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MANG6254 Organisational Development

Module Overview

This is a core module on the new MSc programme that focuses on organisation development and facilitation. This module provides you with a core body of knowledge necessary to understand and practice organisation development within contemporary organisations. You will be introduced to the underpinning theories and tools that are associated with state of the art practice of OD. This module will provide you with the background theoretical and practical knowledge to enable you to undertake organisation development within organisations at a competent level.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

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Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The principles of OD located in human relations school of management
  • The practice of action research in OD
  • Small group theory, group dynamics, teams and team building and their application in OD
  • OD interventions at group and organisational level
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Think more analytically and creatively in your approach to organisational problem solving
  • Analyse your own and others roles and practices for securing effective change through OD.
  • Provide more persuasive arguments to support your position and cases
  • Explain concepts more clearly and critically in putting forward your arguments
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand how human process issues can be used by the OD consultant to diagnose organisation effectiveness
  • Interpret a range of organisation data to gain insights into organisational effectiveness
  • Analyse activity data from organisational systems in order to frame effective OD interventions
  • Collect and evaluate data to judge the effectiveness of OD interventions
  • Identify the key roles and responsibilities of an OD consultant needed to develop and sustain long term OD interventions.
  • Evaluate the implementation of OD interventions and judge their usefulness against other change tools and techniques
  • Formulate an approach and business case for organisation development in response to appropriate organisational diagnosis, business imperatives and internal and external contextual forces.


Topic • OD Principles and Values • Systems Theory and Action Research • Team Interventions • Large Group/System Tools an dTechniques • Small Group Theory • Motivation and job Satisfaction • Job Design and Sociotechnical Systems Theory • OD in the differenct Sectors • OD International and Cross Cultural Management issues including expatriate training.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will include traditional lecture style content delivery but will be augmented significantly with various other learning activities. Learning activities include: • An individual assignment examining OD interventions in response to specific organisational problems • Analysis of DD-related case studies in small groups • Practical skills development through use of role play and video • Private study Action learning sets will also be facilitated as part of the small group working and to encourage self-directed and peer learning. This module offers international dimensions through presenting you with examples of Organisation Development originating from different countries including the emerging economies. International/global issues are also addressed in the context of Organisation Development within multi-national companies and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) that operate in the developing world. There is also a focus on cross- cultural management issues and how this can impact on our understanding of how small groups might work as well as personal relationships. You will gain a specific understanding of how to prepare expatriate training and preparation programmes.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

French & Bell. Organization Development: Behavioral Science Interventions for Organization Improvement. 

Cummings, T. and Worley, C (2015). Organisation Development and Change. 

E. Peck (2005). Organisational development in healthcare: approaches, innovations, achievements. 

Hayes, J (2014). The Theory and Practice of Change Management. 

Schein, E.H. Process Consultation Volume:1 Reading: Addison-Wesley. 

Bushe, G. and Marshak, R. Eds (2015). Dialogic Organisation Development - The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change. 

Block, P (2011). Flawless Consulting. 

Lewis, S., Passmore, J., and Cantore, S. (2016). Appreciative Inquiry for Change Management. 

Cheung-Judge, M. and Holbeche, L. (2015). Organisation Development - A Practitioners Guide for OD and HR.. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (2000 words) 50%
Examination  (2 hours) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%
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