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The Ultimate Practitioners Guide to all Things OD

Organisation Development is a growing field of Human Resource Management. It has its foundations in a number of behavioural and social sciences. OD practitioners are unashamedly humanistic in their approach to change management and delivering sustainable organisational performance.

“Organisation Development (OD) is both the field of applied behavioural science focused on understanding and managing organisational change to increase an organisation’s effectiveness and viability and a field of scientific study and enquiry”

Francis et al 2012


Very often organisations invest heavily in transformational change programmes or organisational development interventions that fail to deliver performance in a sustainable way. Organisation Development believes that every part of an organisation is integral to a system that relies on and impacts other elements of the internal and external environment in which the organisation operates.

OD helps organizations deliver sustainable performance improvement through people. Those who practice OD usually have a strong humanistic and democratic approach to organizational change. People and collaboration are key features of any OD intervention.

To deliver a sustainable environment for performance there are a number of organisational development and design elements that may be relevant to delivering the performance outcomes required.  The OD practitioner will get involved in any number of intervention including; organization diagnostic, evaluation, strategic thinking, culture change, change management, coaching, mentoring, leadership development, team building, organizational design, evaluation, performance management, talent management, HR processes, learning and development, sales effectiveness, and customer services as part of a holistic OD intervention.

Whether you are practitioner, a student or just curious, the purpose of is to provide the ultimate practitioners guide and the essentials for all things OD and HR.