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Organization Change, Theory and Practice shows how effective organization change is grounded in sound knowledge about human behavior in the workplace. Author W. Warner Burke skillfully integrates theory and research-reviewing various models and cases-with practical applications in diagnosing change issues in organizations. This bestselling text, now in Fourth Edition, offers the latest research and scholarship, additional materials for effective interventions, and new topics and perspectives.

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Editorial Reviews

John Aldridge
“Comprehensive general overview of Organizational Change – well done!”
This volume provides an overview of the theoretical and research foundation needed to comprehend the nature and types of change organizations experience as they evolve to keep pace with the external environments in which they function. Burke (psychology and education, Teachers College, Columbia U.) reviews various models and uses case studies to show how they can be used to diagnose change issues. With a focus upon planned, revolutionary action, he discusses how to understand, lead, manage, and change organizations. Useful for MBA- level students, as well as professionals and consultants. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Leonard D. Goodstein
"Burke manages to integrate the extant theories of organizational change with case examples that make the theories come alive. He skillfully combines his strong interests in the abstract with his four decades of practical, personal experience in facilitating large-scale organizational change efforts. This book is clearly the work of a master at the peak of his career. "
Diana J. Wong
"The conceptual frameworks and quality of integrated research are significantly updated from my current textbook by Cummings & Worley."
"Burke manages to integrate the extant theories of organizational change with case examples that make the theories come alive. He skillfully combines his strong interests in the abstract with his four decades of practical, personal experience in facilitating large-scale organizational change efforts. This book is clearly the work of a master at the peak of his career."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452257235
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/19/2013
  • Series: Foundations for Organizational Science Series
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 105,618
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Warner Burke (Ph.D, University of Texas at Austin) is the Edward Lee Thorndike Professor of Psychology and Education, coordinator for the graduate programs in social organizational psychology, and chair of the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. He is also co-director of the master of arts program in organizational psychology jointly conducted with the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. Dr. Burke earned his BA from Furman University and his MA and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to Teachers College, he served as chair of the Department of Management at Clark University, head of management programs and organization development at the NTL Institute, and executive director of the OD Network. Dr. Burke's consulting experience has been with a variety of organizations in business and industry, education, government, religion, and medical systems. A diplomate in industrial/organizational psychology and in organizational and business consulting from the American Board of Professional Psychology, he is also a fellow of the Academy of Management, the Association of Psychological Science, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and he was editor of both Organizational Dynamics and the Academy of Management Executive. He has written more than 200 articles and book chapters in organizational psychology, organization change, and leadership and has written, collaborated on, or edited 19 books. He has received numerous awards, including, in 1989, the Public Service Medal from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; in 1990, the Distinguished Contribution to Human Resource Development Award; in 1993, the Organization Development Professional Practice Area Award for Excellence—the Lippitt Memorial Award—from the American Society for Training and Development; the distinguished scholar-practioner award from the Academy of Management; the distinguished contribution to practice award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology; and lifetime achievement awards from the OD Network and Linkage, Inc. His most recent book, co-edited with Dale Lake and Jill Paine, was Organization Change: A Comprehensive Reader (2009).

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Table of Contents

1. Sources for Understanding Organization Change
2. Rethinking Organization Change
3. A Brief History of Organization Change
4. Theoretical Foundations of Organizations and Organization Change
5. The Nature of Organization Change
6. Levels of Organization Change: Individual, Group, and Larger System
7. Organization Change: Research and Theory
8. Conceptual Models for Understanding Organization Change
9. Integrated Models for Understanding Organizations and for Leading and Managing Change
10. The Burke-Litwin Causal Model of Organization Performance and Change
11. Organizational Culture Change
12. Understanding and Working with Loosely Coupled Systems
13. Transformational Leadership
14. Leading Organization Change
15. Organization Change: Summary and Integration
16. Organization Change: What We Need to Know
Appendix: Annotated Bibliography
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