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Organization Development

Organization Development

A Practitioner's Guide for OD and HR

Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge, Linda Holbeche


Create high performing cultures with this book that both explains the theory of OD and includes practical guidance on dealing with change, organizational design and working cross-culturally.

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About the book

Written by two of the leading experts in the field, Organization Development is a guide to the basic principles of effective organization development. A compendium of theories, practices, diagnostics techniques and figures, it provides practical advice for identifying an organization's needs and determining the most appropriate course of action to maximize organizational capability. It provides an overview of the history and theory of OD and addresses the various phases, the role of the practitioner, aspects of power and politics, and the human resources context. The book also discusses organizational design, culture change, managing transformational change, and developing effective leadership.

Bridging the gap between theory and practice, this fully updated new edition of Organization Development now includes coverage of complexity and chaos theory, new case studies describing OD practices and attitudes in countries outside of the US and UK, and new chapters on change and culture and on employee engagement and wellbeing. The authors also have added emphasis on the collaborations between OD and HR functions. It provides a wealth of helpful advice for OD practitioners, HR professionals and those with an interest in helping develop their organization.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
  • Section - ONE: A practitioner’s guide for Organization Development;
    • Chapter - 01: What is OD? Its brief history;
    • Chapter - 02: Theories and practices of OD: a theory overview;
    • Chapter - 03: Theories and practices of OD: the OD cycle and the entry and contracting phase;
    • Chapter - 04: Theories and practices of OD: the diagnostic phase;
    • Chapter - 05: Theories and practices of OD: the intervention phase;
    • Chapter - 06: Theories and practices of OD: the evaluation phase;
    • Chapter - 07: Living at the edge of chaos of change;
    • Chapter - 08: Back room and front room change matters;
    • Chapter - 09: Can behavioural change be made easy?;
    • Chapter - 10: The Organization Development practitioner;
    • Chapter - 11: Power and politics and Organization Development;
  • Section - TWO: HR in relation to OD: practice examples;
    • Chapter - 12: HR in relation to OD;
    • Chapter - 13: Organization Design;
    • Chapter - 14: Transformation and culture change;
    • Chapter - 15: Building organizational agility and resilience;
    • Chapter - 16: Building the context for employee engagement;
    • Chapter - 17: Developing effective leadership


Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge and Linda Holbeche have again produced a valuable handbook for both the beginning and experienced OD practitioner.
John D. Vogelsang, PhD, Editor in Chief of the OD Practitioner

the practical guidance of this book ensures that OD/ HR professionals and organization leaders have the tools and know-how to create and sustain healthy organizations.
Dean Royles, Director, NHS Employers

The book comes into its own by clearly differentiating what benefits OD brings but being careful to point out that it is vital to go through a series of steps rather than trying to jump in mid way through as we're probably all tempted to do at times.
HR Network (Scotland)

[a] comprehensive account of OD and HR in easy-to-read and practical terms.... Internal and external practitioners alike will appreciate this all-in-one reference.
Mary Ann Rainey, PhD, Organizational Effectiveness Consultant and Executive Coach, MA Rainey Associates

In comparison to many other texts on OD, this text stands out in its attention to the design function in interventions, the use of self, the practical, integrated way theory is discussed and summarized, and more focus on change, which is often assumed rather than discussed theoretically.
David W. Jamieson, PhD, Professor & Department Chair, Organization Learning & Development, University of St Thomas

Cheung-Judge and Holbeche have included just enough of everything -- history, theory, practical application, the essentials of OD -- without drowning the reader in some of the irrelevancies that abound in other OD texts.
Matt Minahan, President, MM & Associates

Cheung-Judge and Holbeche have given a wonderful gift to the field of organization development and to OD and HR practitioners of all levels of experience.
Judy Vogel, OD professional

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749470173
  • Edition: 2
  • Published: 3rd May 2015
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156
  • 448 pages

About the Author

Dr. Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge is the founder of Quality & Equality Ltd. She speaks, writes and delivers most of the OD training programmes in the UK and was voted one of the 25 most influential thinkers in HR by HR Magazine in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Dr. Linda Holbeche is co-director of The Centre for Progressive Learning at London Metropolitan University, director of The Holbeche Partnership, a development consulting company, and adjunct professor at Imperial College London's Business School. She is the author of The Agile Organization (also published by Kogan Page).

Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge

Linda Holbeche

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