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Organisation Development: an Overview

CIPD Training
Course summary
Length: 2 days
Location: London
Provider: CIPD Training plus
Course type: Open / Scheduled

Course Description

Organisation Development: an Overview-- 2-Day Course with CIPD Training in London

This two-day overview course of Organisation Development will enable you to travel through important areas of the topic ranging from core OD theories, through to OD interventions, as well as focusing on the role of the OD practitioner.

This course can also be provided in-house, as a cost-effective alternative for organisations with a number of people who require training. Trainers are flexible and will meet your time and location needs to tailor the course content to suit the needs of your organisation.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This 2-Day Organisation Development: an Overview course is ideal for senior managers, senior HR practitioners, OD specialists, internal change agents and consultants.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

By the end of this course, participants will have gained important knowledge of the history of organisational development (OD), and the tools necessary to diagnose an organisation’s effectiveness. Through the use of group discussions, interactive action planning, and case studies, participants will be able to analyse their own organisations and obtain important data to decide how to initiate and manage change as well as assess their own personal development needs within the context of an OD role.

Training Course Content

The schema of content for this course is as follows: 

Day One

Defining Organisation Development

  • what is OD, its history and its roots?
  • how can OD add value to my practice?

Our Mental Model – Our Diagnostic Filter

  • what is our mental model of organisational health?
  • how can we ensure our diagnostic lenses do not affect the robustness of our data collection processes and outcome?

Big System Diagnostic Tools and Frameworks

  • take a tour of the various planned and systemic frameworks available from research
  • apply them to audit the health of an organisation
  • discuss the methodology used for diagnostic work

Planned and Emergent Change

  • overview of the change literature
  • managing the polarity of planned and emergent change
  • macro and micro issues in planned change.

    Day Two


    • what is it?
    • what are the four families of intervention?

    Group Dynamics – the Building-Blocks of Intervention

    • why group skills matter
    • competence in managing a group

    Big System Intervention Methodology

    • appreciative inquiry
    • mindset or methodology?
    • how can it impact on my practice?
    • open space technology
    • introduction to the methodology
    • practical exercise: action planning and next steps

    Self as Instrument

    • what are the characteristics of an effective practitioner?
    • our own instrumentality

    Review and Action Planning


    The cost for this Organisation Development: an Overview course is:

    • Non-Member Price: £995 + VAT
    • CIPD Member Price: £910 + VAT

    Provider: CIPD Training

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    Reviews by course attendees

    Sarah   |   24/03/2014
    The tutor was very knowledgeable and interesting, with a breadth of experience to bring concepts to life.
    Anne, Learning Director   |   24/03/2014
    Great to hear a personal journey as well as consultancy experiences to bring theory to life; the tutor also established a rapport with group in a skilful way. It has been beneficial to me in that 1) it demystified OD for me, and 2) it has helped me with the language I use with HR colleagues – thanks for a great two days!
    Catherine, Head of HR   |   21/03/2014
    It was great having someone with real life experiences in business along with “real” anecdotes to support my understanding.