Organizational Development

Course Overview

Organizational development (OD) encompasses the actions involved with applying the study of behavioral science to organizational change. It covers a wide array of theories, processes, and activities, all of which are oriented toward the goal of improving individual organizations.

Organization development is the planned process of developing an organization to be more effective in accomplishing its desired goals

OD programs usually share several basic characteristics.

First, they are considered long-term efforts of at least one to three years in most cases.

Second, OD stresses collaborative management, whereby managers and employees at different levels of the hierarchy cooperate to solve problems.

Third, OD recognizes that every organization is unique and that the same solutions cannot simply be applied at any company—this assumption is reflected in an OD focus on research and feedback.

Fourth, OD programs emphasize the value of teamwork and small groups.

In fact, most OD systems use small teams—or even individuals—as a vehicle to implement broad organizational changes.

Course Objectives

  • You will receive an ‘eyes wide open’ view of the challenges of OD in the current climate and will be provided with tangible and practical tools and real-life examples to bring these challenges to life.
  • Practitioners will gain a broader, more integrated perspective on the organizational capability necessary to put the wheels on a business strategy.
  • It can offer your organization the tools to measure, diagnose and track capability and efficiency improvements.

Course Content

What is OD?

  • How to think about OD in a way that engages your CEO
  • Explore the right positioning of OD for your organizational context
  • Learn how to position OD and articulate its value to build credibility and relevance

Ways of thinking about OD

  • Explore frameworks that help you define OD needs for both the long and short term
  • Confidently create a commercially credible relationship with your key stakeholders
  • Appreciate how to position OD to deliver competitive advantage

Key skills of OD practitioners

  • Understand the four critical attributes that enable great OD
  • Understand where you and your team are and how your strengths and weaknesses drive particular outcomes

OD and business partnering

  • Understand the key approaches and behaviors needed to build credible relationships
  • Understand how the credibility of your function and your own personal credibility interact
  • Gain an ‘eyes wide open’ view of the challenges

Approaches and models

  • Acquire practical tips for driving value
  • Recognize ways of aligning and influencing stakeholders
  • Understand ways of driving decisions

Course Methodology

The training is going to be highly interactive combination of lectures, group discussions, questionnaires, individual reflections, role plays, simulations and videos.

Target Audience

HR directors, HR business partners, OD partners and other leaders and professionals charged with setting up or delivering organizational development capability through their function or role.


2 days (08:30–14:30) with appropriate breaks for tea/refreshments and lunch.

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