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In this course, we discuss how Organization Development (OD) helps the people within an organization develop vision, understanding, clarity, and agility. 

We start with a brief overview of the OD perspective of the organization as a human system. This leads to a conversation about how the OD practitioner works within that system to facilitate the creation of a healthy and effective organization. Then we explore the role of the OD practitioner in impacting the system as a catalyst and an irritant.  This course serves to demonstrate how OD can be used to support people playing an active role in driving positive organizational change.

Course Series

This course is included in the following series:

5 CoursesOrganizational Development

  1. History and Evolution of Organization Development (OD) and Change
  2. Organization Development (OD): The Evaluation Phase
  3. Organization Development (OD): The Diagnostic Phase
  4. Designing Organization Development (OD) Interventions
  5. Organization Development (OD) in Practice

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the growth of the human economy and how organizational systems work from an Organization Development (OD) perspective.
  • Identify dialogic and diagnostic Organization Development (OD) and the OD practitioners’ role in faciliting appreciation, curiosity, and inquisitiveness.
  • Discover how Organization Development (OD) can be applied to support people playing an active role in driving forward positive organizational change.


Last updated/reviewed: October 28, 2018

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)

8 Reviews (19 ratings)Reviews

Anonymous Author
This course was informative and engaging. The instructor spent time covering pertinent details and ensuring that the key concepts were clearly apparent. This course gave me a much better understanding of how I could positively roll out change in my organization.
Anonymous Author
Having a general picture of how to apply OD theories and being able to reflect how it would work or not work in my current work place. Very practical course, i would say that surprised me.
Member's Profile
Content forms a great introduction to OD however explanation of the core theories and approaches were too theoretical and lacked real life applications to better internalise understanding
Anonymous Author
Great overview of the relevant theories! Even though I have heard of much already in previous courses at my University, this course really served as a great refresher!
Member's Profile
The content was generally good. I would've preferred a book to read alongside. Either there is non or I don't know how to find it.
Member's Profile
It would be helpful if the author provided OD examples to see theory applied to specific organisational contexts
Anonymous Author
Really good course. Challenged me to relate the subject matter to practical applications.
Member's Profile
Nice review on general organizational development theory.


Course Complexity: Intermediate

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course.

Education Provider Information

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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 .
Course Syllabus
  14:29Introduction to Organization Development in Practice
Theories and Contribution
  14:17Key Theories
  11:25Systems Theory
  5:51What Contribution Can OD Make?
  14:48The Growth of the Human Economy
Dialogic and Diagnostic
  15:16Dialogic and Diagnostic Organization Development
  16:01Dialogic vs Diagnostic, OD Practitoner, and Self as Instrument
OD in Practice
  11:21Applying Organization Development
  9:10Evaluation Phase and Ethics
  1:55:25Organization Development in Practice
  PDFSlides: Organization Development in Practice
  PDFOrganization Development in Practice Glossary/Index