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Pacific Northwest Organization Development Network (PNODN) is a community of professionals dedicated to developing personal, organizational, and community capacity to realize relevant and compelling results.

Our mission is to connect, engage, and develop a thriving community of Organization Development (OD) Practitioners and business leaders (Government, Non-Profit, and For Profit) to ensure our region is at its maximum capacity in terms of development of people and organization effectiveness. We want to help businesses reach record results and develop their people along the way.

The work of organization development and change can be difficult. PNODN offers a network of support along your path. We provide connection, collaboration, training, new ways of thinking, and the ability to share and learn best practices among like-minded professionals.

Come join our community and help make the Pacific Northwest an even greater place to live, grow, work, and develop.


What is Organization Development?

Organization Development is a field that is much wider than many think - it includes all the aspects of work that help an organization (whether private or public, small or large) to thrive and meet its mission. OD work is done in HR departments, in program management, in team building, and in levels of engagement throughout our systems of work. For us, OD is the anthropology of organizations, the study of and perspective for our cultures, policies, and processes and how they support positive growth.

What follows is former President of PNODN Board Chris Crosby's answer to the question.

To start, I will share a definition from Dr. Warner Burke of Columbia University. He stated that, "To be OD it must (1) respond to an actual and perceived need for change on the part of the client, (2) involve the client in the planning and implementation of the change, and (3) lead to change in the organization's culture.” Further, Dr. Burke went on to write that,”…organization development is a process of fundamental change in an organization’s culture. By fundamental change, as opposed to fixing a problem or improving a procedure, I mean that some significant aspect of a culture will never be the same.”

Warner Burke’s definition holds high expectations and excludes most OD practiced today. So I will try and lower the expectations while still providing sufficient challenge to various practices.

To be Organization Development you must develop the organization and the people. Therefore, Organization Development is an activity or intervention that develops the organization to reach greater business functioning (obtain measurable goal[s]) and develops people at the same time. If you do an activity that only develops people then it is not OD and vice versa.

See Chris Crosby's full paper on what is OD here.

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