Summary of Organization Development

Principles, Processes, Performance

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Organization Development book summary
The everyman’s guide to the organizational development consulting business.

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This simple book introduces the profession of organization development. It is written so clearly that a relative novice could probably read it and set up shop as an organizational development consultant (or at least know how to hire a good one). Gary N. McLean explains everything and does not unnecessarily complicate straightforward steps. In fact, some steps may be more complex than he makes them seem – although he does caution companies that organizational development may require outside expertise. getAbstract finds that his book will be most useful to those considering working in organizational-development consulting, or to managers who are new to the field.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What organization development (OD) consultants do
  • How you can work as an OD consultant
  • Why you need boundaries and standards of behavior
 

Summary

What is OD?
The field of organizational development (OD) is complex, large, ambiguous and ill-defined, but it can be described as a set of actions, usually drawn from an understanding of human behavior, that makes your company more knowledgeable, more expert, more productive, richer, smarter...
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About the Author

Gary N. McLean is a professor of human-resource development, business and industrial education at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of more than 20 books.


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