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Organization Change: Theory and Practice (Foundations for Organizational Science) 1st Edition

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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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Product Details

  • 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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,793,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Organization Change: Theory and Practice is not bad for a university level textbook. Many of the books that I have had to read for courses are dull and dry, but Burke does a fabulous job bringing personality and levity to the content without sacrificing any of the important information. The chapters are well organized, and it is written in a way that seems like Burke is your professor and he is just walking you through Organization Change in a casual, comfortable way. Ultimately, I have learned a lot from this text already and know that if I take the time to reread it (which I likely will do), I will gain even more insight into this complex practice. Overall, this is a great textbook with lots of valuable insight and specific details, charts, and images which help to explain difficult themes.
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By martin on February 17, 2014
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很新,看起来不错,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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Based on 2nd edition. See also:
Demers, C. (2008). Organizational change theories: A synthesis. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications.
Northouse, P. G. (2010). Leadership: Theory and practice (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.

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. If you read both Burke and Demers, I'd read Burke first because he takes a more topical and systematic approach to presenting the information. Topics included:

1) History of organization change
2) Theoretical foundations - open system theory
3) Nature of organizational change
4) Levels of organization change - individual, group, larger system
5) Research and theory
6) Conceptual models for understanding organizational change
7) Integrated models for understanding change
8) Causal Model of organizational performance and change
9) Application of causal model
10) Transformational leadership
11) Leading change

This book is not a how to book. Instead, it's for those who are interested in gaining a historical and theoretical perspective on organizational change.
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