Organisational Development  Symposium

Applied OD for Higher Education

 2 September 2019

University of Canberra

 An AHEIA and ATEM Partnership Event

For the first time, the next Organisational Development Symposium will be a joint event hosted by AHEIA and ATEM.

Part knowledge gathering, part workshop and a great opportunity to network with your colleagues across the higher education sector, this Symposium will be held at the University of Canberra on Monday 2 September to coincide with the AHEIA Universities HR Benchmarking Conference.

‘Organisational Development’ (OD) is a technically complex consulting process. Effective organisational development requires that we understand the organisation, Faculty or work unit as an integrated system. This includes the usual University service and management functions – teaching, research and external engagement or service; the administration and improvement of business systems; strategic change and evaluation – together with more relational aspects of organisational life – capability development, communication, leadership, teamwork, cultural change and the ongoing shaping of organisational identity.

OD at its best is an overarching transformative strategy that seeks to engage individuals and teams in the achievement of organisational purpose. Organisational design aims to align service functions and functional groupings in the most cost-effective way to support this. Together they form the essential components of an OD ‘mindset’

Organisational development ‘interventions’ or ‘solutions’ are strategies - tailor made for specific issues or parts of the organisation. These integrated and applied approaches can include:

  •  Development of formal, operational and technical parts of the organisation including:
  • Strategic planning or change management projects
  • Organisational (structural) review, re-design and re-alignment
  • Role clarification and the delineation of working arrangements
  • Policy review and development
  • ‘Business systems’ or process improvement
  • Technology and equipment renewal
  • Individual work role review and performance planning
  • Facilitating the development of more relational aspects of organisational life, including:
  • Developing the leadership styles of managers
  • Building organisational collaboration
  • Team development and the shaping of team norms, behaviour and communication
  • Developing manager and staff capability
  • Organisational cultural change – or the re-shaping of ‘how we do things’ including patterns of large group, team and interpersonal behaviour

This one-day Symposium aims to stimulate discussion and contribute to the building of a community of common practice amongst HR / OD practitioners across the higher education sector.

The Program has been designed by two highly experienced OD consultants - with many years’ experience working in the Higher Education Sector - Greg Cook and Karen Delvin.

Link to Symposium Program


Karen and Greg will lead this one-day workshop on Applied OD which will enable participants to:

  • Explore and analyse ‘live’ OD issues and case studies
  • Apply a framework and set of tools for OD consultancy
  • Explore and develop clearer OD interventions and a refined OD plan to fit their university context and culture
  • Build better relationships and mandate for OD with senior managers


Greg Cook

One of the founding Directors of CLM. Greg provides management consultancy, coaching, training and development programs for the public sector. Greg works with State and Commonwealth Departments, universities, instrumentalities and commissions, Local Government, health care providers, community service and not-for-profit organisations.

Karen Delvin

Karen founded Bridges, a company devoted to the practice of OD in 2003. Karen has academic qualification in OD at the Graduate Diploma and Masters levels.  Karen has worked as an internal OD consultant in both government and private sectors (NAB, Energy Australia, and Department of Health).  Her clients include some of Melbourne’s leading organisations in the government, not-for-profit, health, finance and university industries. 


AHEIA Members                    $495.00
ATEM Members                        $495.00

AHEIA Non Member University Staff                                                     $695.00
ATEM Affiliate Members (Employee of a Corporate University Member)          $695.00

For ATEM Membership enquiries please contact Paul Abela on 02 9351 9719 or paul.abela@atem.org.au


Click on the orange Register button below, this will open the registration form, and from here move down to Registrant Details and complete the form.

When you select your University from the drop down menu, the system will automatically populate the registration fee with the AHEIA member or Non-member rate.

If you are a Non- AHEIA member and an ATEM Member please Enter voucher code: 495

If you are a New Zealand ATEM Member please contact AHEIA directly, details below.


Please contact Annemarie Comerford, AHEIA Training Administator (03) 8611 0504 or email training@aheia.edu.au

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14 calendar days or less prior to event start date  a participant may: substitute an attendee.

To ensure the maximum value for AHEIA members, a minimum number of participants are required to run a successful program. AHEIA reserves the right to cancel or postpone a program to an alternative date. In this event registrants will be offered the opportunity to transfer to the next available program, or receive a full refund.

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