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Organizational Development (OD)

Organizational Development (OD)

Updated on:
August 22, 2022


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What is Organizational Development (OD)? 

Organizational development, also known as organizational development (OD), is the process of development, change, or improvement of an organization. Organizational development, or OD, is known as the field that bridges the gap between the people and the organizational context.

OD professionals work in organizations, assisting the organization to reach its objectives, governed by a specified strategy, and work in concert with others, such as human resource professionals, to help the employees meet objectives.

Organizational development professionals must possess both business and consulting skills, in addition to an understanding of people, organization, and systems.

Organizational development (OD) is the art and science of improving the performance of an organization through change.

OD is the systematic process of analyzing and improving an organization’s structure, processes, culture, and systems. Organizational development focuses on improving an organization’s capacity to achieve its vision and mission.

 What is Organizational development methods?


Organizational development methods (ODM) is a collective term for any method used within an organization to accomplish the growth and development of the organization. These techniques can include personnel training, employee coaching, organizational development, leadership training, performance management, management development, and strategic planning.

OD methods vary widely by organization, industry, and position. For example, OD methods are only required or encouraged for executives and senior leadership teams, whereas managers may need only informal training.

All of these development methods aim to increase employee competence, motivation, engagement, effectiveness, and performance.

Organizational development is necessary in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of organizations. By identifying and addressing problems within an organization, OD can help to improve overall performance and make the organization more successful. Additionally, OD can also help organizations to better adapt to changing conditions and to anticipate and respond to future challenges.