Practicing Organization Development: A Guide for Leading Change / Edition 3

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Completely revised, this new edition of the classic book offers contributions from experts in the field (Warner Burke, David Campbell, Chris Worley, David Jamieson, Kim Cameron, Michael Beer, Edgar Schein, Gibb Dyer, and Margaret Wheatley) and provides a road map through each episode of change facilitation. This updated edition features new chapters on positive change, leadership transformation, sustainability, and globalization. In addition, it includes exhibits, activities, instruments, and case studies, supplemental materials on accompanying Website. This resource is written for OD practitioners, consultants, and scholars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470405444
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/19/2009
  • Series: J-B O-D (Organizational Development) Series, #34
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 568,116
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author


WILLIAM J. ROTHWELL is professor of human resource development of Learning and Performance Systems on the University Park campus of The Pennsylvania State University. He is author and editor of more than 60 books, including the bestselling Mastering the Instructional Design Process from Pfeiffer.

JACQUELINE M. STAVROS is an associate professor for College of Management, Lawrence Technological University, where she teaches OD and change in graduate and doctorate programs. She is author and editor of more than 40 articles and books on Appreciative Inquiry, Sustainability, and Thin Book of SOAR: Building Strengths-Based Strategy.

ROLAND L. SULLIVAN is founder of Sullivan Transformation Agents for more than 40 years he has guided change processes around the world in virtually every major industry. He is known for Whole System Transformation.

ARIELLE SULLIVAN with a passion for change, studies Global Business at the University of Iowa.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Exhibits.





1. Organization Development and Change (William J. Rothwell, Jacqueline M. Stavros, and Roland L. Sullivan).

2. Change Process and Models (William J. Rothwell and Roland L. Sullivan).

3. On the Shoulders of Giants: The Origins of OD (John J. Scherer and Billie T. Alban).

4. Building Convergence Between Human Resource Management and OD(William J. Rothwell).

5. Competencies of OD Practitioners (Christopher G. Worley, William J. Rothwell, and Roland L. Sullivan).

6. Mindful Leadership Development: Assessing Self for Leading Change

Jacqueline M. Stavros and Jane Galloway Seiling

7. Appreciative Inquiry: OD in the Post-Modern Age (Jane Magruder Watkins and Jacqueline M. Stavros).


8. Entry: Marketing and Positioning OD (Alan Weiss).

9. Front-End Work: Effectively Engaging with the Client System (David W. Jamieson).

10. Launch: Assessment, Action Planning, and Implementation (D.D. Warrick).

11. Situational Evaluation (Steven H. Cady, Julie Auger, and Marguerite Foxon).

12. Closure: Freeing Up Energy to Move Forward (Ann M. Van Eron and W. Warner Burke).


13. Taking Organization Culture Seriously (Edgar Schein).

14. Individual Development in OD: Human-Centric Interventions (Udai Pareek, Lynnea Brinkerhoff, John J. Scherer, and Rick Flath).

15. Team Building and the Four Cs of Team Performance (W. Gibb Dyer and Jeffrey H. Dyer).

16. Interventions in Large Systems(Thomas G. Cummings and Ann E. Feyerherm).

17. Whole System Change: What It Is and Why It Matters (Emily Axelrod, Steven Cady, and Peggy Holman).

18. SOAR: Linking Strategy and OD to Sustainable Performance (Jacqueline M. Stavros and Daniel K. Saint).


19. Positive Organizational Change: What the Field of POS Offers to OD Practitioners (David S. Bright and Kim Cameron).

20. Systemic SustainabilitySM: Moving Sustainability from Ideas to Action (Mona  A. Amodeo and C. Keith Cox).

21. The Global OD Consultant (Therese F. Yaeger, Peter F. Sorensen, Perla Rizalina M. Tayko, and Eric Gaynor-Butterfield).

22. Inclusion: The How for Organizational Breakthrough (Judith H. Katz and Fredrick A. Miller).

23. Organization Design (Amy Kates).

24. The OD Role in Making Mergers and Acquisitions Work (Mitchell Lee Marks and Philip H. Mirvis).

25. Human Systems Dynamics: Competencies for a New Organizational Practice (Glenda H. Eoyang).

26. Seeing and Influencing Self-Organization (Kristine Quade and Royce Holladay).

27. Values, Ethics, and Expanding the Practice of OD (William Gellermann and Terri Egan).

28. Technologies to Support Interactive and Connective OD in a Virtual World (Richard G. Bush and S. Alan McCord).

29. Transformational Learning Journeys: Seeing Is Believing (Philip H. Mirvis).

30. The Personhood of the OD Practitioner (Saul Eisen).

31. The Organizational Fitness Process: A System-Wide Alignment (Michael Beer).

32. Context Blindness: What We Don’t See Will Hurt Us (Barry Oshry).

33. Transforming the HR-OD Audit by Using Whole Systems (T.V. Rao).

34. Emergence: The Gestalt Approach to Change (Herb Stevenson).

35. Practicing Internal OD (Alan Weiss).

36. Estimating OD Success Rates at the National Level (Robert T. Golembiewski).

37. Four Risk Factors of the Unexamined Life: Be-Know-Do (Peter Koestenbaum).

38. Whole System Transformation: Becoming Dramatically Different (Jennifer Todd, John Parker, and Arielle Sullivan).

39. The Keys to Building a Transformative OD Practice: An Interview with Edie Seashore (Gina Lavery and Tracey Wik).

PART FIVE: THE FUTURE OF Organization development.

40. Dialogic OD: Turning Away from Diagnosis (Gervase R. Bushe).

41. Valuable Insights on OD from the Contributors (D.D. Warrick).

42. The Shifting Field of OD Practice (Jane Magruder Watkins).

Guest Essay: Soular Power.

Angé Wayne.

About the Editors.

About the Contributors.

Subject Index.

Name Index.

Pfeiffer Publications Guide.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    In times of radical economic change Practicing Organization Development is an excellent resource book for OD practitioners, business owners, executives, managers & is comprised of articles about making planned changes in business/organizations.

    The book is organized into 5 parts. The first part called "Foundations" consisting of 7 chapters contains key terms and definitions in OD, models and Origins of OD, practitioner competencies, mindful leadership, and post-modern OD. The second part consisting of 7 chapters entitled "OD Process to Guided Change" covers marketing, pre-launch, launch, implementation, evaluation, and separation. Part Three consist of "Levels and Types of Change:" Organizational Culture and interventions across levels: individual, teams, large systems, whole systems, and inter-levels. Part four "Special Issue in OD" discusses Global OD, positive states of of organizing, sustainability, organization design, technology, merges and acquisitions, values, ethics, human systems dynamics, technology, transformational learning journeys, strategic change and fitness, HR-OD audits, Gestalt theory and approach, whole systems transformations. The book concludes with Part Five: "The Future of Organizational Development"

    Any serious business owner or starting with executives to managers wanting to survive and excel in these uncertain and most difficult of times need to read this book.

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