Book News: September 12th, 2006

Edited by Joan V. GallosOrganisation development seeks to increase organisation effectiveness and health through planned interventions in processes using behavioural-science knowledge. It is a planned change effort. An OD program involves a systematic diagnosis of the organisation, the development of a strategic plan for improvement, and the mobilization of resources to carry out the effort. An organisation-development effort is related to a total organisation change such as a change in the culture or the reward systems or the total managerial strategy.

This collection of views and experience includes key thinkers and contributors in organisation development including Ed Lawler, Peter Senge, Chris Argyris, Richard Hackman, Jay Galbraith, Cooperrider, Elizabeth Moss Kanter, Bolman & Deal, Kouzes & Posner, and Ed Schein. They describe how it is possible to develop a self-renewing, viable system that can organise in a variety of ways depending on tasks. A systematic effort can change and loosen up the way the organisation operates so that it organises differently depending on the nature of the task.

Published by Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 0-7879-8426-4. 35 US Dollars.