After graduation from a master's program, organization development (OD) practitioners are responsible for their own continued growth and learning. This research was conducted in order to provide the diverse, and relatively young, field of OD with some sense of (a) what methods practitioners are employing to develop and improve their Use of Self and (b) how they feel it helps them be better practitioners. The research was conducted in two stages. Firstly, alumni participated in an online survey gathering information about personal and professional practices. The data collected in the survey was enriched through second-stage research consisting of interviews with 10 randomly selected respondents. Careful analysis revealed common practices but also highlighted the deeply individualistic nature of a self-development plan. Additionally, advice for new graduates was gathered. Overall, the research created a solid basis for further exploration of field practices.

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Research projects (MSOD); Continuing education; Organizational change; Self-culture

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Graziadio Business School



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Jamieson, David W.;