What is Organizational Development?
Organizational Development is the field of study that deals with human development in organizations. It is the study of individuals, groups, and organizational processes (structures).
Knowledge gained from the understanding of these groups is used by scientists to better identify human behavior, as well as by practitioners who are interested in enhancing organizational effectiveness, individual satisfaction, and personal growth and development.
Organizational Development takes a multidisciplinary approach in that it draws from the disciplines of psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, and management sciences.
Topics you will study in the field of OD:
- Leadership and power dynamics
- Interpersonal and intercultural communication
- Group structure and processes
- Learning styles
- Attitude development and perception
- Change processes
- Work-related stress
- Workforce diversity
- Ethical behavior
In turn, these topics are then applied to employment-related situations to gain a better understanding of leadership skills, human performance, productivity, absenteeism, and employee turnover.