Enhancing Organisational Development Capability in English universities

J Chambers, L Huxley, P Sullivan, B Thackwray

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Hefce commissioned this project report under its Leadership, Governance and Management Fund. Analysis of data from interviews and survey indicates that, in the English Higher Education Institutions, there is currently significant activity in OD. 92% of survey respondents report that they are engaged in institution-wide improvement ventures. Current OD activity across the sector is linked by respondents to the ‘competitive market’ in which HEIs now operate. In this market they perceive that they need to identify and make the best of their ‘distinctive’ offering. Asked to identify and prioritise the focus of their OD activity, ‘improving the student experience’ achieves the highest number of first rankings, followed closely by improvements to leadership and management. A second tier grouping includes improvements to teaching and learning provision and to administrative processes, with a third group comprising research performance, changing culture and improving competitiveness. The study explores drivers for OD initiatives, tools and approaches and key players. As a result of analysis, an agenda for OD enhanced capability is proposed.
Translated title of the contributionEnhancing Organisational Development Capability in English universities
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages46
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2007

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Publisher: Hefce


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