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Accreditation process and requirements

Accreditation Process 

The course provider contacts the ODC Principal Office via e-mail. The ODC Principal Office sends application instructions to the course provider. The course provider must provide answers to a questionnaire and supporting materials that document the provider’s course and instructor(s).

Application materials are reviewed by a Review Committee consisting of five members: 3 leading academics and 2 highly experienced executives within the field of organization design. Current reviewers:
  • Charles Snow, Professor Emeritus - Penn State Smeal College of Business (Representing ODC).
  • Paul Wayne, Senior Advisor in Organization Design - Chevron Corporation (Representing ODC).
  • Richard Burton, Professor Emeritus - Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business (Representing ODC).
  • Peter Turgoose, Managing Director - Turgoose Consulting Ltd (Representing EODF)
  • Dallin Whitfield, Organizational Effectiveness Consultant - (Representing ODF).

Once the Review Board has evaluated the application, the decision made by the Review Board on whether a course provider is accredited will go through an awarding body before the accreditation or rejection is final. 

The applicant will receive one of three possible decisions: Accept the application as is, revise the application as directed and resubmit, or reject the application. 

The course provider receives a decision from ODC within two months.

The accreditation is valid for 3 years.

Send us an e-mail to request the application package and begin your accreditation process now.

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Accreditation Requirements 

To receive ODC accreditation, a provider's design course or workshop must meet a set of requirements. These requirements have been jointly developed  by leading academics and professionals in the field of organization design. 

Twenty-two* minimum core requirements are contained in three categories:

  • Design Concepts and Principles
  • Design Types
  • Redesign and Change

Further, the course or workshop is evaluated on other factors such as the length of the program, course pre-work and materials, experience of the instructor team, and so on.

Information about the application process, accreditation requirements, and the pricing structure is included in the Accreditation Handbook. 

*The minimum requirements will change over time to reflect the state of the art of Organizational Design. Annually, the review board will undertake the reassessment of the minimum requirements. This reassessment will e.g. be based on the key themes addressed in activities hosted by ODF, EODF, and ODC. Upon any modification to the minimum requirements a notification will be sent via email to all accredited course providers. This ensures that accredited course providers can incorporate the changes prior to the subsequent reaccreditation process. The reassessment will take place in November, and any modification will come into effect from the beginning of the next year.  Added or updated minimum requirements are marked with a star in the Accreditation Handbook. 

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Accreditation Advisory Board

  • Amy Kates, Managing Partner of Kates Kesler Organization Consulting.
  • Charles Snow, Professor Emeritus, Penn State Smeal College of Business.
  • Craig McGee, Principal, Solutions Consulting.
  • Jeroen van Bree, Managing Consultant, Organizational Design Group of Berenschot.
  • Timothy N. Carroll, Associate Dean, Executive Education, Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, USA. 

See list of ODC accredited organization design programs

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