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ODN Europe Journal Club: what is it and should I join?

Have you ever wondered how you can get the most out of the ODNE membership? Are you interested in the latest research and thinking in the field of OD? Maybe you’re interested in writing and submitting articles but not sure where to start. New to the field of OD and want to feel more connected to the body of knowledge that supports your work? Or perhaps you just enjoy spending some time thinking and talking with other OD folks. If you answered yes to any of these, Journal Club is for you!

Why are we doing this?

One of the benefits that our members enjoy from our status as a chapter of the Organization Development Network is the OD Review journal. I say ‘enjoy’, but I rarely find time to read it, and I know many of my fellow ODNE members are in the same boat.

What’s a Journal Club?

As a student I participated in a ‘journal club’ where a group of interested folks would get together to read and discuss one or two journal articles in their field. It’s a bit like having a gym buddy: a way to dip a toe in the water of the academic literature by wrapping it in something social and hopefully enjoyable! So to help ODNE members make the most of the Journal subscription that’s included in our membership, I offered to host an ODNE Journal Club. It’s online and open to anyone with an interest in the field. And unlike ‘Fight Club’ you are positively encouraged to talk about Journal Club, so please spread the word and feel free to bring along a buddy! Like all our webinars there is a small charge for those who are not ODNE members.

What’s the format?

Journal Club is scheduled every couple of months and you can sign up for each one on the ODNE website. One or two articles will be circulated in advance for each Journal Club session. These will usually be from the OD Journal. You can read the article(s) in advance, but don’t worry if you don’t have time. At the start of the session someone will talk through the main points of the article, and any key points, questions or insights that the article raises. Don’t worry, that’s going to be me for the first couple, and I’m happy to keep doing it unless others want to volunteer! Once we’ve heard the main points of the article, we’ll invite any questions about it, and then have a broader discussion about what comes up for each of us. If there are lots of people, we’ll do this in breakout groups. At the end we’ll come back together and decide who will present an article next time, and maybe share ideas for future work, research or writing.

Sounds awesome! What are the articles?

August 2023 Journal Club

Innovation: The Key to Ongoing Success by George Vukotich and Ann Wong.
Organization Development Review Vol. 55, No. 2, pp.57-63

If you are an ODNE member you should be able to access the article from the ODN Website, or sign up for Journal Club and the article will be sent out by email.

In “Innovation: The Key to Ongoing Success,” George Vukotich and Ann Wong overview and recommend ways to improve and develop more effective and successful innovations. They bring together insights from organizations, individuals, and thought leaders that have been recognized in the innovation space to show what they have done and how we can learn from them. They create an awareness of what currently exists and compare it to what can be. From there, educating our people and providing them with the resources on how to innovate sets the process in place. This along with creating a culture that values innovation and the lessons learned along the way are keys to success.

October Journal Club

Moving Inclusion Along the Path to Agency by Frederick A. Miller and Judith H. Katz
Organization Development Review Vol. 55, No. 2, pp.50-56

If you are an ODNE member you should be able to access the article from the ODN Website, or sign up for Journal Club and the article will be sent out by email.

Fred Miller and Judith Katz have updated some of their multi-decade work in “Moving Inclusion Along the Path to Agency.” Their Path Model has helped to organize DEI systems work over a long time and now they are moving the work into creating spaces where all people can have agency, act freely, and can use their voices in the workplace. The Path Model has always been about transforming organizations from monocultural to multicultural, with equity for all and value-added from differences. And now the missing link is the agency, described as “ensuring that people of all identities have the power and voice to make choices and decisions related to their jobs and the betterment of the organization.”

By Lizzie Reather, ODN Europe Board Member

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