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whats the difference between L+D and Organisational Development


Currently an L+D manager. Have an interview next week for an OD manager position. What do you think are the critical differences for me to bear in mind?
craig mitchell

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  1. half your question answered
    I googled OD and found this as part of an article

    What is Organisation Development?

    The traditional view of ‘Organisation Development’ tended to focus on top-down activities to improve organisation’s ‘systems’ and ‘processes’. However, experience in both the public and private sector has shown that to raise organisational performance effectively, ‘Organisation Development’ needs to take account of both internal and external factors rather considering individual components in isolation.

    Although there is no fixed definition of the term, some current attempts to capture this broader, more holistic view of ‘Organisation Development’ include:

    “A system-wide application of behavioural science knowledge to the planned development and reinforcement of organisational strategies, structures and processes for improving an organisation’s effectiveness”

    “An holistic process of planned change and improvement to assist organisations in responding to their dynamic environment through the effective diagnosis and management of their structure, systems and culture”

    In the local government context, Organisation Development (OD) is about moving the organisation on by taking deliberate, planned steps to create an environment that will enable staff to understand and deliver the council’s objectives. Responding to and working with key stakeholders at both national and community level in the development of appropriate services forms an essential part of this evolutionary process.

    OD involves both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ issues. The ‘hard’ issues for OD are strategies and policies, structures and systems. The ‘softer’ issues in the main are developing appropriate skills, behaviours and attitudes, culture and a style of leadership that will enable the organisation to achieve optimum performance. Both the ‘harder’ and ‘softer’ issues of OD need to be addressed to avoid conflict between goals and needs.

    you put this against your definition of L+D and you’ll have your answer

    You might want to consider that your interviewer might read this forum too



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