The Convergence of Organization Development and Human Resource Management

David W. Jamieson, William J. Rothwell

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One value of organization development (OD) is to bring a mindset, theories, methods, and skills to change planning and execution. This chapter examines recent changes and trends in both human resource management (HRM) and in OD. It provides a brief history of the relationships of these two fields of practice and presents conceptual overviews of HRM and OD. The chapter describes similarities and differences of HRM and OD, as well as present and future challenges in the relationship between HRM and OD. The focus is on mindsets, skills, acceptance of new roles by client managers, and the design of organization units and departments. Deep understanding of what the organization needs in talent and change is a critical first step. The changing environment is a strong driver for continued innovation in both what the organization does and how the organization and its workforce are designed, developed, and operate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPracticing Organization Development
Subtitle of host publicationLeading Transformational Change: Fourth Edition
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781118947722
ISBN (Print)9781118947708
StatePublished - Oct 26 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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