Differentiating the OD Profession

Discussion 1: Differentiating the OD Profession
The profession of optimizing organizational performance is quite broad, and it encompasses several fields, practice areas, and specialties. These include industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology, organizational development, organizational psychology, organizational psychology and development (OPD), consulting psychology, change management, organizational consulting, organizational design, and management consulting. When working with clients, it’s important to distinguish yourself as an OD practitioner and to fully understand your role so that you can explain the strengths, benefits, and nuances of OD practice as opposed to similar disciplines.
In this Discussion, you identify the elements that differentiate OD from other fields.
To prepare:
Review this week’s Learning Resources and consider what differentiates OD from other fields that work to optimize organizational performance.
Research the various fields and disciplines associated with organizational development, improvement, and change. Think about what OD is and what it is not.
By Day 3 Wednesday Page 1
Post briefly summarize the various fields and disciplines associated with organizational development, improvement, and change. Then discuss what OD is and what it is not. Provide examples and resources that differentiate and distinguish OD as a unique profession. Also explain how OD professionals can work collaboratively with other practice areas to provide additional benefits to client organizations.
By Day 5 Friday Page 2
Provide an in-depth response to at least two of your colleagues’ postings. A suitable response will include several of the following:
Ask a probing question.
Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
Offer and support an opinion.
Validate an idea with your own experience.
Make a suggestion.
Expand on your colleague’s posting.
Note: Support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources and any additional scholarly and recent (within the last 5 years) sources you identify, using both in-text citations and references.
Submission and Grading Information
Grading Criteria
To access your rubric:
Week 1 Discussion Rubric
Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 5
To participate in this Discussion:
Week 1 Discussion