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Organization Development: A Practitioner's Guide for OD and HR Paperback – 3 Apr 2011

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan Page; 1 edition (3 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749460946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749460945
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr L Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge BSc, MA, PhD

Dr Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge is the driving force behind Quality & Equality Ltd - Organization Development consultancy and training services. Since 1987 she has worked with over 300 clients from all sectors across the globe in Organisation Development, Big System Change, and Equality and Diversity.

Mee-Yan has played a strategic role to raise OD's profile and bring it into the mainstream of CIPD and UK business schools. Her commitment to upskill strategic HR partners and OD practitioners across major organisations has earned her the reputation as a tireless campaigner for UK OD education. She was instrumental in establishing the NTL OD Certificate Programme in the UK, now in its fifth successful year.

Strong in both the theory and practice of OD, Mee-Yan has straddled the roles of practitioner and academic. She is a visiting fellow of Roffey Park Institute business school, and in June 2008 was voted one of HR's 25 most influential thinkers by HR Magazine.

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"A wonderful gift to the field of organization development and to OD and HR practitioners of all levels of experience. This book offers a remarkable combination of history of the pioneers, review of important thinkers and theories about organization change and leadership, as well as a how-to resource for the practitioner, including many illuminating case studies." (Judy Vogel, OD Practitioner Journal)

"In these leaner and leaner times, the practical guidance of this book ensures that OD/ HR professionals and organization leaders have the tools and know-how to create and sustain healthy organizations." (Dean Royles, Director, NHS Employers)

"Mee-Yan's passion as an educator shines through on every page. She provides the theory from which practitioners can design impactful interventions." (Dame Julie Mellor, Partner, Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers)

"An excellent compendium of essential OD and HR theories, approaches and practices to help practitioners understand what is involved in, and how to go about, planned organizational change." (Robert J Marshak, PhD, Author of Covert Processes at Work and Organizational Change: Views from the edge)

"The book comes into its own by clearly differentiating what benefits OD brings but being careful to point out that it is vital to go through a series of steps rather than trying to jump in mid way through as we're probably all tempted to do at times." (HR Network (Scotland))

"The 'postscript section'...provides a very useful, almost crib-like option for the reader to get an overview of what the subject is about." (HR Network (Scotland))

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Bridges the gap between OD and HR to show you how to successfully drive performance and growth in an organization|Provides readers with the key theories, tools and case studies to apply knowledge to practice|Defines a complete guide to implementing OD effectively in your business whereby people are able adapt and engage in a healthy, sustainable process of change, even during the most turbulent of times

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I have just completed the Post-graduate Certificate in the Psychology of Organisation Development and Change with the British Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), accredited by Herriot Watt University.

To get through this programme, I had to read literally dozens of books and articles about OD.

Having just read this book, I must say that it is the best on this subject that I have come across todate.

It is concise and incisive. It covers the entire OD curriculum with refreshing clarity and authority; and, sums up even the most complex aspects of OD in a layout that is easy to read and aesthetically pleasing. (The one improvement I would suggest is the inclusion of a CD containing summaries, tables and diagrams.)

Apart from being a brilliant addition to the OD/HR literature, this book adds value two ways:

1. It covers topics not normally included in other books and does this with great insight, eg, power and politics in organisations; and, the inter-relationship and interdependence between HR and OD.

2. In every chapter, you get the sense that the authors are not only academically able; they are also highly experienced practitioners. It's like having a textual coach or mentor at your side!

Like all the latest books on this subject, the authors have begun to recognise the post-modern turn by positioning social constructionist methodology as the latest development in OD. While I welcome and applaud this, my caveat is that the range of methodologies stemming from social constructionist thinking and relational models go way beyond the popular approaches cited, eg, Appreciative Inquiry and Future Search.
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This is a fabulous book for those of us who are activley involved in OD.

Judge & Holbeche have written a classic 'how to' book with some great backgound materials along with good, practical stuff that helps break down OD into manageable chunks.

The book is written in 2 parts, Judge does the first part which is all about the history & background of OD plus gives her take on the key priciples, models, theories etc that define what OD is and what an OD practitioner needs to be able to do to effectievly work in the field. There is some great materials for OD practitioners here.

Holbeche then takes these principles, ideas etc and relates them to the world of HR, she makes some interesting links into the practicalities of HR in organisations and has also included some insights through case studies.

Buy it!
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I have read many books on Organisational Development but this book is different gravy!

This is a book full of wisdom and enlightenment drawn from a lifetimes work. The clarity and skill with which it brings together a unified theory of Organisational Development into a highly practical guide makes it an essential reference book for anyone interested in improving organisations and how to do it. Time and time again I found myself nodding in agreement with fresh insights and discoveries in relation to my own experiences. It is worth the price of the book just for chapter 08 on Power and Politics.

It is a generous gift from masters of their art to the OD/HR community from people that practice what they preach.
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Dr Judge is one of the leading practitioners around today and has seen the inner workings of some of the leading organisations globally, diagnosing their issues, and solving them through her very unique approach. So it is with great welcome that Dr Judge has created a guide to to OD. And this is not just a basic how to - this is the strategic guide to what to do. it reasons on the integral nature of OD and HR - and why it is critical to the direction of the organisation. There is history, academic back up and the practical application of models. Highly recommended for experienced and newer practitioners, strategists and HR Directors.
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