Organization Development: Behavioral Science Interventions For Organization Improvement

Paperback | December 15, 1998

byWendell L. French, Cecil H. Bell

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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. KEY TOPICS: Adds and updates new material to provide the most current information available. Strengthens coverage by adding new interventions and new material. Offers a more lively tone and writing style. Emphasizes the everchanging paradigms in OD theory and describes several new and important interventions in considerable detail. Sets discussions in the rapidly-evolving contexts of globalization, intensified competition and collaboration, Total Quality Management (TQM) and large-scale organizational change. Provides excellent coverage of the organization and its dynamics for managers and professionals.

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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 rese...

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This practical, down-to-earth practice-based book helps students move from the world of the classroom, textbook, and theory to the world of real practice. Highlights Case examples taken from actual client and student encounters prepare students for potential situations and provide insight into how others have handled them. Includes...

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 participa...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9 × 6.9 × 0.9 inPublished:December 15, 1998Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:013242231x

ISBN - 13:9780132422314

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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.