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Handbook for Strategic HR by OD Network

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CHAPTER 2

Organization Development and Human Resources Management

Knowing Our Place for the First Time?

Dave Hanna

FOUR DECADES AGO, Herb Stokes, a pioneering change agent and my first mentor at Procter & Gamble, told me, “The organizational forces for stability are always in conflict with the organizational forces for change. [Human Resources] represents the forces for stability. Organization Development represents the forces for change. That is why [HR] and OD never should be housed in the same department.”

Most of us OD practitioners in those days indeed were housed in Personnel or Industrial Relations (both known today as HR). And while we all enjoyed associating with our HR colleagues, we did have frequent disagreements with them on what ...

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