This comprehensive collection of cases and exercises allows students to practice organization development (OD) skills at the same time as learning about theories of organizational change and human behavior. The first part of the book presents cases about the OD process, and the second part includes cases in organization-wide, team, and individual interventions. The final part provides practical exercises that make the course material come alive through realistic scenarios that organizational change practitioners regularly experience.

This book can be used as a stand-alone text or as an accompaniment to Donald L. Anderson's textbook Organization Development: The Process of Leading Organizational Change, Second Edition (ISBN 978-1-4129-8774-5).

A Small World After All
A small world after all
Rodney L.Lowman

Learning Objectives

  • To explore when it is appropriate to use individual level assessments (tests) as part of an organization development (OD) effort.
  • To understand contextual issues that may arise in doing OD in a company located in a rural community.
  • To determine what an OD consultant should do when a planned intervention seriously misfires.

As a specialist in organization development (OD), Sam Shruggins, a short, pudgy man of 50 with a reddish face, had worked with a variety of organizations and on a wide assortment of issues in his mostly rural part of the state. Being rather isolated geographically, the companies Shruggins worked with were primarily small to medium sized, but he had built a successful practice and in ...

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