Introduction to OD: Organisational Development Essentials

An introduction to the fundamentals of OD, its history and practice

Introduction to OD: Organisational Development Essentials 2

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Delivered as a one day programme or delivered virtually as a series of 90 minute digital learning sessions.


We deliver this programme face to face at one of our venues in the UK, Ireland and Singapore. You can check dates and availability on this page or contact us


We deliver this programme through interactive online sessions which are facilitated live. You can check dates and availability on this page or contact us


We deliver this in your organisation as an in-house programme for teams or as part of a wider tailored development programme. To find out more contact us


OD essentials is a one-day programme which explores the fundamentals of Organisation Development, its history and the nature of OD practice.  The programme provides an introduction to the function of OD and the role of the OD practitioner; including the key skills, knowledge and mindsets needed to become one.

The programme consists of four learning modules delivered either as a one day programme or delivered virtually as a series of 90 minute digital learning sessions:

  • History of OD
  • My role in OD
  • Levels and Types of Interventions
  • Adaptive Action in OD

This programme is for you if:

  • You identify as working within the field of OD but aren’t yet comfortable with being called an ‘OD Practitioner’
  • You are in the field of HR or learning and development and want to understand your development needs within the context of an OD role
  • You are manager or leader leading change projects and are curious about how OD can help you in managing the change management process
  • You are simply curious about understanding what organisational development is and how it is used in organisations.

At end of the programme, you will be able to:

  • Describe the underpinning principles, practice, aims and values of OD, in relation to yourself and your context.
  • Understand and reflect on your OD Role and your current levels of knowledge and experience.
  • Increase knowledge of the different levels at which an OD Practitioner can intervene and appropriate application of a variety of intervention methods.
  • Explore OD in the context of culture, patterns and your organisation.

Participants will return to their organisation with an understanding of organisational development in practice to help them lead change projects or grow their practice in an OD role.

Module Details

History of OD

  • Describe the foundational principles, aims and values of OD practice
  • Define OD for you and your context
  • Identify any gaps in application of the OD Cycle

My Role in OD

  • Reflect on where you are now as an OD practitioner and how you want to develop
  • Examine unconscious bias and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda in relation to our practice

Levels and Types of Interventions

  • Identify and examine the levels at which you intervene in your current organisation
  • Demonstrate understanding of a range of OD interventions and appropriate use of facilitation as a key method

Adaptive Action in OD

  • Demonstrate an understanding of organisational culture
  • Identify and articulate patterns within your culture

Programme Duration and Dates

  • One day programme
  • Online option is a series of four 90 minute digital learning sessions.
  • Sessions will begin at 9am (GMT).


Module One:

8 June 2021

8 September 2021

Module Two:

11 June 2021

10 September 2021

Module Three:

15 June 2021

16 September 2021

Module Four:

18 June 2021

17 September 2021

Residential fees are inclusive of all tuition fees, materials, and meals 

COVID-19 Information

Due to the ongoing pandemic Roffey Park Institute is currently only taking bookings for online programmes. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and plan to offer face to face programmes at such time when the government restrictions are lifted.

We are also able to offer a range of facilitated, online learning modules on in-house or bespoke basis, please contact us to find out more.