Need help with defining “Organization Development”? -The Imperfect Org

I am questioned all of the time about “What is Organizational Development” especially after individuals inquire about my degree of study.  I can see after minutes of explaining that the questioner is still befuddled with my answer.

So I have found some helpful links that explain (easily) what Organization Development is; you can read it and rehearse it and make these definitions your own. If you still find yourself with a confused audience, then you can email the links (below).

Reaching your audience and helping them understand what Organization Development is key to organizations opening up to the theories and practices covered in our field. In addition to that, having links like these helps establish your credibility upon the subject, while making explaining Organization Development much simpler and less time-consuming.


McNamara, C.  (2016). Some “Definitions” of Organization Development (OD) Free Management Library

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Organization Development Network (2016) “What is Organization Development?” Organization Development Network

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Author: theimperfectorg

“Joi Su”, has been diligently working to help bridge the gap between what people expect in any organization and what they receive. Joi Su has earned a Master’s degree in Organization Development and a Bachelors in Psychology with an emphasis on Applied Behavioral Analysis.

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