Theories of Organisation Design and Development Essential Insights

Identify and apply core organisation design and development approaches to help enable change management in your context.


60-90 minutes

Online self-directed

Essential Insights


Free for CIPD members and Core Learning Subscribers.

Organisations need to be consciously and reflectively designed and developed in order to thrive. Considering the wider integrated ecosystem (including structure, systems, culture and values), organisation design and delivery (OD&D) helps organisations work towards a desired future state through change management.

This essential insights course introduces the building blocks of theories, frameworks and models used by organisation design and organisation development specialists. Aimed at people practitioners in HR and L&D or people managers seeking a grounding in the topic, delegates study at their own pace via an online portal. Exploring six of the core theories that any aspiring practitioner needs to be fully conversant with, it debunks myths and explores system models and approaches for organisations of any size, ensuring OD&D is fit for purpose in context.

Designed by OD&D expert practitioners, delegates will be able to confidently discuss organisation design and organisation development theories with stakeholders and support change management programmes.

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You already have access to the features and benefits of the Core Learning Subscription, which includes this course, as part of your membership, access it here.


The purpose of this course is to:

  • define the terms organisation design and organisation development
  • explore theories that are used by organisation design and organisation development practitioners
  • identify areas to apply the theory in a practical way.

Is this course right for me?

This programme provides a gentle yet comprehensive introduction to six of the core theories used by organisation design and organisation development practitioners. It is aimed at aspiring people managers or people practitioners working in HR and L&D looking to become conversant in OD&D theories, frameworks and models and be more impactful in their role.

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