People who are familiar with me are aware that upon retirement from my full-time position as the Business Administrator of a large governmental agency and from my adjunct faculty position from an Ohio state college I continued to pursue my other long-time interest and part-time career as an Organization Development Consultant.
Having put that right up front, the fact is that I often find myself trying to explain to people what is meant by organization development, which is also referred to as organizational development. As a matter of fact, I originally used the latter term, but became weary of questions from people who had it in their head that I helped people organize their closets and personal paperwork and all kinds of strange twists they inferred from the word organizational in their thinking that it all had to do with developing people’s organizational skills as opposed to assisting in the development of organizations.
I understand how the terminology may be confusing to people unfamiliar with this field. Therefore, I am placing below excerpts from several web sites accompanied with links to those web sites that will help you to learn a bit about the field of Organization Development.
“Organization development (OD) is a planned, organization-wide effort to increase an organization’s effectiveness and viability.”
Click on over to read the full article Organization Development from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
From Free Management Library™:
“Simply put, an Organization Development practitioner is to an organization as a physician is to a human body.”
Click on over to visit the web page What is Organization Development? .
From the web pages of Bob Rouda’s Home Page website:
“Beckhard (1) defines Organization Development (OD) as ‘an effort, planned, organization-wide, and managed from the top, to increase organization effectiveness and health through planned interventions in the organization’s processes, using behavioral-science knowledge.’ In essence, OD is a planned system of change.”
Click on over to read Development of human resources — Part 3, ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT, the management of change, Robert H. Rouda & Mitchell E. Kusy, Jr..
From the website of ODportal.com:
“ODportal.com is a website where you can find links, books, and information about organization development.
Organization Development is defined herein as “changing people and organizations for positive growth.” Organization Development practitioners facilitate interventions to help people and organizations, including training, coaching, talent management, team-building, change management, and so on.”
Click on over to visit the website of ODportal.com.
Don’t stop there! I have one more ‘click on over’ for you. Are you ready?
Then click on over to learn more:
About Roland Hansen.
Oh okay, if you insist, one more, but this is the last one.
For another page in just a little bit different format than the immediately preceding one, click on over to:
Roland Hansen, Background Information.