THE TRANSFORMATION OF AFRICA LIES IN ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Category : Organisational Development
The African continent is saddled with a myopic and eccentric politicking which has for ages, tied Africa to a pathetic state of under development, destruction and disaster. It is indeed ironic to find Africans amongst the top richest individuals in the world while the continent stills rates as the poorest. It is no secret that Africa is endowed with most of the world’s most valuable minerals and natural reserves. Yet, the fact of mismanagement of our assets hits us hard in the face each time Africa is mentioned. While we cannot dispute the unlimited educational strive of our leaders, we may need to question the application of what they learn in the development of this continent. Africa will not hesitate to boast of learned Professors and Doctors in several disciplines. In the light of Organisational Development (OD), the more critical aspect of our development lies not only in the content but more critically in the process. African leaders need to divert from the stereotyped dogmatic principles of development and embrace the more pragmatic participatory approach to development practiced in OD.
Organisational Development (OD) involves facilitating an organisation’s ability to self-reflect, self regulate, and take control of its own processes of improvement and learning (Kaplan, 1966) with a view to effectively achieving its purpose for existence (Kumawu and Kraus, 2007)
OD is a systematically planned effort to transform an Organisation into higher, healthier and self sustaining performance through critical capacity assessment and planned interventions.(Personal).
OD is unique in its approach to development due to the its application of the Action Research Model in all change efforts. One unsurpassed strength of the OD approach is the use of data gathering and analysis to reflect the true state of the organisation prior to action planning. More often than not, African leaders are prone to unclassified assumptions prompting them into assumed solutions which often end up temporarily shadowing the real problems and hindrances to development. It is an established fact that most surfacing problems are often symptoms of an underlying defect in a system. African organisations will need as a lifeline, to embrace the tested and proven processes of OD if there is any hope for the transformation of the African continent.
The goal of OD is to improve organisational effectiveness as defined by the organisation itself and it is only when African Leaders have been able to embed OD into various political and governmental organisations across the sub-region , can we see true transformation of the African Continent.
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Kaplan, Allan (1996) The Development Practitioner’s Handbook, London Pluto Press.
Noble Kumawu and William A. Kraus: Global Organisation Development, A Model for Africa and the World OCIC. Accra, Ghana. 2007.