The Practice of Organizational Diagnosis: Theory and Methods by Clayton Alderfer

The Practice of Organizational Diagnosis: Theory and Methods

byClayton Alderfer

Hardcover | October 29, 2010

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The Practice of Organizational Diagnosis: Theory and Methods presents a new paradigm for examining the intergroup dynamics of organizations by combining the procedures of organizational diagnosis with the theory of embedded intergroup relations. In this volume, Alderfer explains the relevanceof the paradigm concept for the present work, shows the importance of intergroup relations in the formative organization studies, reviews extant modes of organizational diagnosis, and demonstrates the limitations of interpersonal and intra-group theories. He then presents the five laws of embeddedintergroup relations as a response to the problems associated with the earlier work. After comparing and contrasting alterative group level theories and explaining the several meanings of empirical support, the author describes the empirical basis of the five laws. Based on examining alternativecodes of professional conduct and applying the five laws, he provides his prescriptions for the ethical basis of sound diagnostic practice. With the theory and ethical position in place, he then explains procedures for conducting each phase of organizational diagnosis: entry, data collection, dataanalysis, and feedback. He follows that by reporting the empirical bases for the methods used in the four phases. The volume concludes by describing the courses and educational processes essential for educating people to conduct organizational diagnoses. A recurring theme from beginning to end isthat the lawfulness of human behavior in relation to organizations is as applicable to diagnosticians, whether working alone or in teams, as it is to their clients. By addressing theory, method, data, and values, the volume presents a complete paradigm for organizational diagnosis.

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Clay Alderfer is widely recognized for his formulation of two influential theories that have influenced education and practice in the field of management, the Existence, Relatedness, and Growth theory, and the embedded inter-group relations theory. Dr. Alderfer held senior faculty appointments at Yale University's School of Organizatio...

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Title:The Practice of Organizational Diagnosis: Theory and MethodsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:608 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 29, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199743223

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AcknowledgementsPrefaceAbigail's Story1. Social Technology and Theory2. The Relevance of Theory for Practice3. The Historical Origins of Organizational Diagnosis4. The Contemporary Status of Organizational Diagnosis5. Anomalies and the Hidden Sense of Crisis in Contemporary Interpersonal and Intragroup Theories6. The Five Laws of Embedded Intergroup Relations Theory7. Comparisons among Group Level Theories8. Several Meanings of 'Empirical Support'9. Empirical Support for Embedded Intergroup Relations Theory10. Ethical Practice Interpreted by Embedded Intergroup Relations Theory11. Negotiating Organizational Entry Using Embedded Intergroup Relations Theory12. Methods of Data Collection Informed by Embedded Intergroup Relations Theory13. Modes of Data Analysis Based upon Embedded Intergroup Relations Theory14. Feedback Designs Derived from Embedded Intergroup Relations Theory15. Empirical Support for the Social Technologies Based on Embedded Intergroup Relations Theory16. Education for the Practice of Organizational DiagnosisIndex