Practicing OD in a VUCA World


  • Douglas O'Loughlin, Ph.D. PhDOD




In this fast-changing world, the principles and practices of OD can go a long way towards supporting individuals and organizations to thrive, not just survive.  Three ways OD practitioners can contribute to building this capacity are explored in this article: cultivating courage, facilitating healthy disagreements, and bringing more of the system together for meaningful engagements.


Keywords: volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity, healthy disagreement, whole system 

Author Biography

Douglas O'Loughlin, Ph.D., PhDOD

Dr. Douglas O’Loughlin is a Principal Consultant in the Institute of Leadership and Organisation Development (ILOD) in Civil Service College in Singapore.  He has  designed and facilitated a number of sessions with the senior leadership and change teams of Ministries and Agencies, and has written position papers on Team Effectiveness and OD for Leaders.

Prior to joining CSC, Douglas ran his own consultancy after being with AT&T for 14 years.  He has done projects in more than 20 countries, and has lived in Singapore for the past 21 years. His PhD research explored how the frameworks and tools of Adult Developmental Psychology can enhance Leadership and OD.  

Over the years, he has lectured in various OD programmes at the Singsapore Institute of Management and Assumption University, has written numerous articles, and has written a book “Facilitating Transformation: 12 Strategies for Creating Breakthroughs with Groups”.