Kindred Todd and the Ethics of OD - Case Essay

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Ethical issues in OD involve how practitioners perform their helping role with clients. As a profession, OD always has shown a concern for the ethical conduct of its practitioners, and several ethical codes for OD practice have been developed by various professional associations. Ethical dilemmas in OD arise around misrepresentation, misuse of data, coercion, value and goal conflict, and technical ineptness.

In this case Kindred Todd who had just finished the master’s degree in organization development and had landed her first consulting position with a small consulting company. But Todd met a problem with ethics. After Todd was hired, her boss assigned her to a new client, and told her that they’re looking to them to help them address
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From the course that we learned we know that OD practitioners encounter ethical dilemmas. The antecedent conditions include an OD practitioner and a client system with different goals, values, needs, skills, and abilities. As a practical matter, however, it is unreasonable to assume that all of the differences will be identified and resolved. Neither the client nor the OD practitioner is clear about respective responsibilities. The role conflict and ambiguity may produce five types of ethical dilemmas: misrepresentation, misuse of data, coercion, value and goal conflict, and technical ineptness.
Misrepresentation occurs when OD practitioners claim that an intervention will produce results that are unreasonable for the change program or the situation. Misuse of data occurs when information gathered during the OD process is used punitively. Coercion occurs when organization members are forced to participate in an OD intervention. Value and goal conflict occurs when the purpose of the change effort is not clear or when the client and the practitioner disagree over how to achieve the goals.

And technical ineptness ,this final ethical dilemma that the issues of this case in our opinions. It occurs when OD practitioners try to implement interventions for which they are not skilled or when the client attempts a change for which it is not ready. Critical

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