11 Components of Organization Development Process given by French Bell

There are some components of organization development (OD) programs. These components focus various areas of OD operations. The following 11(eleven) components have been taken from French Bell’s book Organization Development.

Components of organization development process

  1. Long-term effort It means that organization change and development take time. It is more accurate to describe improvement as a never ending of continuous change.
  2. Led and supported by top management: Top management must lead and activity encourages the change effort. Top management must initiate the improvement journey and be committed ti seeing it through.
  3. Visioning processThrough this process organization members develop a viable, coherent and shared picture of the nature of the product and services the organization offered.
  4. Empowerment processIt means that leadership behavior and human resource practices that enable organization members to develop and use their talents as fully as possible.
  5. Learning process: It means those interacting, listening and self-examining process that facilitates individual, team and organizational learning.
  6. Problem-solving process: It refers to the ways organization members diagnose the situation, solve problems, make decisions and take actions on problems, opportunities, and challenges in the organization’s environment and its internal functioning.

    Components of Organization Development Process

    Components of Organization Development Process

  7. By ongoing collaborative management: One of the most important things to manage in organizations is the culture. The prevailing pattern of the values, attitude, beliefs, assumptions, activities, norms and artifacts affect organization activates.
  8. Liberation Management: Liberation management is that contemporary bureaucratic structures with their functional specialties and rigid hierarchies are all wrong for the demands of today’s fast-paced marketplace.
  9. Using the consultant-facilitators role: It conveys our beliefs that leaders can benefit from seeking professional assistance in planning and implementing OD initiatives.
  10. Action research It means the participative model of collaborative and iterative diagnosis and taking action in which the leader, organization members, and OD practitioners work together to defined and resolve problems and opportunities.
  11. By intact work teams and other configurations It recognizes that teams can contribute in accomplishing works in organizations. The most prevalent forms of teams in organizations are intact work teams consisting of superiors and subordinates with a specific job to perform.

The above components are supposed to be present among the parties to OD programs. Some of the components may not sometimes be present during the programs.

But every organization should try to demonstrate most of the components while undertaking OD program and implementing the same.

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3 comments for “11 Components of Organization Development Process given by French Bell

  1. M. Scott Norton
    March 26, 2017 at 10:19 PM

    To what extent is one able to use this material in written publications? If the work is cited and placed in the book’s reference, will this suffice for credit purposes? Thanks.

  2. M. Scott Norton
    March 26, 2017 at 10:21 PM

    Is it possible to quote this information in a publication if it is properly cites and referenced in the publication?

    • rasel
      March 29, 2017 at 1:07 PM

      Thanks, M. Scott Norton for asking permission. Yes, you can but remember our website reference is the must. Or you can mail me for further information on this email my email ID: rashal007@yahoo.com

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