A foundational eCourse on the Practice and Theory of OD
This six-module, self-paced online program is delivered on an interactive Flash-based course platform available for access any time, from anywhere. The program content includes rich-media recorded presentations, exercises, and electronic resources.
This unique course is sponsored and developed by the OD Network, the premier professional association for Organization Development. The goal of this program is to provide HR and management professionals with a foundation of OD practice and theory so they can:
- Recognize when OD skills and knowledge are needed
- Encourage their clients and staff to think about OD issues
- Engage competent OD people to work in their organizations
- Hold productive conversations with OD specialists
- Assess the success of OD projects
- Identify resources to grow their own OD proficiency
- Provide Professional Development for staff and clients who need to learn more about the practice of OD
Each program module includes major concepts, input from key thinkers, models, examples of applications at work in organizations, and suggested resources for further study.
Topics covered include:
- Introduction, Overview, History and Learning
- Systems, Organizations and Large Groups
- Individuals and Small Groups,
- Theory and Practice of Change
- Use of Self, Contracting and Inquiry
- Leadership, Diversity and Globalization
Participants who complete the full program will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Organization Development Network.
Faculty Michael F. Broom, Ph.D., is an organizational psychologist with 30+ years experience studying and consulting with organizations. He was senior faculty of Johns Hopkins University’s Fellows in the Management of Change and has served as faculty in the AU/NTL masters program and the Georgetown OD program. Michael served on the board of directors of the NTL Institute in Applied Behavioral Science and the OD Network. He is founder of the Center for Human Systems. He is author of The Infinite Organization and co-author with Dr. Donald Klein of Power: The Infinite Game.
June Delano is known for ground-breaking work in executive and organization development. She is an experienced senior advisor who works with clients on enterprise and leadership projects. June is a former corporate executive and currently a partner in two firms: The ClearLake Group and Pivotal Leadership. Her practice focuses on helping companies build talent and culture to compete in global markets. June is a former Chair of the OD Network Board of Trustees, a Director of Meridian Institute, Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Science, and a frequent speaker on leadership and culture.
Lisa Kimball, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Plexus Institute. She is an entrepreneur with more than 30 years experience as an organizational consultant with business, government and non profit organizations. As CEO of Metasystems Design Group and Executive Producer of Group Jazz, she supported the efforts of teams, task forces, communities and organizations Lisa specializes in helping clients leverage the power of new technology and social media. Lisa is active in online community work and currently serves on the Board of the OD Network.