Organisation Development is a systemwide application of behavioural science knowledge to the planned development and reinforcement of organisational strategies, structure, and process for improving an organisation’s effectiveness.

Cummings & Worley (1997)


A tree is a symbol of life. Without foundational roots that absorb nutrients, it cannot survive, let alone grow. An organisation is likened to be a tree that needs firm foundation for its development and growth. The people, process, system and structure are the elements that form the firm foundation of organisations. Its firmness is subject to its responsiveness to the environmental factors, anticipating and adapting to the required changes to keep them vibrant and alive.