Basics of organisation design and development

Develop the skills you need to prepare and implement an organisation design and development (OD&D) action plan.

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Perfect for:

Senior HR professionals
Senior manager

You’ll learn how to:

  • introduce the theory and frameworks used in organisation design and development
  • explain the key connections and differences associated with organisation design and development
  • apply diagnostic tools to assess an organisation’s health
  • use data to decide how to initiate, manage and evaluate organisational changes.

About this course

Course length: Three days

Delivery: Face-to-face

Suitable for: Senior people professionals and senior operational managers

Topics covered

  • organisation design
  • systems thinking and models
  • organisational structures
  • horizon scanning
  • phases of design and implementation
  • organisation development: the roots and practice
  • working with big system organisation models and frameworks
  • self as instrument
  • the work of organisation development.

What you can expect from this ‘basics of organisation design and development’ course

This course in basic OD&D is for senior people professionals and operational managers without formal foundations in organisational development. You’ll explore theories and diagnostic models to check your organisation’s health, the role of data, and the concept of self as a change instrument.

This course has been created and delivered by CIPD and leading OD&D experts. It investigates whole systems thinking and explores the different levels where organisation design occurs. You’ll create an action plan including ways to transition to and optimise a new organisation design. It will also include the change management and stakeholder management aspects you should consider.

What you’ll need to do on this course

This is a three-day, face-to-face course.

You'll receive additional reading which we recommend you complete before the first session.

What you’ll get on this course

At the end of this basic OD&D course, you’ll receive a certificate.

Before this course begins, you’ll receive a resource pack which will include essential reading. At the end of the course, you will be directed towards further resources to help you develop your action plan and embed your practice in the workplace.

Taking part in this course gives you access to the CIPD Learning Hub for 12 months. Here, you can access your course content together with other valuable resources and tools. When you finish your course, you can enjoy an additional 12 months of access to other resources on the Learning Hub.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this organisation design and development course, you’ll be able to:

  • systematically approach organisation change
  • use organisation design and development tools and theories in your workplace
  • identify an effective and individualised approach to initiating organisation design, organisation development and change in your organisation
  • engage with stakeholders to effectively support change.

Team bookings

Interested in booking this course for your team? We offer group bookings solutions for teams of four or more people.

When your teams learn with the CIPD, they get direct access to the latest professional research and insights.

And through courses co-created with industry thought leaders and practitioners, they’ll build the skills and confidence they need to inspire action, influence change and drive business value.

We offer a wide range of Learning and Development solutions to suit employees at every level – whether in HR, L&D, OD or wider people management.