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Practicing Organization Development: A Guide for Leading Change: A Third Edition by Arielle Sullivan, Roland L. Sullivan, Jacqueline M. Stavros, William J. Rothwell

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PUTTING WHOLE SYSTEM CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE

The founders mentioned above broke new ground, discovering the means to create dramatic shifts in a system when needed. They provided insight into handling increasing complexity and diversity so that change could be undertaken by the people in a system more rapidly and with a much greater likelihood of success. Given the increasing dislocation of many of our social systems—education, health care, the economy, to name a few—these pioneers have helped prepare us for the times we face today. The framework that follows puts this type of complex change in perspective, illustrating when Whole System Change is most useful and why.
Change, any change, begins with a disturbance. It can be caused by something ...

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