Goal setting is invariably a part of OD programs. The goal setting model can help an organization to increase its effectiveness and productivity by firmly defining what end products are expected, and the steps needed to take in order to obtain the goals and create the final product. The goal setting model helps organizations to remain organized and on task by creating a check-list of activities, so to speak. For my work organization, we meet weekly to talk about how we are independently working towards our common goal and give a progress update. The common goals are decided as a group at the beginning of the year and evolve as necessary. In this sense, the goals are informal because they may change do to logistic restraints or unexpected positive or negative changes (ie. equipment failure, incoming funds). My organization has measurable and accomplishable goals. These include creating peer-reviewed publications and earning research grants and scholarships. Our goal setting is rather effective, but there is always room for improvement. If we produced firmer deadlines with our goal, I think it would increase our unit effort and move us towards our goals even sooner.
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Discuss the future trends in Organizational Development. Take a position on the following question and defend it: "Is OD an emerging discipline or only a passing fad?"
There are numerous trends emerging in the field of OD. Some of which I think are particularly meaningful are that they are becoming extremely clear in their goals and are becoming very interdisciplinary to achieve their goals. As OD evolves, I think the technology used within OD will also evolve and advance. OD is not a fad. OD has become such a positive feature in organizations and businesses. I truly can only see OD becoming more mainstream and as stronghold of groups. Since OD helps groups become more productive, efficient, and effective, there does not’t seem to be justification for the field of OD to fade into the background of a group or the past in general.
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Lafarge is the world's biggest cement producer, with over $15 billion in revenues from 133 cement plants in 46 countries. An important element at Lafarge is training. Managers are required to monitor the development of employees. The company practices intensive communication to make sure that its worldwide businesses understand its operations. "Our aim is to become a learning organization," says the training manager of the cement division. How can a culture persist in an organization for over 170 years across different owners? Review the Lafarge website (http://www.lafarge.com/) to read and critique the "Lafarge way" and other company practices and philosophies. Based on your research, take a position on whether or not Lafarge is a learning organization.
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Despite that numerous owners have operated Lafarge, it is obvious that their culture and legacy persists. This is a result of having a strong mission statement and ideology for all of their employees from executives to lower level workers. The “Lafarge way’ is certainly a learning organization. While they maintain their quality craftsmanship and values, they allow the fabrication of their product to evolve as technology grows and develops. Their design techniques are diverse and you can tell they are catering to their consumers and their respective communities. Moreover they have evolved to fit the needs of consumers today such as eco-friendly building and artistic presentation and architecture. Moreover their global presence fits within our society of global networking and connectivity, and in doing so they seem to be progressing and remaining politically respectful. It seems to me that must use OD to better complete planned projects as they have been so successful because they work with a critical eye and aim for perfection, which is provided as evidence in their professional and well designed website.
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