Organization Development

Principles, Processes, Performance

Gary McLean (Author)

Publication date: 12/02/2005

Organization Development
  • Bridges the gap between theory and practice
  • The only textbook to look at applying organization development principles at the community, regional, national, and global levels
  • Proposes a model of organization development that encompasses all of the most relevant approaches


Bridges the gap between theory and practice

The only textbook to look at applying organization development principles at the community, regional, national, and global levels

Proposes a model of organization development that encompasses all of the most relevant approaches

Organization development (OD) is more important than ever. Not only is OD a growing field in itself, it is also growing as a component of management, human resource development, industrial and organizational psychology, and human resource management.

Organization Development is a new textbook designed to be used in undergraduate and graduate programs in any of these disciplines. Gary McLean provides readers with an overview of the field and acquaints them with the basic principles, practices, values, and skills of OD. Most of the existing books in OD have focused on narrow theory or practice perspectives, and focus more on process rather than outcomes. Organization Development successfully combines theory and practice; process and outcomes; performance and affective results; effectiveness and efficiency.

McLean covers every aspect of the work of an OD professional and features case studies in every chapter. He explains how OD professionals actually get work and what the first steps in any OD effort should be. He surveys different ways to assess an organizational situation--including a comparison of the Action Research and Appreciative Inquiry models--and provides forms for devising an action plan based on that assessment. McLean then looks at how to choose and implement a range of interventions at different levels. Uniquely, Organization Development goes beyond the organizational level to look at the application of OD on community, national, regional, and global levels. And the book offers guidance on what to do afterwards, including how to evaluate the results of an intervention and how to resolve the controversy over adopting a particular change method versus remaining in a state of constant change. McLean closes with an overview of the field's basic values and competencies and a look towards the future.

  • Bridges the gap between theory and practice
  • The only textbook to look at applying organization development principles at the community, regional, national, and global levels
  • Proposes a model of organization development that encompasses all of the most relevant approaches

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  • Bridges the gap between theory and practice
  • The only textbook to look at applying organization development principles at the community, regional, national, and global levels
  • Proposes a model of organization development that encompasses all of the most relevant approaches


Bridges the gap between theory and practice

The only textbook to look at applying organization development principles at the community, regional, national, and global levels

Proposes a model of organization development that encompasses all of the most relevant approaches

Organization development (OD) is more important than ever. Not only is OD a growing field in itself, it is also growing as a component of management, human resource development, industrial and organizational psychology, and human resource management.

Organization Development is a new textbook designed to be used in undergraduate and graduate programs in any of these disciplines. Gary McLean provides readers with an overview of the field and acquaints them with the basic principles, practices, values, and skills of OD. Most of the existing books in OD have focused on narrow theory or practice perspectives, and focus more on process rather than outcomes. Organization Development successfully combines theory and practice; process and outcomes; performance and affective results; effectiveness and efficiency.

McLean covers every aspect of the work of an OD professional and features case studies in every chapter. He explains how OD professionals actually get work and what the first steps in any OD effort should be. He surveys different ways to assess an organizational situation--including a comparison of the Action Research and Appreciative Inquiry models--and provides forms for devising an action plan based on that assessment. McLean then looks at how to choose and implement a range of interventions at different levels. Uniquely, Organization Development goes beyond the organizational level to look at the application of OD on community, national, regional, and global levels. And the book offers guidance on what to do afterwards, including how to evaluate the results of an intervention and how to resolve the controversy over adopting a particular change method versus remaining in a state of constant change. McLean closes with an overview of the field's basic values and competencies and a look towards the future.

  • Bridges the gap between theory and practice
  • The only textbook to look at applying organization development principles at the community, regional, national, and global levels
  • Proposes a model of organization development that encompasses all of the most relevant approaches

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A Canadian by birth, Gary N. McLean was raised in London in Ontario, Canada. Attending the University of Western Ontario, after 1 year at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, he received an honors B.A. in business administration and office administration. At Teachers College, Columbia University, where he met and married his wife, McLean earned a master's and doctorate, both in business education. From United Theological Seminary in Minnesota, he received a master's of divinity degree. Though he considers himself a global citizen, he actually holds dual citizenship with the United States and Canada.

McLean has been involved in higher education for 40 years, 36 of them at the University of Minnesota, and has worked as an OD consultant for 35 years, with more than 50 clients (many repeats). A son and a daughter have joined him now, in McLean Global Consulting, Inc. In addition, he is a part owner of HRConnection, an HR company that provides support for small-group sharing among HR professionals, as well as contract and placement services for HR professionals.

As an OD professional, McLean has worked in more than 40 countries; published in excess of 200 articles and book chapters; and authored, coauthored, or edited 22 books. His scholarship has resulted in the awarding of Outstanding Scholar by the Academy of Human Resource Development. His excellence in teaching has been recognized by both the College of Education and Human Development and the University of Minnesota through the awarding of the designation as Morse Alumnia Distinguised Teaching Professor. McLean has been awarded lifetime membership in the Minnesota OD Network in recognition of his service to OD.

 

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Table of Contents



Introduction

Chapter 1: Entry Phase, Including Marketing

Chapter 2: Start-up Phase

Chapter 3: Assessment and Feedback Phase

Chapter 4: Action Planning Phase and Introduction to Interventions

Chapter 5: Implementation Phase: Individual Level

Chapter 6: Implementation Phase: Team/Work Group Level

Chapter 7:
Implementation Phase: Process Level

Chapter 8: Implementation Phase: Global Level

Chapter 9: ImplementationPhase: Organizational Level

Chapter 10: Implementation Phase: Community and National Level

Chapter 11: Evaluation Phase

Chapter 12: Adoption Phase

Chapter 13: Separation Phase

Chapter 14: Values Driving OD

Chapter 15: Competencies for OD

Chapter 16: Issues Facing OD and Its Future

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