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Organization Development

Organization Development
The Process of Leading Organizational Change

Sixth Edition

September 2023 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Organization Development: The Process of Leading Organizational Change, Sixth Edition offers a comprehensive look at individual, team, and organizational change, covering classic and contemporary organization development techniques. Today's practitioners seek a solid foundation that is academically rigorous, but also relevant, timely, practical, and grounded in OD values and ethics. In this bestselling text, author Donald L. Anderson provides  students with the organization development tools they need to succeed in today’s challenging environment of increased globalization, rapidly changing technologies, economic pressures, and evolving workforce expectations.

The new Sixth Edition has been updated to reflect the latest research. New cases, chapter learning objectives, examples, sections on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace provide readers with the latest information on OD best practices.  

Chapter 1 • What Is Organization Development?
Chapter 2 • History of Organization Development
Chapter 3 • Core Values and Ethics of Organization Development
Chapter 4 • Foundations of Organizational Change
Chapter 5 • The Organization Development Practitioner and the OD Process
Chapter 6 • Entry and Contracting
Chapter 7 • Data Gathering
Chapter 8 • Diagnosis and Feedback
Chapter 9 • An Introduction to Interventions
Chapter 10 • Individual Interventions
Chapter 11 • Team Interventions
Chapter 12 • Whole Organization and Multiple Organization Interventions
Chapter 13 • Organization Culture and Design Interventions
Chapter 14 • Sustaining Change, Evaluating, and Ending an Engagement
Chapter 15 • Global Issues in Organization Development
Chapter 16 • The Future of Organization Development

"A breath of fresh air. A well written, straightforward, easy to digest text that moves away from being focused only on the discipline of
business and included real life approaches to OD for social and behavioral disciplines."

Shonda Lawrence
Clark Atlanta University
Key features
  • New chapter learning objectives outline the key takeaways from each chapter. 
  • Seven new case studies on topics like remote work and inclusive culture allow students to practice using OD concepts and skills.
  • New sections on diversity, equity, and inclusion, technology, and sustainability in organization development are included. 
  • Updated to reflect recent research and advances in practice while retaining classic approaches and foundational theories with which most practitioners ought to be familiar.



  • Outlines each stage of the OD process in detail, describing the practitioner’s role in entry and contracting, data gathering, diagnosis and feedback, interventions, and evaluation.
  • Illustrates the practice of organization development in the workplace contexts of corporations, government, education, nonprofit organizations, and health care settings.
  • Incorporates theory, research, and consulting techniques for both traditional organization development practices and newly adapted strategies for change, including dialogic OD practices such as appreciative inquiry, world café, and open space.
  • Allows students to analyze, apply, and discuss organization development concepts through integrated case studies, exercises, and class activities.

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