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Doing Excellent Small-Scale Research
Doing Excellent Small-Scale Research
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4.0 out of 5 stars some concepts (like his 'adaptive' approach) are not sufficiently explained and his writing style lacks (sometimes) easy precisi, 27 July 2014
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Layder is a leader in the uses of sociological methods and this book introduces his approach in a reasonably straightforward way. Why not 5 stars? Well, some concepts (like his 'adaptive' approach) are not sufficiently explained and his writing style lacks (sometimes) easy precision. Also, his approach skirts around newer thinking from sociologists. However, a useful contribution from a brilliant thinker.


Managing Conflict: Interpersonal Dialogue and Third-Party Roles (Prentice Hall Organizational Development Series)
Managing Conflict: Interpersonal Dialogue and Third-Party Roles (Prentice Hall Organizational Development Series)
by Richard E. Walton
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars A classic, 4 May 2014
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Dick Walton's book is a classic of the early days of OD, but is of historic rather interest largely. Techniques have developed!


Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World: Best Practices from a 450 Year Old Company That Changed the World
Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World: Best Practices from a 450 Year Old Company That Changed the World
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4.0 out of 5 stars A powerful perspective, 17 Dec 2013
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A great and distinctive perspective but the writing style is somewhat repetitive, so the book is less satisfying than it should be


Organizational Culture and Leadership (The Jossey-Bass Business & Management Series)
Organizational Culture and Leadership (The Jossey-Bass Business & Management Series)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing really new from this established master, 11 Aug 2013
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Although Schein has been the thought leader in organisational cultural studies those who know his work will find little that is new. He misses latest developments in cultural studies (e.g. emergence theory), especially those related to how changes in the social world provide newer ways to see culture.


Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use
Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use
by Michael Quinn Patton
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A brave new perspective on M&E that provides a useful basis for moving forward, 4 July 2013
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Patton has provided a highly distinctive and novel perspective on M&E. In essence, he sees a role for an M&E specialist to act as a specialised change agent rather than an independent auditor. Why don't I give this book top marks? Well, it is wordy and repeats points excessively. But the chief flaw is that Patton appears to know little about the management of innovation, even though it is in the subtitle of the book! However, he is right to argue that M&E can, should and must contribute more to change programs and his use of complexity theory offers a useful pathway for progress. The book would have been stronger had he also seen M&E as a element in a political process. Maybe in the next edition!


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