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The Spirits of Organization Development, or Why OD Lives Despite Its Pronounced Death

Jean M. Bartunek and Richard W. Woodman

in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199734610
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199734610.013.0055

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The Spirits of Organization Development, or Why OD Lives Despite Its Pronounced Death

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In Charles Dickens’ book A Christmas Carol, Scrooge was visited by three Spirits, of the past, present, and future, who, by means of dire warnings, inspired him to reform his life. In this chapter, we describe four Spirits of organization development (OD) who, despite dire predictions of OD’s demise over the past 30 years, suggest why OD still lives and why it is likely to continue to do so. These are the Spirits of organizing, practice, scholar–practitioner links, and paradox. We develop the positive contributions of these Spirits and suggest their importance for the vitality of OD’s ongoing work.

Keywords: Keywords; Organization development; organizing; practice; scholar practitioner; whole person

Article.  7262 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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