Any organization is like a living organism that is born, evolves, grows, matures, adapts and changes, and even dies. Etymologically too it comes from ‘organ’ implying that structurally it is built like any living organism, with parts composing a whole. Development being a natural process to all organizations, it is the intention of every organization that the development takes place as planned. In the absence of development, any organization would ossify, unable to meet the demands of the market, the customers and the changing times.
Organizational development is the process involved to increase an organization’s efficiency and improve it so that it is able to adapt to changing contexts without compromising on the organization’s core values. It ensures that structures, processes, frameworks and ambience remain such that it is conducive to both short-term and long-term goals as laid down by the decision-makers in the company.
Organizational Development ensures optimum manpower management ensuring employee and customer satisfaction, commitment and loyalty. It enables the attracting of people sharing the same vision as the company’s, enabling them to move as one organ. It increases the ability for change, problem solving and learning from experience. Usually a top-level vision to improve an organization, it is a series of planned processes that helps team-building. It builds upon the axiom that any organization is only as good as its employees.
In this section, we provide links to many relevant resources, from online journals on organizational development to firms and organizations offering consultancy services in the said field.