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on 25 June 2011
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. My sense is that an exploration and collation of 'systemic' or 'relational' approaches would be a very useful next book.

Who should read this book?

Obviously, anyone who works in (or thinking about going into) HR or OD.

Generally, anyone interested in how organisations work (theory); and, how to organise people (practice) in any human system. I love the word coined by the authors themselves, anyone who want to make their organisation "change-able".

Specifically, anyone who has a leadership role. The book makes a great point that the "real" OD practitioners are the leaders of any organisations wanting to facilitate change.

Get it!
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on 17 August 2011
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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on 5 December 2011
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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on 12 September 2011
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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on 5 July 2011
An excellent book accessible for both experienced OD practitioners and for those keen to enter the field or access some of the gifts this subject can bring to your practice. Both the co-authors have written this with the end user in mind. Both of the authors have considerable credibility in their field and that is certainly reflected in the compendium of tools and descriptions that are provided. My book is already looking a bit worse for wear as I keep flicking through it.
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on 25 May 2011
Meeyan, in her knew book, Organisation Development, has demonstrated her profound understanding of the subject of organisation development (OD) and why the subject is such an important area of knowledge for all those leading organisations. The book benefits from the fact that Meeyan does not simply come from a deeply rooted intellectual background, but also from someone who is a "master practitioner" of the field of knowledge. She is truly what she describes an ideal OD practioner to be: an intellectual scavenger of human, social and natural sciences. Meeyan has distilled, in this book, the essential and fundamental ingredients of what it takes to develop and run a thriving and ever creative organisation. This book is written with utter simplicity and complex issues made accessible through practical experiences and storytelling. As you read the book, you hear Meeyan's gentle and inspiring voice as if you are in her lecture or her coaching session. The book is a must read for all those charged with the responsibility of ensuring that their organisations are continuously fit for exceeding expectation and those learning the field.
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on 2 February 2014
.Lots of tables that are hard to read on kindle. feels dated. Also not sure it fully works from a complex adaptive systems perspective for me at least.
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on 17 May 2014
For those studying organisational development classes in uni this is really really useful to set you off with definitions and ideas of models.
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