2. Organization Development Then and Now

The purpose of this chapter is to consider trends in the external environment that have had and will have a significant impact on organization development. To specify these important trends, this chapter revisits in a condensed form the original Chapter 2 from 1994 and then in the second half addresses what has happened since in terms of major events in the last 20 years, for example, 9/11, followed by current trends and movements in our society that have implications for organization development (OD).

Some Significant Changes Between 1969 and 1994

Perhaps the most significant event to affect the field of OD, at least from an economic if not competence perspective, was the oil embargo and recession of ...

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