Organisation Development Concepts

Laying the foundations for a better way of working with organisations

Live Facilitator Lead Course – NQF Level 5

What is Organisation Development? Where are the boundaries of this profession and what are the basic ingredients of Organisation Development practice? What development paths are there for new practitioners and what might experienced practitioners have to build on in contemporary Organisation Development?


This introductory course is the foundation of the Certificate and introduces students to the profession of Organisation Development.

The need for this module

Organisation Development sets out to enhance the effectiveness of our organisations, in a healthy way. To achieve this, we need to understand the fundamentals of Organisation Development. Through Organisation Development Concepts you will gain an awareness of the profession of Organisation Development. You will develop an understanding of the Organisation Development landscape and the principles, models and frameworks that will accelerate your impact on organisational change and deliver results in a new way.

What will be covered?
  • An introduction to the core concepts of Organisation Development
  • Issue-centric Organisation Development
  • Organisational Health and Effectiveness
  • Lenses on organisations (complexity, systemic, mechanistic)
  • Organisational Paradoxes
  • Levels of Practice
  • Self as Instrument
  • Gleicher and Dannemiller
  • Change Typology (revolution, reform, rejuvenation, convening)
  • The WorldsView™ Organisation Development Ontology
  • The WorldsView™ Communication Framework
What are the expected understanding/knowledge outcomes?
  • Understand Organisation Development concepts, frameworks and models
  • Identify the role and skills of the Organisation Development practitioner in developing the various elements of an organisation
  • Understand Organisation Development methodologies
  • Identify and explain the organisational elements of at least four Organisational Design theorists
  • Describe an organisation using one of the Organisational Design theories
  • Explain the process steps of developing the various elements of an organisation
What are the expected behavioural outcomes?
  • Follow the Organisation Development codes and guidelines in working with organisations
  • Retain a view of the whole system as you address each organisational issue, using Organisation Development methodologies
  • Demonstrate a comprehension of how Organisation
  • Development can help to accelerate the effectiveness of organisations, in a healthy way
Class Duration

2-days or 16-hours


Assessment is an integral component contributing to the success of this module. Participants will be required to participate in a variety of assessment activities that include but are not limited to assignments, action learning projects, case studies and examinations.

The WorldsView™ Academy Learning Process

The WorldsView™ Academy Learning Process underlies all WorldsView™ programmes and is informed by progressive research about learning in contemporary environments. Our learning process consists of four learning channels:

  • E-Learning platform that provides both a base for becoming familiar with  the field of each programme, as well as a space for ongoing exploration;
  • A Classroom engagement where our faculty facilitate rich conversations  and learning experiences to deepen understanding of the field;
  • A Workplace Application, often in the form of a workplace project, to   root learning in the actual work experience of learners and to ensure practical relevance and embodied understanding;
  • and an Assignment/Evaluation, usually a portfolio of evidence combined with an examination, to confirm learning and conform to external examination board requirements, e.g. the Council on Higher Education, to formalise qualification.
Academic Faculty

Only highly qualified and experienced organisation development practitioners are appointed as Faculty in WorldsView Academy. Faculty members are selected in accordance with the specific module criteria as approved by the Academic Board. The requirements for the appointment of Faculty include relevant academic qualifications, experience in developing organisations and facilitation or lecturing experience.

Quality Standards in Programme Development

A quality education programme begins with the development of quality modules and courses. World-class design and development standards are deeply entrenched in every programme module, setting WorldsView Academy apart from other educational programmes. Our design and development policies, frameworks and principles guarantee robust processes in the development of learning programmes and material.


These include:

  • Highly qualified and experienced development Faculty.
  • A robust development process.
  • Numerous Academic Board and peer reviews.
  • Integrated Learning.
  • Core themes and philosophies that underpin all modules, ensuring learning coherence.
Who should attend?

New Organisation Development practitioners, Organisation Development practitioners, HR practitioners, Managers and Leaders who want to understand and apply Organisation Development values, processes and practices to drive change.

Entry Requirements
  • National Senior Certificate/Grade 12/NQF level 4 (or equivalent)
  • Age exemption (23 years or older)
  • English at grade 12/NQF level 4 or equivalent
In-company and Customisation Options

At WorldsView™ Academy, we understand that companies have unique organisational needs, which is why we offer customised training and development solutions to best suit your particular requirements. Please contact us for further information in this regard.