F&OD's Organizational Development Consulting Services

For the past several years, MSU has had access to organizational development consultations funded by the Office of the Provost. During this time of increasing budget constraints and organizational change, requests have begun to exceed capacity- making it time to rethink the entire process. In conjunction with the Provost's Office, F&OD is introducing a new and expanded set of organizational development consultation opportunities that will be available to MSU academic units. F&OD defines organizational development (OD) as systematic efforts to increase the long-term health and performance of an organization, while enriching the lives of its members.

These OD consultations are rooted in the belief that organizations are social systems with an organizational culture that influences the way people work and approach projects. The methodology employs planned change based on research and evidence to remove obstacles and make change easier. The ideal is an organization where continuous improvement is so integrated that it is not thought of as an initiative.

With input and funding from Provost Kim Wilcox, F&OD has developed a new, expanded and more explicit process by which we can 1) identify and integrate the OD expertise of our MSU colleagues across campus, 2) make these OD consultants available to academic units that request them on the basis of cost-sharing (50% funded by the Provost's Office, 50% funded by the unit), and 3) provide easy access to information, coordination and evaluation of the process.

The organizational development consultation services fall into two categories:

  • support for planning and facilitation of meetings and
  • support for organizational change, strategic visioning, strategic planning, performance review, assessments, faculty and department discussions, environmental/departmental concerns and leadership development.

We are grateful to Provost Wilcox for his interest in and support for this important initiative. We also wish to thank the department chairs, school directors, and OD consultants who worked with F&OD to develop the new process.

To request an OD consultation, or to share questions or comments, please contact Allyn Shaw, Director of Leadership and Organizational Development in F&OD, at leaders@msu.edu, or 517.355.5761 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              517.355.5761      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, who will coordinate the OD consulting initiative.

Deborah DeZure
Assistant Provost for Faculty and Organizational Development

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For additional details, please visit http://fod.msu.edu/odconsulting/about.asp.

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