Academic and Practitioners perspectives on Organisation Development – a UK study

Anne Clare Gillon, Sharon Williams, Joanne Murphy, Catherine McCauley-Smith

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Abstract

This paper reports on a research study to identify the nature of the profession of Organisation Development (OD) in the UK and how it has evolved over four decades. The study is designed to compare academic perspectives on OD with what is happening in the professional practice world. Three forms of data were collected for this study, content analysis of job advertisements from a four decade period, a bibliometric search and interviews with subject experts. The findings were analysed through the theory lens of institutional theory, the dissemination of ideas and fads and fashions in management. Emerging insights are that there is a difference between academic and practitioners development of the OD profession in the UK. The reasons for the difference have been explored in the discussion.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 09 Sep 2015
EventBAM 2015 - The Value of Pluralism in Advancing Management Research, Education and Practice - Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Duration: 08 Sep 201510 Sep 2015

Conference

ConferenceBAM 2015 - The Value of Pluralism in Advancing Management Research, Education and Practice
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityPortsmouth
Period08/09/201510/09/2015

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