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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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WHAT SPECIAL TERMS ARE USED IN ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT?

Like every other field of endeavor, OD has its own nomenclature or special terms. Although these terms can create barriers to understanding and may be sources of suspicion for those not versed in them, they are useful when consultants and customers communicate with one another.

Organization Change

Roland Sullivan invited the professional OD community, which often dialogues at www.odnetwork.org/listsinfo, to respond to a concern he heard often from the late Bob Tannenbaum. Bob felt that OD needed a fresh definition of “change.” He wished for a common definition that those who initiate change would find useful in helping the larger world better understand who we are and what we do. ...

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