Stanley R. Hinckley, Jr.

This chapter presents a concise history of the field and profession of organization development (OD), from its beginning in the late 1940s to the early 2000s. There are so many people who created, explored, adapted, and applied theories, ideas, and interventions in creating this history that it is not possible to name all of the significant individuals and their contributions. Consequently, two criteria have been applied to select the people and the theories, ideas, and practices mentioned in this chapter: (1) those who are remembered and still described as important by those who began to practice OD in the 1960s, and (2) those known as essential contributors to the ...

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