Academic journal article Organization Development Journal

The Changing Field of Organization Development

Academic journal article Organization Development Journal

The Changing Field of Organization Development

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O.D. as a field is constantly changing and growing. It borrows from the various social sciences and practice and sometimes even spins its own theories and models which eventually are incorporated into general management theory and practice. Sometimes, as if following the design of Kolb's learning model, it begins with experience followed by reflection, tuning eventually to theorizing and eventually experimentation.

This issue of the Organization Development Journal doesn't follow Kolb's Model quite so nicely, but it does lay out some new pathways for the field and takes on a more interdisciplinary hue than it has in more recent issues. For example, note "Crisis Management and Organization Development: Towards the Concept of a Learning Model in Crisis Management" by Carole Lalonde. In this article Dr. Lalonde brings Crisis Management and O.D. together and provides us with a new way of looking at crisis and O.D. Her article is followed by Ken Murrell's "Nature's Way of Teaching Us about Change." Ken's very personal reflections on surviving and dealing with the recent hurricanes along the Gulf Coast juxtaposed to Carole's poignantly reflect the turbulence of theory and reality in the current state of O. …

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