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).

Diggins/Reinholdt Plastics, Inc.: A Study in Resistance to Change in the Aftermath of a Merger
Diggins/Reinholdt Plastics, Inc.: A study in resistance to change in the aftermath of a merger
Patricia A.Lapoint and Carrol R.Haggard

Learning Objectives

  • To help you understand potential reactions to the presence of an outside organization development team.
  • To allow you to analyze a change situation, and to understand factors that produce both support for and opposition to change.
  • To practice developing strategies for dealing with resistance to change.

One year ago, Diggins Tubing and Plastics, Inc., merged with Reinholdt Plastics Company, a German-based plastics manufacturer. Diggins CEO Edward Jenkins was the driving force behind the merger. His vision was a company that would be highly competitive in the international marketplace since the merged company would be ...

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