meg2673 Started The Discussion:
Hello, fellow HR practitioners! I was just recently transferred from Employee Relations to Training and OD. Thus, I'm still learning details about Training and OD, which I have not been previously exposed to.

I would like to ask if there is a difference between organizational development and organization development and which between the two refers to the OD usually under the HR Department as a section or area. Or does it mean the same thing and can be used interchangeably? (Personally, I don't think so...) I have tried to research about it via the internet and reading materials but I'm still unsure about it.

If anyone can take the time to expound on the difference; I would truly appreciate it.

Thank you.

Hi Meg, As per your question, its completly organisational Development. With Regards, G.R.Vishaka Guru...
As per OB literature, organizational refers to "individual" as the unit of analysis whereas organization refers to "collective or wholesome" as the unit of analysis

else, the usage is interchangeably used everywhere with no water tight compartmentalization

this is to my knowledge
Hello, everyone! Thanks for taking the time to post a reply. I truly appreciate it. Additional posts to this query are still welcome though.:icon1: Again, thanks! meg673
Dear Meg As far as my knowledge goes, both are same. There may not have any concrete differences between Organizational Development and Organization Development. Suri Babu Komakula
The word "ORGANISATIONAL" is an Adjective for the Noun "ORGANISATION". ("Organisational" meaning "belonging to an Organisation"). Both are correct when used in the context of "OD"
Dear Friend,

Let us go in common general thought process....

1. Organizatonal Development: Internal development in the organization.

Eg: a). Human Resources (Employee) development by conducting training programs, welfare activities, motivating through different modes etc.
b). Hierarchy Development by giving gradings
c). Infrastructure development by changing the internal infrastructure like upgrading the computers, changing the old furniture etc.

Like wise we can qoute number of developments pertaining to organizational development.

2. Organization Development: Basing on the internal change and competency the organization development is looked into. It is the development of the organization in the market by comparing itself with previous years turnover etc.. expanding the organization etc.

This is to my knowledge what i understood the difference between the both 1 & 2.

Please feel free to comment on the above.
Hello, good afternoon fellow HR practitioners!!! I'm really thankful for your insightful comments...

Before joining Training and OD, I really thought that organizational dev't. and organization dev't. were one and the same but the more I read about it; I felt that there was some difference but I wasn't too sure about it.

I am inclined to agree with some of the comments made on this thread though...

Again, thanks for the inputs. I really appreciate it.

meg2673 :icon12:
Can you give me some idea of organisational change does not lead to organisational development???
The difference between organisational change and organisational development. I wanted to explain this clearly so that you do understand the difference because it is important.

Organisational change is a very broad area, dealing with all types of changes in organisations, large and small changes, fast and slow changes, periodic and continuous changes, painful and painless changes, planned and unplanned changes.

Organisational development is a specific approach to change; it involves carefully planned change, it involves slow rather than fast change, it attempts to make the change as painless as possible, and it is often an ongoing or continuous effort at improving the organistion.

With best wishes


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