Organizational Health takes a structured approach to understanding and maintaining the long term health and success of any organization by analysing the critical, interdependent elements that are crucial to success.
Organizational Health is an organization's ability to function effectively, to cope adequately, to change appropriately, and to grow from within. A healthy organization is just that in all its aspects: people, process, structures, systems, behaviours and governance. It is one where appropriate adaptive, maintenance and development activities are integral to maintaining performance and alignment in the operating environment. Organizational Health takes an informed look at the critical and interdependent elements of an organization that must be maintained in a healthy state for managers to meet their business goals. Using a practical, structured approach it covers: understanding and assessing organizational health; the impact of structures on organizational health such as hierarchies, alliances and joint ventures; control methods such as corporate governance, ethics and compliance; maintenance and development including OD, change management, learning and workplace environment; sustainability including carbon footprint and business ecosystems; indicators of health and dysfunction. Additional material and a weekly blog is available by visiting the author's website: www.naomistandford.com
This book quickly focuses in on the good stuff. The thought provoking questions posed throughout and the key messages encourage reflection and help the reader focus in on the essentials. It is a book of choice for those want plenty of exercises and tools that any business reader could pick up and practically apply to measure the health of their organisation.
Amanda Underwood, Head of Human Resources, Pizza Express
Naomi Stanford has produced another helpful, practical and well-researched contribution for expert practitioners, professionals and students of the field. She cuts through jargon and nonsense like no one else, and helps frame the issues and choices faced in the real world. Her books are essential reading for anyone who wants an expert but comprehensive guide to a subject
Matt Nixon, Global Head of Talent, Barclays
Stanford draws complex concepts into sharp focus and gives the reader a great basis for the diagnosis and cure of sick organisations. As always with Naomi Stanford, the book is beautifully written and distils concepts into understandable ideas without losing any rigour. The text is packed with case studies, examples, analogies and explanations of models. The book could be used as a textbook by management students or as a handbook by practitioners - many books claim to do this but this book delivers with extremely rare skill. I will use it personally and give it to executives I know as presents.
Dr Patrick Tissington, Reader in Management, Aston Business School
Dr Naomi Stanford is an expert organization design and development consultant based in Washington DC. She has consulted with, and worked in, many sectors and industries including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and non-profits. She is an experienced author in the field and her books include The Economist Guide to Organization Design, Organization Design: The Collaborative Approach, and Corporate Culture: Getting it Right.
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