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What is Organization Development?

“What is Organization Development? One classic definition of organization development comes from Richard Beckhard's 1969 Organization Development: Strategies and Models :

Organization Development is an effort that is:

  • Planned
  • Organization-wide
  • Managed from the top
  • Increase organization effectiveness and health
  • Through planned interventions in the organization's "processes,” using behavioral-science knowledge.

It is not a surprise that the  unit of analysis for OD practitioners is organization, which means that OD we focus on developing organization capability through alignment of strategy, structure, management processes, people, and rewards and metrics.

The Global OD Practice Framework™ describes the competencies, skills, behaviors and other traits necessary for superior performance, as an OD professional. It includes five major capabilities and 15 competencies.


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