Competencies for Organization Development (OD) Practitioners

Assembled by Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD

Competencies to Learn in OD

There are a wide range of knowledge, skills and abilities that one might consider when learning about OD. The following links are to guidelines and suggestions from a variety of OD experts.

NOTE: This site distinguishes the difference between "organizational development" and "Organization Development." The former phrase refers to the nature and scope of change in organizations, i.e., the change is to the entire organization or to a significant portion of the organization. The latter phrase refers to a field of well-trained people with expertise in guiding successful organizational development.

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Efforts at organizational change can fail, not only because of people's beliefs and feelings and perceptions (which are the focus of many OD training programs today), but also because of business goals and structures and operations. In this case, it might even be damaging to focus only on OD models that get peoples' buy-in to the change, help people overcome resistance to the change, etc.

Therefore, it would be wise for the OD practitioners to get at least some basic understanding of certain business topics. If your OD school and training does not include some basic skills in business, then see

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