Organization Development Network of Western New York

Who is ODN of WNY

The Organization Development Network of Western New York (ODN of WNY) is a learning community of professionals who are dedicated to making both organizations and the people who work and lead them better and we do so through the use of Organization Development (OD) principles and practices.

Our network is comprised of both external OD consultants and internal OD practitioners. We meet once a month to learn about and discuss ways in which OD can be applied in organizations. For a better sense of our topics, look under the “Recent Posts” section of this blog for notes from our previous meetings.

To join our network, you need only have a passion for OD, a desire to learn, and the willingness to share what you know with others in the network. There are no fees or annual dues. Come to as many meetings as you can. For a calendar of upcoming meetings, please go to the ODN of WNY Calendar Page.

What is Organization Development?

One classic definition of organization development comes from Richard Beckhard’s 1969 Organization Development: Strategies and Models:

Organization Development is an effort (1) planned, (2) organization-wide, and (3) managed from the top, to (4) increase organization effectiveness and health through (5) planned interventions in the organizations “processes,” using behavioral-science knowledge.

Other definitions from leaders in Organization Development Network:

“OD is a field directed at interventions in the processes of human systems (formal and informal groups, organizations, communities, and societies) in order to increase their effectiveness and health using a variety of disciplines, principally applied behavioral sciences. OD requires practitioners to be conscious about the values guiding their practice and focuses on achieving its results through people.”
Arnold Minors, Arnold Minors & Associates, Toronto, Canada

“Organization Development is a body of knowledge and practice that enhances organizational performance and individual development, viewing the organization as a complex system of systems that exist within a larger system, each of which has its own attributes and degrees of alignment. OD interventions in these systems are inclusive methodologies and approaches to strategic planning, organization design, leadership development, change management, performance management, coaching, diversity, and work/life balance.”
Matt Minahan, MM & Associates, Silver Spring, Maryland


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  1. Casey DeBruyn said, on September 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Hello Mike,

    My name is Casey DeBruyn. I am a T&D professional and PhD candidate for Organization and Management through Capella University. I currently work as the Training Supervisor for Life Technologies on Grand Island. I stumbled across The ODN in WNY website and I love it! I was wondering, would you be able to provide me with the membership criteria and applications?

  2. mikecardus said, on January 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Membership criteria is willing to learn and share along with us. We are made up of internal and external Organizational Development people.

    Also our membership is free, feel free to attend one of our meetings…if it adds value to you and your organization, please return to more meetings.

  3. Brian Pettit said, on September 29, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Unabashed praise. I especially appreciate the multiple definitions. We could also mention the national affliation, though that does not mean much to me. What does mater is the sharing support enhanced by facilitators who are sharing while learning.

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