Welcome to ODC


Welcome to the Organization Development and Change (ODC) Division. This is our 50th year as a division in the Academy of Management!

Our division has long been known as a supportive community whose members are passionate about the scholarship and practice of organization development and change. Our division is the place for you if you have any interest in any topic related to organizational development and change. Culture change, design thinking, dialogic OD, discourse and change, identity and change, innovation, social movements, positive organizational change are only a few examples. If you are not yet a member, I invite you to join by selecting ODC as one of your divisions of choice.

We welcome and include scholars, educators, managers, consultants, and students drawn from all around the world. We are united by our commitment to ODC in all its forms, on the processes and outcomes of change at the individual, group, organizational, and institutional levels. We explore multiple methods and perspectives, striving to create high impact research, both theoretical and applied. Our members seek to make a positive difference to society, and to organizations and the lives of the people that work in them.

We are proud of our history of innovative, high quality programming. At the annual Academy Meeting, our highly popular doctoral student and junior faculty consortia feature one-on-one coaching from leading international scholars. Our other Annual Meeting program events always include a range of sessions in which members discuss and exchange the latest tools and resources necessary to advance ODC education and teaching and the work of scholar-practitioners. Our members are always willing to mentor, collaborate, and support one another in various ways throughout the year.

Our most important strategic activity this year celebrates our 50th anniversary as a Division. We invite you to participate during this year of engagement. Visit our virtual meeting space for playful, inclusive dialogue. Our goal is to engage and connect the diverse people--the scholars, the educators, the managers, the practitioners, and the students--necessary to sustain the ODC as a field of inquiry and practice.

Our efforts will culminate on July 29 (hopefully in Philadelphia and the day before the start of AoM meeting) where we will host a special to mark the official completion of our 50th year. This event will not only help us acknowledge and appreciate the successes of the past, but also help us build the future of the Division as an ODC hub.

Please be on the lookout for other opportunities to engage and network with us throughout the year using our regular communications or via our on-line LinkedInFacebook, and Twitter accounts.

If you have any questions about engaging with the ODC Division, please contact any of our board members. A full list of board members can be found here.

Make our community your community – your participation is most welcome!

Best wishes,

Professor David Bright, Division Chair, Organization Development and Change

David Bright




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