The End of Organization Theory?

Language as a tool in action research and organizational development

| Work Research Institute, Oslo
Commentator
| The National Institute for Working Life, Oslo
| University of Oslo
| University of New Hampshire
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ISBN 9789027217745 (Eur) | EUR 68.00
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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
Table of Contents
Introduction
Bjørn Gustavsen
1
1. Organization Development and Action Research
11
2. The Foundation Phase: Dialogue Conferences
25
3. The Project Development Phase: Development Organization at Work
59
4. The Institutionalization Phase
109
5. Coda: Theory and Practice in Action Research
113
Critical language theory in practice
Dag Østerberg
123
An organization’s internal public sphere: its nature and its supplementation
John Shotter
131
References
147
Subjects
BIC Subject: KJM – Management & management techniques
BISAC Subject: BUS085000 – BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior