Good book even if a bit academic, however it covers all aspects and gives many good points and great background for anyone interested in OD. This was recommended to me by a friend who is ann academic practitioner in the field of OD.
This is a fairly specialist book that looks at polishing and lubricating; polishing your company and making sure that it is running as effectively and efficiently as possible through its well-lubricated operations. Or, if you prefer a dry description: “organization development is the systematic method of taking an objective look at how an organization is operating and gathering information, and then deciding on the most appropriate action to help that organization develop and improve.”
This is a revised (second) edition of a book that further ups its game, adding new chapters to include topics such as complexity and chaos theory, employee engagement, cultural issues and greater internationalisation. It is a fully restructured, renovated version rather than a marginal release, such as the typical difference between a 2014 and 2015 model car.
Collaboration is key and the authors are seeking to push greater unity between those responsible for a company’s human machines (human resources) and the more general machine structure (the organization). It does appear to offer up a fair mix of theory, good practice, guidance and thought-provoking moments: you would not get a half-decent consultant to even give you an hour of their time for the price of this book! It is never going to be a New York Times bestseller, although for those whom this book is aimed at, this would or should be a closely consulted companion.
It is plausible that even executives with no specific responsibility for this subject could get some benefit from this book, even if they will be drowning in industry jargon and unfamiliar terminology, since many of the theories and practices are not, or should not, be isolated to a chosen few, such as employee engagement, effective leadership, internal politics and behavioural changes.
As you would expect from a book of this kind, especially coming from this publisher, it has an easy-on-the-eye yet serious layout style, an excellent index and, of course, a mass of further reading suggestions through its detailed bibliography.
So, if you possibly have a need for this book, grab it with both hands.