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The Handbook of Large Group Methods: Creating Systemic Change in Organizations and Communities

ISBN: 978-0-7879-8143-3
480 pages
June 2006, Jossey-Bass
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Large Group Interventions are methods used to gather a whole system together to discuss and take action on the target agenda. That agenda varies from future plans, products, and services, to redesigning work, to discussion of troubling issues and problems. The Handbook of Large Group Methods takes the next step in demonstrating through a series of cases how Large Group Methods are currently being used to address twenty-first-century challenges in organizations and communities today, including:
  • Working with widely dispersed organizations, and the problem of involvement and participation
  • Working with organizations facing a serious business crisis
  • Working with organizations in polarized and politicized environments
  • Working in community settings with diverse interest groups
  • Working at the global level and adapting these methods for cross-cultural use
  • Embedding and sustaining new patterns of working together in organizations and communities
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Table of Contents



1 That Was Then, but This Is Now: The Past, Present, and Future of Large Group Methods.


2 Widely Dispersed Organizations and the Problem of Involvement.

3 Organizations in Crisis.

4 Working in Polarized and Politicized Environments.

5 Working in Communities with Diverse Interest Groups.

6 Working Cross-Culturally.

7 Embedding New Patterns of Working.


8 Resources for Large Group Methods.

The Authors.


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Author Information

Barbara Benedict Bunker is emeritus professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has taught in executive development programs at Columbia, Pepperdine, and the Harvard University School of Education and has held Fulbright Lectureships in the business schools of Keio University and Kobe University in Japan.

Billie T. Alban is president of Alban and Williams, Ltd., and an internationally known management consultant whose clients include British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Exxon, and Kraft/General Foods. She teaches in executive development programs at Columbia, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Pepperdine and has served on the board of the Organization Development Network.
Bunker and Alban are coauthors of Large Group Interventions from Jossey-Bass.

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The Wiley Advantage

Specifically this book will address: Several new methods such as Appreciative Inquiry, The World CafÃ, and AmericaSpeaks. Adaptations of scenario planning and network analysis for large groups. Innovative use of LG methods in community, in business, in education and with different populations such as youth. Cross-cultural use of methods--book present work in many different cultures that will include an analysis of how the methods need to be adapted for the culture. Use of technology such as computers and voting touch pads to work with groups from 25 to 1000 Graphic facilitation in large group settings Conflict resolution methods in large groups After a big event, how does the change agreed to and fervently endorsed get made real as people go back to busy work lives and other pressures?
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"Overall, the book is well planned and presented. True to the editors' preference, each chapter is essentially a story about approach to a particular problem." (PsycCritiques, 09/06/2007)

"There is nothing more important in a complex, global interdependent world than to have some road maps and driving instructions on how to manage change in large systems. Bunker and Alban have provided the essential concepts of Large Group Methods, case examples, and, most important, prescriptions for how to manage large systems change successfully. This is a must-read for all enterprise managers."
—Edgar H. Schein, Sloan Fellows Professor of Management-Emeritus, MIT Sloan School of Management

"This book offers an exceptional look at large group process, brought to life by powerful stories from real organizations and communities. There’s no better way to understand the methodology and its potential. This extraordinary collection of stories demonstrates the power of large group processes in a variety of organizational settings. I can’t imagine a better way to understand the methodology and its potential to impact organizations of all kinds."
—June Delano, senior practice leader, The Monitor Group

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Attend a workshop led by the authors of Large Group Methods: Creating Systemic Change - May 1-3, 2007Large group methods are being used imaginatively to meet organizational and community challenges for managing change. Authors Barbara Benedict Bunker and Billie T. Alban will give a comprehensive view of how these methods are used to plan, to solve problems and reach agreement. You will build your "large event" design skills and understand underlying large group theory.

You will:
  • Learn about the most important Large Group Methods that can make a difference in change processes
  • Understand these methodsí underlying theory and core characteristics
  • Understand when these methods are appropriate and when not
  • Develop skills designing large group events including logistics
  • Work on a situation from your own organization or practice
  • Meet and network with others who can be resources for your future work
When: Tuesday, May 1, 2007 - Thursday, May 3, 2007 EST
Where:Metropolitan Washington, DC area
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