The practice of Clinical Organisation Development. The Unilever Italy case. Organization De-velopment ("O.D.") is the product of a reflection developed in different period and contexts around wide and lasting experiences of consulting intervention inside big companies with managerial culture. In Italy, one of the most significant experience took place in Unilever Italy since early 1970s to the beginning of the years 2000, on the initiative of a central department that benefited from the collaboration of a small and permanent team of consultants with a psychodynamic and psycho-social analytical approach, in order to offer to their local companies a consulting service customized and designed to support management to address a large variety of issues, e.g. change management, organisational redesign or, more generally, people and team development at the different levels of organisa-tion. This essay submits, partly reduced, the results of a research based on the rich existing documentation and on the interviews with some witnesses of that experience.
Keywords: Organisation Development, clinical, Psycho-social analysis, client, consultant.