Study Guide for Mid-Term: OLPD 5607
Note: These are sample questions that cover many aspects (but not all) of the material covered so far in the course. If you can answer these types of questions, you are up-to-date with the reading, and you understand the lecture notes then you are familiar with the major concepts from chapters 1-10.
BACKGROUND of OD
What is the purpose of organizations? TO CREATE VALUE. The first answer is free.
What is a sustained competitive advantage and what is the role of human resources in achieving this?
In words or in a diagram show the relationship between human resource management (HRM) and human resource development (HRD) and organization development (OD).
What terms and/or concepts are common to many OD definitions? Why are these important concepts in OD?
How would you define OD in your own words?
What is the context of OD in the 21st century? How might the context influence the organization and the delivery off OD?
HISTORY OF OD
What are the five historic stems of OD practice? Identify at least one major theorist associated with each of these. Discuss the essences of each of these five stems of OD practice.
What are the underlying disciplines that form the foundations of OD?
THE NATURE OF PLANNED CHANGE
Name three models of change and briefly highlight the key points of each.
Draw and discuss the strengths and limitations of Lewin's Three Stage Model of the Change Process.
What model underlies most current approaches to OD and planned change? What are some recent trends in the extension and refinement of this model in OD practice?
What is alpha, beta, and gamma change?
Define how the magnitude, degree of client system organization, and domestic versus international setting may impact planned change.
THE OD PRACTITIONER...