OD Programme: Developing Your OD Practice (Day 3)
OD Programme: Developing Your OD Practice (Day 3)

Date: 08 March 2018

Time: 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM

Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes

Venue: Palatine House, Belmont Business Park, Durham, DH1 1TW


North East Organisational Development Network

Leadership Dimensions:


This programme is now running as cohort 5. It aims to continue to offer people the opportunity to learn about OD in the field of health and care. 

The programme is highly rated by the OD practitioners in the network and seeks to increase OD competency and capability across the region. It is aimed at those working in the field of OD who have had little opportunity for formal OD training and development.

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)     

In simple terms OD is “Business Improvement through people”. Within this programme we are seeking to support practitioners who are 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. 

This development programme began its life here in the North East in 2013 and has been development since this time by Dr Maxine Craig. Maxine has a 35-year career working in and for the NHS, commencing her career as a nurse. She has worked in the field of OD since the mid 1990’s. She currently is a board member of the OD network for Europe  http://www.odneurope.org/ . The programme is delivered by a talented faculty of OD practitioners working across a range of organisation and health and care systems in the North East. They bring a wealth of hands on experience to the learning.

The programme runs over 3 days (with gaps between each day to facilitation assimilation into practice).  The programme outline is below however a hallmark of the programme is that it is delivered as an ‘OD intervention’ and the faculty will ensure that the group has the opportunity to shape the content of days 2 and 3 to ensuring it is fit for the group’s needs.

The designed outcomes are presented below, and day two and three may change as determined by the group learning process.

Day one learning outcomes

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the historical context of OD and explore how this may relate to their own career journey
  • Consider differing modes of change agency and where OD fits within the wide change agenda.
  • Be introduced to the OD framework and the values which underpin and guide OD work
  • Focus on the key stages of entry and contracting

Day two learning outcomes

Participants will:

  • Reflect upon their learning from day one
  • Reconnecting with the OD framework  
  • Consider action research as a key platform for delivering OD
  • Explore how data from the field of practice is used to inform intervention design
  • Be introduced to the difference  between diagnostic OD and dialogic OD
  • Reflect on the change agent  and OD practitioner’s role in diagnosis and sense making
  • Review personal modes of intervention design
  • Explore and critique a case study from the field

Day three learning outcomes:

Participants will

  • Reconnect with the OD framework and their own work place practice
  • Explore contemporary views of organisational culture and where OD fits
  • Focus on dialogical approaches to OD
  • Consider the use of narrative and stories in organisational life and  change work
  • Focus upon measurement and evaluation of Interventions
  • Review the implications of the programme learning for their own practice

Participants must attend all 3 days.

 11 Dec 2017 (Day 1) | 9am – 4.30pm 
 16 Jan 2018 (Day 2) | 9am – 4.30pm 
 8 Mar 2018(Day 3) | 9am – 4.30pm 

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