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The Key Elements of Organizational Development

By Hanna Wilson, HR tech Outlook | Friday, November 06, 2020

Organizational development is a structured and evidence-centric process. It is not just about trying something out and then waiting for the consequences. It is about utilizing scientific findings as input and devising a controlled and structured process in which assumptions are tested.

Fremont, CA: Organizational development is essential for organizations looking to improve their capabilities and achieve greater effectiveness by developing, improving, and implementing structures, strategies, and processes.

Let us look at a few key elements of organizational development:

Critical and Evidence-centric Process

Organizational development is a structured and evidence-centric process. It is not just about trying something out and then waiting for the consequences. It is about utilizing scientific findings as input and devising a controlled and structured process in which assumptions are tested. Finally, it is about checking whether the outcomes reflect the intention of the intervention or not.

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Organizational development is intended to enhance organizational effectiveness. It may have multiple outcomes. These can vary from organizations to organizations. However, in general, they include customer satisfaction, financial performance, organizational member engagement, as well as an increased capacity to adapt and give a new direction to the organization. The outcomes are not always vivid. Sometimes, it is purposed to building a competitive advantage.

Developing, Improving, and Implementing processes, strategies, and structures

The last part of the definition of organizational development concludes that organizational development is applicable to changes in structure, strategy, and/or processes. This suggests a system-approach where companies need to focus on an entire organizational system. This can include the full organization, multiple locations, or a single department.

 

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