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).

Accounting Team Problems at Acme Manufacturing
Accounting team problems at Acme manufacturing

Learning Objectives

  • To help you understand when a team intervention is necessary.
  • To practice the development of interventions when more than one group of individuals is involved.

Acme Manufacturing was recently sold to a large conglomerate manufacturing company with locations all over the world. As a small, independent manufacturer, the top management team were used to calling the shots. They are used to being lean and agile; however, the new parent organization requires more focus on cost savings than they are used to. They have always worked well together but the rules have changed and they are uncertain about the new owners' expectations. This ambiguity is causing strained relationships in the top management team.

Background Information

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