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Organization Development and Change [Hardcover]

Thomas G. Cummings , Christopher Worley
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4 Jun 1997
This comprehensive and authoritative market leader blends theory, concepts, and application. Behavioral science knowledge is applied to the development of organizational strategies, structures, and processes. New and expanded material on downsizing, re-engineering, and organizational learning has also been added.


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  • Hardcover: 725 pages
  • Publisher: South-Western; 6th Revised edition edition (4 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0314201491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0314201492
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 18.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,010,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best OD book I've ever read 21 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
As an organisational development consultant, I've read literally hundreds of books on OD and change management and this is without question the best book I've ever read. It covers everything you need to know and is both academically rigorous and totally practical (the case studies at the end of each chapter really bring home the message in the chapter). I recommend it wholeheartedly not just to everyone in the OD profession but also to senior managers who are employing change management consultants as it will enable you to sort the wheat from the chaff (the people who know their stuff from the ones who are a triumph of hard sell over substance). I also recommend it to any student of business and management who is thinking of getting into OD. This is a hard to come by book (my second hand copy cost me a small fortune) but it's worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best you can get 27 Sep 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Having read hundreds of books on organisational development I have to say this is the best. It is true to say that this book has never been far from my side over the last seven years. It covers the wide range of activities required to transform organisations, providing intervention theory, diagnosis, learning and development structure design etc. This single work has informed 70% of my thinking towards change management. I cannot rate this book highly enough, its the most important book in my collection and has informed most of the change management work I have conducted. It does take quite a bit of study and even more practice. I want to thank Cummings and Worley for producing this book, it has changed the course of my career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best you can get 21 Jun 2007
Format:Hardcover
Having read hundreds of books on organisational development I have to say this is the best. It is true to say that this book has never been far from my side over the last nine years. It covers the wide range of activities required to transform organisations, providing intervention theory, diagnosis, learning and development structure design etc. This single work has informed 70% of my thinking towards change management. I cannot rate this book highly enough, its the most important book in my collection and has informed most of the change management work I have conducted. It does take quite a bit of study and even more practice. I want to thank Cummings and Worley for producing this book, it has changed the course of my career.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Substance No Style 29 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
One would think that a book about change would be innovative in terms of style. This book is as exciting as the operating instructions that come with your vcr. However, the content is first class. This book will remain on my desk as a reference. Almost every chapter has vital information for any type of change agent. It tells you the key steps in managing change, overcoming resistance to change and designing change interventions. It walks you through the change process step by step beginning with entering an organization then to diagnosing a problem. Once you diagnose a problem the book clearly describes a myriad of interventions for organziational, group and individual problems. Then the book takes you through the steps of implementing and evaluating interventions.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too general, lots of filler, still better than average 6 Nov 2000
By Lloyd A. Conway - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This textbook is dated, as all multi-editions (intentionally?) are. Most of the case studies are from the 1990s; there is little sense of history here. The case studies tend to be short and general in nature, as well. The material on OD presented in the book is good and informative, even if the prose style is rather dry. What the authors spend 676 pages(including glossary)to say could have been said as well in perhaps half the space. Compared to other OD texts that the writer has read, this one comes off quite well, the forgoing nonwithstanding. In terms of constructive criticism, this writer would like to see greater depth in the coverage of each topic, and a greater sense both of history and of the future. The book reads as if the authors expect the trends of the present to continue without change into the forseeable future. Specifically, globalization is seen as a long-term factor, when it may well give way to regional trade blocks, as the world becomes multipolar, and as ethnic and religous issues join national self-interest in setting the agendas of nations not on the winning side of globalism. (However, one cannot expect OD textbook authors to be geostrategic thinkers, either.) Connectivity with other disciplines would also help the text; for example, a digression examining "King Lear" or "Julius Caesar" from an OD perspective might inform and entertain the reader. While this book could be improved, it is worth reading on it's own merits, and compares well to other texts in the field of OD. -Lloyd A. Conway
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent textbook for Organization Change and Dev't Class 12 Aug 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As an OD practitioner and faculty who teaches Org Change, I find Cummings and Worley's book superb. The case studies are short enough to use in class. Students find the writing style clear and understandable. And the book grounds its practical advice in theories and models that students can use for years after completing the class. The instructor's guide provides excellent insights into cases, but gives poorly written assessment items for use on tests. All textbooks have tradeoffs. On the academic side, this book lacks references to empirical research that students could follow up on. On the practical side, it lacks comparisons between interventions that practitioners choose from. It doesn't provide a personal wisdom that some readers would want. But it does provide engaging content that's clear enough for students recently out of college and deep enough for mid-career professionals who are reading the book for a class.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Academic! 18 April 2003
By James Motte - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is too academic. Managers and consultants should purchase Beitler's "Strategic Organizational Change" for real-world advice.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I agree 2 Nov 2003
By Larry Clifton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I agree with some of the other reviewers who recommended "real world" books by Beitler, Schein, Kotter, and other authors. Cummings and Worley's work is only helpful if you are an academic trying to understand the real world.
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