Organisation Development


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Technique Overview

Organisation Development

Organisation Development Definition

Organisation Development (OD) is a process that is "planned, organisation-wide, and managed from the top". The goal of OD is to increase organisational effectiveness and health through planned interventions in the organisation's processes and structures (Beckhard, 1969). In essence, OD is a "planned system of change. Organisation development is seen as a process that applies behavioural science knowledge and practices to help organisations achieve greater effectiveness" (Cummings & Worley, 2005).

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  • Beckhard, R. (1969). Organization development: Strategies and models. Addison-Wesley: Reading, MA.
  • Bennis, W. (1987). Management Theory. New York: Free Press.
  • Cheung-Judge, M-Y. and Holbeche, L. (2015) Organization Development: A Practitioner’s Guide for OD and HR, Kogan Page, London.
  • Cua, K.O., McKone, K.E., Schroeder, R.G. (2001). The impact of Total Productive Maintenance practices on manufacturing performance. Journal of Operations Management Vol.19 (1), pp.39–58.

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