The End of Organization Theory?

Language as a tool in action research and organizational development

Øyvind Pålshaugen | Work Research Institute, Oslo
Bjørn Gustavsen | The National Institute for Working Life, Oslo
Dag Østerberg | University of Oslo
John Shotter | University of New Hampshire
ISBN 9789027217745 (Eur) | EUR 68.00
ISBN 9781556198281 (USA) | USD 102.00
ISBN 9789027299413 | EUR 68.00 | USD 102.00
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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
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KJM: Management & management techniques

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BUS085000: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
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