Organizational Development - A Process of Continuous Improvement

Michael Jeffreys
October 17, 2008 — 2,986 views  
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When we talk about an organization or business, we mean two or more people working towards a common set of goals. Sometimes, the development of a business may reach a point of stagnation due to bigger challenges facing the organization. In such a case, the organization generally undertakes a process of change that includes a series of steps to bring about improvements. This process is known as organizational development. Over the years, organizational development has come to be recognized as a business discipline in itself and is part of the course curriculum in major business schools across the world.

Organizational Development Consultants and Their Methods
Any process of organizational development is undertaken by persons who are adept at using specific principles to bring about positive changes in a company. The process is begun by identifying and establishing connections with important members of the organization. Next, the experts research the existing systems and policies within the company in order to identify the sources of the problems. Finally, they brainstorm ideas and approaches to solving these problems and transforming the organization. Once an approach has been selected, the next step is to apply the methods to the problem at hand to increase the overall effectiveness of the organization. Once the new techniques have been put into force, the results are monitored to gauge the success of the approach.

Need for Organizational Development
Successful, efficient companies are not born overnight nor are they successful by accident. Large organizations are those who have understood the importance of managing not only the human resource pool of the company, but all of the resources. This practice combined with a cutting edge corporate culture is what made these organizations great companies.

Often, companies that have been successful for a long period of time stop moving forward and become complacent. In other instances, an organization might find its competitive edge eroding because of rapid changes in the market place, the need for revamping current products or other market fluctuations. In such cases, the practices of organizational development can help put the bite back into the business by teaching employees how to manage change, how to manage the organizations resources better and how to put the capabilities of the employees to better use. These practices make changes easier to adapt to and are ultimately beneficial to the organization.

What Organizational Development can do For Your Company
When the principles of organizational development are put into practice, the results are not immediately seen, but are evaluated over time. Organizational performance on the whole is increased. The improvement process is a multi pronged approach and works with all the systems of the company. From altering the workforce and work practices, to restructuring the organizations goals and strategies everything must be continuously examined to assure perpetual organizational development.

By implementing these continuous improvement practices, productivity increases and sales rise. Organizational development assessments also include managers at all levels. Managers can benefit as much from the organizational development process as other employees, possibly morel. All of this leads to greater consumer satisfaction and paves the way for limitless growth within the organization.

About the Author

Michael Jeffreys is the president of Seminars on DVD, a premiere provider of video based training for businesses and individuals, featuring renowned experts and speakers. Learn more at:

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