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May Presentation - OD and HR: Is OD Stuck in the Wrong Place?

  • May 17, 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


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OD and HR: Is OD Stuck in the Wrong Place?

Matt Minahan

Special ODN Lifetime Achievement Award Presenter

Live via zoom meeting.

The relationship between OD and HR has been problematic for decades, but seems even more challenging now. Across organizations of all sizes and in all sectors, the OD function has become absorbed into HR. OD jobs have been converted into training, talent, and business partner jobs. There is much more learning than OD in jobs in Learning and OD. The result has been an OD function that is focused on engagement surveys, performance management system redesign, and the occasional team building event.

As a result, well trained, systems thinking OD people are being underutilized and sub-optimized. The more strategic OD functions of strategy, structure, business process, leadership team development, and culture change remain unaddressed where the OD function is situated in HR.

What's behind the dilemma and what to do about is the focus of our May 17th meeting.

At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand the core and fundamental differences between the OD and HR functions;
  • Understand why OD is a lot more than just advanced HR; and
  • Understand why where the OD function is located on the organization chart is critical to its success

About Your Presenters

Matt Minahan, Ed. D., is President of The Minahan Group an international consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, organization design, organization development, and leadership development.

Matt's clients are implementing large scale, enterprise-wide change programs.  His firm specializes in collaborative design and facilitation including business strategy, new structures, mission, business process simplification, culture change, and communications.

Matt founded the internal OD function within the World Bank. He founded The Minahan Group in 1997 and has worked in organizations in China, elsewhere in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

He is a member and has served as a board member of both NTL Institute and the OD Network, where he was chair and co-chair for 3 years. He is a Lifetime Achievement Award winner from the OD Network, as well recipient of the Network’s Service to the Network and Best OD Article awards.

He teaches OD and is a guest lecturer in several doctoral programs and is active in environmental justice and ecological preservation. He has written dozens of articles and chapters for publication, many of which are at


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6:00 – 6:30 pm   Join on Zoom, gather and network

6:30 – 8:00 pm   Presentation

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