragmatic choices of the working professional is perhaps the highest value I bring to my work with students.   Related to this is experience in program and organizational monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems, performance management, strategic planning, and social, cultural, and political economic analysis.   Finally, I have a strong background, both practically and academically, in civil society, social movements, and policy advocacy.

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Recent Accomplishments

Appointed to Editorial Board of the Action Research Journal.

Led the formative evaluation of Save the Children’s $20 million program devoted to global knowledge sharing and building robust communities of practice related to food security programming. 

Worked with the Ford Foundation in China – and NGO partners there -- on a strategic monitoring, evaluation, and learning system for the country office.  This work is ongoing.

Contributed a chapter to a book on understanding culture and cultural change for the Army Research Institute, a book targeted at army officers, as well as being lead expert for a training module for army staff on using appreciative inquiry to advise host country staff on organizational development and change.  This work is ongoing.

Authored Oxfam America’s Rights-Oriented Programming for Effectiveness and Oxfam International’s Program Principles, which both served to strategically frame the organization’s long-term and rights-based approaches to development and social change.

Designed a three-year, multi-level portfolio assessment of CARE’s work on women’s empowerment and oversaw the massaging of evaluation results into organizational practice.

Previous Work

Prior to accepting an appointment at MIIS, I worked for Oxfam America for four years, CARE USA for 12 years, during which time I had the opportunity to live and work in Mali for nearly seven years, Mozambique for four years, and Ethiopia for more than two years. My consulting has taken me to more than 30 countries in Africa, south and east Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.  I’ve also worked with the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health and I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali.

Education

  • Bachelor in Journalism, Northwestern University, 1983.
  • Masters in Communication, Cornell University, 1990.
  • Ph.D., Emory University, 2005.

Careers in Strategic Planning and Management

Students working with me will be well prepared  for consulting on or full-time positions in program/project monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, project and program management, and facilitating organizational change processes.  You might find yourself in the human resources department of a large international NGO, as a learning or staff/management development specialist.  You might find yourself the manager of a  civil society strengthening project in sub-Saharan Africa financed by a philanthropic foundation.  You might find yourself part of a team contracted to evaluate a program or project of Oxfam or CARE.

Publications

“Chutes, Ladders, and Sticky Institutions:  Understanding Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa,” in Beret E. Strong, LisaRe Brooks, Michelle Ramsden Zbylut, and Linda Roan eds., Sociocultural Systems: The Next Step in Army Cultural Capability, forthcoming.

iccr "Addressing Root Causes of Economic and Social Injustice:  Considerations of Concept, Strategy, and Measurement from Oxfam America’s Rights-Based Programs.” In Building Sustainable Communities Through Multi-Party Collaboration.  New York:  Interfaith Council on Corporate Responsibility, 2011.  Pp. 29-34.

cjas_article “La Sécheresse:  The Social and Institutional Construction of a Development Problem in the Malian (Soudanese) Sahel, c.1900-1982.”Canadian Journal of African Studies 36, 1 (2002):  1-34.

dev_in_practice_article "Leading learning and change from the middle:  Re-conceptualizing strategy’s purpose, content and measures.”  Co-authored with Colin Beckwith and Alan Fowler.  Development in Practice 12, 3-4 (August 2001):  409-423.

state_donor_ngo_configurations “State, Donor and NGO Configurations in Malian Development 1960-1999:  The Enactment and Contestation of Global Rationalized Myths in an Organizational Field.” In Globalization, the Third World State and Poverty-Alleviation in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Ikubolajeh Logan,  Aldershot, England:  Ashgate Publishing, 2001. Pp. 161-180.
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Alfredo Ortiz

First Name
Alfredo
Last Name
Ortiz
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Job Title
Visiting Professor, Nonprofit Management and Social Change
Language(s)
Español

I believe:

Working for social change means being willing to challenge the way things are done and what is perceived as normal by many people, including ourselves.  By placing ourselves in the development picture as both agents and subjects of change we can work with others to construct a more meaningful future.

What excites me:

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Organizational development and strategy, social change organizations, organizational sustainability

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Recent Activities

This summer I co-designed and co-facilitated a workshop in Perú on participatory methodologies for development, focusing on how to use these methodologies in complex and contested social change environments.  I also designed a facilitated a dialogue (including workshop) to help other facilitators figure out how to approach and differentiate strategic planning processes with different labor unions in the Lima, Perú area.  Also this summer I taught two sessions in the Masters in Development Policy Program at the Polytechnic University in Valencia, Spain, on monitoring and learning in complex environments.  I also co-taught week three of the MIIS DPMI module on strategic partnerships.

Over the past two years I have been carrying out my PhD action-research fieldwork with two organizations in Peru (one which focuses on community development in peri-urban slums; and one activist think tank that works with social movements) and a private conservation organization in Northwest Ecuador.  I have been looking into what systemic methodologies can help these organizations develop the capacities to support meaningful social change in their complex and contested social change environments.

Education

BA in Accounting and BA in Spanish (New Mexico State University), MA International Relations – Conflict Resolution and Development (St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX), Ph.D Development Studies (Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK

Selected Publications

  • ORTIZ ARAGÓN, Capacity building in complex environments—Seeking meaningful methodology for social change . Doctoral dissertation, (May 2013) [May be accessed from: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/44684/ ]
  • ORTIZ ARAGÓN, Shifting identity from within the conversational flow of organisational complexity. IDS Bulletin, 43, 3 (May 2012).
  • BURNS, HARVEY & ORTIZ ARAGÓN, Action Research for development and social change. IDS Bulletin, 43, 3 (May 2012).
  • ORTIZ ARAGÓN, A. 2010a. Capacity development and rural territorial dynamics (RTD): A documentation and interpretation of how capacity building is being understood and shaped within the RTD program. RTD Topical inquiries. Santiago: RIMISP.
  • ORTIZ ARAGÓN, A. 2010b. A Case for Surfacing Theories of Change for Purposeful Organisational Capacity Development. IDS Bulletin, 41, 36-46.
  • ORTIZ ARAGÓN, A. & GILES MACEDO, J. C. 2010. A 'Systemic Theories of Change' Approach for Purposeful Capacity Development. IDS Bulletin, 41, 87-99.
  • ORTIZ, A. 2009. Interpreting Worldviews and Theories of Change on Capacity Development of Social Change Organizations Brighton: IDS.
  • ORTIZ ARAGÓN, A. & TAYLOR, P. 2009. Learning purposefully in capacity development: Why, what and when to measure? In: IIEP (ed.) Rethinking capacity development. Paris: IDS.
  • TAYLOR, P. & ORTIZ, A. 2008. Doing things better? How capacity development results help bring about change. IDRC Strategic Evaluation of Capacity Development. Institute of Development Studies (IDS).
  • ORTIZ, A. 2001. Core Costs and NGO Sustainability: Towards a Donor-NGO Consensus on the Importance of Proper Measurement, Control & Recovery of Indirect Costs. Washington, DC: The Nature Conservancy.
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