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Building on a Solid Foundation: 
Reconnecting with the Roots of our OD Practice
Presented by: Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

100 Minutes


Recalling Kurt Lewin’s conviction that  “there is nothing as practical as a good theory,’’ Mee-Yan is concerned that too many OD practitioners have become enamored with the growing array of tools and techniques of our profession while neglecting our theoretical foundations.

This neglect has decreased our creative ability to design and execute ‘rapid real time’ interventions for the unique and changing organizational situations we face, limiting our ability to support complex transformational projects.

Reflecting these concerns, the webinar will:

  1. Review some of OD’s core theoretical roots and how they shape our thinking and practices.
  2. Highlight how the interaction between different theories offers useful insights into OD practice (e.g. system and complexity/chaos theories)
  3. Show how practical theories can help sharpen our diagnostic insights and strengthen our interventions.
  4. As an example, show how system, social construction, complexity and chaos theories have specific relevance to any organizational  “transformation” work.
The webinar will be supported by a detailed slide deck, including references—resources to encourage and energize further study of the core theoretical base of OD.


About Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge

Dr. Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge is a leader among leaders in the field of Organization Development.  She is the creator and driving force behind Quality and Equality Ltd, which she founded in 1987 after a distinguished career in academia and in the marketplace.  Her areas of specialisation and expertise are facilitating complex system change programmes, culture transformation, senior leadership development, and diversity and inclusion.

She has worked with more than 350 clients across both public and private sectors as well as third sector organisations in the UK and overseas.  She is a Visiting Fellow of Roffey Park Management Institute, a Senior Fellow of the Singapore Civil Service College, and the Dean of the NTL/Q&E OD certificate programme.  She is a professional member of the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioural Science, an international trustee on the Board of the OD Network, and a special advisor to ODN Europe which she has worked tirelessly to establish.

She has written three books including Organization Development: A Practitioner’s Guide for OD and HR (Kogan Page, April 2011, co-authored with Linda Holbeche), which is fast becoming the definitive text book in its field.

She is also a special editor of, and a regular contributor to, OD Practitioner.  In 2008 and 2012, Mee-Yan was voted by HR Magazine as one of the top 25 most influential thinkers in the UK. Mee-Yan is a former board member of the Organization Development Network and in 2013 she was given the Lifetime Service Award from ODN.

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