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Productive Workplaces. Dignity, Meaning, and Community in the 21st Century. 3rd Edition, 25 Year Anniversary

  • ID: 2241055
  • Book
  • February 2012
  • Region: Global
  • 576 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for Productive Workplaces

"Weisbord has been a major voice in the theory and practice of organization development (OD) since the early 1970′s. This book is a wonderful history and reinterpretation of many of the events, schools of thought, and controversies that have punctuated the field from its beginnings. It should be required reading for every Organization Behavior and Development scholar. Among its many virtues, the book is beautifully written." Peter Vaill, senior scholar and emeritus professor of management, Antioch University Ph.D. Program in Leadership and Change; author, Learning as a Way of Being: Strategies for Survival in a World of Permanent White Water, and Spirited Leading and Learning

"During my 33–year career, I have been involved in publishing well over 1,000 books. Productive Workplaces is certainly among the top five most influential in terms of its impact on the organizations in which I worked, as well as on my personal leadership, and management concepts, and practices." Steven Piersanti, president and publisher, Berrett–Koehler Publishers, Inc.; formerly president, Jossey–Bass Publishers

"As a professor in graduate studies in leadership and business psychology, I see my role as passing on to a new generation the values and lessons learned from a 25–year career in organizational effectiveness. Marvin Weisbord is a master whose wisdom I encourage my students to seek out." Connie S. Fuller, Ph.D., associate chair and assistant professor, Business Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; coauthor, Bridging the Boomer–Xer Gap: Creating Authentic Teams for High Performance at Work

"If somebody asks me to name just one good book on management, or organizational development, or social psychology, I give them the same answer: Productive Workplaces. It addresses the heady topic of meaning and dignity in work with writing that is as engaging as a well–written novel." Gil Steil, Gil Steil Associates, Boston, Massachusetts

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Updates from the Field xxi

Foreword by Billie Alban: The Existential Question xxiii

Preface:Welcome to Productive Workplaces, 25th Anniversary Edition xxvii

Introduction: Getting the Most from Productive Workplaces xxxiii

PART ONE Mythology and Managing 1

ONE A Mythology of Organizational Change 3

TWO How I Learned to Manage by Managing 15

PART TWO Searching for Productive Workplaces 33

THREE Scientific Management: A Tale of Two Taylors 35

FOUR Taylor Invents a New Profession 59

FIVE Action Research: Lewin Revises Taylorism 79

SIX Lewin s Legacy to Management 97

SEVEN The Transition to Experiential Learning 113

EIGHT McGregor and the Roots of Organization Development 133

NINE Theories X and Y for a New Generation 149

TEN Emery and Trist Redefine the Workplace 167

ELEVEN Learning to Work in a New Paradigm 185

PART THREE Learning from Experience 203

TWELVE Putting Action Research to Work 207

THIRTEEN Rethinking Diagnosis and Action 221

Case 1. Food Services Turnover: Action Research and Human Resource Accounting 223

Case 2. Chem Corp R&D: Managers Do Their Own Feedback 230

Case 3. Packaging Plant: Operators Meet Expert Analysis 235

Case 4. Solcorp: Expertise Can t Fix the Old Paradigm 244

FOURTEEN Managing and Consulting in Permanent White Water 253

FIFTEEN Involving Everyone to Improve the Whole 269

Case 5. Medical School: Stakeholders Plan the Future 270

Case 6. Printing Inc.: Getting the Report Out of the Drawer 277

SIXTEEN Revising Theories of What Works 289

SEVENTEEN Making Systems Thinking Experiential 303

PART FOUR Integrating the Past into the Present 317

EIGHTEEN 21st Century Managing and Consulting 321

NINETEEN Changing Everything at Once 343

TWENTY Teamwork in a Fast–Changing World 375

TWENTY ONE Designing Work for Learning and Self–Control 387

TWENTY TWO Future Search: The Whole System in the Room 411

TWENTY THREE Cross–Cultural Future Searching 427

PART F IVE Learning Then and Now 443

TWENTY FOUR Ten Cases Decades Later: What s Sustainable About Change ? 445

TWENTY FIVE Changing the World One Meeting at a Time 459

TWENTY SIX The Future Never Comes, It s Already Here 471

References 483

Acknowledgments 501

About the Author 505

Index 507

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Marvin R. Weisbord
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