OD is a planned process of change based on behavioral science and an organization-wide process utilizing a systematic approach. OD is used to solve problems with the goal of improving the effectiveness of the organization. This can even occur within an individual and involve some form of goal, cognitive, or affective conflict.
OD is supported by multidisciplinary theories and views organizations as open systems. This enables it in achieving the goals of organizational effectiveness through process change techniques. Organizations are impacted by change and an effect of that change will be felt in another part of the organization.
Special attention and focus is given to the “how to” aspect of about OD in the grand scheme of organizational context. It is not a surprise that the unit of analysis for OD practitioners is organization, which means that we focus on developing organization capability through alignment of strategy, structure, management processes, people, rewards, and metrics.
The business plan of a healthcare organization describes the purpose of the healthcare organization and the structure to its organizational goals. The strategic plan is used as a road map on how the organization will accomplish its purpose and put ideas into action. The strategic plan also prioritizes the organization’s resources as a way to fulfill the business plan. One could summarize the business plan as the “what,” and the strategic plan as the “how.”
In a minimum of 200 words, post your responses to the following to the Discussion Area:
- List the similarities and differences between a healthcare organization’s business plan and a strategic plan? Be sure to include the purpose (the basis of the plan) of each plan and how they relate to one another.
- Discuss why is it important for a healthcare organization to develop a strategic plan?