ERIC Number: ED083367
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jul-1
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Characteristics and Professional Concerns of Organization Development Practitioners.
Patten, Thomas H., Jr.; And Others
A study was undertaken of organization development (OD) programs, from the point of view of the organization members who plan and conduct them, to gain information for meaningful planning by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). A questionnaire was returned by 103 of 450 randomly selected OD practitioners. Most respondents had educational training of seventeen or more years (79%), had backgrounds in social science or business (75%), and had some type of "group" training. Most were not full-time OD practitioners. Respondents selected Bechard's definition of OD as most acceptable and chose five major thrust areas. In measuring OD processes, the survey questionnaire feedback received support, disenchantment was evidenced with T-groups and Leadership Labs, and MBO was advocated by a majority of the respondents. Over 75% stated they have "measured" their OD efforts, relying heavily on highly subjective methods. Other data collected related to the respondents' professional interests and their attitudes toward ASTD-OD Division. Implications were that since most are part-time OD practitioners, they do not have time to keep abreast of OD publications and are less interested in theory than "how to do it" information. (SC)
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Authoring Institution: American Society for Training and Development, Madison, WI.