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1st Edition

A Field Guide for Organisation Development
Taking Theory into Practice

ISBN 9781138247888
Published September 30, 2016 by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

Organisation Development, as a field, is messy, imperfect and hard to get hold of - it is like nailing jelly to the wall. A Field Guide for Organisation Development offers a variety of perspectives and unparalleled experiences from practitioners and researchers who all share an interest and involvement in Organisation Development (OD). In it are multiple voices, mindsets and practices - not all of which necessarily agree with each other. Leading OD practitioners present a contemporary, practical guide that tackles the dilemmas and polarities that face anyone studying or practising within the OD arena, and encourages them to develop their own particular practice of OD in a way that is appropriate for their context, skills and preferences, while challenging them to look beyond what comes naturally. Here are new ways to support the growth and development of an organisation from modest endeavours that are small in scale to organisation-wide change programmes. A Field Guide for Organisation Development is as comprehensive a resource to support the practice of OD as can be found anywhere. It covers issues of organisational health as well as offering tools aimed at supporting practitioners to survive in the harsh realities of organisational life. It contains chapters on the OD practitioner, on groups, on culture, on data and evaluation. It offers perspectives on change, on the relationship between OD and HR, and on the use of external consultants.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Introduction; What is organisation development? An introduction to the field, Ed Griffin; HR and organisation development: a match made in heaven or the odd couple?, Angela Baron; The practitioner at the heart of OD: the role of the individual, Martin Saville; The reality of organisational life: working at the edges and in the spaces in between, Mike Alsop; Working with chaos and complexity: an OD practitioner’s perspective, Andy Smith; Underpinning OD practice with data: using data wisely, James Traeger; Working with groups in organisations: ’could you come and do something with my team?’, Penny Lock; Large group interventions: a potent alchemy, Sue Belgrave; Culture and OD: appreciating the ’unseen hand’ governing behaviour in organisations, Paul Brewerton and Grahame Smith; Planning and managing complex change: where OD meets project management, Niki Dalton; Working with external consultants: smart contracting and consulting, Kate Mulcahy; Measuring and evaluating OD: return on investment?, Liz Finney and Jo Hennessy; Index.

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Ed Griffin is an international HR Director and experienced Organisation Development consultant who has worked across many sectors, organisational types and countries. He has contributed research and articles in both HR and OD. Mike Alsop was, for many years, Global Head of Executive Development for G4S plc. Working as an 'independent' consultant since 2007, he now acts as a coach, facilitator and consultant for clients in many sectors, from all over the world. He is also a Partner at Waverley Learning. Martin Saville is co-founder of Mayvin, a specialist consultancy with a mission to nurture the human spirit in organisations. He has deep experience in building internal OD capability and in supporting organisations to enhance performance through values, relationships and culture. Grahame Smith is a highly experienced leadership coach and organisation development consultant. He has ’first hand’ commercial experience in fmcg, retail, and fashion, and is working with organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors.


’This book offers a timely practitioner perspective on Organisation Development. The editors have created a practical and accessible field guide that is both wide-ranging and subtle. Highly recommended for OD and HR practitioners, and for anyone else looking to bring the power of an OD approach to real-world organisational challenges.’ Sally Hulks, Director of the Organisation Development & Design Service, UK Civil Service ’A Field Guide for Organisation Development offers a variety of perspectives and experiences from researchers and practitioners on Organisation Development, a concept that many organisations find difficult to tackle. ... From organisational health and planning and managing complex change, through to working with external consultants and using data wisely, the comprehensive guide covers issues that continue to challenge organisations of all shapes and sizes.’ HR Magazine, Summer 2014