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PSY431 Organisation Development and Change (8)


Organisation Development (OD) is concerned with the application of behavioural science knowledge and organisational theory to improve organisational functioning. This subject links the traditional focus of Organisation Development, the process of change (value orientation) to the content of change (objective perspective) - special concentration will be on applied interventions that directly influence organisational effectiveness and performance.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Psychology

Enrolment restrictions

Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Management Psychology students only

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
* understand the necessary skills and knowledge required of an effective OD practitioner
* be able to describe how planned change can be adapted to fit different kinds of conditions
* be able to explain how the diagnostic process discovers the underlying courses of problems at the organisational group and industrial levels of analysis
* understand the different elements of a successful change programme
* be able to provide an overview of the interventions used currently in OD and a guide to select among alternative interventions
* understand the issues associated with evaluating OD intervention
* be able to examine the differences in OD applications in a cross-cultural context and in different settings
* be able to review key important trends and their implications on OD practice in the future


The subject will cover the following topics:
* Organisation development practitioner * Nature of planned change * Diagnosing organisations * Collecting, analysing and feeding back diagnostic information * Managing change * Human process interventions * Technostructural interventions * Strategic interventions * Evaluation and practice of organisation development * International organisation development


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.