Professor Jacqueline Stavros of LTU’s College of Management is one of three editors of the new fourth edition of “Practicing Organization Development: Leading Transformation and Change,” published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Organization development (OD) is about helping people in organizations deal with changes in their environment whether at the individual, department, and/or organizational level. The changes can have system-wide application to increase organization performance.
The fourth edition builds on the reputation established by earlier editions as the most practical, comprehensive, useful, and clearly written handbook on the topic of OD. Thoroughly revised and updated, this new edition of “Practicing Organization Development” contains information on current developments in the field and includes insightful contributions from leading OD practitioners and scholars.
“We have the top OD scholars and practitioners from around the world in this book,” Stavros said. “It is used as a textbook for both undergraduate and graduate courses around the globe.”
Stavros said the major challenge with the fourth edition was to reduce the number of pages and chapters in order to make it more affordable.
Comprehensive in scope, the textbook brings together a rich collection of theories, concepts, models, case applications, innovations, and historical and postmodern expansions in OD, transformation, and change. In addition to offering a review of the basic elements of OD, this new edition puts the focus on the topic of transformation.
“Practicing Organization Development” provides the conceptual frameworks and approaches to help practitioners and leaders become transformational agents of change. Many of the book's expert contributors explore transformational change at the individual, team, department, and organizational level.
In addition to contributing to the introduction, Stavros co-authored four chapters in the book:
• “Organization Development, Transformation, and Change” was written with William J. Rothwell and Roland Sullivan.
• “Transformational Leadership Development,” which was written with long-time mentor Jane Seiling, includes an exercise Stavros uses in several of her classes to tie leadership back to strategy.
• “Appreciative Inquiry: OD and Strengths Revolution” was written with David Cooperrider (Stavros’ dissertation chair) and Lindsey Godwin, the director of the Appreciative Inquiry Center for Excellence.
• “SOAR: Building Strategic Capacity” was written with Patricia Malone (DBA Cohort 1) based on her LTU dissertation and work with a Proctor and Gamble division. Malone and Stavros also traveled to the World Appreciative Inquiry Conference in South Africa this summer to present their work.
Stavros has co-authored six books, including “Thin Book of SOAR: Building Strengths-based Strategy”; 16 book chapters; and more than 30 articles on OD, appreciative inquiry, and SOAR.