Key Concepts in Human Resources Management is an essential guide to the theories and issues that define the field - from the critical debates to the more practical considerations that every student should be aware of.52 short entries will serve to orientate the student round the need-to-know essentials. Entries will include Employment Tribunals, Benefits, Corporate Social Responsibility, Discipline and Grievance, Control, Employee relations, Incentive schemes, Motivation, Organizational culture, Strategic HRM, Victimisation.A range of relevant HR applications will be given for each term.A selection of recommended readings are suggested for each entry.

Organisational Development (OD) and Change

Organisational development (OD) and change

Organisational development, usually referred to as simply ‘OD’, is an approach to dealing with change which incorporates aspects of culture, working atmosphere, employee commitment, conflict, power, and politics in seeking to achieve organisational effectiveness for all stakeholders. As an academic discipline, it utilises ideas from the social psychology, sociology, psychology, and anthropology disciplines. It reflects the systematic application of behavioural science to the planned development of organisational strategies, structures, and processes for improving effectiveness.

Cummings and Worley (2005) identified five features common to an OD intervention that differentiate it from other change management approaches. These are:

  • OD applies to changes in the strategy, structure, and/or processes of an entire system, such as an organisation or work ...

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