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Introduction to Organization Development

General Introduction to Organization Development

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Define and describe the practice and study of organization development (OD).

Describe the history and relevance of OD.

Distinguish OD and planned change from other forms of organization change.

 

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Burke’s Definition of OD

OD is a planned process of change in an organization’s culture through the utilization of behavioral science technology, research, and theory.

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French’s Definition of OD

OD refers to a long-range effort to improve an organization’s problem-solving capabilities and its ability to cope with changes in its external environment with the help of external or internal behavioral-scientist consultants.

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Beckhard’s Definition of OD

OD is an effort (1) planned, (2) organization-wide, and (3) managed from the top, to (4) increase organization effectiveness and health through (5) planned interventions in the organization’s “processes,” using behavioral science knowledge.