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Organizational Development | Certificate Program

In an increasingly competitive and dynamic business environment, organizational development (OD) & design are becoming essential game-changers. To win in the marketplace, businesses need to continuously align strategy, culture, internal processes, and optimize cross-departmental communication. This OD Certificate Program is designed to equip you with the skills and expertise to help your organization thrive, now and in the future.



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Study 3 hours/week to finish in 10 weeks


12 Months

12 months to obtain your certificate


5 Courses + Capstone Project

31 video lessons + assignments + quizzes

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Organization Development and Design Training Course
In this online Organization Development course you will learn how to help your company build a better, stronger, more aligned workforce and improved organizational effectiveness. You will learn how and when to apply OD techniques in your work as an HR professional. Recognize internal and external triggers, determine the best intervention for your organization, and understand how to implement those effectively.

Organizational development

Enhance your HR toolkit with Organizational Development expertise and get the skills you need to future-proof your organization.

Organizational culture

Discover what it takes to create and sustain an organizational culture, as well as how to successfully implement culture change.

Organizational design

Gain the knowledge you need to build your own Organizational Design program, from OD models to data gathering.

Consulting & Communication Skills

Learn to connect and communicate effectively with key stakeholders and use consulting techniques when implementing OD interventions.

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Organization Development

You'll start with a deep dive into Organizational Development from an HR perspective. After taking a closer look at the definition, core concept, and characteristics of OD, you will explore the Organization Development cycle, both in theory and practice. From diagnostics, to designing interventions and evaluating the impact, you will immerse yourself in the Organizational Development cycle. You will do this by studying key concepts and theories, but also the practical side through exercises and assignments.


Consulting & Communication Skills

Understand how current and future business challenges link to people-related challenges and learn to use scientific knowledge and data to provide evidence-based support for decision making. You will also develop the ability to connect and communicate effectively with key stakeholders and learn consulting techniques that you can use when implementing organization development interventions.


Organization Design

It’s time to focus on one of the most common OD interventions: Organization Design. You will learn how to set up a successful Organizational Design program: from recognizing triggers, through selecting the right model, to applying the Org Design process and overcoming common obstacles. After this part, you will have the knowledge and confidence necessary to add Organization Design to your skill set.


HR Operating Models

Learn how to design the HR function to most efficiently attain the goals of your department and the business with the help of various HR Operating Models. This course will take you step by step through the process of designing an HR Operating Model, and help you understand what works best for your organization.


Organization Culture

Finally, you will shift your focus to organizational culture. By the end of this course, you will have an in-depth understanding of organizational culture and how it impacts the business. You will know how to design cultural foundations, perform a current state analysis, and implement a culture change while managing the change process.


Capstone Project

The capstone project will help you put your newly acquired knowledge and skills into practice. Within the framework of a case study you will be asked to go through an entire OD cycle and implement an Org Design model. To round up your skills, you'll create an outline of your organizational culture. By the end of the project you'll be able to confidently use your new skills and knowledge.

Download the syllabus for a detailed overview of all lessons, assignments, reading materials, and bonus content.

+ meet your instructors

Giles Slinger

Organization Design and HR Analytics Leader


Giles Slinger has extensive experience in the HR analytics space. Formerly a Director at Concentra, which produced leading organization design, HR analytics and workforce planning solution OrgVue, his focus areas are effective management processes and intelligent use of business information through intuitive data management and visualization.

Naomi Stanford

Organization Design Consultant


Naomi Stanford is an expert in organization design and effectiveness. She advises and supports corporate and government clients in the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Recent projects include developing a culture of teamwork with a European Union body and advising on an HR Strategy for a conglomerate in Sudan. Naomi has written several books on Organization Design, and speaks, writes and teaches on many aspects of organization.

Lisanne van Bunderen



Lisanne van Bunderen is a researcher at S-Ray Diagnostics, and previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam Business School. Her main focus is strategic management from the behavioral perspective of intra- and inter-team relationships. Her research has covered intra-team hierarchy, power dynamics and inter-group cooperation and competition.

Omar Ismail

Impact & Influence Facilitator


Creating HR influence can be challenging & emotionally draining. You’re already in a senior HR position, but do not have the energy, time and critical insights on how to create the influence you need to achieve your goals. Omar's purpose is to inspire people to think differently in a way that moves them towards getting what they want in their personal & professional lives.

Rob van Dijk

Communication specialist


Rob van Dijk is an expert in HR innovation, People Analytics and People Strategy. He is the owner of OrgVision, an independent people analytics consultancy. He consults organizations to develop and execute workforce strategy by leveraging analytics, HR innovation, and digital HR capabilities. In his previous role he was People Analytics Lead at Bright & Company, where he assisted organizations like ABN AMRO and Ahold Delhaize in building their people analytics capabilities.

David Creelman

HR Management Consultant


David Creelman is the person organizations turn to when they are planning to implement a new operating model for HR. He is internationally recognized for his clear and pragmatic insight on the function of HR in business.

Danielle Lee

OD Expert


With over a decade of experience at organizations like HSBC, Unilever, and British Telecom, Danielle is an absolute world-class expert and leadining practitioner in the field of Organizational Development and Design. She's motivated to help organizations build change capability, manage global talent and drive long-term sustainable performance through applied behavioural science and clinical psychology.

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Why should I enroll in this Organizational Development Certification Program?

As an HR professional, you want to help your organization win in the marketplace. There are many ways to do this, such as attracting the best talent or keeping employee engagement levels high. But since 2020, we’re all acutely aware of another key to success: an organization’s capacity to change.

Organization Development is a science-based process that helps organizations build their capacity to change. This is a complex field and a specialization in and of itself. However, there are Organization Development skills and techniques that you as an HR professional can use in your work to build a stronger, better and more resilient organization.

And that is what you will learn in this Organization Development online training course.


+   Will the Organization Development Certificate Program make me an OD expert?

The goal of this OD training program is not just to warm up HR professionals to potentially make a career switch into OD. It's also to empower you as an HR professional by adding Organization Development expertise and skills to your toolkit, enabling you to better help your company thrive in today’s VUCA business environment.

+   How effective is this online course?

This certificate program has been built on a rigorous academic foundation of the latest academic research, proven theories, and leading models. To ensure that you can translate new knowledge into practice, each 'passive element' such as a video lesson is followed by an 'active element' like quizzes and assignments. Throughout the program, you will also learn from dozens of real-world examples and inspiring case studies that showcase the practical applicability of the information taught.

+   Is there a fixed schedule?

No. This program is 100% online and self-paced! When you learn and how much time you spend each day, week, or month is up to.

In total, you will need to invest approximately 30 hours to finish the program and obtain your certificate.

+   How long do I have access to the program?

In total, you will have 12 months of access to the student portal, all lessons, and learning materials. On average, members complete their (first) program in 3 - 4 months.

+   Is this program the right fit for me?

If you’re not sure if this program is the right fit, we are here to help you determine which program is the right fit for your goals and needs! Simply talk to one of our admissions advisors or send them an email at [email protected]

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This helps to structurize your Organizational Development with clear models and explanations.
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Željka Modrej
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An insightful and applicable course that includes Organisation development, Organisation design, Culture and effective communication. I recommend it not only to HR managers but to all leaders and C- suite who want to understand the bigger picture of how people processes and the design of the company can influence efficiency.
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