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Organization Development at Work: Conversations on the Values, Applications, and Future of OD

ISBN: 978-0-7879-6963-9
224 pages
August 2003, Pfeiffer
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Organization Development at Work—a title in The Practicing OD Series—is a collection of conversations among leaders, practitioners, and educators in the organization development (OD) field. Throughout the book experienced professionals share their best thinking about principles, practices, values, and the future of OD. In this valuable resource, nearly 100 contributors share their operating principles, successful models, tools, application tips, and important insights from their years of practice. Written for organization development practitioners, consultants, and anyone who is considering a career in OD, Organization Development at Work will highlight the points of view that define the "values controversy" so you will be better able to clarify your own position on values-based work. As you read contributors stories, you will be able to compare your career path with others in the field. In addition, this book offers perspective on the debate about global work, with advice for practitioners seeking to do work on foreign soil. You will feel as if you are in a conversation with friends, mentors, and colleagues who are freely sharing their experiences, questions, and concerns.
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Table of Contents

Dedication and Reflections.



1. Questions of Identity: Who and What Are We? What Is Our Purpose? Whom Do We Serve?

2. Principles in Action.

3. Models and Methods.

4. Global Practice of OD.

5. The Future.


About the Series.

Statement of the Board.

Afterword to the Series.

About the Series Editors.

About the Book Editors.

About the Contributors.


Pfeiffer Publications Guide.

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Author Information

Margaret Wheatley is a co-founder of the Berkana Institute and author of the best-selling books, Leadership and the New Science and A Simpler Way.
Robert Tannenbaum was a founder of the field of organization development. He was affiliated with such organizations as NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science, the University of California, and the Organization Development Network.
Paula Yardley Griffin is a consultant, author, and editor. Since 1997 she has been the editor of the newsletter, Consulting Today.
Kristine Quade is a consultant with Quantum Change Associates, editor for the Pfeiffer Practicing OD Series, and coauthor of The Conscious Consultant from Pfeiffer.

Organization Development Network (OD Network) is a vital learning community that develops, supports, and inspires practitioners and enhances the body of knowledge in human organization and systems development.

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