"Notable Book for 2006" -- Training and Development (ASTD), December 2006
Without reservations I will recommend this volume. This volume is prodigious, well edited. I urge the reader to acquire this book for his or her professional library.
--PsycCritiques (APA), 2007
This volume immerses readers deeply in organization development's power and possibilities.
--Organization Development Journal, August 2007
Without reservations I recommend this volume to students of organizational behavior who want an encyclopedia of OD to gain a perspective on the past, present, and future.
--Jonathan D. Springer, American Psychological Association.
From the Author
This is a book about the power and possibilities of organization development and planned change. It celebrates OD's proud legacy of embracing the social and behavioral sciences in service to individual and organizational growth. It acknowledges OD's contributions to theory and practice: understanding how organizations work and developing methods for their improvement. It charts the evolution and impact of a field that set out more than half a century ago to release human potential at work and foster the role of learning and renewal in organizations.
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The book is intended as a resource for both newcomers and experienced practitioners. Those new to the field can read cover-to-cover and explore OD's history, foundation, scope, purpose, methods, and possibilities. Experienced practitioners will find chapters that capture best thinking on a range of topics - resources for fine-tuning skills, learning about intervention options, envisioning OD's future, or reflecting on the larger issues in growth and change.
This book is intentionally inclusive in content: it identifies not-to-be-missed classics in the OD literature (and provides a full listing of original source materials for those who want to read more), as well as pieces that stretch the field's traditional boundaries. It applauds an approach to planned change that has expanded in scope and possibility along with the changing nature of organizations, the environment, and theoretical advances in the organizational and social sciences.
The chapters in this volume promote an understanding of OD as a diverse set of approaches to organizational health and effectiveness in an increasingly competitive and complex world. Taken together, they remind readers that organization development is more than tools and techniques. OD's core values - participation, openness to learning, equity and fairness, valid information, informed choice, shared commitment - can foster processes that engage people in useful and significant ways to address a wide range of operational, technical, and strategic concerns. OD artfully weds process with content in a search for lasting solutions to tough challenges.