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  • Series: Foundations for Organizational Science
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 1st edition (July 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761914838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761914839
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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." (LEONARD D. GOODSTEIN)

About 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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Shows lots of good examples and is very easy to read and understand.
Rey
With Burke, Demers, and Northouse's book, you'd have a foundational set of references from which to understand leadership theory and organizational change theories.
Alicia Crumpton
This is the o-n-e reference book you MUST have and read again and again.
Kevin J. Niemi

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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 2002
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So much of the literature on change is often a simplistic cookbook claiming change can be executed in 7 easy steps. Burke provides the reader with the theoretical background and takes one through the multiple considerations when executing organizational change. I applaud Dr Burke for revealing the complexity of change and providing insights into the practice of change management.This is a primer for all who are engaged especially in large scale transformational change as it clearly provides one the background to help one educate others on why the change agent does what she does.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. Conway on August 17, 2009
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In Burke's Organization Change Theory and Practice the author provides us with a solid base of understanding of the nature of organizational change and the leadership needed to shepherd change through to a successful completion. In the book Burk provides and overview of organizational change, defining the differences between evolutionary and revolutionary change, and how it applies by looking at real world examples. He also discusses the nature of change and goes into both theoretical and practical approaches in a variety of situations.

This edition has been updated to cover transformational leadership. I the additional chapters the author identifies roles and responsibilities that are important to instill in developing the leaders. Burke covers what he feels are eight areas important to shepherding the change process through the prelaunch, launch and post launch phases of any size change initiative.

All throughout the book the author cites the large body of previous work that this book is built on, making it a fantastic reference for those who may wish to delve further into the theory and practice of organizational change.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rene Gonzalo Rivera Mendez on September 8, 2008
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If you are concerned about change and need more and better arguments, techniques, tools and experience to do, this book is the best option. Great analysis and very solid in theory and practice. I Like so much.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 3, 2007
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Now in a completely updated and significantly expanded second edition, "Organization Change: Theory And Practice" by W. Warner Burke (Edward Lee Thorndike Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as the Chair of the Department of Organization and Leadership) continues to be esteemed and recommended as a graduate school level text for university course work in the disciplines of industrial psychology, business administration, and organizational behavior. An invaluable resource for understanding and analyzing organizations be they corporate, governmental, or academic, this edition of "Organizational Change" is enhanced with a new chapter on 'Transformational Leadership' covering the fundamentals of leadership compared with management, transformational leadership, and the roles/responsibilities of the change leader. Also of note is the illuminating discussion on theories for understanding organization and change; as well as the evolutionary and revolutionary aspects of organization change. Professor Burke analytically discusses the nature of change and how organizational change is initiated by changing behavior, but not (as is commonly supposed) changes in mental sets or attributes. Enhanced with the inclusion of theoretical and illustrative models, as well as a model of meticulous and articulate scholarship, "Organizational Change" should be a part of every academic library reference collection and is especially recommended reading for students of the role of leadership in organizational evolution.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rey on March 2, 2008
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Very good book if you are interested in human resource. Shows lots of good examples and is very easy to read and understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Niemi on August 25, 2010
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This is a fabulous book - exhaustive in its coverage of conceptual models of organization change, intellectually stimulating in its analyses, and suggestive of new areas of research to augment the discipline. OD has an intellectual history in how it has developed, and this book gives you a feel for that.

This is the o-n-e reference book you MUST have and read again and again. There is nothing equal to it. My highest recommendation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Agrawal on February 14, 2010
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For a non-business oriented person, this book has provided clear explanations about the organizational change process. My professor for the Organizational Performance and Change course required this book and I have appreciated the perspective the book has provided.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dustin Johnson on September 15, 2012
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This book is being used for the first time in my doctoral change management class. We are discovering together, that there are far more flaws in this book than relevant, accurate theory.

Some of the data that was gathered for the book is very insightful and useful for discussion. No doubt the author recognizes that there are articles and authors out there that recognize important issues about organizational change. The problem though comes in the author's analysis around this data. The author's take on the data (s)he has collected is often contradictory, rather loose compared to the data, and focuses so much more on fitting data to these long elaborate metaphors, that the meaning and implications of the data (the only good stuff to begin with) loses its relevance.

Unfortunately, to get anything useful out of this text, you have to learn and develop ideas and theory despite the useless rhetoric, analysis, and metaphor. I worry that those who do not already have a solid understanding of organizational development and/or change management would only be unknowingly lead astray by this text. Of course those who have a solid understanding of OD and/or CM could probably find a better source for this type of material.
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