Here are some basic characteristics of an OD program:
Change: OD is a planned strategy to bring about organizational change. The change effort aims at specific objectives and is based on a diagnosis of problem areas.
Collaborative: OD is typically involves a collaborative approach to change that includes involvement and participation of the organization members most affected by the changes.
Performance: OD programs include an emphasis on ways to improve and enhance performance and quality.
Systems: OD represents a system approach concerned with the interrelationship of divisions, departments, groups, and individuals as interdependent subsystems of the total organization.
Scientific: OD is based upon scientific approaches to increase organization effectiveness.