Research on Professional Consultation and Consultation for Organizational Change: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography

Research on Professional Consultation and Consultation for Organizational Change: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography

Research on Professional Consultation and Consultation for Organizational Change: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography

Research on Professional Consultation and Consultation for Organizational Change: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography

Synopsis

This work is a comprehensive survey of the literature focusing on the puzzles and unanswered questions surrounding the evolving field of consultation as it effects change on an individual, group, and organizational basis. The purpose of this bibliography is to achieve greater clarity and facilitate access to the literature on professional consultation and organizational change. It will be an invaluable resource for consultants, researchers, graduate students, and administrators. The broad interdisciplinary coverage provides an opportunity for the user to explore all aspects of consultation.

Excerpt

It has been over seven decades since the first systematic thinking was organized into consultative intervention strategies applicable to individual, group and organizational change. The dissemination of information about these applications stimulated growth of the consultation field as well as questions about its efficacy in producing change. The post WWII ideas and concepts of Lindemann and Caplan at Harvard, Lewin at M.I.T., and Rogers at Michigan State were instrumental in stimulating the field to achieve greater clarity in its knowledge of consultative processes and outcomes. But there remain many unanswered questions and unsolved puzzles both in how we understand the concept of consultation and how we use it to produce change.

Research on Professional Consultation and Consultation for Organizational Change presents over two decades of research on consultative practice that provides answers to some questions and solutions to some of the puzzles associated with individual, group and organizational change. Professors Wilson and Lubin have a combined total of more than 50 years of practice and research experience in consultation, and this bibliography is the culmination of several years of successful collaborations between them. It reflects their desires to contribute to the discussions in the field of consultation. It is designed also to facilitate consultant, researcher, and administrator identification of the research literature, enable them to conduct preliminary evaluations of its significance, and help in their selection of materials to meet specific needs.

With the proliferation of computerized and printed information in the field of consultation and the varied settings within which consultation services are provided, today's consultants, researchers and change managers need at their disposal effective and efficient mechanisms presenting that information in a useful manner. Professors Wilson and Lubin have met this need by designing this bibliography so . . .

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