Organization Development

Series
Prentice Hall
Author
Wendell L. French / Cecil H. Bell  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
6
Language
English
Total pages
343
Pub.-date
December 1998
ISBN13
9780132422314
ISBN
013242231x
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Description

Appropriate for courses in Organization Development, this new edition explores the improvement of organizations through planned, systematic, long-range efforts focused on the organization's culture and its human and social processes. The authors present a concise and comprehensive exposition of the theory, practice, and research related to organization development. The Sixth Edition reflects the most recent developments, advances and expansions, and research in the area of OD.

Features

  • Brief Paperback.
  • Applied practical coverage of OD.
  • Concise, comprehensive coverage of the latest OD theory, practice, and research.
  • NEW - New section presenting Porras and Robertson's models.
  • NEW - Material discussing Nadler's “Congruence Model”.
  • NEW - “Open-book management”.
  • NEW - Section discussing The Change Management Handbook and its implications for OD.
  • NEW - John Kotter's research on why organizational transformation efforts sometimes fail.
  • NEW - Added material on cross-functional teams.
  • NEW - Maximizing the odds of team interventions being constructive.
  • NEW - Fisher, Ury, and Patton's “principled negotiations”.
  • NEW - New material on future search conferences.
  • NEW - Added section on “real time strategic change”.
  • NEW - New “self-design strategy” section.
  • NEW - Ledford, Lawler, and Mohrman's concepts of “high involvement” and “high performance”.
  • NEW - Additional material on coaching and mentoring.
  • NEW - Section on instrumented training.
  • NEW - Also, Nadler's “twelve action steps for managing the transition state”.
  • NEW - New section on the organizational “context of search for community”.
  • Emphasizes the ever-changing paradigms in OD theory and describes several new and important interventions in considerable detail. Pg.___
  • Sets discussions in the rapidly-evolving contexts of globalization, intensified competition and collaboration, Total Quality Management (TQM) and large-scale organizational change. Pg.___

New to this Edition

  • New section presenting Porras and Robertson's models.
  • Material discussing Nadler's “Congruence Model”.
  • “Open-book management”.
  • Section discussing The Change Management Handbook and its implications for OD.
  • John Kotter's research on why organizational transformation efforts sometimes fail.
  • Added material on cross-functional teams.
  • Maximizing the odds of team interventions being constructive.
  • Fisher, Ury, and Patton's “principled negotiations”.
  • New material on future search conferences.
  • Added section on “real time strategic change”.
  • New “self-design strategy” section.
  • Ledford, Lawler, and Mohrman's concepts of “high involvement” and “high performance”.
  • Additional material on coaching and mentoring.
  • Section on instrumented training.
  • Also, Nadler's “twelve action steps for managing the transition state”.
  • New section on the organizational “context of search for community”.

Table of Contents

I. AN INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT.

 1. The Field of Organization Development.
 2. Definitions of Organization Development.
 3. A History of Organization Development.
 4. Values, Assumptions, and Beliefs in OD.

II. THEORY AND MANAGEMENT OF OD.

 5. Foundations of Organization Development.
 6. Managing the OD Process.
 7. Action Research and Organization Development.

III. OD INTERVENTIONS.

 8. An Overview of OD Interventions.
 9. Team Interventions.
10. Intergroup and Third-Party Peacemaking Interventions.
11. Comprehensive OD Interventions.
12. Structural Interventions and the Applicability of OD.
13. Training Experiences.

IV. KEY CONSIDERATIONS AND ISSUES.

14. Issues in Consultant-Client Relationships.
15. System Ramifications.
16. Power, Politics, and Organization Development.
17. Research on Organization Development.
18. The Future and Organization Development.
Author Index.
Subject Index.

Author

Wendell French, PhD Harvard University, is a retired professor of management and organization from the University of Washington. His fields of specialty are organizational development and human resource management, including team building, inter-group team building, and human resource policies. His consulting work focuses on participative approaches to organizational improvement, assessment of HRM programs, and management and supervisory development. He is the author of several books and has contributed to numerous business and professional journals.


Cecil H. Bell (1935 - 2009) was born in Nashville, TN. He earned his master's degree in General Psychology at Boston University in 1960. He taught for 30 years at the University of Washington Graduate School of Business, Department of Management and Organization. He is the author of numerous publications and the co-author of a well-known book in his field of study, Organization Development: Behavioral Science Interventions for Organization Improvement.