True Organization Development

Is Organization Development the same as Human Resources? Some organizations view both OD and HR as a single entity, classifying OD as a subset of HR. So, what’s the difference between OD and HR? Let’s define the two terms and the key responsibilities for each one. According to Wikipedia, “Organization development (OD) is defined as the study of successful organizational change and performance.” It incorporates the environment within an organization and its influence on their employees.

On the other hand, “Human resources is defined as the people who make up the workforce of an organization.” The role of an HR lead mainly revolves around the labor force which includes recruiting, onboarding and related activities. Although OD and HR are often coupled together, their purposes are distinct. While HR oversees employees, OD goes beyond to evaluate the core values, policies, and ideal structures and teams within a company. What are your views on OD and HR? How are they similar or different within your organization?

TrainingPros’ organization development consultants bring many years of experience in industry and/or consulting as well as advanced degrees and training in human resources management/development, industrial organization psychology, and/or business practices. Our OD services can help your organization with teambuilding, leadership development, coaching and other OD tasks. Visit our website to learn about our Organization Development service and all other TrainingPros services. As a leader in the industry, we are eager to help you achieve your talent requirements. We invite you to contact a Relationship Manager by visiting the TrainingPros website. Thank you for reading our blog and we look forward to serving your talent needs in the future!