Defining Org Development, Org Design and Org Culture

Organizational Design is designing the organization based on purpose of the organization. 

Org Design is strategy-based and usually created by a team, including the CEO, and is properly managed by the COO. 

(Ex. If you decide to build a car, you would figure out the purpose of the car and then design the car around the purpose. The purposes of racing and transporting a family would call for a different design. 

Organizational Development is maintaining the organization in such a way to consistently achieve the purpose.

Org Development is people-based and usually created by a team, including the CEO and COO, and is properly managed by the Chief People Officer. 

(Ex. If you decide to build a race car, the development is the consistent process of taking care of the parts of the car, the people who manage the car and bringing the right team members onboard) when more experienced team members leave the team.)

Organizational Culture is the accepted values and behaviors within an organization by all members of the organization.

Org Culture is people-based and usually (initially) determined by the founding team, including the Founder, CEO and COO, and is properly managed by the Chief People Officer.

Note: Organizational culture should be properly managed by the CEO in collaboration with HR. At the very least, HR should be empowered to “build people” have a prime seat – and voice – at the head table.

(Ex. On the race car, the culture of the team is the accepted way the team shows up and behaves every day.)

Thoughts? What am I missing? 

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