Organization Transformation Theorists and Practitioners: Profiles and Themes

Organization Transformation Theorists and Practitioners: Profiles and Themes

Organization Transformation Theorists and Practitioners: Profiles and Themes

Organization Transformation Theorists and Practitioners: Profiles and Themes

Synopsis

Fletcher takes an inside out' look at Organization Transformation (OT). OT is a new area of theory and practice that effectively helps organizations make large scale changes. Within the past decade rapidly changing environmental conditions have made previously successful organizations ineffective. Economic, cultural, social, and political trends have created a critical need for OT. Fletcher's book profiles fourteen theorists and practitioners of OT and analyzes emerging themes. This study has implications for organizational behaviorists as well as business, government, human service, and educational organizations needing assistance with their own transformations.

Excerpt

During the past decade, organizational observers have become painfully aware of the dramatic impact rapidly changing environmental conditions are making on organizations. Various economic, cultural, and social trends have combined to create a critical need for theories and practices that aid large-scale, transformative changes in organizations. Transformative changes in cultural, religious, legal, political, social, and business environments are making previously successful organizational practices and strategies ineffective. According to Moore and Gergen (1988), nearly all U.S. organizations will be going through five-to-twenty years of major rapid changes as world economies adapt to a new societal order. This includes business, government, community, human service, and educational organizations -- it affects us all.

History has shown that every age has had to develop organizational forms that are appropriate to that age if those organizations are to survive and develop. Accordingly, today's organizations must develop the ability and flexibility to continually adjust and adapt to rapidly changing environments if they are to survive and prosper in today's world. Organizations . . .

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