An analysis of organization development consultant skill requirements.
Spurgeon, James David
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The United States Air Force Leadership and Management Development Center (LMDC) , Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, was created in 1975 at the direction of Chief of Staff General David C. Jones. Since that time, the consultative services and techniques of the LMDC traveling teams have expanded and matured, as have those of Army, Navy, and civilian organization development (OD) agencies. Major revisions are planned to occur in 19 7 8 to both the nature and scope of LMDC activities. Essentially there will be a shift from a technology based on Schein ' s Process Consultation Model to a more data-based technology influenced by Bowers' work with survey-guided development. This study was undertaken to take advantage of the maturing technologies in the civilian sector and in the other Services, and provide, to the LMDC a synthesized listing of the skills required of an OD consultant. The Kolb-Frohman model of the process of planned change provided the structure for data aggregation and the synthesized skills listings. Additionally, the process of Technology Transfer is discussed as it applies to this study and its future utilization. The value- of this study lies in its concise listing of skills, knowledges, and traits required of a practicing OD consultant.
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