Organisation Development: an overview

Short Course
Duration: 2 days   /   Level: General   /   Suitable for in-house

Explore the role of the OD practitioner as well as the fundamentals of OD and its relevance to HR.



Dates and Availability

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06 June 2018
Duration: 2 days
London Fully booked
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11 October 2018
Duration: 2 days
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This two-day course will enable you to travel at high speed, from core OD theories, through to OD interventions; as well as focusing on the role of the OD practitioner.

Run as it features here, or run in-house where the content can be tailored to suit your organisational needs; cost effective if a number of people require training.  Call our in-house training team to discuss your particular requirements on +44 (0)20 8612 6202.

Course Tutors

Mr David Mackinnon

Who is it for

Organisation Development: an overview is ideal for senior managers, senior HR practitioners, OD specialists, internal change agents and consultants.


You’ll gain key knowledge of the history of organisational development (OD), and the tools used to diagnose an organisation’s effectiveness. The group discussions, interactive action planning, and case studies, will help you develop the advisory skills necessary in using diagnostic models to assess the health of your organisation; obtain data to decide how to initiate and manage change; and assess your own personal development needs within the context of an OD role.


By the end of the course you will be able to:


  • demonstrate understanding of the history and visions of OD and the role of the OD practitioner
  • apply tools to diagnose an organisation’s effectiveness
  • advise on the role of diagnostic models in assessing the health of the organisation
  • obtain data to decide how to initiate and manage organisational changes, understand the link between data and type of intervention
  • assess your own intrrumentality and personal development needs within the context of the OD role






Day one


Exploring the roots and practices of OD


  • What is OD?
  • What value does it add?
  • Where does it come from?
  • What is its relationship with HR?
  • What does it look like in practice?


Working with big system organisational models and frameworks


  • Understanding organisational models
  • Review of planned and systemic organisational frameworks
  • Using models to diagnose organisational health



Day two


The Self as instrument


  • What kind of OD practitioner are you?
  • Using yourself as a diagnostic instrument
  • Making the most of you


The Work of OD


  • OD as a consultancy process
  • Getting below the surface to what really matters
  • OD interventions



Live OD consultancy



Developing an OD and action plan.