“OD is all the activities engaged in by managers, employees, and helpers that are directed toward building and maintaining the health of the organisation as a
Organisational Development (OD) is a field concerned with facilitating transformation and growth in organisations through a holistic and humanistic approach that puts people at the heart of the process.
In traditional organisation and leadership theory, the inspirational, top-down vision for the organisation is typically created by a few and thrust upon the many. In OD, however, the organisation is looked at as a whole system, in which every level of the organisation requires engagement for successful and sustainable transformation to take place.
A key principle of OD is that of taking a systems approach, to see elements of any person, team, or organisation as part of an interrelated whole. Organisations are viewed as living systems, with interactions between people, processes and structures, all in pursuit of a mission.