Ethical and Professional Practice

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1 Hour (On-Demand)
1 CPE  

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In this course, we discuss the importance of professional ethical practice for those engaging in expert and specialist roles within an organizational framework.

We start with a brief overview of difficult and non-standard situations to demonstrate appropriate decision-making skills.  This leads to a conversation about the legal, ethical and professional issues relating to working within an expert/specialist practice setting.  Then, we explore how organization development (OD) expert/specialist practice being undertaken has an impact on current and future implications for the profession. 

This course examines how to gain competence by focusing on the enhancement of OD skills and underpinning knowledge in an evolving expert/specialist role.

Learning Objectives
  • Discover difficult and non-standard situations to demonstrate appropriate decision making skills.
  • Identify the legal, ethical, and professional issues relating to working within an expert/specialist practice setting.
  • Explore how organization development (OD) expert/specialist practice being undertaken has an impact on current and future implications for the profession.



Last updated/reviewed: August 15, 2023

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

11 CoursesOrganization Development Certification

  1. History and Evolution of Organization Development (OD) and Change
  2. Organization Development (OD) in Practice
  3. Organization Development (OD): The Diagnostic Phase
  4. Designing Organization Development (OD) Interventions
  5. Appreciative Inquiry in Practice
  6. Organization Development (OD): The Evaluation Phase
  7. Organizational Frameworks
  8. Organization Design Theory and Practice
  9. Leading Change and the Use of Self
  10. Ethical and Professional Practice
  11. Organizational Development: A Tool Kit for People-Led Change (Article)
10 Reviews (23 ratings)


Anonymous Author
Just wonder if cultures or industries would play a part in shaping the ethical considerations of an OD practitioner. For example, in some developing countries where legal frameworks tend to be looser and less defined, what are the things that an OD practitioner should take note? Besides, the rise of virtual communications and conferencing due to COVID - what are the ethical considerations for OD practitioner from a virtual delivery and facilitation standpoint?

Member's Profile
This course is a good overview to ethics in relation to the OD profession. Ethics is such a weighty topic, I agree that continuing education related to this topic specifically should be a goal of all OD practitioners - especially in these morally ambiguous times. I look forward to seeing how OD evolves in this realm in the next 5 - 10 years.

Member's Profile
Emphasizing ethics is needed in a field where there is no black and white guideline to solving problems.

Member's Profile
This course was helpful. I learned some new concepts. I need this course for my recertification.

Member's Profile
This is a good look at the ethics involved, and some scenarios to consider that are not easy.

Member's Profile
I really appreciated the 4 scenarios to test the dilemma in practice questions.

Anonymous Author
It would make the concepts clearer if there are case studies to be answered

Anonymous Author
Clear delivery and enjoyable topic on ethics and how to be a specialist.

Anonymous Author
Overall good. Ethical review is always good to keep yourself in check.

Anonymous Author
A little abstract, but good content.

Course Complexity: Intermediate

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Instructor for this course
Course Syllabus
  Introduction to Ethical and Professional Practice5:42
Ethical and Professional Practice
  Appropriate Decision - Making Skills11:44
  Ethical Frameworks4:35
  Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues15:16
  Future of the OD Profession4:15
  The Evolving Expert/Specialist Role6:21
  Ethical and Professional Practice50:22
  Slides: Ethical and Professional PracticePDF
  Ethical and Professional Practice Glossary/IndexPDF