Introduction to Organisation Development (Cohort 1 - Day 5)


Organisation development is a particular approach to change and improvement. It can be defined as an approach “that applies behavioural science knowledge and practices to help organizations achieve greater effectiveness, including financial performance and improved quality of work life” (Cummings and Worley 2009, 9th Edition)           

Within this programme we are seeking to support practitioners who are relatively new to OD, and those who have found themselves with OD in their portfolio. The cohort will come together to learn, think and work together to understand the practice of OD more fully. 


The programme runs over 5 half days (with gaps between each session to facilitate assimilation into practice). The cohort will have the ability to influence the form and focus of programme content by drawing on their own organisational and personal context. There will be an element of “homework” both in advance of the programme and between sessions to maximise the time spent together in the virtual space. The programme will be interactive in nature and participants should expect to be involved in a range of activities including small group, plenary and individual reflective work.

Participants are required to attend all sessions of the programme as outlined below.
Once you have registered to the briefing session, you will be registered to the full course. 

Briefing Session: 
An opportunity to prepare for the start of the programme and to meet the delivery team and other participants. 

Session 1: Exploring OD
An exploration of the context and practice of OD.

Learning outcomes
Participants will: 

  • Gain an understanding of the historical context of OD
  • Consider differing modes of change agency and where OD fits within the wide change agenda.
  • Be introduced to the principles and values which underpin and guide OD work.

Session 2: The Process of OD 
Exploring the role and process of OD in organisations

Learning outcomes
Participants will: 

  • Reflect upon their learning from day one
  • Explore the nature and form of OD Intervention
  • Be introduced to the difference between diagnostic OD and dialogic OD
  • Reflect on the change agent and OD practitioner’s role in the OD process
  • Plan for implementation of insights/learning from the session

Session 3: Learning into Practice
This session is about using your current work and context to reflect on your OD work and gain support and peer supervision for your practice

Learning outcomes
Participants will:

  • Explore and practice using peer supervision techniques

Session 4: The Process of OD continued
The session will involve a “deeper dive” into the process of OD by drawing directly upon participants experience within their own organisations and focus on pressing or topical OD challenges 

Session 5: Me as OD practitioner
The role of the OD practitioner/Change agent in the OD process and the implications for individual participant practitioner development and effectiveness.

Learning Outcomes
Participants will:

  • Explore change agent/OD Practitioner roles
  • Reflect on their own OD role and development
  • Consider the cultural and contextual environment of their own organisation and its implications for OD practice and their personal “next steps”


The sessions will take place via Microsoft Teams. The link to access the session will be emailed to registered delegates a few days in advance. Please check your inbox and junk folder before the day of the event. 

If you have any queries about this event or any special requirements, please contact [email protected] 



Event Details

Event date 10 May 2023 9:15 am
Event end date 10 May 2023 12:45 pm
Registration Start Date 22 November 2022
Cut off date 17 January 2023
Individual Price Free
Location Online – link will be emailed a few days in advance