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Lifetime Achievement Award

Award Purpose

This award is given in recognition of a Network member who has made a significant and lasting impact on the field and practice of organization development through their professional accomplishments, served the profession over an extended period of time, has earned the respect and admiration of professional colleagues and has freely engaged not only contemporaries, but also been committed to maintaining a dynamic connection to all generations of OD practitioners

Award Criteria

Recipients of this award are recognized for outstanding conceptual contribution and fundamental advancement in the field and practice of OD. In completing the nomination application, the nominator should address the nominee’s commitment siting examples of as many of the following criteria as possible. The nominee has repeatedly demonstrated:

  • Writing, speaking, teaching, and delivering public presentations that have significantly contributed to the development of the field, the body of knowledge required for effective OD practice and building understanding of the value of OD brings to organization
  • Contribution to professional literature (e.g., has published highly-respected work; is a frequently cited source in books and journals; has created a body of work that has enhanced the practice of OD)
  • Challenging our way of thinking about the practice of OD and reinterpretation of existing theory as to enhance understanding of the profession
  • Significant client/community impact through the application of OD theory, principles and practices while working client engagements.
  • Commitment to others through teaching, mentoring, writing, speaking, blogging, and sharing information
  • Communication of the purpose, principles, values, and the impact OD offers the larger world such that the value of OD is increasing understood and positively impacts market demand for well-trained OD practitioners grows
  • Global and/or national recognition for her/his contributions
  • Exemplifying the values and practiced the principles of OD in his/her own behavior

Award Description

This award is presented when a worthy recipient is identified. This may or may not be an annual occurrence. Not more than one Lifetime Achievement Award is presented per year. Previous recipients are not eligible for and may not be recognized with this award multiple times. The award is presented at the OD Network Annual Conference. Award recipients receive a complementary admission to the entire conference.

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Past Award Recipients

2019 - Dr. Frances Baldwin
2018 - Dr. Darya Funches
2018 - Geoffrey Bellman
2018 - Dr. D. D. Warrick
2017 - Peter Sorensen
2017 - David Cooperrider
2016 - Robert Crosby
2016 - Sandra Janoff, Ph.D.
2015 - Michael Broom, Ph.D.
2015 - Barry Johnson
2015 - Barry Oshry
2015 - Dr. John J. Scherer LHD
2014 - Judith Katz, Ed.D
2014 - Frederick Nader
2013 - Mee-Yan Cheung Judge
2012 - David Sibbet
2011 - Brenda B. Jones
2010 - Edwin C. Nevis, Ph.D.
2010 - Dick Axelrod
2009 - John Carter
2009 - Glenn Varney
2008 - Peter Block
2007 - Frederick Miller
2006 - Chris Argvris
2006 - Saul Eisen
2005 - Barbara Benedict Bunker
2005 - Edgar Schein
2004 - Charlie Seashore
2004 - Marv Weisbord
2003 - W. Warner Burke
2002 - Peter Vaill
2001 - Kathie Dannemiller
2001 - Edie Seashore
2000 - Robert Marshak
2000 - Dick Beckhard
1999 - Billie T. Alban
1999 - Bob Tannenbaum

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