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MANG6470 Organisational Development

Module Overview

This module focuses on organisation development (OD) and facilitation and 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.

Aims and Objectives

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.
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.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • think analytically and creatively in your approach to e.g. organisational problem solving;
  • analyse your own and others roles and practices for securing effective change through OD;
  • provide persuasive arguments to support your position and cases;
  • explain concepts clearly and critically in putting forward arguments.


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 different Sectors • OD International and Cross Cultural Management issues including expatriate training.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This 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

BUSHE, G. and MARSHAK, R. (2015). Dialogic Organisation Development - The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change. 

FRENCH, W.L. and BELL, C.H. (1999). Organization Development: Behavioral Science Interventions for Organization Improvement. 

BLOCK, P. (2011). Flawless Consulting. 

CHEUNG-JUDGE, M. and HOLBECHE, L. (2015). Organisation Development-A Practitioners Guide for OD and HR. 

SCHEIN, E.H (1988). Process Consultation Volume:1. 

LEWIS, S., PASSMORE, J., & CANTORE, S. (2016). Appreciative Inquiry for Change Management. 

Peck, E (2005). Organisational Development in Healthcare: Approaches, Innovations, Achievements. Radcliffe Publishing.. 

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





MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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