The End of Organization Theory?
Language as a tool in action research and organizational development
Øyvind Pålshaugen | Work Research Institute, Oslo
Organizational theorists talk a lot about organizational development. Although they can express themselves eloquently, too often the practitioner is not convinced by their talk. The authors of The End of Organization Theory? are in favor of the ‘doers’ doing most of the talking themselves. Thus, in this book, Øyvind Pålshaugen tells the story of an action research project in which a reorganization of the discourse between management and workers serves as the basis for an organizational development process. Björn Gustavsen, Dag Østerberg and John Shotter add critical comments.
[Dialogues on Work and Innovation, 5] 1999. vi, 149 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
IntroductionBjørn Gustavsen | p. 1
1. Organization Development and Action Research | p. 11
2. The Foundation Phase: Dialogue Conferences | p. 25
3. The Project Development Phase: Development Organization at Work | p. 59
4. The Institutionalization Phase | p. 109
5. Coda: Theory and Practice in Action Research | p. 113
Critical language theory in practiceDag Østerberg | p. 123
An organization’s internal public sphere: its nature and its supplementationJohn Shotter | p. 131
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