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Reinventing Organization Development 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0787981181
ISBN-10: 0787981184
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"A hard hitting yet hopeful look at a field concerned with renewal that is in need of renewal itself. This book is full of intelligent questions, provocative appraisals, and prescriptions for action that they serve."
-- Rosabeth Moss Kanter, chaired professor, Harvard Business School; author, Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End

"Wise, invaluable advice that the field and its practitioners should heed if the field of OD is to take its rightful place as an applied behavioral science that can make a difference in the economic and human affairs of organizations."
--Michael Beer, professor emeritus, Harvard Business School; chairman, Center for Organizational Fitness

"Few disciplines in decline have subjected themselves to so profound a self-evaluation. It should lead to a rejuvenation of the field. Whether or not it does, there is a great deal to learn here about organizations and relevant professional practice.”--Russell Ackoff, professor emeritus, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

"Two of the leaders of the field of OD have collaborated to present us with a compelling and controversial state of the art."
--Len Schlesinger, vice chairman and chief operating officer, Limited Brands

"The book challenges OD consultants to think broadly about their organizational roles and to assert their rightful place in organizations."
--Jean M. Bartunek, Robert A. and Evelyn J. Ferris Chair Professor of Organization Studies, Boston College

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"A hard hitting yet hopeful look at a field concerned with renewal that is in need of renewal itself. This ?book is full of intelligent questions, provocative appraisals, and prescriptions for action that they serve."
—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, chaired professor, Harvard Business School; author, Confidence: How?Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End

"Wise, invaluable advice that the field and its practitioners should heed if the field of OD is to take its rightful place as an applied behavioral science that can make a difference in the economic and human affairs of organizations."
—Michael Beer, professor emeritus, Harvard Business School; chairman, Center for Organizational Fitness

"Few disciplines in decline have subjected themselves to so profound a self-evaluation. It should lead ?to a rejuvenation of the field. Whether or not it does, there is a great deal to learn here about organizations and relevant professional practice."
—Russell Ackoff, professor emeritus, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

"Two of the leaders of the field of OD have collaborated to present us with a compelling and controversial state of the art."
—Len Schlesinger, vice chairman and chief operating officer, Limited Brands

"The book challenges OD consultants to think broadly about their organizational roles and to assert their rightful place in organizations."
—Jean M. Bartunek, Robert A. and Evelyn J. Ferris Chair Professor of Organization Studies, Boston College

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pfeiffer; 1 edition (September 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787981184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787981181
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Cramer on September 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As someone who has been practicing Organizational Development for the past 20 years, I have felt like I have been in a declining profession. This book taps the knowledge and insight of top thinkers in the field and tells us why this is happening. There analysis is right on the money. People who practice and believe in OD may find the authors conclusions depressing, but I would rather know what the reality of the situation is and build from there. This is an important book for launching the dialoge about our "at-risk" profession.
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I love to read -- and I love to read books about Organization Development. This one has more of a text book feel which wasn't really what I expected. Honestly, I didn't get very far in the book -- maybe only into the second chapter and I was bored. I don't mean to be rude, but it just wasn't what I was looking for. It sounded like a lot of whining -- trying to figure out how to gain respect for Organization Development consultants rather than an educational book about the subject matter. Since I was reading it for pleasure, I stopped reading it... and bought a different book. I considered asking for a refund, but it's not the seller's fault that I didn't like the book that I'd purchased. Anyone want my copy?
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