Difference Between Organization Development and Management Development

The management works under the organization. Organization Development (OD) means the development of overall development activities. It is not a part of any development process.

Rather management development is a part of OD. However, there are a few dimensions differentiating both OD and management development.

The following table shows the difference between organization development and management development:-

Difference between organization development and management development

Points of Difference

Organization development

Management development


Includes all parts of the organization Includes training of executives and managers only.


Both qualitative and quantitative development is involved. Only qualitative development takes palace.


Important methods are survey, feedback, grid, conformation, etc. Important methods are case study, discussion, role-playing, T-group training, etc.


Duration is long-term. Duration is short term.


OD is a macro process  MD is a micro process.


It is not a part of management development It is a part of organization development

External help

It is not difficult to develop without external help. For effective development of managers independent of managers, independent organization’s help may be a must.
Management Development

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