Organizational Development

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Organization development (OD) is a deliberately planned effort to increase an organization's relevance and viability, a future readiness to meet change. OD is the framework for a change process designed to lead to desirable positive impact to all stakeholders and the environment. The purpose of OD is to address perennial evolving needs of successful organizations - a concerted collaboration of internal and external experts in the field to discover the process an organization can use to become more stakeholder effective. OD is a lifelong, built-in mechanism to improve immunity of organization's health to renew itself inclusive principles, often with the assistance of a change agent or catalyst and the use of enabling appropriate theories and techniques from applied behavioral sciences, anthropology, sociology, and phenomenology. The term change agent or catalyst is synonymous with the notion of a leader who is engaged in leadership - a transformative or effectiveness process - as opposed to management, a more incremental or efficiency based change methodology. Organization development is an ongoing, systematic process of implementing effective organizational change. Organization development is known as both a field of applied behavioral science focused on understanding and managing organizational change and as a field of scientific study and inquiry. It is interdisciplinary in nature and draws on sociology, psychology, and theories of motivation, learning, and personality. Organization development is a growing field that is responsive to many new approaches including Positive Adult Development. Very often organizations invest heavily in transformational change programs or organizational development interventions that fail to deliver performance in a sustainable way. Organization Development believes that every part of an organization is integral to a system that relies on and impacts other elements of the internal and external environment in which the...
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