Understanding Occupational and Organizational Psychology provides full coverage of the British Psychological Society's training requirements for becoming a chartered occupational psychologist and complies with European training guidelines for industrial, work, and organizational psychology. This book will prompt and inspire further reading and research as well as ideas for dissertations, problem formulation and the creative application of knowledge to various situations.

Organizational Development and Change

Organizational development and change

… very little, if any, attention has been given to the working through of the potent need of human systems to hold onto the existing order – to that which is – and to avoid the powerful feelings that changed circumstances can trigger.

(Tannenbaum and Hanna, 1985: 99)


It has been an enduring quest of many to explain organizational change. The issue has recently been cast centre stage as organizations are increasingly experiencing high-velocity discontinuous change. Downsizing, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and the introduction of a core/complementary employment structure, coupled with heightened competition and cultural proliferation, have all put their strain on organizations in recent years. Sheer survival has created an imperative for organizations not just to adjust, but ...

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