The results from Table 5.3 allow us to address the two research questions driving this chapter. First, is there any underlying structure within the list of OD competencies? Second, what utility does the refined list have for OD practitioners?

Underlying Structure of the Competencies

The data generated and analyzed in this study strongly support an underlying structure in the list of competencies. In both analyses, the data were reduced to a smaller and more meaningful set of required skills and knowledge. The final analysis suggests that twenty to twenty-four competencies adequately describe the requirements of successful OD practitioners.

Utility of the Competencies

Finding an underlying structure within a list of 141 competencies ...

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