WHAT ARE THE PHILSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF OD, AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?

One way to view the history of OD stresses its emergence from four separate but related behavioral-science applications: (1) laboratory training, (2) survey research and feedback, (3) Tavistock sociotechnical systems, and (4) process consultation. While Chapter Three will provide a different, and more comprehensive, perspective on the origins of OD, it is worthwhile here to offer a brief view of historical influences to provide readers with essential background information right at the start of the book.

Laboratory Training

An early precursor of thinking about OD and change, laboratory training is associated with unstructured, small-group sessions in which participants ...

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