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Handbook for Strategic HR by OD Network

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CHAPTER 1

The Role of Organization Development in the Human Resource Function1

Edgar H. Schein

THE PURPOSE OF THIS PAPER is to explore the connection between the Human Resource Function in organizations and the evolving field of Organization Development, and to do this in a historical context with an eye toward future challenges. The connection between the field of Organization Development (OD) and the Human Resource (HR) function is complex because both OD and HR are themselves evolving in response to many global forces. We are so preoccupied with the economic factor in the organizational world, both in business and in the nonprofit sector, that we may have failed to note five important trends that are influencing both HR and OD.

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