Friday, July 20, 2012

What is Organizational Development?

Organization development is a systematic process for applying behavioral science principles and practices in organizations to increase individual and organizational effectiveness.

·         Organization development is an organizational improvement strategy.

·         In the late 1950s and early 1960s, it emerged out of insights from group dynamics and from the theory and practice of planned change.

·         Organization development is about how people and organization function and how to get them to function better.

·         The field is based on knowledge from behavioral science disciplines such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, systems theory, organizational behavior, organization theory, and management.

·         OD practitioners are consultants trained in the theory and practice of organization development, with knowledge from the underlying behavioral sciences.

·         OD programs are long term planned, sustained efforts.

·         Such efforts begin when a leader identifier an undesirable situation and seeks to change it.

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