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Productive Workplaces: Organizing and Managing for Dignity, Meaning, and Community
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Productive Workplaces Revisited
In Productive Workplaces Revisited, Marvin Weisbord takes the next step in exploring effective strategies for improving workplace productivity through dignity, meaning, and community. Remarkably, in this new edition the author revisits the case studies from the first edition, Productive Workplaces, to show the long-term effects of OD interventionstwenty-plus years after the factand provides invaluable insights for practitioner and student alike. In five new chapters, Weisbord reinterprets his systems work in health care and steel-making, describes how "future search," his method for "getting everybody improving whole systems," has crossed cultures on five continents, and summarizes his learning from following up cases decades later. This edition also presents in-depth case studies of organizations that have used these techniques to increase output, cut costs, create strategic plans, manage conflict between functions, and more.
Just as in the classic Productive Workplaces, this new and expanded edition offers a model, guidelines, and successful methods for improving organizations under conditions of nonstop change.
Praise for Productive Workplaces
"Marvin Weisbord is a trusted guide leading us to the questions, beliefs, and practices that help us be real contributors in these difficult times."
Margaret Wheatley, author, Leadership and the New Science
"This is an adventure storythe story of Marv Weisbords courageous search for ways to help managers and employees cooperate to create more productive and humane workplaces."
Paul Lawrence, Donham Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School
"Those who remain true to the values presented in this book will not only be more effective in their work, but more ethical as well."
Ken Hultman, author, Making Change Irresistible and Balancing Individual and Organizational Values
"This book now falls into the category of a classic, a staple for those striving to understand the fundamental reasons for successful organizations . . . This is a readable book, free of glitz and flavors of the month."
Robert Dilworth, associate professor of human resource management, Virginia Commonwealth University
Integrating the theories and methods of leading management innovators with cases from his many years of experience as a manager and consultant, Weisbord offers specific how-to instructions for involving employees in designing new work methods and developing strategies for organizational improvement. Presents in-depth case-studies of organizations that have used these techniques to increase output, cut costs, create strategic plans, manage conflict between functions, and more.
Offers specific how-to instructions for involving employees in designing new work methods and developing strategies for organizational improvement. Presents in-depth case studies of organizations that have used these techniques.
About the Author
Marvin Weisbord is an internationally-known consultant and writer and a co-founder of Future Search Network, a non-profit organization that involves people worldwide in voluntary social, technological, and economic change. He is the author of Productive Workplaces, Organizational Diagnosis, Discovering Common Ground, and coauthor of Future Search: An Action Guide.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Discovering Theories X and Y.
Part One: The Search for Productive Workplaces.
1. Scientific Management Revisited: A Tale of Two Taylors.
2. The Consulting Engineer: Taylor Invents a New Profession.
3. Lewin: The Practical Theorist.
4. The Learning Organization: Lewin's Legacy to Management.
5. McGregor and the Roots of Organization Development.
6. The Human Side of Enterprise Revisited: A New Look at Theories X and Y.
7. Undoing Taylorism: Emery, Trist, and the Sociotechnical Revolution.
8. Open Systems and the New Paradigm: How Emery and Trist Redefined the Workplace.
Part Two: Transforming Theory into Practice and Practice into Theory.
9. Adding Action to Research: Lewin's Practice Theory Road Map.
10. Methods of Diagnosis and Action: Taking Snapshots and Making Movies.
11. Rethinking Organizational Improvement: New Perspectives on Consultation.
12. Improving Whole Systems: Alternatives to the Report-in-the-Drawer Phenomenon.
Part Three: Learning and Applying New Practice Theories.
13. "Third Wave" Managing and Consulting: A New Practice Theory.
14. Inventing the Future: Search Strategies for Whole Systems Improvement.
15. Transforming Teamwork: Work Relationships in a Fast-Changing World.
16. Designing Work: New Structures for Learning and Self-Control.
17. Managing and Consulting Beyond the Design Limits: A "Third Wave" Action Project.
Epilogue: Caught Between Paradigms: Where Do We Go from Here?
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