1 The Beginnings of a Puzzle

The Beginnings of a Puzzle

As with all research, the investigations which led to this book were iterative in nature. I first became motivated to study the difference between academic and practitioner perspectives on the development of the OD profession in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2008. This resulted from my experience of a move from a practitioner to academic career in 2007, and I was keen to identify a subject of personal interest and relevance for research.

I had previously held a senior practitioner job role which had both Human Resource (HR) and OD in the title. Whilst I had had formal post graduate education and professional development in HR and Human Resources Development (HRD), I was less confident on having ...

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