The Development of Human Systems: Basic Themes

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"When did it all start?" If "it" has to do with some kind of explicit approach to the study of people and how they work together toward specified ends, origins are certainly lost in ancient years. We do know, however, that the past five or six decades have witnessed an increasing outpouring of research, formulation of theory, and modes of professional practice (managing, consulting, and teaching) that have shared a common thrust: to enable us to better understand and /or to effectively influence human behavior in organizational settings. Many scholars and practitioners, both in this country and abroad, have contributed their creative energies to this continuing and enlarging quest.

The Development of Human Systems: Basic Themes’, FredMassarik, NewtonMargulies and RobertTannenbaumRobertTannenbaum, NewtonMargulies and FredMassarik (eds), Human Systems, Development (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1985), pp. 1–25. Reproduced with permission of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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