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The NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change: Principles, Practices, and Perspectives, 2nd Edition by Michael Brazzel, Brenda B. Jones

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CHAPTER FIVESYSTEM PERSPECTIVES AND ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT

Patricia Bidol-Padva and John Nkum

“Organization development is a system wide application of behavioral science knowledge to the planned development and reinforcement of organizational strategies, structures, and processes for improving an organization’s effectiveness” (Cummings & Worley, 2008, p. 2). In OD approaches, the consultant’s interactions with the client are based on the values of democracy, human potential and empowerment, rights of individual and human systems, authenticity, and learning (Jamieson & Gellermann, 2006).

Organization development and its concomitant learning can occur at the total system or subsystem levels. This is aptly expressed in the following quote: ...

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