Two initial conclusions are suggested by this comparison. First, the present competency list is only marginally different from other lists, suggesting a certain amount of convergent validity in our understanding of OD competencies and providing a solid basis for recommending OD practitioner development. Second, the relative stability in the competency list over the past twenty-five years presents a challenge to the field to move forward. Perhaps that can be done with new work around Appreciative Inquiry.

Validity and Practitioner Development

The conclusion of convergence should be comforting to new entrants to the field or to current practitioners looking for development guidance. The fragmentation in the field and the lack ...

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