Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Business School Blog: Organizational Development

Next week, I'm taking a course on organizational development. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about this topic:
Organization development (OD) is a concept, organization-wide effort to increase an organization's effectiveness and viability. Warren Bennis has referred to OD as a response to change, a complex educational strategy intended to change the beliefs, attitudes, values, and structure of organization so that they can better adapt to new technologies, marketing and challenges, and the dizzying rate of change itself. OD is neither "anything done to better an organization" nor is it "the training function of the organization"; it is a particular kind of change process designed to bring about a particular kind of end result. OD can involve interventions in the organization's "processes," using behavioural science knowledge as well as organizational reflection, system improvement, planning, and self-analysis.
Most of my business school classmates work in a large pharmaceutical company. I work in a small company, so the organizational dynamics are quite different compared to large, corporate enterprises. I'm looking forward to the discussions we'll be having in class about organizational transformation and change management.

About My Business School Blog:

I am currently a business school student in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Executive MBA program at Saint Joseph's University Erivan K. Haub School of Business in Philadelphia, PA. The Nationally-ranked and AACSB-accredited Haub School of Business, centrally located in the mid-Atlantic pharmaceutical and healthcare corridor, is able to bring together industry experts and a world-class faculty for a unique industry-focused, immersive executive program.

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