1st Edition

Organization-Development Interventions
Executing Effective Organizational Change

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ISBN 9780367893972
July 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Productivity Press
256 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Organization Development (OD) is a planned system of change and can be defined as "an effort, planned, organization-wide, and managed from the top, to increase organization effectiveness and health through planned interventions in the organization's processes, using behavioral-science knowledge (Beckhard, 1969)." An OD intervention is “a set of sequenced, planned actions or events intended to help an organization to increase its effectiveness (Cummings and Worley, 2009).” In other words, OD interventions purposely disrupt the status quo; they are deliberate attempts to change an organization or sub-unit toward a different and more effective state. According to Cummings and Worley (2009), three major criteria define an effective intervention: (1) the extent to which it fits the needs of the organization; (2) the degree to which it is based on causal knowledge of intended outcomes; and (3) the extent to which it transfers change management competence to organization members. To effectively adapt and thrive in today’s business world, organizations need to implement effective OD interventions to improve performance and effectiveness at various levels—individual, group, and organizational levels. OD interventions involve people, trust, support, shared power, conflict resolution, and stakeholders’ participation—just to name a few. OD interventions usually have broader scope and can affect the whole organization. OD practitioners or change agents must have a solid understanding of different OD interventions to select the most appropriate one to fulfill the client’s needs. There is limited precise information or research about how to design OD interventions or how they can be expected to interact with organizational conditions to achieve specific results (Cummings and Worley, 2009). The proposed book offers to provide OD practitioners and change agents a step-by-step approach with example cases, practical tools, and guidelines for implementing different OD interventions at different levels. It is noteworthy that about 60%-70% organizational change projects fail (Ashkenas, 2013). One of the reasons for the failure is that the changes are not effectively implemented, and implementation of organizational changes is the focus of this book. Designed for use by organization development practitioners, management, and human resource professionals, this book provides readers with basic principles, practices, and skills of OD by featuring illustrative case studies and useful tools. This book will show how OD professionals can actually get work done and what the step- by-step OD effort should be. This book looks at how to choose and implement a range of interventions at different levels. Unlike other books currently available in the market, this book goes beyond individual, group, and organizational levels of OD interventions, and addresses broader OD intervention efforts at industry and community levels too. Essentially, this book provides a practical guide for OD interventions. Each book chapter provides information about general OD intervention practices, supplies best practice examples/case studies, summarizes the results of best practice, provides at least one case scenario, and also offers at least one relevant tool for practitioners.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Advance Organizer

Part I Foundations

Chapter 1 What is an OD Intervention ?

by William J. Rothwell

Chapter 2 Understanding Different OD Intervention Models

by Sohel M. Imroz

Chapter 3 Steps for Implementing the OD Intervention Model: From Entry to Separation

by Sohel M. Imroz

Part II Individual and Small Group Interventions

Chapter 4 Individual Interventions: Instrument-Guided Development

By Marie Carasco

Chapter 5 Individual Interventions: Executive and Management

By Behnam Bakhshandeh

Chapter 6 Individual Interventions: Mentoring and Sponsorship

By Leila Farzam and Jamie Campbell

Chapter 7 Small Group Interventions: Achieving Effectiveness through Interpersonal Training

By Marie Carasco

Chapter 8 Small Group Interventions: Teambuilding

By Behnam Bakhshandeh

Part III Intermediate and Large Interventions

Chapter 9 Intermediate-Size Interventions

By MiJin Lee and Behnam Bakhshandeh

Chapter 10 Large-Scale Interventions

By Ron Banerjee

Chapter 11 Industry-Wide Interventions

By Norm Jones

Chapter 12 Community Interventions

By Jamie Campbell

Part IV The Future

Chapter 13 The Future of OD Interventions

By William J. Rothwell

Chapter 14 What Unique Issues Surface When Implementing OD Interventions?

By William J. Rothwell

Appendix A - Selected Resources to Support OD Intervention Implementation and Related Topics

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William J. Rothwell, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPLP Fellow is a Professor in the Masters of Professional Studies in Organization Development and Change program and also in the Ph.D. program, Organization Development emphasis, of Workforce Education and Development at The Pennsylvania State University. He can be contacted by email at [email protected] He has authored, coauthored, edited or coedited 110 books since 1987. His recent books include Innovation Leadership (Routledge, 2018), Improving Human Performance, 3rd ed. (Routledge, 2018), Evaluating Organization Development: How to Ensure and Sustain the Successful Transformation (CRC Press, 2017), Marketing Organization Development Consulting: A How-To Guide for OD Consultants (CRC Press, 2017), Assessment and Diagnosis for Organization Development: Powerful Tools and Perspectives for the OD practitioner (CRC Press, 2017). Sohel M. Imroz, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Human Resources Management at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University located in Daytona Beach, FL. He received the Ph.D. degree in Workforce Education and Development from Pennsylvania State University. He can be reached by email at [email protected]