There are numerous ways to describe organisation development, all of which share common features despite their varied meanings. The factsheet offers an overview of these definitions and unpacks some of the confusion around the concept of organisation development itself, particularly that stemming from its multidisciplinary history.

The factsheet examines the the history of organisation development from academic beginnings and fad status to its present status as a widely practiced approach to building organisational performance. The factsheet provides guidance on how to put organisation development into practice through the use of 'interventions' in the workplace. Lastly, the factsheet explores the relationship between HR and organisational development, and how we should view the latter as a continuous review process and not just as a once-off intervention.

CIPD viewpoint

What is organisation development?

The history of organisation development

Putting organisation development into practice

The relationship between OD and HR


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