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The Search Conference: A Powerful Method for Planning Organizational Change and Community Action

The Search Conference: A Powerful Method for Planning Organizational Change and Community Action

Merrelyn Emery, Ronald E. Purser

ISBN: 978-0-787-90192-9

May 1996, Jossey-Bass

352 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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$63.00

Description

A comprehensive introduction to a powerful new approach for planning organizational change and community action. You'll discover a simple framework for understanding the process and clear step-by-step instructions to guide you in conducting your own Search Conferences.
THE POWER OF SEARCH CONFERENCES.

1. Learning and Planning Our Way to a Desirable Future.

2. Uses and Advantages of Search Conference Methods.

UNDERSTANDING SEARCH CONFERENCE PRINCIPLES.

3. Planning in Stable and Turbulent Environments.

4. Open Systems Thinking and the Power of Human Ideals.

5. The Strength of Democratic Learning.

6. Conditions for Creative Collaboration.

STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVE SEARCH CONFERENCES.

7. Planning for Success.

8. Designing the Search Conference for Effectiveness.

9. Managing the Search Conference.

10. The Search Conference Step by Step.

Conclusion: Beyond Stagnation.

Epilogue (Fred Emery).
"Emery and Purser's book provides a theoretical and practical knowledge base previously available only through direct contact with a few gurus. If you're ready to move on to the next level of sophistication, then you must dig into the Search Confereence, and this book is the best place to start digging." (D. Douglas McKenna, general manager, Executive and Management Development, Microsoft Corporation)

"As Emery and Purser ably demonstrate, the Search Conference provides a powerful tool for making organizations flexible and responsive, Equally relevant for transnational corporations and community nonprofits, this book is a must-read." (Leo Burke, director, Center for Management & Organizational Learning, Motorola University, Motorola, Inc.)