The Asia OD Network (AODN) was formed in 2006 by a group of OD scholars and practitioners based in Asia and the US, is a not-for-profit organization, officially registered in the US and in India in May and June respectively.
It all began in the beautiful remote township and Industrial hub Hosur, Tamil Nadu when Dr Mohanakrishnan, Mr. Vasudevan and Prof Udai Pareek met at a dinner. The conversation dwelled on the practice of Organization Development (OD) in India and Asia and span off the concerns of OD practitioners in the continent. The need for a knowledge sharing and, for that purpose, networking was strongly felt; there should be a permanent platform. To further deliberate and promote this idea collectively with pertinent stakeholders, the thought of hosting an OD conference was born. Vasu, who always looks for avenues to help the clients, elevated the idea of conference to summit and that of regional to global. Global Organization Development Summit (GODS) emerged.
A team was formed to make the summit a successful one. Mohan assumed the leadership role as the Summit Chair with the mentoring of Udai. SDM Institute for Management Development (SDM-IMD), Mysore Karnataka became the host and provided the seed money for initial expenses. Vasu assumed the role of networking and bringing into association the Indian Society for Applied Behavior Science (ISABS), a premier organization in the field of OD affiliated to National Training Laboratory (NTL). Thereby Mr. Sankarasubramanian, the President of ISABS joined the team. Mohan, Vasu and Sankar together brainstormed and designed the summit model (www.odsummitindia.org). Udai at the right time introduced Roland Sullivan (Roland) from USA to the GODS team. Roland assumed the task of getting the big names in the field of OD as keynote speakers. He succeeded in enrolling Prof. Peter Kostanbaum, Prof. Micheal Beer of Harvard Business School and Dr David Bradford of Stanford University as keynote speakers. Vasu brought in Ms. Anne Litwin, the past president of NTL. Mohan gained the partnership of Infosys, the leader in the IT industry, and mobilized corporate sponsorships.
As everything started to fall in place for GODS 2006, the team simultaneously worked on creating a permanent platform for networking to bring together OD professionals, practicing managers and the academics. Hence, in the summit design six hours were allotted to have a brainstorming on the formation of Asia OD Network (AODN). The summit, a grand success with about 200 delegates representing seven countries, witnessed a serious and thoughtful deliberation of the forming of AODN through intensive brainstorming and created a white paper.
In the mid-course of the summit Dr Lee Hsing Lu (Lee Lu) came forward to host the next GODS of 2007 in China and Mr. Douglas (Dough) proposed to host it in Singapore in 2008. Lee spearheaded the effort of organizing the second GODS (2007) and brought more networking and affiliations with popular OD educational organizations like Benedictine University. With the help of Benedictine University and SDMIMD as knowledge partners and sponsors GODS 2007 will be conducted in Shenyang city in China with Shenyang Jian Zhu University as the host.