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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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THE SOAR FRAMEWORK

What Is SOAR?

SOAR is a strengths-based framework with a participatory approach to strategic analysis, strategy development, and organizational change (see Figure 18.1). The SOAR framework enhances and guides strategic planning and implementation processes with its positive guiding approach to inquire into the organization’s strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and measurable results; imagine the organization’s desired future; innovate strategies, plans, systems, designs, and structures; and implement the strategy innovations developed in the three previous phases to build a sustainable culture.
The appreciative paradigm led to shifting to a new acronym to support strategic analysis, evolving SWOT into SOAR. The traditional ...

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