Making sense of organisational development

By: Diane Moody and Andy Smith

Many organisational change initiatives have ended in failure and disappointment. Involving employees from all levels of the organisation – to co-create a vision of the future and to manage the change process – is proving an effective remedy. This is the basis of organisational development (OD).

OD is now a significant and influential field of practice. In this guide, we’ll aim to answer some of the essential questions about what it is, how it works and what it does. Roffey Park has strong credentials in organisational development. Our two-year MSc in People and Organisational Development is renowned as Europe’s leading OD qualification. We also run a modular training – OD Practitioners Programme – as well as dedicated OD events and webinars as well as other open programmes on key skills such as HR business partnering, and facilitation. On top of this, we undertake research into OD-related issues. This means that our consultants and practitioners are skilled in a wide range of organisational development techniques including large group interventions and Appreciative Inquiry.

Should you be interested in OD? Well, does your organisation want sustainable change? Do you want a workforce that feels committed to the change and has a real stake in it? Are you looking for collaboration, trust, shared values and adaptability? We believe an OD approach will help.

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